December 28, 2013 |
After making his feature directorial debut in 2011 with his fierce, unsparing adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is in the director's chair once again for "The Invisible Woman," which opens Christmas Day. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin, the romantic drama chronicles the relationship between Charles Dickens and actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). The writer of such literary masterpieces as "Great Expectations," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "A Christmas Carol" was married with 10 children when he met the teenager, who toiled on stage with her mother and two older sisters.
December 1, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - To President Enrique Peña Nieto's supporters, his first year in office has been a time of bold promises kept as he pursues an ambitious agenda of reforms designed, in the long term, to bring peace and economic growth to Mexico. But in the short term, by many measures, his country remains a mess. Though he promised to focus on Mexico's economic potential, Peña Nieto has presided over an economy that has hardly grown at all. Though he vowed to reduce the kind of violence that affects innocent citizens, his record has been mixed, with kidnappings and extortion rising nationwide even as the number of homicides drops.
December 1, 2013
FICTION Americanah Chima manda Ngozi Adichie Knopf, $26.95 While carving her path as a writer in the U.S., an outspoken Nigerian immigrant grapples with culture clash and long-distance love. At Night We Walk in Circles Daniel Alarcón Riverhead, $27.95 In an unnamed Latin American country, an idealistic young actor joins a radical theater troupe for a touring production of an incendiary political play. The Luminaries Eleanor Catton Little, Brown, $27 Twelve townsmen gather in secret to unravel a series of strange events involving a missing notable, a suicidal prostitute and a dead drunk in this Man Booker Prize winner.
November 26, 2013 |
In the Victorian era, not many people people knew that their beloved superstar author Charles Dickens had a long affair with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. But in the 20th century, the relationship was detailed in a number of biographies -- including 1991's "The Invisible Woman. " Which is now a movie -- coming to an art theater near you this holiday season, thanks to director and star Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Dickens, and as you can see in the trailer above, he captures some of the author's magnetism and massive popularity.
November 9, 2013 |
Mike Newell, whose eclectic career has ranged from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," has given us a classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved bildungsroman "Great Expectations. " It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon. That canon includes roughly 15 film versions of the tale that follows an apprentice blacksmith as he navigates the transition from poor village orphan to sponsored London gentleman.
October 3, 2013 |
Only one word describes the effect of watching Ben Affleck slowly dial down the temperature one degree at a time in "Runner Runner": Cool. Frank Sinatra cool. He stars as sociopathic online gambling mogul Ivan Block, and if that role doesn't sound cool, you haven't seen Affleck at the controls. Justin Timberlake costars as Richie Furst, a Princeton whiz kid, also cool. Not as cool as Block. Nor as keen on the whole sociopathic lifestyle. The money's great, but feeding enemies to the crocodiles crosses some lines.