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High concept, uninspired execution plagues ‘Rock Dog’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:05:00 PST

The animated feature “Rock Dog” arrives one week after the release of another prominent Chinese-American co-production, the fantasy adventure “The Great Wall.” Director Ash Brannon brings Pixar and Sony bona fides (he co-directed “Toy Story 2” and directed “Surf’s Up”) to this adaptation of rocker...

Artful dishes and calming ambiance at Rachel New American Cuisine in Riverside
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 23 Feb 2017 08:38:00 PST

Barry Fleischmann is in his element at Rachel New American Cuisine in Riverside. The longtime chef-caterer now has the brick-and-mortar restaurant he always wanted.

Fleischmann said he couldn't resist the opportunity to take over the 1875 corner building that formerly housed restaurants like Breadbangers...

Roughly Speaking podcast: Exiled from Bell Foundry, Baltimore Rock Opera Society seeks own home (epi
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 12 Jän 2017 11:43:00 PST

In this podcast:

“Brides of Tortuga,” “Grundelhammer” and “Phantom of the Paradise” were three of the original productions staged by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society over the last eight years. But BROS actors, writers, designers, builders, musicians and artists now finds themselves in exile, without...

‘The Voice’ to hold auditions in Baltimore Saturday
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:56:00 PST

Warm up those vocal cords, Baltimore. The NBC singing competition “The Voice” will hold open call auditions on Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

“The Voice” has split the day into three groups — 7 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. As of Friday morning, the 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. groups are full, while...

Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut with the touching Israeli memoir ‘A Tale of Love and Dar
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 18 Aug 2016 17:20:00 PDT

Actors gravitate toward passion projects, films they care deeply, even obsessively about, but the end result is hardly ever as convincing as "A Tale of Love and Darkness" a film of beautiful melancholy written, directed by and starring Natalie Portman.

A Hebrew-language film based on the celebrated...

Work from Baltimore-area artists at American Craft Show
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 23 Feb 2017 14:08:00 PST

The American Craft Show comes to the Baltimore this weekend, and several local artists will be exhibiting their work. Here's a look at some of their pieces. 

The show runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $14-$16...

Staging of ‘The Bodyguard’ heads to Hippodrome
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:52:00 PST

Almost 25 years after moviegoers flocked to see Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the story of a pop music diva and the former Secret Service agent hired to protect her from a stalker, "The Bodyguard" is back, this time on the stage.

On Tuesday, the musical version of the 1992 hit film reaches...

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ review: Weak Tim Burton fantasy overstuffed with effec
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 29 Sep 2016 06:40:00 PDT

Now and then, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" reminds you director Tim Burton still has it, in bulk. My favorite image dominates one of the movie's posters. It depicts an ethereal young woman being flown like a kite by the seaside. Another image, in the trailers, shows a wide-eyed...

As long as logic and originality aren’t your thing, ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ delivers the desired chi
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 20 Okt 2016 08:00:00 PDT

For a horror sequel built around a foundation of genre trends, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” contains far more goofy-spooky-fun than one might expect. This prequel to 2014’s “Ouija” takes the retro approach that has made “The Conjuring” franchise so appealing, and layers it on top of the classic “little...

Mount Vernon restaurant Flavor behind Center Stage’s new menu
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 23 Feb 2017 12:14:00 PST

Baltimore Center Stage managing director Michael Ross hopes theatergoers come hungry. 

The Mount Vernon theater is set to unveil its $28 million makeover this weekend, and that will include new food and new places to eat. Flavor, the Mount Vernon restaurant opened by Julia and Vanna Belton in 2015,...

Lionel Richie postpones tour with Mariah Carey scheduled to kick off in Baltimore in March
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:13:00 PST

Lionel Richie says he won't recover from a knee procedure in time to launch his tour with Mariah Carey next month. The 67-year-old singer said in a statement Friday that their All The Hits Tour will be postponed until the summer. The 35-date trek was supposed to launch March 15 and wrap on May...

‘Collateral Beauty’ finds Will Smith at the center of a maudlin, manipulative holiday-themed sympath
BaltimoreSun.com / Do, 15 Dez 2016 03:00:00 PST

There comes a point in “Collateral Beauty,” an unconscionably tidy therapy-by-numbers exercise, when Howard (Will Smith), a New York advertising executive whose 6-year-old daughter has died, attends a support group for grieving parents. The death of a child may be an overused plot device in movies...

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