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John Williams’ music draws packed house for WV Symphony

John Williams didn’t burst onto the scene with his score for Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” in 1975. Many would have begged for the career he had already had as a composer in film and television. But in the 41 years since...

John Williams’ music draws packed house for WV Symphony

John Williams didn’t burst onto the scene with his score for Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” in 1975. Many would have begged for the career he had already had as a composer in film and television. But in the 41 years since cellos,...

Trombones from Costa Rica, different and brilliant

Brass quintets, made up of a couple of trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba, have appeared occasionally in Charleston.

Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ playfully mocks and adores Hollywood
Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ playfully mocks and adores Hollywood

The Coen Brothers’ latest comedy “Hail, Caesar!” is a loving tribute to the era of classical Hollywood, meticulously crafted with layers of reference, inside jokes, and tidbits of history that will excite any film buff. Not to...

Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is fun, but lacks bite
Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is fun, but lacks bite

Author Seth Grahame-Smith has dined out on the winning combination of stitching together two incongruous things, one high-brow, one low, and letting the concept do the heavy lifting. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” gave readers, and...

Review: Casey Affleck, Chris Pine star in suspenseful Coast Guard rescue ‘The Finest Hours’
Review: Casey Affleck, Chris Pine star in suspenseful Coast Guard rescue ‘The Finest Hours’

It's 2016. We're far enough along on the digital effects timeline to make the call: The waves are looking good! Digitally animated waves are looking better all the time, in fact, even when filmmakers push allegedly realistically scaled waves to...

Review: Third time’s a charm for the witty ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’
Review: Third time’s a charm for the witty ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

If you're one of those people – and I'm with you – who roll your eyes when handed a pair of 3D glasses at the multiplex, wondering if all this rigmarole is REALLY necessary, then take heart: The lovely, color-popping visuals in “Kung ...

Review: Mindless ‘The 5th Wave’ has an unsettling streak
Review: Mindless ‘The 5th Wave’ has an unsettling streak

When the apocalypse happens, all that's going to be left for us are the guns. Which might actually be true, but is also the subtext of the dystopian young adult film hitting theaters this weekend, “The 5th Wave.” The film opens with a...

Review: ‘13 Hours’ is thrilling, but too video game-like
Review: ‘13 Hours’ is thrilling, but too video game-like

The most surprising thing about “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is how Michael Bay makes 144 minutes pass so quickly.

His excitable camera is always doing something, whether shaking with hand-held authenticity to capture ...

Review: ‘Ride Along 2’ follows silliness formula of original
Review: ‘Ride Along 2’ follows silliness formula of original

With the same brand of silliness and a bit more creativity than the original, “Ride Along 2”doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is: a sequel designed to offer a second helping of exactly what worked the first time around....

Review: Tribute concert recreates Williams’ joy, strife

It's insufficient to examine Hank Williams' musical legacy without looking at the shadows that permeated his own life and often transferred over to his songs.

Now in its 14th year, the Hank Williams Tribute concert, held at the Clay Center's...

Movie review: ‘The Revenant’ is brutal and beautiful
Movie review: ‘The Revenant’ is brutal and beautiful

Everything you've heard about the bear is true.

The frenzied grizzly-on-man attack in “The Revenant,” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's brutal and beautiful gut-punch of a film, is such an explosion of ursine rage that it is...

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