August 9, 2012 |
The favelas of Brazil are a familiar screen subject, and one not readily associated with showbiz whimsy. But a Rio neighborhood's unlikely big top is front and center in the effectively straightforward "Without a Net. " Kelly Richardson's debut film benefits from her considerable access to four young acrobats, each finding new purpose in the circus and envisioning a life beyond poverty. Social activist Junior claimed an abandoned lot in the city's Praça Onze section to illegally set up a circus school, aiming to break the drugs-and-crime pattern for local kids.
October 9, 2011
The Apocryphal Gospels Bart D. Ehrman and Zlatko Plese Oxford University Press: 611 pp., $35 Bart D. Ehrman is something of a superman when it comes to scriptural studies. He's a tireless and prolific scholar who has given us countless titles about the origins of biblical documents, their translation and transmission, and the human error that inevitably creeps into the process. With "The Apocryphal Gospels," he and colleague Zlatko Plese provide readers with a comprehensive collection of texts and fragments obviously related to the New Testament though they don't appear there ("apocrypha" refers to writings that are hidden)
December 15, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - His life has already been one of amazing accomplishment on and off the court. So it's a thrill to meet him. I don't get the opportunity often to talk to someone who is almost my age and still playing professional basketball, with plans following retirement to make motion pictures. How inspiring to know it's never too late in life; Steve Nash is now considered the savior to pull the Lakers out of a nose dive. Putting it that way, Nash says, "Hey, if I was in your shoes I know I wouldn't want to bet the ranch on this guy either.
June 17, 1998 |
A New York City teacher has been fired for praying and practicing religion in an elementary school classroom, officials said Tuesday. Mildred Rosario, 43, who says she is a born-again Christian, prayed with her sixth-grade class and told them about "Jesus, our Savior," a Board of Education spokesman David Galarza said.
September 20, 2012 |
In "Unconditional," the inspirational tale of a chance, life-altering reunion between grade school friends Samantha "Sam" Crawford (Lynn Collins), a children's author haunted by her husband's senseless murder, and Joe Bradford (Michael Ealy), a kind of Pied Piper of the housing projects, writer-director-editor Brent McCorkle works so hard at being authentic that the results often prove anything but. The filmmaker is clearly well-intended but, along with a rather knee-jerk portrayal of race and racism, his on-the-nose script can't escape the "white savior" trap as the better-off Sam brings light and largesse (she has a horse!
November 15, 2006
Re "Nigeria's savior, or not," editorial, Nov. 11 This editorial was too generous to President Olusegun Obasanjo. Since becoming president of Africa's most populous nation in 1999, Obasanjo has presided over a disastrous administration. Far from laying the foundation for democracy, he has empowered corrupt elements, led his party in egregious rigging of elections in 2003, done nothing about a spike in political assassinations and displayed disdain for judicial verdicts against his government.