April 5, 2013 Also: Isabel Allende's love of Zorro; Lemony Snicket makes a Twitter appearance; Cat Marnell's book proposal was leaked.
April 5, 2013 A new exhibit in Berlin's Jewish Museum is intentionally provocative. The point, one curator says, is to "get people talking about how they perceive Jews, particularly in Germany today." At the center of the controversy is a display in which a Jewish person sits inside a glass showcase and answers questions from visitors.
April 5, 2013 Broadcast TV used to have bigger stars, bigger audiences and bigger budgets. Cable shows were edgier, with more sex and violence than the broadcasters dared show. In the last few seasons, though, cable ratings have improved and broadcast shows have taken more risks. What's going on on TV?
April 4, 2013 In most movies, the creepy ex-boyfriend would be an ominous antagonist, or even a supporting character. But in Antonio Campos' eerie thriller, the spotlight is all on the titular nutcase.
April 4, 2013 Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, was not only a writer but a social media master, a romantic and a guy who deeply believed in rice cookers. He was also one of the most influential critics of his generation.
April 4, 2013 Do we need a remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 classic The Evil Dead? Maybe not. But as remakes go, the new Evil Dead is one bloody bash of a horror flick — and one that certainly knows how to scare.
April 4, 2013 The indie Jersey Shore drama aspires vaguely to thrillerdom, but the modestly scaled film is more misery-soaked modern fairy tale than true suspense flick. Creative direction, curious casting and dreamy set pieces give a largely predictable story a certain tang.
April 4, 2013 The lovestruck couple at the center of Ramaa Mosley's dark comedy The Brass Teapot has plenty of charisma, though the movie is ultimately neither as bouyant nor as sinister as it needs to be.
April 4, 2013 Trippy-cinema auteur Danny Boyle can sleepwalk through a scene and still deliver jolts. His latest film, an art-heist psychological thriller, waffles between the tense and the trite but features a talented trio of actors who turn in some fine performances.
April 4, 2013 The cult classic My Dinner with Andre gets a sequel of sorts with the new documentary Andre Gregory: Before and After the Dinner. This talky, telling profile of the prickly theater director pulls no punches as it explores the life of the man behind the oft-parodied film.
April 4, 2013 Lesser talents could lose track of the high-wattage cast that joins the actor-director in The Company You Keep. But this modern-day journalistic revisit to the revolutionary turmoil of the 1970s succeeds because Redford knows how to keep his marquee-name ensemble on the same page.
April 4, 2013 Semiprecious stones were the medium of choice for Vasily Konovalenko, a Soviet ballet set designer turned sculptor. His masterful workmanship captured Russian characters, from Cossacks and drunks to country folk and czarist henchmen. He fell afoul of the authorities and left Russia for the U.S. in the 1980s.