A new "bipartisan consensus" is brewing: 2014 will be the year in which Very Serious People argue that America's primary economic goal should be increasing social mobility, not decreasing inequality.
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In anticipation of 12/21/12, this past year saw a return of the doomsday film. Melancholia was an okay end-of-the-world movie, but for this fan, it was not a very good Lars Von Trier film. Perhaps a third viewing is in order.
Alienation and rootlessness are so deeply ingrained in Angelenos' psyches -- partly because so many of us are transplants -- as to be almost a badge of honor.
The mark of a wise judge is the ability to balance. To deny empathy or detachment its proper place is to cut wisdom off at the knees. One without the other would give us only partial justice.
Belgian-born actress Yolande Moreau gives a stunning and heartbreaking performance in this partly fictionalized biography of the painter Seraphine.
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