| Dec 16, 2013
Asked to choose if great songwriting or great performance ability is more important for a musician, "Inside Llewyn Davis" star Oscar Isaac hesitates, wavers, then decides.
"I'd say definitely songwriting. Because if you perform a [bleepy] song, then just...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
One of the most beguiling folk records of the year has the bonus of ferrying along a Joel and Ethan Coen plot line. The songs within the brothers' new "Inside Llewyn Davis" move from balladry to blues to ancient British folk, adding an extra layer of...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:21 PM
I've been a fan of the Coen Brothers' eccentric dark humor for many years. Their unique offbeat style is exemplified in noteworthy movies like "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski" and "No Country for Old Men." This time around, they target a much smaller...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:30 AM
John Goodman has long been the go-to guy for Joel and Ethan Coen when they need a big man to negotiate long, twisty monologues and blow his stack when necessary. (And it inevitably is.) In "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:30 PM
"The Great Folk Scare" is how the late singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk jokingly referred to the 1960s American folk music revival. But there was nothing to fear Sept. 29 at Manhattan's Town Hall, where a who's-who of folkies past and present gathered to...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Film directors love Julianne Moore and she must love them back. After all, she's married to one (Bart Freundlich). Muse to Paul Thomas Anderson and Todd Haynes, a complicit partner to Robert Altman and Lisa Cholodenko, a fleshed-out Sarah Palin ("Game...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The character Larry David portrays in "Clear History," his new HBO movie, is very close to the version of himself he plays in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- only this guy impulsively threw away a fortune, instead of co-creating "Seinfeld" and making one. The...
| Sep 18, 2012
It's startling to observe the changes you go through when you move to another country — changes in the way you interact with women and men. Even the way you dress.
I started to think about acculturation after I moved from Germany to Southern...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Continual coverage of the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
6:10 p.m. Jury asks to go home
Judge Edward Burmila told jurors they could go home or keep deliberating, and the jury has...
| May 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
CANNES, France — Whatever its commercial fortunes when it opens in the U.S. this December, "Inside Llewyn Davis" already has won the acclaim sought so ardently by the fictional folk singer of its title, the latest charismatic loser in a long,...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 6:54 AM
"Shorts 4 Kids": Think of it as plays for young audiences, in bite-size portions for elementary and middle school students. The best part of Miami-based City Theatre's four 10-minute plays dealing with acceptance, differences and bullying? It's free....