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  • Review: "First Comes Love"

    The fine line between movingly personal and irritatingly self-indulgent is pretty much obliterated by "First Comes Love," autobiographical documentarian Nina Davenport's video memoir of her decision to have a baby on her own, and the subsequent process of doing that. In tone, Davenport's film (a genuine chore to watch at 106 minutes) recalls those New York Times Sunday Styles pieces in which annoying people provide first-person accounts chronicling major life events. By the end, this HBO presentation feels like one of those uncomfortable evenings where you visit a friend, and they bore you to death with images of their ultrasound.
  • Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 5-9, 2013)

    A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided. Elysium Distributor: Sony So close and yet so far, the colony of Elysium hovers just outside Earth's atmosphere, a mere 19-...

    Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Sept. 2-6, 2013)

    A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided. Riddick Distributor: Universal Having been left for dead in more ways than one after the critical and commercial failure of...

    New York City Marathon TV coverage on ESPN2 Sunday

     
    New York City Marathon TV coverage on ESPN2 Sunday, Nov. 4 [Update: The 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been canceled.] Depending on your perspective, the 2012 ING New York City Marathon is either a victory for NYC or an inappropriate waste of...

    'Undefeated': A provocative look at race and class in sports

     
    If we’ve learned anything from the mega-media onslaught over Jeremy Lin, it’s that racial and ethnic stereotypes are still a powerful force in America, especially in the world of sports. My 13-year-old son’s generation is largely...