What directors choose: Lessons from N.Y. Film Fest

Clouds of Sils Maria

Each year the New York Film Festival celebrates the magic filmmakers can create when they dare to reach beyond usual approaches. This year’s event reminded us how special film can be when directors push what the medium can reveal. Here are a few lessons to savor. Story Matters. At a time when ...

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2015 K900: Competing in price, but other factors?


Four years after corporate cousin Hyundai soared into the luxury-sedan market with the 2011 Equus, Kia is in the game with the 2015 K900. As of September, it hadn’t caught on, with just above 1,000 units sold — far short of the company’s goal of 5,000. The 2015 Equus was doing better, with ...

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD: No surprises with Toyota quality

2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Crisp handling, a firm ride, an efficient yet responsive engine, and up-to-date styling inside and out, assure Toyota loyalists the 2014 RAV4 won’t be another one of those bland, boring compact crossover SUVs. We’ve driven quite a few over the years that fall into that category, but most ...

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A perfect pear offers many possibilities

Fall is the season for pears!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” —Lauren DeStefano Fall is such a vibrant and exciting time in the kitchen. The lighter flavors of summer give way to spicier ...

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New York Film Festival showcases remarkable surprises

Actor JK Simmons is one of the treats of the New York Film Festival, in Whiplash.

Of the movie moments at this year’s New York Film Festival, a few marvelous surprises jump off the screen. While too many films today rely on the familiar, this festival consistently showcases surprises in story, approach and, particularly this year, performance. Here’s a look at some ...

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Using first names — times change


Q.  I received an invitation to a luncheon addressed to Mrs. Mary Smith. I thought you only used the title Mrs. with the husband’s first name, otherwise you used Ms. What is correct? A. For decades, the rule was as you stated it, but times have recently changed and it is now not incorrect to... ...

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Brighton Beach at Seven Angels Theatre

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre.

It didn’t take long for the Seven Angels’ opening night audience to rightfully stand in ovation for the theater’s current production of Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Waterbury venue. With this first autobiographical play in Neil Simon’s trilogy, it is impossible not to be moved by the story of ...

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