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  • 'Home Sweet Hell' plunges into a muddle of moviemaking

     'Home Sweet Hell' plunges into a muddle of moviemaking
    If Katherine Heigl thought the unappetizing dark comedy "Home Sweet Hell" might somehow help her flagging film career, she was greatly mistaken. As for her co-lead, Patrick Wilson, there simply had to be better choices out there for the talented,...
  • Dave Douglas meets Columbia students in bold new music

    Dave Douglas meets Columbia students in bold new music
    There's nothing more inspiring in jazz than watching young musicians sharing a stage with a master composer-improviser. That happens periodically at the Jazz Showcase, when a collegiate band appears alongside a noted soloist, but on Thursday night there...
  • Restaurant review: Stefano's Grill in Orlando

    Restaurant review: Stefano's Grill in Orlando
    A former Pennsylvania restaurateur and TV chef with a penchant for the Pittsburgh Steelers has created an upscale-casual retreat with a side of swank off Orlando's Restaurant Row. Stefano's Grill is a local hangout, a popular spot for conventiongoers...
  • L.A. Phil brings new 'New World' to Asia

     L.A. Phil brings new 'New World' to Asia
    The second of the two programs that the Los Angeles Philharmonic will play on its Asian tour, beginning next week in Hong Kong, has an obvious American theme. John Adams' "City Noir" is an ode to old Hollywood. In Dvorák's "New World" Symphony, a noted...
  • Film Review: Secrets are revealed in 'An Honest Liar'

    Film Review: Secrets are revealed in 'An Honest Liar'
    Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom's documentary “An Honest Liar” looks at the life and work of James Randi (aka the Amazing Randi, birth name Randall James Hamilton Zwinge), professional magician and devoted exposer of paranormal claims. Randi...
  • DVD Review: Latest 'Hunger Games' entry adds extra features

    DVD Review: Latest 'Hunger Games' entry adds extra features
    The third of four films based on Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” follows the book — or roughly the first half of the book — reasonably closely. Collins...
  • REVIEW: Les Violons du Roy silky smooth at Williams Center

    REVIEW: Les Violons du Roy silky smooth at Williams Center
    Les Violons du Roy, which appeared at the Williams Center at Lafayette College Wednesday evening, is indeed aptly-named. The Quebec City-based chamber orchestra, in a program of music by Rameau, Mozart, and Haydn, produced a sound fit for royalty, with...
  • 'On the Way to School' a lesson in determination

    Carpooling isn't an option for Jackson, Zahira, Carlos and Samuel, the students profiled in the stirring, tenderly observed French documentary "On the Way to School." Living in four remote corners of the world, these committed kids never take their...
  • Dutoit's French program with CSO delights in the details

    Dutoit's French program with CSO delights in the details
    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is giving special attention to French music this season, via a survey of Gallic composers that will culminate in a three-week festival in May emphasizing French operatic and dramatic works. Few, if any, living conductors...
  • 1951's 'The Tales of Hoffmann' is a triumph of cinematic art

     1951's 'The Tales of Hoffmann' is a triumph of cinematic art
    They don't make films like "The Tales of Hoffmann" anymore. In fact, they never have. Written, directed and produced in 1951 by the celebrated British duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, "Hoffmann" is an immersive aesthetic experience best...
  • In fast-paced 'Run All Night,' Liam Neeson and Ed Harris shine

    In fast-paced 'Run All Night,' Liam Neeson and Ed Harris shine
    "Run All Night" is genre to the core, a violent action thriller about a critical 16 hours in the lives of some very bad people, but that doesn't mean there aren't any number of good things in it. Top of that list are Liam Neeson and Ed Harris, under the...