‘Luxor’ Movie Review: Andrea Riseborough Shines In Unique Egypt Drama
For as beautiful as Egypt is, you’d think more Western movies would be set there. At any rate, director Zeina Durra‘s new film contains enough sweeping shots of ancient tombs to fill half a dozen great movies, so I guess this is a good start.Luxor follows Andrea Riseborough‘s Hana, a doctor on leave from working in an international combat zone. She returns to Luxor, an Egyptian city where she spent some crucially formative years in the past, and runs into Sultan (Karim Saleh), an old flame from that period.The movie is a slow, deliberate trek through Hana’s reacquaintance with Sultan, but it a...
Auto review: 2021 Hyundai Venue offers less for less
2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition: An old Soul?Price: $23,305 as tested. Carpeted floor mats ($135) were the lone option.Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the controls, fuel economy, and braking, but not “the ride, noise, fit and finish, or rear seat.”Marketer’s pitch: “Small SUV. Big city hustle.”Reality: Definitely has the flavor of the original Kia Soul in so many ways.What’s new: Hyundai added the Venue to its lineup in 2020. Though like the Soul, it’s smaller, and no all-wheel-drive version is offered. It’s an attractive little box, looking like a kiddie-cart version of the Palis...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: The 2021 Genesis G90 supplies what American automakers once delivered, but no longer do
There seems to be some impression that the best cars have rock-firm suspensions sure to shatter your vertebrae. Yes, a firm suspension provides exceptional cornering ability, but what works best on racetrack isn’t always what works best in the real world, where clogged arteries and crumbling highways, not glass-smooth race track, are a fact of life.That’s what makes the 2021 Genesis G90 so welcome. In an era where most Americans have become truck drivers in a mistaken belief that they need a glorified station wagon with all-wheel drive, the Genesis is a reassuring nod to tradition — a full-siz...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: It's a bird, it's a plane … it's the 702-horse Ram TRX supertruck
Flying at over 65 mph in a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX — four feet off the ground — is when you realize that there’s not much pickups can’t do anymore. Hold that image, and let me catch you up.The 702-horsepower TRX — pronounced T. rex — is the most powerful truck made.But it’s much more than a rocket-sled. It’s like the recent crop of insane high-performance supercars I’ve tested — McLaren GT, Porsche 911 Turbo, Chevy Corvette C8 — that defy the laws of on-road physics while surrounding you in luxury. The TRX is an off-road weapon with the interior of a Bellagio Hotel suite.This remarkable versatility ...
The Detroit News
Auto review: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus adds big screen, colors, connectivity for feature updates
Lincoln’s Nautilus midsize luxury SUV gets a new interior and significant connectivity improvements when the 2021 model arrives in dealerships early next year. The Nautilus will also go into production then in China, a growing market for Lincoln. North American versions of the SUV will continue to come from the Oakville, Ontario, plant that’s always built the Nautilus and its predecessor, the MKX.The most immediately noticeable changes include luxurious new Black Label models and a 13.2-inch touch screen — biggest on any Lincoln — connected to the latest version of Ford’s Sync voice recognitio...
Detroit Free Press
Review: 'From the Grave,' by David Housewright
“From the Grave” by David Housewright; Minotaur Books (307 pages, $26.99)———This witty and wonderful St. Paul, Minnesota author has been entertaining readers with the Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie crime-solving series since 2004. Yet after 17 episodes, we still can’t get enough of this St. Paul cop-turned-private eye and the rich characters that surround him.In this late-summer release, McKenzie is startled to learn that he’s been singled out by name at a psychic reading attended by his first love and now best friend, Shelby. The psychic medium has linked his name to a missing trove of money, and he...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Review: 'Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir,' by Beuna Coburn Carlson
“Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir” by Beuna Coburn Carlson; University of Wisconsin Press (232 pages, $21.95)———The author bio for Beuna Coburn Carlson is tantalizingly terse, saying only that she is “a writer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.” What has the nonagenarian written? Well, this. No record of other books, articles or even letters to the editor by Carlson seems to exist, which adds to the homespun appeal of “Farm Girl,” where Carlson comes off like a Depression-era Laura Ingalls Wilder.The book consists of loving two- and three-page essays that describe life on a farm near Plum City, Wis...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' review: In 1927 Chicago, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and August Wilson play glorious three-part harmony
The late Chadwick Boseman took on many Black men of honor, integrity and nobility in his too-brief career.When the material allowed him some interpretive leeway, he infused those men — some real, like Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall, others mythic, such as T’Challa in “Black Panther” — with the stuff of life and of recognizable, off-the-pedestal humanity. And what he did to explore various sides of more troubling personalities, as he did in the eccentric, [undervalued James Brown biopic “Get On Up,”](A fine actor always looks for the human under the archetype, complicating and challengin...
Kaitlyn Bristowe Wins ‘Dancing With The Stars’
Kaitlyn Bristowe was crowned the winner of Season 29 of Dancing With The Stars on Monday night.Monday night’s finale featured four celebrity and professional couples vying for the famed Mirrorball trophy: The Bachelor alumni Bristowe, Catfish host Nev Schulman, Grammy-winning rapper Nelly, and One Day at a Time actress Justina Machado. The pairs performed one past dance and one freestyle routine.Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev received perfect scores for her redo of their tango to “Toxic” by Britney Spears, followed by a stunning performance of “Sparkling Diamonds” from Moulin Rouge...
Review: Riz Ahmed drums up awards attention as musician battling hearing loss in 'Sound of Metal'
“Sound of Metal” is an act of empathy, and like a lot of empathy, it does not come easily.Although he’s a fascinating medley of contradictions, lead character Ruben (Riz Ahmed, who’s sensational) is not particularly likable. A recovering addict who has been sober for four years, he lies to the most important people in his life.As the movie opens, Ruben is going deaf and reluctantly agrees to go to a rehab facility where the patients also can’t hear. Defying the facility credo that “Being deaf is not a handicap, not something to fix,” Ruben schemes to finance an implant that he believes, incorr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)