'Sing': Pigs can't fly but they sure can sing

Film / Reviews Mar 15, 2017

'Sing': Pigs can't fly but they sure can sing

by Kaori Shoji

'Sing" is brought to us by Illumination Entertainment — the animation studio that brought the "Despicable Me" series and last year's sleeper hit "The Secret Life of Pets." In many ways it's "La-La Land" with animals. In a color-filled, LA-like town inhabited by non-Homo ...

Backpacking women take back the mountains

Film Aug 26, 2015

Backpacking women take back the mountains

by Kaori Shoji

If you've read Cheryl Strayed's memoir, "Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," you'll be familiar with her particular tone: a combination of lyrical feminism and gritty self-help manual. Her book chronicles the three months she spent hiking the United States' Pacific ...

Devil's Knot

Film / Reviews Nov 13, 2014

Devil's Knot

by Kaori Shoji

One summer afternoon in 1993, three young boys named Stevie, Christopher and Michael went to play at a local nature spot called Robin Hood Hills in West Memphis, Arkansas. Stevie's mom, Pam (Reese Witherspoon), told him to be home by 4:30 p.m., but the ...