The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what's rocking their world this week.
1 The Intouchables : Amour was the French-language film that got the bulk of the critical love in 2012, and for good reason. But the more feel-good The Intouchables, about the friendship that develops between a well-off handicapped older white man and an impoverished young black man he hires, is irresistibly charming. Yes, it deals in cliches (though it is based on a true story) and is very obvious, but -- thanks to strong performances and great use of American R&B -- surprisingly it works. Out Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray.
-- Cary Darling
2 Atoms for Peace, Amok : Thom Yorke revels in blurring the line between man and machine. Over the past decade, the Radiohead frontman has helped push the influential British band further afield from the roaring guitars and crunchy melodies that first earned it notice in the mid-'90s and into the cybernetic unknown. Apart from the group, Yorke embraces the electronic genre even more tightly. First on his 2006 solo debut, The Eraser, and again on Amok, the first effort from Atoms For Peace (an ad-hoc supergroup featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and producer Nigel Godrich), the singer-songwriter melds edgy sonics with defiantly human vocals to mesmerizing effect. In stores now.
-- Preston Jones
3 Religious graffiti: House, a 34 year-old Spanish graffiti artist, was asked by Father Ramon Borr to paint the dome of a neo-Romanesque church near Barcelona. Borr couldn't afford the prices quoted by traditional artists, so he contacted House. The artist painted the dome above the altar in a typical Romanesque style, and he says, "only a graffiti artist can tell we used aerosol cans to do the work. We tried to conceal that. In the Roman period, spray paint obviously didn't exist."
-- Gaile Robinson