Story | May 9, 2013
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Story | Jan 19, 2014 | 6:30 PMThe depressing number of race-mocking frat parties in recent years becomes the jumping-off point for a snarky but good-humored cultural debate in "Dear White People." Bristling with arguments about the complexities of black identity in a supposedly post-racial America, this lively and articulate campus-set comedy proves better at rattling off ideas and presenting opposing viewpoints than it does squeezing them into a coherent narrative frame. But while it veers toward smugness and self-satisfaction at times, the Spike-Lee-lite exercise nonetheless heralds a fresh and funny new voice on the scene in writer-director Justin Simien, bolstered by an an excellent cast that should find an especially appreciative audience among young black moviegoers; whether a significant portion of white viewers accept the invitation extended by the title remains to be seen.
Story | May 9, 2013 | 4:11 PM
Story | Nov 19, 2012 | 4:32 PM
Updated Nov. 20, 2012, 4:07pm CT ‘Tis the season when people's minds start turning toward the holidays! And during this stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's, and everything in between, besides eating, shopping and making merry, another thing that...
Story | Aug 5, 2012 | 4:45 PM
This week the most notable offerings include the Summer Olympics, the arrival of the first new fall series and the next-to-last “Closer.” A sampling: 1. NBC offers another full week of the London Games. Track will be the focus this week, but...