Movies that stand the test of time

The classic Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will be screened Saturday night on PBS.

Looking back, some movies get better with time, while others don’t survive the passage of years. This weekend’s offerings on broadcast and cable television help us see how time can enhance or diminish what we remember seeing at the movies. Take a fresh look. Grease (1978) We didn’t care, when ...

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Behind the Screen: Super Bowl inspiration

The Super Bowl Proves That Truth Can Be As Exciting As Fiction Yesterday’s wild finish to the Super Bowl reminds us how movies about this sport may not always be as exciting as the real thing that happens before our eyes. So, if you can’t get enough of sports cliffhangers this day after the ...

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Dinner party dilemmas

What to do with olive pits?

Q.  We received an invitation to a dinner party and before I said yes or no I asked the hostess who else was invited. She seemed offended by that. Was that ok to do? A.  No, it is not polite to decide if you will or will not attend based on who else will be... Read More

Theory of Everything reveals ‘reel’ bravery

Theory of Everything.

Bravery comes in many forms. While the traditional hero may conquer worlds that others may see, the unlikely hero can show us how to find the courage within to confront what seems insurmountable. In The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking acts like an unlikely hero when we first meet him as a ...

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2015 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD — Winning combo

2015 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD

In the crowded world of crossovers, Infiniti’s QX60 fits neatly into the “just right” category. It’s the right size, the right fuel economy, the right level of luxury and the right price, at $42,400 for the base front-wheel-drive model. It also rides smoothly, handles competently and ...

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Some past Oscar treats

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in The Birdcage.

With this year’s Academy Awards just a few weeks away, let’s savor some treats with Oscar pedigrees. Here’s what’s available this weekend on broadcast and cable television. The Lion in Winter (1968) Jaws dropped on Oscar night 1968 when Ingrid Bergman announced the winner of the year’s Best ...

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SUV’s of 2014, plus the Car of the Year

2014 Tesla Model S 85

No one can predict how long Americans will enjoy today’s unexpectedly low fuel prices, but the longer the trend persists, the more sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks automakers can look forward to selling. U.S. motorists love those big, safe, versatile vehicles, especially the carlike ...

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