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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.

White River Junction 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 renamed the White River Indie Festival, in a nod to the variety of media that it attracts. “The trans-media component is becoming more and more an important part of our focus,” said filmmaker Nora Jacobson …

‘Under the Skin’: Beauty Below the Surface

Friday, April 18, 2014

One of the most astonishingly assured directorial debuts of the early 21st century was Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, a stylishly vicious crime thriller that erased any chance of Ben Kingsley being typecast as a Gandhi figure. Sexy Beast was a ramped-up, hyper-verbal explosion of Britishisms and its singular vulgar patois, which made Glazer’s sophomore effort so surprising: Birth, a lamentably under-seen drama featuring …

Stores Put Happy Spin on Sales

Friday, April 18, 2014

Philadelphia — Back in 2008, Record Store Day was launched as a hopeful holiday aiming to buck up struggling independent music retailers desperate to lure customers. The situation was dire. The Tower Records chain had closed in 2006, and CD sales were shrinking. Vinyl was an outmoded format that barely amounted to a …

One Star Finds Himself in ‘Divergent’

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pittsburgh — David Letterman did it. Twice. And then Sylvester Stallone opted to double down, too. What else was actor Theo James to do March 12 when confronted with the prospect of drinking raw eggs in front of …

The ‘Divergent’ Movie Is Better Than the Book

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better. With the film adaptation of Divergent, the first novel in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of dystopian thrillers, director Neil Burger (Limitless) has crafted a popcorn flick that’s …

After Decades of Censorship, Burma’s Films Probe Dark Past

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yangon, Burma — Lin Sun Oo doesn’t take his eyes off the field and forest before him — the rich green grass and the leaves on the lush trees stand, almost obediently, as still as statues. It is …

The Muppet Interview: Miss Piggy, Kermit Tell All

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles — Cinema has plenty of classic couples — Hepburn and Tracy, Bogart and Bacall, Brad and Angie — but few are as ageless or as lovable as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The charming amphibian and his porcine paramour are reunited on the big screen …

Dartmouth Film Society Focuses on Director Wes Anderson

Friday, March 21, 2014

L ike marzipan or Turkish Delight, the films of Wes Anderson are a taste you acquire — or not. His movies, eight in all, are the focus of a Dartmouth Film Society retrospective that begins this Sunday at …

TLC Plans to Return to ‘Kate Plus 8’

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles Times It seems like a lifetime ago that America bid farewell to Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight kids, but it’s been just three years since the final episode of Kate Plus 8 aired on TLC. Time for a reunion! That’s not to say the …

Networks Build Drama, Ratings With a Break in the Season

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Diva Rule No. 1: Know how to make a big entrance. Diva Rule No. 2: Know how to make a big exit. Diva Rule No. 3: Do these things as often as humanly possible. The return earlier this …

Around the Remote: Olympic Champs on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Monday, March 17, 2014

Don’t Miss Dancing With the S tars — OK, so they were pretty darn good on frozen water, but how will Olympic ice dancing champs Charlie White and Meryl Davis fare without their skates — and each other — as they compete separately in the ballroom? That’s one …

‘Wind Rises’ Offers a Mesmerizing Final Flight of Fancy yazaki

Saturday, March 15, 2014

It seems like just yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki, the master of Japanese anime, was making his U.S. theatrical debut with The Princess Mononoke, a lush, deeply imagined environmental allegory. That 1997 movie was the first time many American …

Abs Mostly Absent in a Lesser ‘300’

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gazing at actor Michael Fassbender’s fine tuxedoed self as he celebrated the historic win of 12 Years a Slave at the Academy Awards, it was hard to believe that seven years had gone by since we first met the dreamy Irish actor, when he played a brave Spartan …