Arts & Entertainment


Girlhood's peaks and valleys: "Infinitely Polar Bear" reviewed

Screenwriter Maya Forbes makes an auspicious directorial debut in this intensely personal film recreating her troubled Boston girlhood during the 1970s


Today in history: Stan Laurel is born 125 years ago

Laurel and Hardy became friends with inimitable comic chemistry, and huge audience pleasers at the box office.


A grand romance in staged Around the World in 80 Days

Lightning-fast changing of costumes, props and sets lends itself to levity as mustaches droop and muttonchops fall off of undaunted actors who know the show must go on.


Jon Stewart's exit as a phony newsman is a loss to real news

As a champion of enlightened phoniness in TV journalism, Stewart has proven himself to be one-of-a-kind, a fake who's unrivaled as the real deal.


Remembering Robin Williams: the laughter, compassion, and humanity

Williams, hardly "selfish" or "cowardly," gave back to the people via his career-spanning progressive activism.


Comedian John Oliver confronts racism, police militarization in Ferguson

Sometimes it takes a Brit to hold up a mirror to America, capture its ugly side and reflect it back in biting, yet empathetic, satire.


Among his many triumphs, Robin Williams stood with striking writers

Shock at the death of Robin Williams led me to search to see what we had written about him since 2002. What I found surprised me.


“What If,” romantic comedy, sells movie tickets

Zoe Kazan is teamed with Daniel Radcliffe in a story that asks the question, "Will the 'Harry Met Sally' formula work again?"


A million laughs: Go Seth, young man!

Seth MacFarlane's R-rated "A Million Ways to Die in the West" serves up a heaping pile of humor with a million mirthful movie moments.


“The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy”: What??

Lefcourt's cream pie in the face of the old Bolshevik is Trotsky's second assassination.