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  • 'Vermonica' sheds light on how our past shapes our future

    'Vermonica' sheds light on how our past shapes our future

    Artist’s light shines on Regarding “Beloved sculpture moved without notice” [Nov. 30]: My first reaction when I read Carolina Miranda’s feature article about the lovely, iconic street lights was, “How wonderful! They are still in existence.” My primary reason for writing this letter is to salute...

  • California Sounds: 30 essential Los Angeles records of 2017

    California Sounds: 30 essential Los Angeles records of 2017

    Like wealth disparity in America, the divide between L.A.-based musical megastars and the other 99% of musicians reveals the extent to which big business controls the narrative. While the headliners get prominent pushes on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, a whole subset of artists...

  • 'Twin Peaks' and the best new video and streaming picks of 2017

    'Twin Peaks' and the best new video and streaming picks of 2017

    If you’re someone who likes watching movies at home, here’s some good news: It’s never been easier to find something you want to see from the comfort of your own couch. With video on demand (VOD), premium cable, and the seemingly endless proliferation of subscription streaming services — nearly...

  • Best of 2017 | Jazz: Vijay Iyer, Ron Miles and Nicole Mitchell look ahead

    Best of 2017 | Jazz: Vijay Iyer, Ron Miles and Nicole Mitchell look ahead

    In a year when disaster seemed only a tweet away, music seemed more precious than ever. Capable of both providing shelter and uniting us, the sounds on these albums amplify voices — some new, some familiar — that demanded to be heard, whether in the pointed interstellar imaginings of Nicole Mitchell,...

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  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and other movie picks for Dec. 15

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and other movie picks for Dec. 15

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Call Me By Your Name Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino...

  • 'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' is a dark, brooding Old West tale with a smart modern touch

    'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' is a dark, brooding Old West tale with a smart modern touch

    As the man himself would be the first to tell you, Lefty Brown is not the kind of guy ballads are written about. Folksy and eccentric, prone to talking to himself, this self-abnegating old-timer is the eternal sidekick, the hero's reliable right hand and nothing more. But, as its title indicates,...

  • 'The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story' plays like a promo for 'Chicken Soup' author's brand

    'The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story' plays like a promo for 'Chicken Soup' author's brand

    Even beyond its brief running time, “The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story” feels less like a feature documentary and more like a well-produced video that plays at a seminar when the lights go down. There isn’t a lot of insight or depth regarding the bestselling author’s life and experience...

  • Eclectic guitarist gets his due in 'Bill Frisell: A Portrait'

    Eclectic guitarist gets his due in 'Bill Frisell: A Portrait'

    Many musicians claim their work is “unclassifiable,” but the term applies especially to Bill Frisell, who over the years has been filed under “jazz,” “rock,” “Americana” and even “classical.” The genteel guitarist will bring his mellifluous style and gentle atmospherics to anyone who needs it —...

  • Neo-noir 'Spent' quickly exhausts audience's patience

    Neo-noir 'Spent' quickly exhausts audience's patience

    Writer-director Lisa Mikitarian goes for a stylized neo-noir aesthetic in the family melodrama “Spent,” but with amateurish acting, an overwrought script, and low-budget production design, this feature never has enough in the tank to get going in the first place. Connie Lamothe and Darren Barzegar...

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