November 21, 2015 |
Family secrets can be dangerous at the best of times: Repressed trauma doesn't die when it's buried. And like the vengeful ghost of Hamlet's father, it always finds its way back to haunt the living. All the more so if the family in question is headed by a scientist conducting mind-control experiments for the CIA. That's the premise of TV writer-producer Michael Z. Wechsler's feature premiere, Altered Minds , a powerful, effective - if admittedly fanciful and contrived - psychological thriller starring Judd Hirsch as the gentle patriarch of a Philadelphia family who is confronted about his dark past by his grown children.
March 25, 2012
By Eric Goodman University of Nebraska Press. 288 pages. $18.95. Reviewed by John Shortino Within the first few pages of Twelfth and Race , Eric Goodman introduces many of his novel's major themes: racial tension, family secrets, parental abandonment, and the loss of identity. As the book opens, Lorraine, a young mother, leaves her family and mixed-race son, driven away in part by their rejection of her Puerto Rican boyfriend. Her son, Richard, grows up to have his identity stolen.
July 3, 2011
By Kamala Nair Grand Central Publishing. 305 pp. $24.99 Reviewed by Karen E. Quiñones Miller For those who have wondered how old is too old to be fascinated by fairy tales, Kamala Nair has answered the question in her debut novel, The Girl in the Garden . The answer? There is no such thing as too old. This beautifully written story is filled with intriguing characters, hints of mystery, and sprinklings of magic that will touch any reader's heart as a young girl - struggling to save her parents' shaky marriage - sets out to unlock the family secret that she senses hangs over everyone's head and affects all of their lives.
June 19, 2011
Movies Bad Teacher Buck See Steven Rea's preview on H4. Cars 2 See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop The late-night TV host is shown on his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" tour, which took place after he lost his job at NBC. Rejoice and Shout Documentary on the long history of gospel music. Viva Riva! A Congolese hood returns to his hometown of Kinsasha, where he becomes involved with another gangster's woman.
May 3, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers perform; Star Jones. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Shania Twain. The Biggest Loser (8 p.m., NBC10) - Style guru Tim Gunn helps the contestants pick out new outfits. Glee (8 p.m., Fox29) - Sue decides to revive the school newspaper with reports designed to stir up trouble. Hellcats (9 p.m., CW57) - Marti's bond with Deidre grows stronger as she investigates more family secrets.
April 8, 2011 |
A brother and sister, twins in Montreal, are being read their mother's last will and testament. The news is jolting: Simon (Maxim Gaudette) and Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) have a sibling in their mother's Middle East homeland they did not know existed. And their father, whom the pair believed to be long dead, is apparently alive. So begins the epic journey that is Incendies , Denis Villeneuve's extraordinary exploration of the juncture where family history, religious identity, and roiling politics collide.
December 17, 2010 |
'Is there something wrong with you?" the young wife asks her young husband when the subject of children is brought up, and he has said no kids, "not ever. " And in All Good Things , there does appear to be something amiss with David Marx (Ryan Gosling). Son of a New York real estate magnate, David mumbles to himself, seems lost in his own world. He can be oddly charming, and when he first meets Katie (Kirsten Dunst), a Long Island girl just moved to the big city, they are clearly taken with each other.
September 28, 2010
JOHN STREET and Michael Nutter have never found much to like about each other. But they do seem to have a common cause. They're both doing all they can to destroy Street's legacy. They go about it in different ways. Nutter is uncharacteristically bold in his repudiation of the Street years. His mayoral campaign was all about positioning himself as the un-Street. In his first year, Nutter was like a third-world dictator toppling his predecessor's statues to blot out all remaining vestiges of the last regime.
August 13, 2010 |
This week's new DVD releases range from the very smart to the completely stupid. Numb3rs: The Final Season, Grade B: David Krumholtz changes the nerd image of a math wizard with his portrayal of Charlie Eppes on this canceled CBS series. The show proves smart can be cool. Not only does his character have fashion sense, he has a hot girlfriend and she's as smart - or smarter - than anyone on the show. The couple use their supersize brains to help the FBI fight crime. The show is a clever blend of police drama with mathematics.
October 5, 2009 |
A play in props. Bigger than the junk shop in Mamet's American Buffalo, messier than the abandoned apartment in Miller's The Price, weirder than the Collier Brothers' New York hermitage, Gas & Electric Arts' set for Cabinet of Wonders is the Miss Havisham of 'em all. The venue, a huge warehouse basement filled with stuff actually for sale - clothes, lamps, pictures, jewelry, teacups - is wildly atmospheric. (Don't miss the plaster rat on the windowsill in the alley before you enter.