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By Tim O'Shei » Thursday, February 4, 2016

The idea is enterprising: Take a legendary pop-culture phenomenon – “Star Trek” – and cull through 700 hours of content from 12 movies and six television series. Distill the best music and strongest imagery, match it by theme and meld it into a... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 4, 2016

My favorite Janis Joplin moment on record is silly really – just a tiny sliver of her personality captured in a couple of seconds of recording time. It’s on her best record by far, the posthumous “Pearl.” She sings a little joke song she and a... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Say what you will about the ludicrously overextended James Franco, but never deny his ambition. What other young male actor would star in a re-creation of the sexually explicit deleted scenes from 1980’s “Cruising,” play himself in the “Veronica... Read More

By Bruce Andriatch » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When The People v. O.J. Simpson starts its 10-week run at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX, the country will be taken back to a week in 1994 that many will never forget. On June 12 of that year, Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and an acquaintance of hers,... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Monday, February 1, 2016

He’s like a professor, the revered and feared kind, the scholarly voice-of-God type. He speaks with a purpose but sprinkles in humor (you best catch it!) and questions (so you better listen up). A conversation with William Shatner is short on... Read More




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By Christopher Schobert » Monday, February 1, 2016

It’s safe to say there was no other film in 2015 quite like Laurie Anderson’s emotionally profound, blisteringly intelligent “Heart of a Dog.” There won’t be in 2016, either, so the screening of this documentary by the “O Superman” musician... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Thursday, January 28, 2016

During Ted Kryczko’s retirement party six years ago, one of his colleagues at Walt Disney Records revealed a statistic from the company database. Kryczko’s name was listed on more than 1,000 Disney music products, making him the third-most prolific... Read More

By Mark Sommer » Thursday, January 28, 2016

The title of “Mustang” refers to five free-spirited sisters in a rural Turkish village, who are first seen coltishly frolicking in the Black Sea. It’s the last day of school, and the girls are are engaging in chicken fights with their male... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is the exclamation point in the title of “Aferim!” that seems to illustrate its creators’ intentions. A harsh, unflinching Romanian drama set in the 19th century, the film is – against all odds – very, very funny. (The title means... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, January 28, 2016

Audiences might feel the urge to clap as Coast Guard drama “The Finest Hours” draws to a close, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. The story of a daring rescue attempt after an oil tanker split in half during a blizzard in 1952 certainly warrants... Read More

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