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Mexican Rock and Adoption Issues

Dear Mexican: Why is rock en español so mellow? You'd think that with so much injustice, Mexican rock bands would sound angrier.

El Gigante de Anaheim

Dear Anaheim Giant: You'd think so, right? Back in the Mexican's rockero days, groups like Maldita Vecind...

Capsule Stage Reviews: January 29, 2015

Madame Butterfly The girl in the chrysanthemum kimono never stays too far away too long. Depicted through Puccini's most rhapsodic melodies that use a subtle pentatonic framework for its swirling overlay of Japanesque atmosphere, this universally beloved opera is continually on the annual top...

Capsule Art Reviews: January 29, 2015

"Drawings and Sculpture" Cryptic languages, hidden doors, secret passageways and escape hatches: Expect to find this and more in Stephen Daly's "Drawings and Sculpture" exhibit at Gremillion & Co. It is the modus operandi of this former professor of art (now professor emeritus, University of ...

If You've Ever Loved a Terrible Person, Mr. Turner Is a Movie for You

If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Mr. Turner — a biopic, of sorts, covering the last 25 years of the life of the great 19th-century British painter J.M.W. Turner — is the movie for you. In his seascapes and landscapes, Turner found ...

A Strong Star Can’t Keep Sub Flick Black Sea From Sinking

Jude Law, once so shiny-penny-clean and pretty — and with the kind of chin dimple that might have inspired Audrey Hepburn to ask, as she did of Cary Grant in Charade, "How do you shave in there?" — is only now reaching the age where we can call his face interesting. In Kevin Ma...

Black or White Wants You to Root for a Young Black Man to Be a Stereotype

There are few hard-and-fast rules in screenwriting, but here's one I think we can agree on: Something's gone wrong if your crowd-pleasing family drama asks audiences to hope a child's father proves to be a crackhead. That's one baffling turn in Mike Binder's Black or White, a...

Martin Starr Is Grand in American-Iraqi Rom-Com Amira & Sam.

Look, if it's going to have any chance of stirring in us that warm, giddy, life-saving thrill of love actually working out, a romantic comedy with a happy ending probably has to cheat a little bit, to inflate its obstacles, to make those final moments truly momentous. To honor that feeling...

A Year to Forget

The world needs fewer tasteful movies about distasteful things. It definitely doesn't need J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, in which Oscar Isaac plays a nouveau-riche heating-oil baron in early-1980s New York, striving to maintain his principles amid industry corruption and gener...

If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy

Mortdecai is creeping into theaters with the flushed shame of a debutante who expects to be pelted with tomatoes. It's a pity. In 1965, Mortdecai would be the hit of the year. Director David Koepp whips through this pop-colored caper about crooked art dealer Charlie Mortdecai...

Cream of the Crop and Regional Rivals

Dear Mexican,

I have a hard time believing that the immigrants we see at Home Depot are the best Mexico has to offer. Why can't we entice more of the cream of the crop of Mexicans to come up north? (Mexico has the richest man in the world, so someone has to be doing something right...

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