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Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education

Jazz isn't dead. Miraculously, there's always a small but steady stream of young people who continue to fall in love with this most dazzling and elusive American genre, spending hours, days and months running ribbons of scales and memorizing Charlie Parker solos in the hopes that some of the alto go...

As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down in Listen Up Philip

You can't live in New York for more than ten days without meeting some truly dreadful people: couples who fret about having to choose between buying a summer home and having a second child, even as you're struggling to pay your monthly rent; large groups of people getting together for brunch and ...

Bill Murray Plays for Laughs Until St. Vincent Gets Maudlin

The big news: In its first half, before it bottoms out with the rankest feel-goodery, Theodore Melfi's too-familiar ain't-he-irascible comedy-drama St. Vincent features scene after scene of Bill Murray actually trying to make you laugh. How long has it been? He plays Vincent, a drun...

The Cunning, Cutting Blue Room Leaves You Guessing

Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple of murders — or does it? — but rather than corpses, it's time and space and human connection that get most memorably diced, here. Working from Georges Simenon's '64 novel of a wrong ...

Donkey Show

Dear Mexican,

I've heard that the Tijuana donkey show featuring a female whore is not real other than the fact that they do bring out a donkey and do some simulation for people who are drunk.

Down-Low Loco

Dear Gabacho,

You're right. And after ...

The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags

It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots to the head. The tragedy is that Webb was the deceased. Michael Cuesta's earnest, ire-inducing Kill the Messenger is a David-and-Goliath st...

WWII Drama Fury Shows the Ugly Part of an Ugly War

A gloom hangs over writer-director David Ayer's brutal war drama Fury that only the audience can see. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks the Nazis will surrender. The war is already over — Hitler just hasn't admitted it. American sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad P...

Capsule Stage Reviews: October 16, 2014

Dracula In 1977, the hottest ticket on Broadway was the revival of John Balderston and Hamilton Deane's 1927 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Victorian horror classic Dracula (1897). With its black and white pen-and-ink design by Edward Gorey, a celebrated eccentric artist whose macabre ...

Capsule Art Reviews: October 16, 2014

"Jorge Marin: Wings of the City" This installation at Discovery Green has nine wonderful sculptures by an acclaimed Mexican sculptor; some are powerful, some playful, some enigmatic, but all are filled with a love for and an appreciation of humanity that is breathtaking and admirable. Thou...

An Evening with Actor Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends

In the public eye since he was eight years old, actor Rob Lowe has had a storied life. In An Evening with Actor Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends, he talks about growing up beautiful, famous and, surprisingly, isolated. Lowe worked side by side with then soon-to-be stars Tom Cruise, Pa...

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