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  • When refusing the hour saves the day

    When refusing the hour saves the day

    When the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge created his installation “The Refusal of Time” for Documenta 13, the international exhibition in Kassel, Germany, five years ago, it proved such a draw that you had to refuse an hour or more to wait in line to see it. Through films, various...

  • Monday's TV highlights: 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on PBS

    Monday's TV highlights: 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on PBS

    SERIES The Halcyon As the Halcyon celebrates its 50th anniversary, Lucian (Charles Edwards) struggles to keep order while Garland and Lady Hamilton (Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams) find a mutual cause in the season finale. 7 p.m. OVA Kevin Can Wait Kevin (Kevin James) promises to prepare a...

  • Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

    Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

    Exactly 50 years after he took the stage in Alberto Ginastera’s “Don Rodrigo,” Plácido Domingo celebrated the golden anniversary of his Los Angeles debut in a starry L.A. Opera gala Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Among those who turned out to honor Domingo were Mayor Eric Garcetti along...

  • Bernstein's spirit brought back to the stage, from 'Fancy Free' to '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

    Bernstein's spirit brought back to the stage, from 'Fancy Free' to '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

    While guest-conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein reportedly chided the musicians once for overly polished playing. He must have felt it somehow diminished the all-too-human spirit he was looking for in music. That certainly wasn’t a problem with the "Bernstein on Stage" program...

  • Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

    Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

    In a superhero showdown, the combined forces of Warner Bros.' "Justice League" was enough to topple "Thor: Ragnarok" from the top spot on the box office charts, despite a soft opening for the DC Comics team-up. "Justice League" grossed an estimated $96 million, according to figures from measurement...

  • Brit comedy 'Back' an awkward delight

    Brit comedy 'Back' an awkward delight

    “Back,” a British comedy making its way to America on Thursday by way of the streaming channel Sundance Now, reunites the team of David Mitchell and Robert Webb (“Peep Show,” “That Mitchell and Webb Look”) with each other and with creator Simon Blackwell, who wrote for “Peep Show.” Some readers...

  • Uninspired parallel lives drama 'Destined' falls on clichés

    Uninspired parallel lives drama 'Destined' falls on clichés

    The tortured melodrama “Destined” has a peculiar way with the road-not-traveled scenario that “Sliding Doors” deployed to similarly underwhelming effect. A Detroit projects kid’s brief mix-up with drug dealers jumps forward and splits into two parallel narratives, one in which a grown Rasheed (Cory...

  • Noël Wells proves you can go home again in her insightful comedy 'Mr. Roosevelt'

    Noël Wells proves you can go home again in her insightful comedy 'Mr. Roosevelt'

    On its surface, “Mr. Roosevelt” could simply appear to be a well-made freshman film from an actor-comedian, one of many indie comedies about returning home. However, writer, director and star Noël Wells doesn’t just focus on her laugh-out-loud funny performance or insightful script: she displays...

  • Sharon Jones is not to be messed with on her final album, 'Soul of a Woman'

    Sharon Jones is not to be messed with on her final album, 'Soul of a Woman'

    Sharon Jones struggled as a singer for too long to let anything interfere with her success when it finally arrived. That’s the impression you get from “Soul of a Woman,” the final album this tough, leather-lunged R&B belter made before she died in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. Due Friday, nearly a...

  • Icelandic supernatural noir 'I Remember You' mines setting for moody malevolence

    Icelandic supernatural noir 'I Remember You' mines setting for moody malevolence

    Nordic authors have penned some of the most memorable crime fiction of the 21st century, telling stories about appalling real-world evil with clinical detail. Writer-director Óskar Thór Axelsson’s “I Remember You” (adapted from a novel by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir) couples the matter-of-fact approach...

  • Stale mockumentary 'Cook Off!' misses its mark

    Stale mockumentary 'Cook Off!' misses its mark

    Wafting into theaters after sitting on the back burner for the last decade, “Cook Off!” is a shrill, gloppy mess of a mockumentary being served up well past its “best before” date — if there ever actually were one. Set against the overheated backdrop of the fictional Van Rookle Farms’ annual cooking...

  • Jena Malone shines in Victorian sexual repression thriller 'Angelica'

    Jena Malone shines in Victorian sexual repression thriller 'Angelica'

    Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein will always have a tough time topping “Teeth,” the sensational body-horror film he released to critical acclaim a decade ago. But Lichtenstein gets close to matching that cult favorite with “Angelica,” a Victorian gothic melodrama that — like “Teeth” — features...

  • Ill-timed, tone-deaf 'Almost Friends' gets romance all wrong

    Ill-timed, tone-deaf 'Almost Friends' gets romance all wrong

    The painfully tone-deaf coming-of-age romance “Almost Friends” feels like a relic of a bygone era, when movies could casually present stalking and coercion as acceptable forms of courtship. Written and directed by Jake Goldberger without seeing the “nice guy”-style entitlement for the toxic, outdated...

  • Denzel Washington's remarkable performance in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' isn't helped by plot

    Denzel Washington's remarkable performance in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' isn't helped by plot

    In his four-decade-long career, Denzel Washington has played heroes and villains, ministers and miscreants and everything in between. "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is not like any of them, not even close. To call the title character idiosyncratic and eccentric is not the half of it. Overweight, ungainly,...

  • Alex Gibney revisits the Irish Troubles in his angry true-crime doc 'No Stone Unturned'

    Alex Gibney revisits the Irish Troubles in his angry true-crime doc 'No Stone Unturned'

    On June 18, 1994, two masked men armed with assault rifles entered a pub in Loughinisland, a village in County Down, Northern Ireland, where locals had gathered to watch the Irish Republic trounce Italy in the World Cup. The assailants opened fire, killing six patrons, all of them Catholic men,...

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