The hammy Bryan Cranston performance is coming from the attic in Wakefield

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“Ghosting” is the popular term for when a person simply vanishes from a relationship, leaving no word for the other party. In Robin Swicord’s Wakefield, her protagonist takes “ghosting” to the extreme. One day Howard Wakefield returns to his suburban home during a blackout, chases a raccoon into an attic, and decides…

Andrzej Wajda’s final film, Afterimage, paints a dour portrait of a colorful artist

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With his protean stylistic range and sharp nose for national and political myth, the late Andrzej Wajda was almost single-handedly responsible for bringing Polish film to international attention. But his final work, Afterimage, which he completed before his death last year at the age of 90, is only a minor effort: a…

A soundtrack, a cinematic board game, and a guide to big- and small-screen landmarks

A candidate for a future installment of Soundtracks Of Our Lives, the album spawned from the so-so Cameron Crowe film Singles is one of those records whose impact was so much more significant than its source material that it became more a commentary on the state of American music culture at the time of its release…

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur is only fun when it’s acting like a Guy Ritchie movie

Having already put his caffeinated spin on Sherlock Holmes and the mismatched secret agents of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., director Guy Ritchie adds some cockney attitude and time-jumping comic flair to the oft-told legend of King Arthur. Trouble is, it also has to be the lavish, franchise-launching fantasy epic Warner…