A father (George Clooney) struggles to reassess his past and navigate his future after his wife is gravely injured in a water-skiing accident. Critic David Edelstein says the film blends broad comedy with the sting of tragedy. (Recommended)
The movie Beginners stars Ewan McGregor as a young man who learns that his 75-year-old father, played by Christopher Plummer, is gay. The movie is based on filmmaker Mike Mills' own life. Mills explains what happened when his own dad came out.
This year, Susan Stamberg brings her mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe to two veteran White House chefs. They say it reminds them of the infamous "cheddar cheese ring" from the Carter administration.
Barron Lerner, a professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University, wrote One for the Road, about the history of drunk driving in America. And what he found was that the legal limit is very lenient, especially compared with other countries. And there is little political will to change it.
Once relegated to a few urban enclaves, the American hipster is suddenly everywhere. And, though it sounds funny, says one aficionado of hip culture, "hipsters in Omaha may actually be cooler than hipsters in New York City."
Woody Allen is the subject of a new two-part, four-hour special on the PBS series American Masters. TV critic David Bianculli says the documentary is "a smart, sometimes serious study of a smart, sometimes serious filmmaker."
Director Alexander Payne finds comedy in the crises of his flawed protagonists: a struggling writer in Sideways, a retired widower in About Schmidt and now a family man who must reassess his life in The Descendents.
On Wednesday, author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award. Her novel, Salvage The Bones, takes place in a small town during a hurricane. The story was based on her own experience of surviving hurricane Katrina, which she describes in this essay.
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