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  • Today in History

    Today is Tuesday, June 9, the 160th day of 2015. There are 205 days left in the year.
  • Composers have their time in spotlight

    Composers have their time in spotlight
    It's the time in a movie when most audience members take their attention off the screen — when they begin talking, checking their phones and shuffling out of the darkness. For Carl St.Clair, it's sometimes the best part of the film. The...

    Angelina Jolie is wickedly good in the not-quite-classic 'Maleficent'

    Angelina Jolie is wickedly good in the not-quite-classic 'Maleficent'
    In re-imagining the infamous evil queen who curses an innocent girl, "Maleficent" is very much a cautionary tale for modern times. It essentially begs the question — are you sure it was the shrew that needed taming? It stars a wickedly good...

    Movie review: 'Maleficent'

    Movie review: 'Maleficent'
    The formula works. It worked with "Wicked" on stage and it worked with "Frozen" on film — tilting the storytelling prism so that a new angle on a well-known fairy tale appears in the light. The strategy depends on humanizing characters formerly...

    'The Hunger Games' adaptation hits the target ✭✭✭

    'The Hunger Games' adaptation hits the target ✭✭✭
    The hypocrisy at the heart of "The Hunger Games" is irresistible. Novelist Suzanne Collins, whose trilogy has been decreed "awesome" by, among others, my 5th grade son, indicts violence and organized brutality as tools of mass-audience manipulation. Yet...