Dress codes; a widower’s ring

Is a ring forever?

Q.  What does “casual attire” mean on an invitation? A.  This generally means that men wear slacks, not jeans, and an open neck shirt, with a sweater, usually, in the winter; no sport coat necessary. Women wear slacks, not jeans, or a skirt if they prefer, with an informal shirt or top; no ...

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2015 Kia Soul EV: All-electric, decent range

2015 Kia Soul EV.

Kia took a bold leap into the electric-vehicle market by bolting a 109-horsepower electric motor into its second-most-popular model, the Soul. Expected to become available in Connecticut in 2015, the electric Soul has more range than many EVs – 93 miles – so it actually brings a degree of ...

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Reviewer’s ‘Top 10’ from 2014

Looking at back through my files at the shows I really enjoyed the most in the year 2014, means that I look through all the theater reviews that I have written last year. This includes everything from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The list is not broken down into seasons, but overall remained the shows... ...

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Selecting the Oscar nominees

Will Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' be the big winner in Academy Award nominations?

What a good movie year 2014 turned out to be. Until mid-summer, we felt trapped by sequels, remakes and overdone epics, with occasional exceptions. Fortunately the change of seasons brought a fresh roster of films to restore our belief in what moviemakers can create when they look beyond ...

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Some past Oscar nominees on view

Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Doubt.'

As we near the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations – on Thursday, Jan. 15 – we look to broadcast and cable television for a collection of nominated and films receiving awards. Take a look at what’s available this weekend. The King’s Speech (2010) Sometimes we take leaders for granted. ...

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Looking forward at the new year

Check out the 1982 film version of Annie, featuring a young Aileen Quinn, this weekend.

As the new year begins, with the annual commitments to resolution, broadcast and cable outlets offer some favorite films that focus on opportunities ahead. Take a look. Annie (1982) Yes, she is the most optimistic of movie heroines. And while a new version of the classic story now plays in ...

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Unbroken celebrates Zamperini’s bravery

Jack O'Connell as Louis Zamperini in 'Unbroken.'

If good intentions make a great film, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken lands at the top of the list. From its opening combat sequence, this adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s biography of Louis Zamperini looks like a film that knows what it wants to be. As we follow the initial confrontation, we get ...

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