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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

 
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work' is an extraordinary, bittersweet documentary about comedy, career and insecurity


Music

Phil Bacharach
Without overt manipulation, the film reveals Rivers' complexity with a subtlety that is lacking in Rivers herself.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Smart, witty and emotional, 'Toy Story 3' continues Pixar's amazing winning streak


Music

Phil Bacharach
When it comes to movies, three is not typically a magic number. And so a bit of trepidation was natural when approaching "Toy Story 3." The previous two entries in the franchise are in the rarified ai...
 
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jackie Chan almost kicks new life into the 1980s remake 'The Karate Kid'


Music

Phil Bacharach
There's no escaping the 1980s. Multiplexes recently saw a reboot of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and soon will make room for a theatrical version of TV's "The A-Team." Even massive oil spills and Gary Coleman are back in the news. So perhaps a reworking of "The Karate Kid," that beloved underdog-makes-good yarn from 1984, was only inevitable.
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Letters to Juliet' is pretty ... and pretty superficial


Music

Phil Bacharach
Letters to Juliet opens with shots of kisses taken from classical paintings and vintage photos, a montage proudly proclaiming its chick-flick romantic-comedy bona fides. It also serves notice not to...
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Road

 
Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Serious Man


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

Larry Gopnik, the mild-mannered protagonist of Joel and Ethan Coens’ “A Serious Man,” is in a doozy of an existential crisis. It is a Minnesota suburb in 1967, but it’s no Summer of Love for Larry. His wife is leaving him for another man. He is being financially and psychologically squeezed by demanding, self-absorbed children. And just as Larry, who teaches physics at a Midwestern university, is on the cusp of receiving tenure, his colleagues begin getting anonymous letters that accuse him of awful things.

 
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dionne Warwick 'Walks on By' Norman casino


Music

Phil Bacharach
A bona fide diva and five-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick takes the stage at Norman's Riverwind Casino on Friday. In the  1960s, her sophisticated but heartfelt vocal stylings made her a favor...
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Walkmen don't sound like anyone else, but band says it's only rock 'n' roll


Music

Phil Bacharach
There is no mistaking The Walkmen for another band. With ragged melodies, vintage musical instruments, rattle-and-hiss production and caterwauling of lead singer Hamilton Leithauser, the quintet...
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Heart has pulsed for more than 30 years, continues to rock


Music

Phil Bacharach
Nancy Wilson clearly remembers the first time she heard her band, Heart, on the radio. It was 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She and her older sister, Ann, had just picked up some grocerie...
 
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Documentary 'Food, Inc.' pulls back veil on food industry


Music

Phil Bacharach
The documentary "Food, Inc." begins, appropriately enough, in a grocery store, its brightly lit and vaguely antiseptic aisles stocked with name-brand cereals, soups and salad dressings. The expa...
 
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sonic Youth returns to its indie roots for 16th album, 'The Eternal'


Music

Phil Bacharach
It is nearly impossible to imagine alternative rock without Sonic Youth. Since its founding in the early '80s, the New York-based band has been as uncompromising as it is influential, with its c...
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lucinda Williams writes what she feels, gets what she wants


Music

Phil Bacharach
The rap on Lucinda Williams has long been that she's a gifted songwriter " perhaps the finest of her generation " but also a maddening perfectionist and control freak. NO APOLOG...
 
Thursday, June 18, 2009
 
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