Weekend: Emotions Run High; Liam Runs All Night

An Oscar-worthy animated film for grownups dominates theaters this weekend, while a tuneful documentary about the 1960s’ most successful (yet unknown) band will have you dancing in your TV room. Inside Out A monumental triumph for Disney/Pixar, this animated film burrows into the mind of a tween girl named Riley, where we meet her emotions: perky Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), trembling Fear (Bill Hader), eye-rolling Disgust (Mindy Kaling), fiery Anger (Lewis Black) and short, misfit Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Part adventure story, …

Why the Monkees Still Matter

(NOTE: This post is from June of 2011, when the late Davey Jones was still very much a Monkee) I’ve just gotten in from the Wolf Trap amphitheater where, for all I know, a couple of thousand middle-age women, their daughters, and their granddaughters are still standing, screaming, and begging for Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones to return to the big stage for just one more rendition of Pleasant Valley Sunday. Or maybe Last Train to Clarksville. Or …