Choices include teen misfits, the mob, and music

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? No matter what kind of movies you like, there’s something for everyone on television this weekend. And finding films on the tube is an easy way to try out something you haven’t seen or revisit a favorite. Check out these films. Interested in a ...

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Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks soars in one of the year’s best

Each year, the New York Film Festival celebrates the best in movies including major releases, independent works and thought-provoking documentaries. Highlighting this year’s slate of offerings is the opening night selection, Captain Phillips, in theaters on Oct. 11.   As the opening ...

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A tasty — and easy to prepare — appetizer

Roasted olives, sparked with clementines.

The aroma of homemade bread baking in the oven brings everyone running into the kitchen. The same goes for this simple appetizer because it smells soooooo good. It requires very little preparation, which leaves you plenty of time to spend preparing everything else when using for a party or just ...

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Tennessee’s Streetcar takes a sharp curve

A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Rep.

It’s always challenging to review a show when you know the play inside-out and have seen it many times. The Yale Rep production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a fine production, but it has problems. For starters, the luscious poetry of the play seems to have been ...

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Rush: Ron Howard reinvents his movie self

Each week, the Reel Dad checks the nutritional value of a movie — new or classic — to help you choose what to watch. This week’s pick is a new film from director Ron Howard, Rush. When I was a kid, I wanted to race cars. Fast. Like many kids, I pictured myself behind the... Read More

Make meals magical with fresh herbs

Herbs make meals magical.

“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” — Charlemagne There is something quite magical about meandering through a thriving herb garden. Kitchen inspiration will surely be aroused by the many types of herbs to be found there. Tiny thyme plants tucked among the spaces of a ...

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‘The Maids’: A perfect psychodrama

Emma Nissenbaum as Claire and Kelly McMurray as Solange in ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet at the Sherman Playhouse.

Predating “The Help” and “The Butler” is “The Maids” by Jean Genet. This play, which made its premier in 1947, is now in production at the Sherman Playhouse. It definitely highlights the division between the upper and lower classes.  However, this stunning work is a psychodrama focusing on two ...

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