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Fine Arts: Theater: The Little Foxes

Like Vaseline on a camera lens, or a veil softening a plain bride’s face, the diaphanous curtains of designer Gary Wissmann’s glamorous and expressionistic set barely conceal the ugly greed that festers in “The Little Foxes,” this Southern tale of squabbling siblings. [...]

Movie: Pontypool

If a zombie movie had been done by Alfred Hitchcock, maybe it would have been “Pontypool.” It is what isn’t seen in this movie that makes it particularly creepy. [...]

DVD: Designing Women

With the possible exception of “The Golden Girls,” no 1980’s sitcom was as smartly written as “Designing Women,” a veritable festival of sass and mischief. [...]

Movie: UP

Run, do not walk, to your local movie theater to catch “UP.” The latest animated feature from the incredibly creative folks at Pixar (and Walt Disney, their distributor) is perhaps the most wonderful movie they have made yet. [...]

Movie: Outrage

Maybe it is simply to offset this movie, but just about a week ago, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced he was going to run for the U. S. Senate as a Republican. [...]

Movie: Drag Me to Hell

It’s nice to know that you can go home again with “Drag Me To Hell,” Sam. Even if it means opening a creaky, but familiar door to a nuanced nightmare torture chamber. [...]

TV: Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

If you have a completely juvenile sense of humor, or really laugh hard at Judd Apatow movies, you may want to check out “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.” I think it's one of the weirdest and funniest new shows on television, and it is also completely subversive. [...]

Movie: Little Ashes

The big question about this little movie called “Little Ashes” is whether it ever really would have been released were it not for break-out star Robert Pattinson, who played the sexy vampire Edward Cullen in “Twilight.” [...]

Movie: Anvil: The Story of Anvil

It isn’t often that a documentary about two guys who are basically losers makes you stand up and cheer when the credits roll, but that is exactly what happened the night I saw “Anvil: The Story of Anvil.” And it wasn’t just me, it was the whole theater going crazy. [...]

CD: Steve Earle: Townes

With the possible exception of Emmylou Harris who covered “Pancho and Lefty” back in the ‘70s – providing the inspiration for the 1983 hit by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – nobody has done more to nurture the reputation of songwriter’s songwriter Townes Van Zandt than fellow outlaw Steve Earle. [...]
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