There’s a lot to be said for the way Felix van Groeningen, writer and director of “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” slices and dices his narrative, chopping the romance between a hipster Flemish singer and banjoist and the tattoo artist he meets, then marries, into time-hopping chunks.
The reason “Great Expectations” is adapted so repeatedly for film and TV is the sheer opulence of Charles Dickens’ yarn. It’s an epic coming-of-age story, with elements of fairy tale, mystery and twisted romance.
She was a frisky ‘50s pinup whose black bangs, blue eyes, and ability to beam out an it’s-all-in-good-fun smile while posing in dominatrix gear made her a lust object then, and a pop culture icon now.
Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy ran for a club-record 217 yards and had touchdown runs of 57 and 40 yards to lead the Eagles in a blizzard on Sunday. “It was tough, to be honest,” McCoy said.
A Penn-Drexel team, including scientists Andrew M. Rappe, left, Ilya Grinberg, Peter Davies and Jonathan E. Spanier, created a new ceramic material to process solar energy.
Before “Howl,” before the Beats, Allen Ginsberg was just another Jewish kid from Paterson, N.J. Well, another Jewish kid from Paterson with a crazy mother, a poet father, a love of Walt Whitman, and a scholarship to Columbia University.
Ex-Wildcat QB Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles takes off on a 14-yard run in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, He threw for 298 yards and scored on a 4-yard run. He has thrown 16 TD passes this season.
K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, and the mountain with the second-highest fatality rate, is the looming, mysterious star of the breathtaking but problematic documentary “The Summit.”
Wadjda, the title character of Haifaa al-Mansour’s charming first feature, is an entrepreneurial 10-year-old in Riyadh — a girl who wears scruffy Converse sneakers and jeans under her long black robe, sells homemade bracelets and mix tapes to make extra money, constantly runs afoul of the he…
A French bonbon of little consequence but lots of style, “Populaire” — a midcentury-modern lark about a secretary, her typewriter, and her demanding boss — occupies some fantasy realm where colors are more vivid than in real life, the clothes snazzier, the characters more carefree. Even when…
Foodie alert: Get thee to “Haute Cuisine,” a gastronomic must-see based on the true story of the woman who served as personal chef to French president François Mitterrand. Stuffed salmon between cabbage layers, anyone? Foie gras with apple ginger chutney and cocoa nibs tuile? A nice choux p…
Now and then, a kid makes a run for it.
A rat tastes a liquid, causing lights to come on. The rat must decide which lever to push: sweet or sour, and then gets a reward.
Here are words I don't often get to type: There is good news from Washington. Last Thursday, about 70 members of Congress braved brutal heat to stand in the shadow of the Capitol and pledge their allegiance to work together amid a climate of hyper-partisanship.
PHILADELPHIA - The governing board of Pennsylvania State University has authorized the payment of up to $60 million to settle claims by the sexual-abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a trustee said Thursday.
There might be more at stake in the race for comptroller of New York City than the future of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. This could be a final referendum on the sex scandal as we know it, and a reboot on the level of intrusion into the private lives of public servants.
PHILADELPHIA - Rationing medical care is denounced as immoral in the United States, yet it goes on daily in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, ambulances and pharmacies.
Does the Bill of Rights apply to all Americans, or only those the government deems worthy?
A knotted drama of terrorism and double agentry set in Belfast in the early 1990s, "Shadow Dancer" boasts a fiercely focused performance from Andrea Riseborough as Collette McVeigh, a Northern Ireland IRA member arrested after an aborted bombing in a London Underground station.
A real-life cyberthriller with real-life consequences, Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" is a riveting and revelatory documentary that plays out on the ground in Melbourne, London, Baghdad, Stockholm, Reykjavík, and Washington - and everywhere in the thrumming realms o…
Billy Horschel shot a 67 to move to 1 under after Friday, when nearly half the field failed to finish the second round because of darkness.
Phil Mickelson returned from his daughter's eighth-grade graduation about 3 1/2 hours before his tee time Thursday.
Every couple make compromises: From the dinner menu to the number of children they'll have, love is about negotiation.
Catherine and Herbert Schaible are members of the First Century Gospel Church, a congregation that shuns medical care. Two of their children have died of bacterial pneumonia.
PHILADELPHIA - Herbert and Catherine Schaible's faith in the laws of God put them on a collision course with the laws of man when their 8-month-old son, Brandon, fell ill in April.
Truth is a tricky thing. Memories can falter, secrets are clung to, and there is more than one way to see an event, interpret its meaning. Wallace Stevens had 13 ways of looking at a blackbird. Rashomon's priest and woodcutter famously offered differing accounts of a woman's attack. Hey, eve…
PHILADELPHIA - "It's exciting. It's frustrating. It's maddening," declares a Delaware group about tantalizing sonar images of what could be Amelia Earhart's plane.
These homes in the town of Fortescue, along the low-lying Delaware Bay shore, were destroyed by superstorm Sandy.
PHILADELPHIA - The night Meghan Wren got stranded by floodwaters and had to sleep in her car, she knew it was time for a reckoning.
You'll have to wait until it ends to see whether crime pays in Ken Loach's spirited caper "The Angels' Share." But it's a testament to the veteran British filmmaker's wily ways - and to his strong social (and socialist) conscience - that you'll find yourself rooting for his band of underclas…
"Marriage is like a phone call late at night," Robert De Niro says, in dulcet voice-over mode, at the outset of "The Big Wedding." "First comes the ring, and then you wake up."
Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good.
People have been trying to film Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the talismanic Beat novel, just about since the day it was published in 1957.
Is the whole animated shorts world suddenly all about 'toons without words?
It would be great, one day, to see Jason Statham try his hand at a romance, or slapstick farce. He wouldn't have to change what he does - if he could, which seems doubtful. Somehow, the counterintuitive casting of the taciturn British action star - shaved dome, sinewy, snarling his lines as …
PHILADELPHIA - In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Ken Cook spoke passionately about 10 Americans who were found to have more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood.
A ski-lift gondola, rumbling up the side of a Swiss mountain, is the means by which Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein), the 12-year-old boy at the center of Ursula Meier's dark fairy tale of a film, "Sister," gets to work.
A band, appropriately using a Volkswagen Beetle, performs a tribute to Beatles music during the 113th annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.
At China's High School Attached to Capital Normal University in Beijing, students take advanced-placement courses taught by American and Canadian teachers.
BEIJING - Teachers at a new high school here, like teachers the world over, like to boast about all the colleges that have accepted their students.
Maybe on paper - a cocktail napkin, perhaps, but certainly not the shooting script - "The Guilt Trip" seemed like a good idea. Take a geeky grown-up with no dating or mating skills and put him in a car for a cross-country road trip with his smothering, motor-mouth mom.
The Philadelphia Eagles took quarterback Nick Foles in the third round of the 2012 draft. (DAVID MAIALETTI / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER)
Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson intercepts a pass from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick before returning it for a 99-yard touchdown.
The final days of a close race for the White House, like the one now unfolding between President Obama and Mitt Romney, are always loud, tense and messy, but most end with a clear result.
When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship.
PHILADELPHIA - A vaccine against cervical cancer, being developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Blue Bell, Pa., produced positive results in a small sample of 18 women.
PHILADELPHIA - Penn State University has entered into preliminary settlement talks with at least 20 men accusing Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse, the college's appointed mediators said.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Defiant and unrepentant, Jerry Sandusky blasted Pennsylvania State University, his accusers and the media Monday in a taped statement the day before his sentencing on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.