Category : Miami News Times

Big Bad Wolves: A Brutal Israeli Exploitation Flick

The publicity campaign for Big Bad Wolves, a nasty little revenge thriller from Israeli filmmakers Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, quotes Quentin Tarantino’s decree that it’s the “best film of the year.” Tarantino saw Big Bad Wolves at last year’s Busan Film Festival, wh…

The Past Is Brilliant

Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi solidifies his status as one of cinema’s finest living dramatists with The Past, a superb followup to 2011’s Oscar-winning A Separation that again situates audiences amid interpersonal, familial, and household crises. Working from a scri…

Disclosure and Nine Other Acts That Could Save EDM

Listen up, people. If you still think EDM is exciting and fresh, that’s a sign you’re a newb. The rest of us have been at this party way past our bedtimes, and we keep checking our watches like, Are you done yet?

But just when we were about to pay our

The Underground World of Used Luxury Car Rentals

The two men took turns waling on Jeffrey Worstell. A gold chain danced against the skinny one’s white tank top as he beat the 29-year-old mechanic senseless with a nickel-plated .357 Smith & Wesson. When the skinny guy needed a breather, his partner — a hefty six-foot man in a

End of the Rainbow: Judy Garland's Last Years

When you think of self-destructive entertainers who died before their time, which names come to mind? Jim Morrison? Jimi Hendrix? Kurt Cobain? Amy Winehouse? We don’t really think of Judy Garland in this capacity — at least I never did — because she lived 20 years longer than these fa…

Two $2,000 Bongs Stolen From Westchester Head Shop

Alex Inman runs a high-end head shop in Westchester about 20 blocks from Florida International University. Casa de Cristal is one of a handful of places in Florida that sell Mothership brand glass items, the Holy Grail of the water pipe world. The company bills its products as “elite functional

Justin Bieber Should Commit One of These Crimes to Be a Gangster

Justin Bieber is no different from Kim Kardashian. He has to do outrageous things to continue drawing attention. Now police are investigating him and his buddies for allegedly egging his neighbor’s house in the exclusive community of Calabasas, California. The egg-throwers could face felony vanda…

Vanessa Hudgens Proves Truer Than Gimme Shelter

You can say this for the Disney teen machine: They sure know how to pick ’em.

Vanessa Hudgens was 17 when High School Musical made her famous, the tail end of a generation of Mouseketeers that included her contemporaries Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez, and her elders Just…

La Partida Is a Ferocious Havana Swoon

There’s hunger, and then there’s hunger, and every kind of both fuels the desperate young Cuban men who scrap through this nervy, sensual feature. The first hunger is the obvious one: Good food, like almost everything a family needs, isn’t easy to come by in late-era Havana, so husband and

WLRN Employees Face Cutbacks While Top Fundraiser Makes $400,000

These are trying times at WLRN. All media companies are struggling to shake off the death grip of declining ad revenue (New Times being no exception). The past year has been particularly turbulent for South Florida’s public radio station, however. WLRN’s best-known host, Phil Latzman, was …