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  • Review: �Destiny� dazzles, but time for genre to evolve?

    For lovers of sci-fi action video games, "Destiny" was worth the wait. Players zoom though the solar system to battle aliens and each other on dazzlingly rendered versions of Earth, the moon and other planets. It's hard to turn away even during pause...
  • The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book

    The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book
    One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won't resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let's savor John Lahr's "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," a work that is scintillating on the...
  • 'Keep On' pays homage to jazz trumpeter and mentor Clark Terry

    For much of his long, prolific career, jazz trumpeter Clark Terry has been a passionate and generous teacher as well as a performer, mentoring Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, among others. Alan Hicks, one of the young musicians to have enjoyed Clark's...
  • Review: 'My Old Lady' ★★

    Review: 'My Old Lady' ★★
    You can't complain about the cast in "My Old Lady" — Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas going at one another in high style — and the setting of Paris at its most atmospheric is charm itself. The film in question, however,...
  • Sarah Waters mixes crime and romantic strangers in 'Paying Guests'

    Sarah Waters seems to revel in 19th and 20th century British history as a dolphin does in water: Her literary depictions of domestic life, manners, architecture, class structure, the weight of war and the volatility of love all appear as effortless as...
  • Review: 'The Zero Theorem' ★★ 1/2

    Review: 'The Zero Theorem' ★★ 1/2
    "The Zero Theorem" is director Terry Gilliam's latest dazzling dose of sci-fi eye candy, and the third film in what some are calling his "Brazil" trilogy. Like "Brazil" and "Twelve Monkeys," it's about human connections in a technologically warped world...
  • Berkeley Theater Review: 'An Audience with Meow Meow'

    A little charm goes but a little way in "An Audience with Meow Meow," a show with a title character whose program bio description as a "post-post-modern diva" likewise overestimates her edginess, which is merely butter-knife grade. Good-natured and...
  • Review: 'Autumn Blood' ★ 1/2

    Review: 'Autumn Blood' ★ 1/2
    The title, poster, premise and the fact that it's been sitting on the shelf for three years make "Autumn Blood" seem like a direct-to-DVD, low-rent Tarantino rip-off. The reality, though, is that the handsomely shot feature-film debut from German director...
  • Review: 'The Notebook' ★★

    Review: 'The Notebook' ★★
    Based on the international bestseller by Agota Kristof, "The Notebook" represented Hungary in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film competition but failed to garner a nomination. Director Janos Szasz opens the film in 1944 amid World War II. As...
  • Review: 'God Help the Girl' ★★★

    Review: 'God Help the Girl'  ★★★
    The lively, playful, self-aware musical "God Help the Girl" has such a will-o'-the-wisp quality you fear it will disappear if you attempt to fence it. Writer-director Stuart Murdoch called it "our little hymn to the possibility of healing in music" when...
  • Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' ★★

    Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' ★★
    Films aren't so much born as worried into existence, and with some films the worrying — the concern that the audience won't get it, or get out for it, or make the required time commitment — never stops. Take, for example, "The...