Water For Elephants (PG)

★★☆☆☆

Robert Pattinson flees his blood-sucking past to become a different kind of monster—a carny!—in Water for Elephants, a lush, historical romance set amid a traveling circus in 1931. It’s beautiful to look at but ultimately plodding and predictable, although Pattinson and co-star Reese Witherspoon (in a role that plays to her winsome strengths) have heat. Christoph Waltz adds color as a deranged circus master.

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Brohemian Rhapsody

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Brohemian Rhapsody

By Jarret Keene

When you’re listening to the uplifting world music-influenced folk-pop of the Makepeace Brothers, you can’t help but feel you should be soaking in the trio’s new album, Slow Down Feel Love, on a California beach as you watch the sun melt into the ocean. And when you’re a writer interviewing vocalist/guitarist Finian Makepeace via cell phone and you hear the crash of the surf and cry of seagulls and he says, “I’m just hanging out at Venice Beach,” and, “Cool, I just saw a seal in the water,” you wonder: Is it a music career or a lifestyle for these guys?

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