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  • At Hideout Block Party, a little twang, and little funk

    At Hideout Block Party, a little twang, and little funk
    Jangling guitars intertwined, dreamy keyboards washed over them, and a chugging bass line pushed along an insistent beat. The song was "Lost In the Dream," the finale of The War On Drugs' performance, which itself capped off the Hideout Block Party...
  • Toronto Film Review: 'The Drop'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - . Like an adorable puppy that turns out to boast an extremely sharp set of teeth, Hardy's skillfully restrained performance as a mild-mannered Brooklyn bartender who finds himself an unwitting pawn in all manner of crooked...
  • Review: Vijay Iyer's tour de force of solo pianism

    Review: Vijay Iyer's tour de force of solo pianism
    The jazz world may face a dearth of first-rate vocalists, but visionary pianists abound. Original thinkers such as Jason Moran, Danilo Perez, Matthew Shipp, Marcus Roberts, Myra Melford, Gerald Clayton and others have been opening up new ways of...
  • Toronto Film Review: 'Nightcrawler'

    As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that -- with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair -- he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant...
  • Toronto Film Review: 'My Old Lady'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Parental failures, lingering filial resentments and obscure French real-estate laws are placed under the microscope in veteran playwright Israel Horovitz's debut feature, "My Old Lady," with only the latter yielding any novel...
  • Film Review: Kevin Kline captures Errol Flynn's waning years

    Film Review: Kevin Kline captures Errol Flynn's waning years
    In the wonderful comedy “My Favorite Year,” Peter O'Toole played Alan Swann, a character plainly based on screen icon Errol Flynn. Confronted with the realization that his upcoming TV appearance is going out live — ergo, no retakes...
  • Toronto: Deliberating 'The Judge' as Awards Contender

    "The Judge" features a great lineup of talent, above and below the line, but the main focus (both to mainstream audiences and awards voters) will be on the two Roberts: Downey Jr. and Duvall. Duvall seems like the safest bet for supporting-actor...
  • Toronto: Barry Levinson Hails Disruptive Digital Revolution

    TORONTO - Veteran movie director Barry Levinson ("Good Morning, Vietnam," "Wag The Dog," "Rain Man") hailed the disruptions of the digital revolution as creating diversity and story-telling opportunities -- things he says the modern Hollywood studios...
  • 'No No: A Dockumentary' an engaging portrait of Dock Ellis

     'No No: A Dockumentary' an engaging portrait of Dock Ellis
    You might figure that any baseball player who pitched a no-hitter in a major league game while reportedly on LSD is probably worth a movie, and based on the engaging "No No: A Dockumentary," that assessment pretty much stands. Twenty years after...
  • Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's

    Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's
    The next time you get a longing for mole, you don't have to start shopping for the couple dozen ingredients it can take to make one. You don't even have to hop on the next plane to Oaxaca or Puebla. In Los Angeles, we've got restaurants that specialize in...
  • Review: 'Disney on Ice presents Frozen' from Feld Entertainment

    Review: 'Disney on Ice presents Frozen' from Feld Entertainment
    The "Frozen" faithful — and the box-office receipts show there are plenty of them — will find an awful lot to like about Feld Entertainment's latest Disney on Ice show. On the other hand, those unfamiliar with the 2013 Disney film, which...