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Crème de la Crème

by Ari LeVaux December 5, 2014

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  The French didn’t earn a reputation for culinary sensibility by accident. One example that comes to mind this time of year—and one in which eggnog lovers might be especially interested—is the French attitude toward Crème Anglaise. Namely, ...

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Crimes and Misdirection

by Laura Leon September 18, 2013

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  Based on an action novel by Tonino Benacquista, The Family is an unhappy merger between crime drama and buddy comedy. After ratting out his mob buddies, Giovanne Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and his family go ...

Catharsis, Inc.

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2013

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  I am the only musical theater fan in the world who has not been exposed to any form of the phenomenon that is Les Miz. The sprawling English-language musical version of the even-more-sprawling Victor Hugo ...

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Epic

by Ann Morrow January 10, 2013

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  It’s not the complete Broadway musical nor is it meant to be, though it has most of the songs (slightly shortened) and comes admirably close to capturing its heartbreaking grandeur. What director Tom Hooper accomplishes ...

The End Is Near

by Ann Morrow September 13, 2012

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  On July 14, 1789, the inconceivable happened: The people of Paris rose up and stormed the Bastille. But as dire as this revolutionary act would seem, it took the cosseted nobles within the opulent confines ...

The Swashbuckling Spirit

by Shawn Stone October 26, 2011

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Paul W.S. Anderson’s version of The Three Musketeers opens with a bravura sequence that doesn’t seem like it belongs in The Three Musketeers. Athos, Aramis, Porthos and a female confederate storm a Venetian palace with ...

No Happy Endings, Please

by Shawn Stone August 31, 2011

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  This involving Holocaust drama is not an exercise in historical instruction. Sarah’s Key sets the overwhelming evil of genocide in a larger context spanning six decades, and builds its heart-wrenching drama around characters who mostly ...

Time Capsule

by Ann Morrow June 29, 2011

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Some 32,000 years ago, a prehistoric man in southern France entered a bear cave, and for reasons that may well be one of the world’s oldest mysteries, he painted his palm prints in a random ...