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Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth — and That's a Good Thing

In one Nick Cave song, a pedophiliac outlaw caps a murder spree by killing the devil himself. In another, the narrator muses on Miley Cyrus while seeking the "God particle" down a boulevard lined with burning trees. Cave is fluent in apocalyptic imagery and the Bible; his songs are filled with re...

Golden Years

It's the kind of forward-thinking experience David Bowie himself might have predicted. Just for one day, on silver screens across the country, a movie about a museum exhibition — featuring the rocker's groundbreaking albums, outlandish costumes, and clips from his artistic videos — will ...

Find Your Smile, Again

Simon Pegg has always been more like a cartoon than a real boy. He's one part Charlie Brown to two parts Tintin, a round-faced runt who can channel both childlike depression and old-fashioned cowlicked pluck. In Pegg's new film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, director Peter Ch...

Language and Machismo

Dear Mexican,

One of the things I have found enjoyable and profound is the use of language by Chicanos, mexicanos and Mexican-Americans. Humor and a sardonic sense of history, in my view, are encapsulated in many everyday expressions. Two examples I can think o...

Capsule Stage Reviews: September 25, 2014

Peace in Our Time In the late '30s, Noel Coward became the most patriotic English playwright since Shakespeare. His playwriting heyday in the '20s and '30s saw him in pajamas, silk dressing gown, holding a martini, as he dissected the social and sexual mores in his idiosyncratic, and utterly ...

Capsule Art Reviews: September 25, 2014

"Earl Staley: Reconstructions" The transformations caused by time and the evolution of thought have been illustrated brilliantly by artist Earl Staley, who did a series of paintings of Greco-Roman mythology 30 years ago, and has now cut each of these works into strips of canvas, repainted ove...

3D Printing Doc Print the Legend Shows That Yes, You Will Be Able to Print a Gun

In 2010, The Social Network fictionalized the dramatic building-up and falling-out around Facebook's founding. Four years later, the documentary Print the Legend, a Netflix original, needs no fictional filter. The filmmakers assume, rightly for the most part, that viewers will be in...

Grub-Eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness

The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual film. If the German Expressionists were skilled at stop-motion animation, they'd have already made it. This is a cartoon Caligari, a ...

Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer

Before its regular-joe hero gets bitten by a radioactive equation and becomes the Equalizer, who's sort of the Rain Man of puncturing Russian mobsters' windpipes with corkscrews, Antoine Fuqua's eye-gouging, brain-drilling, crowd-pleasing latest gives you a reel or two to remember what movies fel...

Grub-eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness

The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual film. If the German Expressionists were skilled at stop-motion animation, they'd have already made it. This is a cartoon Caligari,...

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