Movie review: It's time for Rosemary's revenge in 'False Positive'
Actress and writer Ilana Glazer is best known for her bubbly, absurdist comedic work, especially on her dearly departed Comedy Central show, “Broad City.” But for her first leading film role and feature screenwriting debut, Glazer takes a hard left. “False Positive,” co-written by Glazer and “Broad City” director John Lee, and directed by Lee, is a pregnancy horror film that may as well be called “Rosemary’s Revenge,” in its similarities (and notable differences) to “Rosemary’s Baby.” Following in the footsteps of Jordan Peele, Lee and Glazer swerve from comedy to horror, using the genre as a ...
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Fast, faster, fastest: Ranking 20 years of 'Fast and Furious' movies
When "The Fast and the Furious" hit screens on June 22, 2001, there was little indication it would kick off an industry-rocking franchise that would bring in billions at the box office and would still be going strong 20 years later. That first film — which introduced Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, a street racer criminal who lives by a strict code of honor, and Paul Walker's Brian O'Conner, a cop with a taste for street racing who goes undercover to infiltrate Dom's crew — is now quaint compared to what would come down the line: supersized over-the-top stunts, hundreds of crashed cars and a ser...
The Detroit News
‘Home Waters’ book by John Maclean is not a memoir but it’s filled with marvelous memories
You will not discover much about John N. Maclean in his new and graceful and compelling book, “Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River” (Custom House) and that was his intention. “There is some of me in there, of course,” he told me on the telephone from his home in Washington D.C. “But I do not consider this a memoir.” But it is filled with memories. Maclean and his family lived to two worlds. In Chicago his father, Norman, spent decades as an esteemed professor at the University of Chicago; his wife, Jessie, was an equally admired U. of C. administrator. But every June, with daughter ...
3 crime novels of different types engrossed this book critic this month
This column is a tale of three novels, all bought in local bookstores during Independent Bookstore Day (which was actually Independent Bookstore 10 Days) back in April. I didn't realize how these three books were connected when I picked them up; now, having happily made my way through all three, I see them as a trio of examples of how broad the category of "crime fiction" can be — and how very much there is to discover in this rich genre. I've been meaning to read Ivy Pochoda's work for some time (still intend to get to her award-winning "Wonder Valley") and so I picked up a brand-new paperbac...
The Seattle Times
Reviews: Ruben Blades sings salsa and jazz on 'Salswing!', while The Aristocrats burn bright on new live album
Ruben Blades & The Roberto Delgado Orquesta "Salswing!" (Ruben Blades Productions) Salsa-music legend Ruben Blades is having a moment — several moments, actually — a full four years after the conclusion of his "Caminando, adios y gracias" ("Walking, good-bye and thanks") farewell tour. That's not too surprising, though, given that this 17-time Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner had vowed to continue his career but no longer tour after his farewell trek. Moreover, in 2018 the New York-based Blades decided he had been too hasty in leaving the road and announced his return to concert stages. If...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Songwriter Lucy Dacus is now Philly’s own, but her new album is a musical memoir of her childhood in Virginia
PHILADELPHIA — The day before she began a three-show run at Johnny Brenda’s to close out 2019, Lucy Dacus moved to Philadelphia. Dacus had grown up in Richmond, Va., where she was attending film school at Virginia Commonwealth University when songs she recorded for a school project became her career-making "No Burden," a breakout album of 2016. After touring behind her 2018 follow-up, "Historian," and joining Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers in the indie supergroup boygenius, Dacus (pronounced DAY-cuss) needed distance from her hometown. That realization led to "Home Video" (Matador *** 1/2), ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sen. Hawley slams Biden nominee on critical race theory, so VP must break tie
WASHINGTON — Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley didn’t succeed in blocking Kiran Ahuja’s nomination to oversee the federal government’s human resource policy, but he managed to make the process as slow and painful as possible for the Seattle philanthropist. Ahuja required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris to clear the Senate on Tuesday with a vote of 51 to 50 to confirm her as the new director of the Office of Personnel Management, which serves as the federal government’s HR department. Hawley sought to transform Ahuja’s confirmation vote into a referendum on critical rac...
The Kansas City Star
Trump tried to enlist Justice Department to stop ‘SNL’ from satirizing him: report
In early 2019, former president Donald Trump tried to enlist the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to probe “Saturday Night Live” and other late-night comedy shows to stop their teasing, two sources told the Daily Beast. One source reportedly involved in such a discussion said that when Trump was informed that the DOJ doesn’t handle such matters, the sitting president expressed disappointment. “Can something else be done about it?” Trump allegedly asked. “I’ll look into it,” the source, described as having a legal degree, reportedly responded before telling The Da...
New York Daily News
AMC is trying to lure you back to the movie theater with free popcorn
AMC Theaters will do anything to get you in their seats for “F9: The Fast Saga,” even if that means giving out free snacks. The cinema chain announced Monday that all moviegoers will have access to “all you can eat” popcorn with the purchase of any size tub starting Tuesday as part of Cinema Week, a fun-filled promotion to convince people that theaters are safe again. “Millions of moviegoers have already returned to AMC to enjoy exciting new blockbusters in the best way possible: on the big screen, with big sound and AMC’s big, comfortable seats,” Elizabeth Frank, AMC’s executive VP of worldwi...
New York Daily News
Britney Spears ‘enjoying’ herself ahead of meeting with conservatorship judge this week
Suspense is building ahead of Britney Spears’ planned audience Wednesday with the judge overseeing her strict, court-ordered conservatorship. What will she ask for? What’s the rush after 13 years? Is she really as happy as she claims to be in her Instagram posts? While the hearing will almost certainly be conducted out of the earshot of media and fans, her lawyer said in April that Spears requested it on an “expedited” basis. The last-known time Spears attended a hearing in person was 2019. Since then, the “Toxic” singer has vowed she’ll boycott all stage performances until her dad Jamie Spear...
New York Daily News