FROM Miri Jedeikin
‘Ghost in the Shell:’ Scarlett Johansson in Japanese role isn’t the only problem Our critics discuss “Ghost in the Shell,” a Japanese comic franchise that got the Hollywood treatment and now stars Scarlett Johansson. Comic fans were upset long before the release. Also, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a Holocaust film with Jessica Chastain, and the New York Times called it “Schindler's List with pets.”
Holiday films, from action to indie Our film critics review “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt; “Fences,” adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson; “Ordinary Women,” an indie set in 1970s Santa Barbara; and more.
Reviews: Harry potter-esque flick, family drama, and teen humor "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is a new film set in the Harry Potter universe. "Manchester by the Sea" deals with grief and recovering from loss. "The Edge of Seventeen" is possibly the teen movie you’ve been waiting for.
Film Roundup: 'The Martian' and More On Monday, we talked about the reality of water on Mars. Today, we have a movie that includes the idea of water on Mars. And Matt Damon. Also a tightrope walking thrill ride, a gay rights drama and a documentary about a 17-year-old activist in our Friday film roundup.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.