Archive for ‘November, 2013’

Joe Cooley and the sound of love

Forty years ago this week, the accordionist and a few friends made perhaps the greatest traditional Irish music recording before an adoring crowd.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: bigger, longer, better

Jennifer Lawrence’s excellent performance, a heftier plot, and new characters help this second edition of the series outrun the first.

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Irishman

While we’re talking about conspiracy theories and the Zapruder film, let’s remember JFK’s real legacy.

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Morrissey’s Autobiography is a mass of contradictions

Petulant and brilliant, acerbic and passionate, the legendary Smiths vocalist recounts his life — but doesn’t discuss his musical partnership with Johnny Marr.

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Dallas Buyers Club soars on Matthew McConaughey’s miraculous performance

The story of Ron Woodroof, Rayon and the thousands of AIDS victims they helped is a tremendously moving film.

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Thor: The Dark World is an overdone mess

The Thor/Jane romance — and the first movie’s humor and clean, concise plot — get lost under an avalanche of gadgetry and CGI effects.

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Kickback City looks at Irish bluesman Rory Gallagher’s love of detective/noir fiction

The three-CD package includes a bunch of great blues from the late Cork musician, a novella by Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, and narration by actor Aidan Quinn.

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