Arts & Entertainment


Take heart in struggle for freedom, see “12 Years a Slave”

Based on a narrative written by Northrup in 1853, the film takes you inside slavery, from the slaves' point of view.


“In Organic We Trust” exposes falsely organic foods

Many food items claiming to be organic really are not, says Kip Pastor, who puts the U.S. food industry under a microscope in this well made, engrossing documentary.


"American Horror Story" welcomes viewers into its coven

A horror anthology series with a rotating/recurring cast, always led by the talented Jessica Lange. Too gruesome for some, too campy for others, American Horror Story is one of those shows that finds and snags a niche audience,


Great outer space “Gravity” and other film pleasures

I must start with the most stunning, a 3D film that had me jumping and falling out of my seat throughout the entire exasperating journey.


Cutting-edge films bring Middle East headlines to life

Last month's Toronto International Film Festival featured, among its 146 world premieres from 70 countries, cutting-edge films from the greater Middle East - the cutting edge of not only technology but coverage of critical world events.


Alice Munro, Canadian writer, wins Nobel Prize in literature

She won a National Book Critics Circle prize for "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," and is a three-time winner of the Governor General's prize.


“The Summit:” Adventure, death, jaw-dropping cinematography

The Summit provokes many questions, but should appeal to aficionados of adventure (in particular mountaineering).


Finding her authentic voice

Several stories reflect te author's gnawing awareness of severe class and ethnic disparities in her adopted land.


Replaying Zelda from a progressive perspective

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the release of "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," frequently lauded as the greatest video game ever.


New movies: thrillers, farmers, communists and Armstrong’s lie

Prisoners is a thriller allegory about U.S. foreign policy featuring a dream cast including Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo.

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