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  • Review: Grateful Dead pay slack tribute to legacy

    Review: Grateful Dead pay slack tribute to legacy
    It began Friday as it ended in 1995, with one of the most beautiful songs in the Grateful Dead canon. “Box of Rain” was the final song performed by the band when it last played Soldier Field in 1995, and it was the opener in the Dead’s three-night sold-out return to the stadium to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  • Richard Schickel's movies memoir 'Keepers' is breezy to a fault

    Professional moviegoer is a nice job if you can get it, and to his credit, Richard Schickel makes no attempt to hide his good fortune. The longtime film critic for Time magazine, now effectively retired, Schickel began reviewing movies "more or less by...

    Review: Drury Lane's 'Beaches' finds its wind

     Review: Drury Lane's 'Beaches' finds its wind
    In the pantheon of tear-duct-depleting buddy films, 1988's "Beaches," starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, is up there with "Brian's Song." But instead of the gridiron, the battlefield for the two opposites-attract friends-for-life in "Beaches" is...

    Review: James Taylor shows at PPL Center that it's again time for hope — and for him

    Review: James Taylor shows at PPL Center that it's again time for hope — and for him
    Singer James Taylor first became popular in the waning days of the 1960s, a time of turmoil perhaps unseen before or since — the soothing sound of his voice a calming effect for a generation. Nearly 50 years later, Taylor seems to be that voice...

    'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies

    'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies
    Mutant wasps wreak havoc at a country-estate garden party in "Stung," a homage to those 1980s creature features that reveled in grotesque details. Novice filmmaker Benni Diez cut his teeth working in special effects, and to that end the film certainly...