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  • With age, the wisdom of staging 'Lear' becomes less clear

     With age, the wisdom of staging 'Lear' becomes less clear
    Now that baby boomers are reaching their seniority, it's no surprise that there has been a rush on "King Lear." Graying actors of a certain magnitude want their crack at the greatest role left for them while graying audiences are drawn to a subject (the mounting losses wrought by age) that is becoming ever-more terrifyingly familiar.
  • TV Picks: 'Altman,' 'Poirot,' Cartoon Hangover shorts, 'The Killing'

    TV Picks: 'Altman,' 'Poirot,' Cartoon Hangover shorts, 'The Killing'
    "Altman" (Epix, Wednesday). Ron Mann, the director of the documentaries "Twist" and "Comic Book Confidential," has made a movie about Robert Altman. There is no American director working in my lifetime whose work has meant more to me than Altman, and...

    'Prometheus': Ridley Scott returns to space and finds something familiar ✭✭✭

    'Prometheus': Ridley Scott returns to space and finds something familiar ✭✭✭
    Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's"Prometheus" come from other movies — either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the"...

    Digitally pumped-up 'Hobbit' is a so-so trip ★★ 1/2

    Digitally pumped-up 'Hobbit' is a so-so trip ★★ 1/2
    "The Hobbit," the first of three movies to be yanked out of J.R.R. Tolkien's single novel, comes from Mister Middle-earth: Peter Jackson, who thrilled Tolkien fans worldwide with his lavish screen version of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy....

    Frodo in ‘The Hobbit?’ Wait a minute…

     
    Elijah Wood seems more or less officially on board the “Lord of the Rings” “prequel” “The Hobbit,” a tale which J.R.R. Tolkien wrote pre-Rings, with nary a thought of Bilbo's young nephew in his head. He's not been born...