November 21, 2015 |
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, the Irish country girl at the heart of the magnificent and moving Brooklyn , with an intelligence and spirit that fills the screen and radiates beyond it. One of the most memorable characters of recent film, born from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel and brought to life via a screenplay by Nick Hornby and the smart, steady direction of John Crowley, Eilis is a young woman who faces a huge choice. She can stay in Enniscorthy, the County Wexford town where she has grown up and where, in truth, the future holds small promise.
November 12, 2015 |
'Lights Rise on Grace" begins with a meet-cute: Grace (Bi Jean Ngo), a 16-year-old high school girl who is shy and socially inept - apparently, from what we're told, because she is Chinese - meets Large ( Ashton Carter), an African American boy, also in her high school. Their sweet meeting turns into many, which turn into a love affair, violently disapproved of by both the black and the Chinese communities. Romeo and Juliet are invoked. One day, Large fails to meet Grace; she feels abandoned and betrayed, and it will turn out he's in prison, apparently for beating his brother into a wheelchair.
November 5, 2015 |
"The Peanus Movie," set for release on Friday, has one big thing going for it. The voice cast is composed almost entirely of child actors. "It was all child actors instead of adult celebrities, except for Snoopy and Woodstock," A.J. Tecce , who voices Pig-Pen, told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "Since [ Bill Melendez ] passed away and he had voiced those characters in every other production, they are going to use archival sounds from his previous stuff. " Tecce said of the traditionally silent Pig-Pen, "We're really anxious to hear his voice and he uses a lot of sound effects, too. " Tecce said that there is a reason that someone who looks like a human dust storm resonates with kids.
October 16, 2015
IT HAS BEEN decades since the United States was as ethnically and racially polarized as it is now. Between Donald Trump 's threats to round up 11 million Mexicans, the "Black Lives Matter" movement ignited by a seemingly unending series of tragic encounters between law-enforcement personnel and young African-Americans, and the still-festering post-9/11 paranoia and Islamophobia, a drama about racial, religious and ethnic identity and the "us-and-them"...
October 14, 2015 |
There is something deeply perverse about Manhattan , cable channel WGN's well-executed, edge-of-your-seat drama that returns for its second season at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Writer-producer Sam Shaw's series is an espionage thriller/domestic melodrama posing as historical epic. It's a fictionalized story of the scientists at Los Alamos, N.M., who developed the A-bomb during WWII. Manhattan is an overwrought, overripe piece of pulp fiction stuffed with overboiled intrigue.
October 13, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Philip Fanning, a retired horse breeder, likes that he can't see his neighbors from his home in Unionville, Chester County, has abiding religious faith ("God bless" is how he ends a phone conversation with a stranger), and so hates government waste that he criticizes his monthly disability checks from the military, saying he doesn't need them. Above all, says Fanning, 91, he values character. It's that trait that has drawn him to Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has surged in the Republican presidential field, risen to second in national polls, and posted a mighty $20 million fund-raising haul from July through September.
September 25, 2015 |
In 2006, Heroes premiered on NBC with a tight first season. We met characters from all over the globe who were becoming aware that they possessed extraordinary powers. Like comic book superheroes, each had a special talent, from time travel to flight to cellular regeneration. The first season was good fun, even if it had its flaws. That first entry, unfortunately, begot second, third, and fourth seasons that expanded the world with too many characters and muddled up the central mystery that had kept the first season so thrilling.
August 4, 2015 |
The world is full of terrible and average people, lots of half-decent ones who do dumb things when they're drunk, and those rare heroes who lift our collective spirits with a game-winning touchdown or successful round of CPR. That whole mishmash of humanity exists in Philly, like a plate of steaming scrapple, and it's evident in the people offering to rebuild a hitchhiking Canadian robot and those who allegedly jumped him over the weekend in...
July 21, 2015 |
Grab your wigs and fake boobs, guys: The glitter is in the audience for Divine/Intervention . The onstage show, which just opened at a nightclub called Voyeur (dark, dark, dark, with gigantic lavender-lit chandeliers), is actually a serious and often moving bio-drama about the counterculture icon known as Divine. Divine's real name was Glenn Milstead, a fat, unhappy kid from a middle-class home in Baltimore. How he wound up starring in John Waters' schlock/shock movies - where he was raped by a giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs , and ate a dog turd in Pink Flamingos , and made it mainstream big in Hairspray - is incidental here.
July 12, 2015 |
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said "there are no second acts in American lives," but Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire didn't think so when they penned Closer Than Ever , a two-act sung-through revue about how life goes on long after halftime. The pair cultivated stories from their friends and, in 1989, wrote Closer Than Ever , which catches the aftermath of the first generation that followed the nationwide passage of no-fault divorce laws. Four actors (two men and two women)