'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

Aug 3, 2016

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

‘The truth is out there” is the tagline from sci-fi thriller TV series “The X-Files,” suggesting that perhaps all we had to do was find it and retrieve it like a lost frisbee. “Truth,” however, reveals that it’s never that simple. Based on the ...

'A Walk in the Woods': Trekking up the path to friendship

Jul 27, 2016

'A Walk in the Woods': Trekking up the path to friendship

Everyone needs to go for a walk — if only to clear their minds and get their circulation going. Reese Witherspoon walked 1,610 kilometers on the Pacific Crest Trail in “Wild” because her character (real-life author Cheryl Strayed) needed to clean her head of ...

'While We're Young': Generation X, meet the millennials

Jul 20, 2016

'While We're Young': Generation X, meet the millennials

Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Greenberg”) examines the concept of youth in “While We’re Young” with a kind of clinical detachment. There’s no glorifying or romanticizing, and he certainly doesn’t seem too enamored by today’s Bright Young Things. Not that this comes as a surprise ...

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

Jul 13, 2016

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

Filmmaker and former frontman for the Irish band “The Frames” John Carney completes his ode-to-music trilogy with “Sing Street” — following the star-studded “Begin Again” in 2013 and the excellent but underrated “Once” in 2007. Carney’s stories have sold us the idea that the ...

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

Jul 6, 2016

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

For decades, sake (or nihonshu for the majority of Japanese) didn’t really do it for the citizens of this archipelago. Cheap, ubiquitous and made from rice, it seemed too familiar — tacky even. Older people drank it at weddings, or swilled the stuff when ...

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

Jun 29, 2016

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

Two years after the opening of the pervertedly female-empowering “Gone Girl” (based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel), I’m one of the people who still get chills when remembering Rosamund Pike’s monologue. “Gone Girl” officially put Flynn’s name on the map in more ways than ...