Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:03 pm
David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints begins with what might have been its end.
Ruth (Rooney Mara) and Bob (Casey Affleck) sit in their ramshackle home after a botched robbery. The small-town Texas cops shooting at them have already hit and killed Freddy, the twosome's partner, and Ruth has downed a policeman. They're outnumbered and trapped, and Ruth suggests they run; Bob knows that's suicide.
Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:45 pm
Austenland, a clunky broadside aimed at the cult of Jane Austen, is worth seeing primarily for its end credits, a mix of pop oil and water so joyfully dippy it might have produced a stifled giggle even in Herself.
Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:59 pm
In their approaches to history, Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler could hardly be less similar. The former is an example of Victorian-style great-man biography, updated for the iThings era. The latter observes monumental events, mostly involving the civil rights movement, from an Everyman's perspective.
Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:13 pm
"Living in Baltimore, I walk everywhere I go. I love having access to information and entertainment right in my pocket. With NPR playing through my headphones, I feel connected to the rest of the world, learn new things and meet new people. Lonely walks become a time to cherish and look forward to, even on the dreariest days."
August is shaping up to be American music month in Shanghai. Metallica, the legendary heavy metal band, has just wrapped up its long-awaited China debut with two packed shows at the city's Mercedes-Benz Arena. This weekend, Limp Bizkit headlines a two-day festival. Next week, Aerosmith plays a Shanghai soccer stadium followed by a concert by Pitbull, the Cuban-American rapper from Miami.
The violence with which the Egyptian security forces stormed anti-government camps and the still-rising death toll are both shocking and part of a multi-decade pattern in Egyptian history.
The Egyptian government has also declared a month-long “state-of-emergency,” which recalls not only the month-long emergency declared this January, but also comes in the historical context of the 40-year-long “emergency,” which gave sweeping powers to the country’s president and security forces.