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December 29, 2018 3:00 PM Overlooked in 2018: Annihilation — how a hot movie abruptly went cold

It may seem odd to describe a movie with a red-hot director, an A-list cast and global distribution as having been “overlooked,” but that’s exactly what I’d say about Alex Garland’s Annihilation. The sci-fi thriller also happens to be one of the best films of 2018, according to many movie critics (yours truly among them) and a certain cineaste named 25

December 18, 2018 5:35 PM Thyroid, kidney cancers rise slightly in kids; overall childhood cancer rate is stable: Study

CHICAGO - Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity. The rate for all childhood cancers combined, 171 cases per million children, remained stable from 2001 to 2009 although slight increases were seen in blacks and adolescents 77

November 22, 2018 2:00 PM The Wild Pear Tree is time and brain power very well spent

This is one of the year’s most thought-provoking films, approaching the disillusionment of youth on the cusp of maturity not unlike the way Lee Chang-dong does in Burning, another standout from the grand bounty of Cannes 2018 that’s currently playing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The narrative follows a disillusioned wannabe author named Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) 39

November 15, 2018 11:09 PM Woman ticketed for not holding escalator handrail to be heard by Supreme Court

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear the case of a woman who was ticketed and arrested after she refused instructions to hold onto an escalator handrail. Bela Kosoian was in a subway station in the Montreal suburb of Laval in 2009 when a police officer told her to respect a pictogram with the instruction, “hold the handrail 50

November 12, 2018 5:22 PM People are going to sell sex in driverless cars, researchers say

Authorities should prepare for such looming threats, Cohen said. Autonomous vehicles could provide cover for a range of illicit activities, including drug dealing or even terrorism in the form of remote-controlled bombs. (The report didn’t recommend any particular safeguards.) Driverless cars could also exacerbate inequality if businesses pay to influence 41

November 1, 2018 1:54 PM Towering statue of India’s independence leader unveiled

NEW DELHI—India’s prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader being promoted as a national icon in the ruling party’s campaign ahead of next year’s general elections. Patel, who hailed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s native Gujarat state, was also India’s first home minister 40

October 25, 2018 6:48 PM John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to host ‘legendary’ one hour Christmas special for NBC

The hour-long special is set to air on Nov. 28 and will come on the heels of Legend’s first Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas,” which drops Friday. That Columbia Records album, executive produced by Raphael Saadiq, features Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding. The special also coincides with Legend’s 25-date holiday tour, which kicks off in Clearwater 45

October 24, 2018 4:21 PM Esi Edugyan’s book Washington Black named finalist for Carnegie literary prize

NEW YORK—A Canadian novelist whose latest book has already been shortlisted for some of the world’s most coveted literary prizes has been named a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, which follows a boy’s escape from slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s brother, was named 45

October 19, 2018 11:00 AM Marcia Kaye’s In Other Words tells the inside story of Canada’s golden age of publishing

In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time tells the inside story of Canada’s golden age of publishing, starting amid the simmering nationalism of the late ’60s. That’s when our country began to fall in love with itself, creators were larger than life and books were not yet saleable “units” in big-box stores. At its heart was Porter 37

October 12, 2018 11:30 AM Carol Bruneau probes the challenges of marriage in A Circle on the Surface

One of the gifts of historical fiction is its ability to underscore the unchangeable aspects of humanity. Such is the case with Halifax writer Carol Bruneau’s new outing A Circle on the Surface, which probes the timelessness of troubled marriages. In this page-turner, the bestselling author transports readers back to the Maritimes of World War II, illustrating 45