April 1, 1997 |
When Laura White attended her brother John Jr.'s ice hockey games a few years back, she'd occasionally ask about trying the sport. Her father, John Sr., couldn't think of a good reason she shouldn't lace up skates and compete with the boys. That's how Laura, a 10-year-old fourth grader at Collingswood's Garfield School, became a ripe, old veteran who has been playing competitive ice hockey out of Twin Rinks in Pennsauken for five years. Tony Montagna, the registrar for the Atlantic District of USA Hockey, which covers New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, says that of the 19,767 players in the district, only about 500 are girls.
September 19, 2015 |
Novelist Ruth Rendell's work has inspired some of the best TV mysteries in her native Britain, including the Inspector Wexford series starring George Baker. Less familiar perhaps is the growing number of Rendell adaptations crafted by European auteurs such as Claude Chabrol ( La Ceremonie , The Bridesmaid ), Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ), and Pedro Almodovar ( Live Flesh ). French cinema's bête noire François Ozon (Y oung & Beautiful , Potiche ) joins that impressive club of filmmakers with The New Girlfriend , an ironic, if strangely suspenseful, gender-bending dramedy about self-discovery and self-acceptance that upends some of the basic distinctions in human experience - male and female, straight and gay, friend and lover, mother and father.
February 8, 1991 |
America's pretty woman kicks wife-beaters where it hurts in "Sleeping with the Enemy," a fancy slasher movie that is more silly than scary. Julia Roberts stars as a servile young woman married to an abusive man (Patrick Bergin), a fellow who displays no emotion other than the occasional outburst of raging psychosis. It doesn't take much to trigger these violent episodes. A misplaced knick- knack here, some crooked bric-a-brac there. The man is satanically tidy, a sort of Felix Unger from the dark side.
February 27, 2000 |
Tracey McGowan met Valerie Gilinger in the eighth grade at Methacton Middle School and never let go. She was maid of honor at Valerie's June 1995 wedding to Kerby Prescott. And when Kerby died of leukemia barely a year later, in June 1996, Tracey moved into Valerie's home to see that she got up every morning and went to sleep each night. "She knew I wasn't coping well," said Valerie, a physical therapist, "And she wanted me to have someone to talk to. " So Tracey urged Valerie, then 27, to meet her coworker, Michael Romano - a 30-year-old widower in similar circumstances.
October 5, 2012 |
AS POLITICAL satires go, "Butter" is about as subtle as a slab of lard served on a slice of ham. Big, broad, but only fitfully funny, it takes a swipe at Iowa and Iowans. A few sucker punches land, thanks largely to a star-studded cast. But it never feels like anything but an outsider's nasty dismissal of the corn-fed corner of red-state culture. Jennifer Garner is cast amusingly against type as Laura, a real Lady Macbeth with a butter knife. She shouldn't have to take up that knife, but the Iowa "Mastery of Butter" judges have nudged her dairy-Degas, 15-time state fair butter-carving champ husband, Bob, out of competition.
July 29, 2011 |
JENNA FISCHER talks directly to the camera in early scenes in "A Little Help. " She lets us see the life that's overwhelming her, the bitterness that threatens to swallow her whole and the irritation she's trying her darnedest to hide. As Laura, a woman unhappy with work - she's a dental hygienist - unhappily married (Chris O'Donnell plays the husband always "in a meeting") and failing at keeping the upper hand with her rude 12-year-old son (Daniel Yelsky), Fischer has the perfect big-screen role to fit her TV-perfected ("The Office")
January 27, 2012 |
YOU WANT to use the word "surreal" to describe the teen girl's night-from-hell drama "Miss Bala," but this slice of life on the Mexican border is all too real. The annual death total from that country's drug war surpassed 12,000 people last year, an international disgrace that gets confoundingly little coverage in the media, mainstream or otherwise. "Miss Bala" puts you at Ground Zero, Tijuana, where pageant hopeful Laura (Stephanie Sigmund) and her friend decide to enter a beauty contest.
December 24, 2012 |
Karen Rile teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania I was hanging out with my kids at the local playground, filling buckets in the sandbox. "We're making sand cakes," I told the baby. "But don't eat them; they aren't real. " Suddenly, my 3-year-old screamed in horror. "Mommy, those children have guns!" I looked over to see a couple of boys chasing each other with plastic pistols. A third was pointing his revolver at us. Their moms looked up at that moment and laughed.
November 25, 2011 |
Before releasing one of 2011's most charmingly engrossing and delicately romantic albums in Laura, young Diego Garcia made three distinctly clean and formidable New Wave-ish recordings with New York's Elefant and nary a hint of his Argentine background. OK, with almost no hints. Though he wrote and sang all the songs, Garcia graciously states that Elefant's musical arrangements were an extension of four very different personalities. "Elefant was essentially a very powerful machine that I would put my songs through," Garcia says.
August 10, 2014 |
Tennessee Williams' heartbreaking early play, The Glass Menagerie , is about the remembrance of things past, reminding us that "Time is the longest distance between two places. " A man, haunted by the mother and sister he abandoned, looks back and tells us about them. It necessarily follows that the interpretation of these famous characters is not merely the director's - in this Commonwealth Classic Theatre production, Joshua Brown's - but also Tom's (Allen Radway), the character doing the remembering.