‘Black Panther’ is dazzling grand-scale filmmaking

The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it’s called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler’s Earth-bound “Black Panther,” glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds

Listen to David Duchovny, wish for alien abduction

In an upcoming episode of “The X-Files,” Fox Mulder gets mixed up with some paranormal forces and somehow believes he’s a rock ‘n’ roll god. No, wait.

Subject matter of Zadie Smith’s ‘Feel Free’ ranges wide

The subject matter of Zadie Smith’s newest collection of essays, “Feel Free,” ranges wide. She addresses world issues from the perspective of Britain, her home, including climate

News of the world | Essay Against tense global backdrop, let the Games begin

On the one hand: The world gathers for a scripted, globalized spectacle of competition and unity. North Korean athletes and performers stream into the rival South for

Organic versus biodynamic

In the past twenty years organic products have become a selling point, as customers are more and more conscious of their well-being and the need to “make the

Lives on temp

  * Movies: A Fantastic Woman * Books: The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers * Music: Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James by Various Artists

A star is born in Oscar-nominee ‘A Fantastic Woman’

The lead character of Sebastian Lelio’s film “A Fantastic Woman “ is named Marina. She is a nightclub singer and a waitress. She has a boyfriend, Orlando,

‘Mokha’ recounts quest to revive coffee trade in Yemen

As legend has it, coffee was born in Yemen, when a Sufi brewed the beverage to fuel his late-night devotions. Roughly 700 years later, a Yemeni-American set

Tom Jones among artists singing Elmore James’ blues

Elmore James has been dead 54 years, and the blues aren’t doing too well either. This lively tribute album gives both a boost. The fanbase for

News of the world | Europe’s rise in temporary work contracts puts lives on hold

Europe’s economic recovery is in full swing, and in countries like Portugal, the unemployment rate is falling steeply from record highs reached during the recent financial crisis.

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg VI

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg V” on 8 December 2017) Amongst Germany’s 13 wine regions, Württemberg stands out as an anomaly on two counts. First, it

Travelog | A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

What’s new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there’s lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  * Movies: The Insult * Books: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink * Music: Laila Biali by Laila Biali * Wine: Good Buy II: Where To * Travelog: Real

A provocative drama in Oscar-nominated ‘The Insult’

In the provocative Lebanese film “The Insult ,” a minor conflict over a gutter between two ordinary men in Beirut spirals and escalates to the level of

‘When’ by Daniel Pink uncovers the secrets of timing

It’s January; time to make room in the self-improvement section of your bookcase. “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel H. Pink perfectly executes

‘Laila Biali’ masterfully mixes jazz and pop

Smooth jazz might be an even worse idea than soft rock or light beer, which makes Laila Biali’s self-titled album a miracle of sorts. The Toronto

News of the World | Elton John says upcoming tour will be his last

Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it a “way

Good Buy II: Where To

Following our previous chapter about critics, we can extend this contempt to wine competitions and other gold medals, the results of which can be questionable. This can

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