| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who became a major voice in the campaign to gain reparations from companies that transported victims to concentration camps during World War II, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Pikesville, Md. He was 93....
| Mar 4, 2014
| 12:21 PM
There was a 69-year gap between the time that Stanley Rubin enrolled at UCLA in hopes of launching a writing career and 2006, when he actually graduated.
And during that seven-decade break in schooling, the prolific film and television writer and...
| Mar 25, 2014
When I visited Berlin last summer to update my guidebook, I also scouted locations for a new TV show. I found the city as vibrant as ever -- with massive infrastructure projects in progress all around town. The cranes speckling the horizon in every...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Talk about favorite things: The beloved “Sound of Music” opened this weekend at the Lyric Opera in a grand new production. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic bases its story very loosely on the autobiography of Maria von Trapp, a nun-in-...
| May 16, 2014
| 6:30 AM
It's said that Syria is the land of assassinated filmmakers, since anyone with a camera or cell phone becomes an instant target for sniper bullets. Director Ossama Mohammed ("Sacrifices"), in exile in Paris since 2011, sifted through thousands of online...
| May 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The war against Israel has passed through three phases.
The first was the attempt to annihilate Israel by conventional means. It began with Israel's birth in 1948, when Arab armies nearly captured Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and ended in the 1973 Yom Kippur...
| May 9, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Jean-Roger Groult represents the fifth generation of the Groult family, which started distilling Calvados from cider on their farm in Normandy, France, in the mid-1800s.
The property, where some 5,600 trees produce a wide variety of sweet, bittersweet...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:22 PM
1. "Missing You" by Harlan Coben (Dutton, $27.95). A detective works to solve a conspiracy that brings up memories and people from her past. Last week: —
2. "Power Play" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28). An examination of how...
| Mar 11, 2014
Dr. Maynard Cohen spent 30 years in the Department of Neurological Sciences at what is now Rush University Medical Center, conducting research and treating patients while also teaching as a professor and through the American Academy of Neurology....
| May 30, 2014
This past winter, when temperatures routinely dipped below freezing, the promise of eventual summer was the only thing that kept our spirits afloat. Trudging through a dispiriting "wide landscape of snows" — to borrow a phrase from Herman Melville...
| May 17, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Cold in July
Available on VOD May 23.
Writer-director Jim Mickle's adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's pulp novel is a genre picture that can't settle on a genre — which is what makes it so entertaining. "Cold In July" starts out as a suspense...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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The City of the Big Shoulders — stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago — is the...