| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:00 PM
***1/2 (out of four)
“Humiliate to motivate.” It’s easy to imagine Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor at the country’s top music conservatory, having that kind of bumper sticker on his car (not that anyone drives in...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 1:21 PM
Social media, especially Facebook, profoundly has changed the way we announce death and/or its imminence, the way we find out about loss, the way we mourn, the language we use to comfort the grieving and the status of those who do the comforting. That...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| May 23, 2012
| 7:52 AM
GM Unfriending Facebook
Facebook’s IPO may have set records last week, but General Motors isn’t impressed, as they’ve decided to discontinue advertising on the social network. Mark Zuckerberg shouldn’t take the decision...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 1:56 PM
A new book suggests that ambitious women should "lean in" to achieve success.
What do we mean by "an ambitious woman"? What defines "achieving success"? Most important, what is "a new book"?
OK, I know the answer to that one: A new book is where we...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 8:04 PM
The New Black Panthers and Geraldo Rivera have something in common.
They're both nuts.
And they both show how the rhetoric surrounding the Trayvon Martin case can veer off the path of impassioned but reasonable discussion and onto a one-way street to...
| Aug 7, 2012
Women break down in romantic comedies all the time. They just rarely do so to the point of looking unattractive, says Rashida Jones.
“She always looks good, her hair looks good and her apartment’s pretty. It’s like, there’s things...
| May 22, 2013
Yes, the title character of “Frances Ha” is a New York woman in her 20s struggling with her professional life and the romantic and platonic tiers of her personal life. Still, don’t ask Greta Gerwig, who plays Frances and co-wrote the...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Let us consider for a moment the Hollywood performance that never gets nominated for awards but can be just as indelible as any Oscar-winning role. I'm referring to the celebrity interview that goes viral.
Typically interviews that are done during a...
| Aug 15, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
No, “Jobs” doesn’t reach the heights of “The Social Network.” Few movies do.
Yet this biopic delivers a powerful lesson via an OK movie: That people can change the world if they don’t let others...
| Feb 7, 2013
A sly one, "Side Effects" is a movie in which the main character's pharmacological state of mind is never entirely certain.
In such a role it's critical to have someone who can keep an audience guessing as to the state of that mind, moment to moment....