A brilliant Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

The famed British physicist Stephen Hawking has never had small ideas or small ambitions, least of all his audacious youthful quest to find a "theory of everything" — one that

Some tracks work, others don’t

Collaborations between contemporary country artists and classic rock stars have become commonplace over the years. But the Doobie Brothers, with their accent on catchy choruses, close harmonies and traditional influences,

Connelly has another winner with ‘Burning Room’

Harry Bosch and his rookie partner tackle a cold case with present-day ramifications in Michael Connelly's latest novel, "The Burning Room." Ten years ago, a man was shot and paralyzed. The

News of the World | Germany after the Berlin Wall: Not always best in west

In the German city of Dresden, trumpet player Ludwig Guettler takes pride in the soaring spires of the Baroque Frauenkirche church, rebuilt from the ruins of World War II, and

The Southern Charm

Occupying almost a third of Portugal, the southern province of Alentejo is renowned for producing wines combining complexity, fruitiness and richness. Although the region traditionally focused on agriculture, especially cork


This year, the intimate Chinese restaurant again has been awarded three Michelin stars. In my opinion, it is simply the best Chinese restaurant in the world. Upon entry, one can

Secret Island DJs

* Movies: Force majeure, listen up Philip, Pride * Books: The killer next door  by Alex Marwood * Music: With a Little Help from my Fwends by the Flaming Lips * Wine: The

3 below-the-radar films to catch this fall

By all means, see David Fincher’s gloriously pulpy “Gone Girl,” the elegant, surreal comedy “Birdman,” the percussive and intelligent indie “Whiplash” and the staggering Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour.” But before

‘The Killer Next Door’ is gripping mystery

Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants’ desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor’s despicable acts. Alex Marwood’s second stand-alone novel delivers a multilayered plot

Flaming Lips fail with ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cover

Ever wonder what “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” would sound like sung by robots? Me neither, but here’s the answer. The Flaming Lips have recorded a full-length tribute to the

The secret of record success

Whisked away from the real world by private boats to a secluded jungle beachside getaway, a horde of adventurous partygoers delight in this two-day music and arts festival replete with

The Prussian Crown

As per traditional wisdom, Mosel collocates with femininity whereas Rheingau masculinity. Situated geographically – and stylistically – between the two, Nahe is often referred to as the middle child of


Ironically, the venue chosen to showcase the Portuguese wine is a French restaurant, The Tasting Room by Chef Guillaume Galliot, housed inside the Crown Towers at Macau’s City of Dreams.

On the Road in North Korea in a Great Wall SUV

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John Wick’ delivers non-stop action

In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves’ Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on “John Wick,” a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular

“Superstorm” (Dutton), by Kathryn Miles

It’s been a weak hurricane season in the Atlantic so far, with little to worry U.S. coastal residents, but any forecaster will tell you: It only takes one storm to

Jessie Ware cruises on sophomore album

Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love” is lovely, and that’s not a tepid endorsement. No, the English singer’s sophomore disc is lovely in the way of a sunset or a cruise around

NEWS OF THE WORLD | MDT/AP Exclusive: Driving up revered N Korea mountain

The Kaema Plateau, the “Roof of Korea,” is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It’s

The Spirit of Japan II

(Continued from “The Spirit of Japan” on 5 September 2014) Although its history can be traced back to the 16th century, shochu was in a downward spiral in much of the


So what exactly is the Asian touch? “Dishes that combine French classic style with influences,” says Chef Eddy Leung, one of Hong Kong’s leading names in Western cooking. Born in

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