The Grand Budapest Hotel: Visually thrilling, emotionally empty

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.

If a movie only needs to look good to be good, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel would be great. No matter what story he tells, Anderson makes every film a visual journey with exaggerated people trying to deal with extraordinary situations. While other filmmakers may explore similar ...

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SEL: A great car, at a price

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

Volkswagen’s Jetta seems a little more like its real-world namesake these days, thanks to the 1.8-liter, turbocharged Four that has been added to the list of available engines. The 2.0-liter, normally aspirated Four just doesn’t have the muscle to motivate this ton-and-a-half sedan and is now ...

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Some films that are great, and some nearly great

There’s something for everyone on this week’s bill of movies on television and cable, including some classics, a few near classics and a couple of fabulous misses that are great cinema fun. Here’s a look.   What’s the Matter With Helen This mess of a movie wins the week’s prize for being ...

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Noah: New take on old story fails to ignite

Russell Crowe in Noah.

Noah, the new telling of the Biblical story, uses every possible approach to make its traditional tale appeal to today’s audience. While director Darren Aronofsky creates a unique visual approach, he fails to invest enough time in the characters. Instead of a satisfying time at the movies, ...

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The Twice-Baked Twins are thinking of Easter, planning for pie

Nana's Italian Ricotta Pie.

Finally, the beautiful weather seems to be making an appearance, the clocks are set ahead and the days are getting longer. Just one glimpse of the purple crocus peeking through the ground can set off an hour of conversation between us about what flowers we will be planting, what colors we ...

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Goshen Playhouse: Relationships from start to finish

Goshen Playhouse: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

It’s a long trip from first date to love and marriage, but Joe DiPietro’s book and lyrics take audiences for a fast-paced two-hour trip through a small-scale, fun-filled musical at the Goshen Playhouse. Through a series of very funny vignettes, relationships are visited, from awkward first ...

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Opening day is April 19; Connecticut is stocking 390,000 trout

A Seeforellen strain brown trout.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced it expects to stock almost 390,000 trout in waters across the state in time for Opening Day of the 2014 trout fishing season April 19th – despite challenges posed by extended winter conditions this year. ...

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