January 10, 2013 Ruben Fleischer's pulpy, violent noir homage is big on extralegal anti-mob action and paced like a dime-store novel — but it's noticeably short on nuance.
January 10, 2013 The Thrilling Adventure Hour is both an update and an homage to old radio dramas. Created eight years ago by college friends Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, the pseudo radio show features actors reading from scripts in front of a live nightclub audience.
January 10, 2013 Hoping people will think more about where their meat comes from, art graduate student Sarah Hallacher has visualized the U.S. beef industry with a series of steaks (actually, clay) sculpted into the shape of states and packaged in Styrofoam and shrink wrap.
January 10, 2013 The director of Zero Dark Thirty is perhaps the biggest non-nomination to emerge from this morning's announcements, but a fantasy about life in the bayou and a French love story had strong showings.
January 10, 2013 Will Self's latest book, Umbrella, is a complex and brilliant novel set in a North London psychiatric hospital. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it shines a light onto 20th century psychiatry with inventive and dazzling prose.
January 10, 2013 As more and more Web users turn to streaming video services like YouTube, a new study shows how impatient those users are. The first of its kind, the UMass study suggests load times of more than 10 seconds can drive away more than 50 percent of viewers.
January 9, 2013 Susanna Sonnenberg's life has been full of interesting women, and in a new memoir she tells their stories. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that She Matters: A Life in Friendships is a beautifully written book about the bonds, and the boundary issues, between women.
January 9, 2013 There hasn't been a major Hollywood movie in recent memory with more confounding racial politics that Django Unchained. And there probably isn't a film more representative of Hollywood's take on race than Lincoln.
January 9, 2013 Alan Cheuse reviews a new collection of novellas by Jim Harrison, whom he calls "the reigning master of the form." Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall, is back with his sixth book of novellas, focusing on men in different stages of life.
January 9, 2013 Blanco, a first-generation Cuban-American, says he identifies with the theme of the inauguration: Our People, Our Future. He is the fifth poet to take part in a U.S. presidential inauguration, and also the youngest. He says being selected was a "great honor."
January 9, 2013 Who says you need a smoothie to feel great? Food writer Eve Turow says she'd rather gnaw than swish her way back to health after the indulgent holidays. Ingredients like ginger, tamarind and coconut are good for much more than so-called "detox" drinks.