| Dec 29, 2011
| 7:26 AM
The very best movies of the past year went back to the earliest years of cinema for their subject matter, but 100 or so years amount to just a few film frames when you consider that some of the other movies in this 10-best list went back to the dawn of...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 4:32 PM
When Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss debuted at various film festivals from Telluride to Toronto in September 2011, rave reviews and incredible buzz followed in the wake of those premieres. No real surprise there — I don’t think I’...
| Dec 20, 2012
*** (out of four)
Before learning about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I already was disturbed by a scene of “Jack Reacher” in which a sniper sets up five seemingly random people in his sights before killing them. The world only grows more...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 6:49 PM
For fans of Lee Child's series of Jack Reacher thrillers, the decision to cast Tom Cruise as Reacher must seem like ... well ... a reach. Child's protagonist is light-haired, nearly 6 and a half feet tall, burly enough to be instantly intimidating, and...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 9:30 AM
October's TV programming might be heavy on the Halloween-themed stuff, but that's not all the networks have to offer. "30 Rock" and "Community" return for their final seasons. "Happy Endings" is back, as well as a new season of "American Horror Story,"...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 12:50 PM
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Opens Sunday, March 17 , through March 23, at the Cinestudio in Hartford, at Trinity College, cinestudio.org
Members of PETA might not want to watch Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, the new documentary by Dmitry...
| Feb 21, 2013
Serendipity is what gives us "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga," an intimate portrait of the vanishing breed of hunters and fishers still making a life in the isolated heart of Siberia, where a mild winter day is minus 30 and the only way in or out is by...
| Nov 18, 2011
I used to have a rural fantasy. Then I started reading the Jack Reacher novels.
True, plane rides are now less painful thanks to Lee Child's rough-and-tough hero, a former U.S. Army MP — but I'll never again be able to drive along the lonelier...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 7:18 AM
It can't have been easy. Art supplies were not exactly thick on the ground in those days — we're talking 32,000 years ago, give or take — and there were lots of other things to worry about, such as finding food, water and shelter. Not...
| May 3, 2012
| 11:28 AM
A year ago, Adam Mansbach was an award-winning novelist and aspiring screenwriter wrapping up a two-year teaching job at Rutgers University. That was before his off-color picture book, "Go the F--- to Sleep," became an international phenomenon,...
| Sep 30, 2010
Blame it on the "tsetse fly belt" dividing north and south Africa. Or the schizophrenic monsoons in Asia. Blame it, Eliza Griswold suggests, on overweening hubris and nearsightedness. But don't blame the cultural divide between Islam and Christianity on...
| Jun 10, 2012
Essays sneak up on us. They are — or often feel — accidental: the record of a writer wrestling with an idea, an observation, a slice of experience, of a writer figuring it out. They have a conditional quality, as if they could go in any...