Akin’s ‘The Cut’ puts Armenian massacre on screen

Fatih Akin's "The Cut" is the first movie by a director with Turkish roots to tackle an issue long taboo in the country: the early 20th-century mass killings of Armenians

‘Bad Feminist’ essays are sharp, funny

Roxane Gay may call herself a bad feminist — she cops to loving pink and dancing to misogynist music — but she is a badass writer. In her new collection of

Ty Segall at height of his powers

In another time and collective mental headspace Ty Segall might have been a pop star. With his dreamy new album, "Manipulator," the Los Angeles psych rocker has perfected a sound

TRAVELOGUE: Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

South Korea’s hyper-efficient capital doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this mega-city offers much to tempt travelers beyond a layover from the ultra-modern

The Spirit of Japan

A linguistic rendition of the Chinese term shaojiu, shochu has been produced in Okinawa and Kyushu since the 16th century. What is now known as Okinawa used to be the

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea

Girls from Brazil’s favelas find escape in ballet

* Movies: The Congress * Books: The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief by Alan Connor * Music: My Everything by Ariana Grande * Wine: The Anglo-Portuguese

Meta and mad, ‘The Congress’ is a trip

Very soon, this whole structure that we all love so much will be gone,” prophesies Danny Huston’s wide-grinning movie studio head in Ari Folman’s “The Congress.” He’s speaking to Robin Wright,

Author’s ode to crosswords is right on the mark

If you love solving crosswords, you know how it feels to be in the fraternity. There’s the rush of matching wits with a mysterious puzzle-maker, the thrill of nailing an

Grande’s ‘My Everything’ is everything

This is how you follow up an impressive debut: simply step into the recording booth, and be amazing yet again. Maybe it’s easier said than done, but Ariana Grande manages to

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Girls from Brazil’s favelas find escape in ballet

Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride

COMFORT WITH AN ITALIAN FLAIR

By now we all know that SOHO at City of Dreams is the hottest spot to be for casual dining, but more than that, for those who are looking for

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance

The Anglo-Portuguese alliance is the oldest one in the world that is still in force. Ever since the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373, which is in turn the oldest active treaty

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

* Movies: If I Stay * Books: The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris * Music: Look Again to the Wind: Johnny

A sweet Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’

Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril. Just two months ago, we had the charming Shailene Woodley as a teen cancer patient, fighting for time while

An insightful look at digital-age clutter

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection” (Current), by Michael Harris I fall asleep to the glow of Netflix and, when I awake, begin