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  • Film Review: 'Concrete Night'

    In 2004, the Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo made a soulful, stylized documentary laying bare the toll taken by the Chechnya war on children on all sides of the conflict. Among its other virtues, the devastating "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia" showed how human misery could be aestheticized without overwhelming the source material. Would that the same could be said of Honkasalo's new narrative feature, which is also Finland's foreign-language Oscar entry. The director began her career as a gifted cinematographer, and the black-and-white polish of "Concrete Night" is as sleek and lovely as it was in "3 Rooms." But this mawkish bummer about an ill-used teenage boy wandering around a surreally forbidding Helsinki is marred by a facile nihilism that trivializes the urban alienation it seeks to illuminate.
  • NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!' raises stakes with flashier set, bolder cast

    In a soundstage on a particularly desolate patch of Long Island, Allison Williams is dangling in the dark from a 25-foot harness. The "Girls" star floats stealthily above a brightly lighted bedroom where a make-believe family belts out the "Peter Pan"...

    Pen Argyl native Aldo Ray's film hits DVD

    It's common knowledge among Valley film fans that Jayne Mansfield, one of the biggest stars of the 1950s and early 1960s, spent a big chunk of her childhood in Pen Argyl, the Northampton County town with a population of about 3,500. Mansfield remained...

    Ken Takakura dies at 83; outlaw and hero in Japanese films

    Ken Takakura, a quiet, craggy-faced star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, has died. He was 83. Perhaps best known abroad for his role as a police inspector in Ridley Scott's 1989 film "Black Rain," Takakura died...

    Review: 'Last Days in Vietnam' ★★★ 1/2

    Review: 'Last Days in Vietnam' ★★★ 1/2
    Rory Kennedy's exceptional documentary "Last Days in Vietnam" will be broadcast in April on the long-running PBS series "American Experience." But it holds up on a bigger screen and deserves a large audience earlier than that. Ideally that audience...