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Edward James Olmos as Freddy Suarez in a scene from John Sayles' "Go for Sisters,'' which will be shown at the White River Indie Festival in Vermont.

WRJ Indie Fest Adds Features

Friday, April 18, 2014

The event formerly known as the White River Indie Film Festival has lost one of its Fs: now celebrating its 10th year, it has been …

Mother Knows Best in Disney Nature Film ‘Bears’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For the past several years, Disneynature has marked Earth Day by releasing a documentary celebrating Mother Nature. Bears is the studio’s latest nature doc with …

Video: Sweet Time; Sugaring at Killam Farm in Barnard

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Steve Killam, of Barnard, has been sugaring on his farm with friends and family for decades, and the Vermont tradition provides a once-a-year setting for …

Imagining Adeline: Family Diary Inspires Plainfield Woman’s Novel

Friday, April 11, 2014

In 2009, Helen Taylor Davidson of Plainfield sat down with the diary of her great-grandmother Adeline Elizabeth Hoe with the intent of transcribing it. That would have been ambitious enough, but she went a step further. She dove …

The Real Colbert May Be What Late-Night TV Really Needs

Saturday, April 12, 2014

CBS put a swift end to speculation and announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert will take over as host of the network’s Late Show sometime next year when longtime host David Letterman retires. It’s a five-year contract. It’s also …

Rock Hall Welcomes KISS, Nirvana and More

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its “Who’d have thought?” surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance …

Sports a Good Fit for Kevin Costner

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in Draft Day, the latest entry in the actor’s long association with sports on film. Bull Durham was a benchmark for Costner as an actor who fits seamlessly into Hollywood’s musings on baseball. He cemented his role as baseball’s everyman …

‘Le Week-End’: Laughter Cuts the Middle-Age Angst

Saturday, April 12, 2014

One of the joys of attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the generous helping of adult-oriented romance on offer, from Nicole Holofcener’s funny and wise Enough Said to the ruefully triumphant Chilean drama Gloria. One of the sparkliest jewels in that crown was Le Week-End, an …

In ‘Rio 2,’ the Musical Numbers Shine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are …

Celebrity Doesn’t Suit Rachael Stirling of ‘Bletchley Circle’

Saturday, April 12, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. — If actress Rachael Stirling ever gets tired of acting she can always gallop the wilds of Patagonia with Chilean cowboys or trek to India for a fifth time or challenge a pugilist to a match …

Taking Stock of Vermont’s Architecture

Friday, April 11, 2014

For a state that’s defined as much by its small villages and civic cohesiveness as it is by its green hills, Vermont gets only modest notice for its architecture. Or maybe it’s because of those small villages with …

Matthiessen: Best Fiction ‘Will Always Matter’

Friday, April 11, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86 of complications from leukemia, was complex, even contradictory, in the most compelling sense. Born into privilege, he attended Hotchkiss boarding school and Yale and founded the Paris Review in 1953 with George Plimpton and Harold L. Humes. Yet he later …

An Atheist Grapples With a Mystical Encounter

Friday, April 11, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich never meant to write a memoir. “It seems very self-involved,” she says by phone from her home in Arlington, Va. “I have anxiety about it.” That anxiety is heightened at the moment because her new book, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the …