Arts & Entertainment


“The Night Alive”: Dubliners wish upon a star

This play is essentially about fringe characters yearning to get away from their boring existences. 


“Field of Honor”: A movie you might have missed

The film Field of Honor puts the viewer in mind of the adage, "It's a rich man's war and a poor man's fight."


"The Water Engine" features wonderful performances

The Water Engine opens in the red glow of flames from a factory furnace, while workers operate drill presses and grinding wheels in a shower of sparks.


Switzerland’s Best Foreign Film Oscar submission goes full circle

Swiss co-writer/director Stefan Haupt's The Circle (Der Kreis) is a strong fact-based drama about the struggle for gay rights in Switzerland.


"Two Days, One Night" is a film worth seeing

Sandra urgently struggles to get her job back by reversing a vote taken by her co-workers to continue working with one less worker and each receive a 1,000 euro bonus.


“Seven Days in May”: A movie you might have missed

Seven Days in May is a fine example of art that entertains but that also provides strong insight.


Colleen McCullough, 77: obit insults author, draws outrage

The shockingly sexist obituary drew a collective groan of disgust, and readers, fans, and activists alike took to Twitter to defend the memory of the celebrated author.


“10 Items or Less”: A movie you might have missed

The picture "10 Items or Less," from 2006, is the sort of gentle, insightful film I wish they made more of.


Book offers analysis on Communist International

The history of U.S. communism and the Communist Party, USA isn't an easy subject to write about. 


“Billy Elliot”: Broadway musical meets proletarian drama

Combines a commercial, crowd-pleasing form of expression that also roots the characters and plot firmly in class conflict and consciousness.

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