| Dec 30, 2012
| 5:04 PM
As diverse as Quentin Tarantino's first films (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown”) were in tone (tragic, comic and romantic, respectively), they all took place within roughly the same world and the same...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:51 AM
The mystery short story has always been something of a boutique genre. Specialty magazines such as Ellery Queen and the Strand have kept it alive over the decades, but only just. Short fiction, to the extent that it's still vital, is mostly the domain...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Wearing a thick, black and white checkered shirt and dark green tam cap, Snoop Dogg strutted to the stage smoking a blunt.
As the rapper took his seat at the end of the stage for the Broadcast Music Inc.'s “How I Wrote That Song” panel, an...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Genre filmmaking helps make sense of the world, creating codes by which the seemingly irrational ways of human behavior can be understood. With storytelling modes that travel from country to country — the crime picture, the horror film, the action...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Finger Prick (Woozy Tribe), out now
Electronic, experimental, rap, folk, lo-fi, psychedelic rock, trip-hop. So read the Bandcamp.com tags for singer/multi-instrumentalist Body Cheetah's new 8-track EP, Finger Prick. If this...
| Mar 3, 2013
Jeanine Basinger has been happily married for 45 years, so she knows a lot about how to make a marriage work. Basinger, the founder and director of the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, also knows a lot about marriage movies,...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Don't mess with Jodi Picoult. The author of a string of best-selling popular novels with weighty themes ripped from the headlines, Picoult pulls no punches. Her latest book, out this month, is "The Storyteller," which is about a young woman who finds...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 7:45 PM
Barred from publishing fiction in the Soviet Union until she was 50 years old and the country was falling apart, the Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya avoids explicit political themes. It seems to have been her stories' bleakness, giving the lie to...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:00 PM
When Jody Williams took the stage Wednesday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, he didn't dive into a rendition of the blues standard "Don't Start Me to Talkin'." But it might have been appropriate.
The 78-year-old Williams, a...
| Mar 9, 2013
The handsome young man sitting in the pink parlor chair radiates restlessness, a disdain for social conventions and undeniable self-satisfaction.
The impatience in Richard Caton Woodville's "Self-Portrait with Flowered Wallpaper" can be detected in...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In "Snitch," a thriller set in the dangerous drug world, Dwayne Johnson plays a father who goes to work as a drug informant to free his jailed son.
The PG-13 film from Participant Media features a street fight, a car chase and a gun battle — high-...