Arts & Entertainment

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"Reaching for the Moon": Love dares speak its name

I really liked this movie, mainly because of its unusual characters based on actual historical figures.

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"The Book Thief": A child looks at fascism

"The Book Thief" is not a happy movie. It's narrated by Death, though he's a trifle friendlier than usually depicted.

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This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for "Strange Fruit"

I am so thankful for Abel Meeropol's brilliant creation because "Strange Fruit"'s growing power gives me hope. The pen just could be mightier than the sword after all.

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Mozart, propagandist, in new rendering of old classic

The current version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute at Los Angeles Opera raises two essential artistic questions (plus, perhaps, eyebrows).

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“Arrow” takes aim at wealthy elite

This show has, surprisingly, said a lot of things about corporate America that other heroes have been rather tight-lipped on.

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McBride's "Good Lord Bird," Packer's "Unwinding": National Book Award winners

The Good Lord Bird, the adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown's abolitionist crusade, was the winner of the National Book Award for fiction.

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Rushes to judgment: Top 10 assassination / conspiracy movies

Conventional thinkers, hacks and propagandists may seek to perpetrate and perpetuate lone gunman, magic bullet and other cover-ups about assassinations and the like - but the big screen knows better!

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In Verdi’s “Falstaff,” all the world’s a jest

What better way to celebrate Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial than with a production of Falstaff?

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“Thor” sequel another hard-hitter

As superhero flicks go, this one is still pretty standard fare for the casual viewer, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable.

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"Dallas Buyers Club": We're surprised you're even alive

Dallas Buyers Club is an uplifting morality tale that's about as good as the art of cinema gets.

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