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German writer Ferdinand von Schirach bases his short-story collection on actual crimes. His tightly wound nuggets aren’t for the squeamish. Case in point: a bit involving members of an eight-piece polka band accused of murder and hiding the body under their stage.
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Dear Santa: All we want for Christmas is a folksy Coen brothers’ movie, another buzzy performance from Jennifer Lawrence, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese in a pear tree. P.S. Note the One to Watch tags. They’re new and mark our Oscar hopefuls.