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‘Mommy’ Dearest Emotional Horror Movie of the Season – Film Review

Like the bastard child of John Cassavetes and Ingmar Bergman, prolific French Canadian film director Xavier Dolan has made an exhilarating, intimate family drama that digs deep and plays dirty. Mommy is a character study of a warm-blooded widowed single mother, Diane (Anne Dorval) and her virile ...

Review: Michael Mann Can’t Crack the Code in Chris Hemsworth Technothriller ‘Blackhat’

I love me some Michael Mann. You may, too: the manly men that enthrall him and the strong emotional bonds between partners and rivals; the intense close-ups; the balletic action and the driving anger; the saturated color and the exotic locales. Heat. TV’s Miami Vice and ...

Office Politics Gone Wild — Must-see Movie ‘Two Days, One Night’ with Marion Cotillard – Film Review

Naturalistic and probing, in Two Days, One Night, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike) tell an apparently simple, linear story with astonishing depth. Recovering from depression, wife and mother Sandra (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) returns to ...

Review: Schumann and Brahms Shine Bright at Mostly Mozart

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 This has been quite the year for New York audiences to revisit the music of Robert Schumann, and this former sceptic has been finding great art therein. Recent concerts at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival presented an opportunity to ...

Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in 'Van Gogh's Ear'

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the artist ...

Commentary: Thoughts on Polymath's Exploration of Music and Philosophy

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2017 This past Sunday there was a summer lab project performance at National Sawdust involving the combined forces of Found Sound Nation and Polymath Club. In order to appreciate the work of Polymath Club, a research/creation collective that explores ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017 One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & Company, Western Massachusetts has plenty for ...

Review: 'Curvy Widow' Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author and subject of ...

Review: 'Macbeth' Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. Under the leadership of Artistic ...

Art Break: 'All The World's A Stage' For Hilary Knight

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 This week, our focus is on Hilary Knight, an artist with a wide ranging career in book illustration, stage and costume design, and writing. From his expressive pen came Eloise, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Wallace, the Algonquin Cat, and so ...

Review: A Dynamic Duo—Bell and Isserlis—Are 'Perfectly Synched' ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017 Not many musicians can match violinist Joshua Bell for the sheer ferocity he brings to his music-making, but cellist Steven Isserlis is his perfect foil. Friends, colleagues, and sparring partners for three decades, they are symbiotic in their electrifying ...

Review: An Intimate and Joyous ‘Jerry’s Girls’ at the ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017 If we’ve learned one thing this Broadway theater season, it’s that Jerry Herman’s music retains its crowd-pleasing appeal. The blockbuster revival of Hello, Dolly! certainly has Bette Midler to thank for its phenomenal success, but there’...

The State of the Art—Thoughts on the Final Week ...

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 8, 2017 NORTH ADAMS, MA.  When curating a project, an exhibition, a concert, even a festival, there are typically two approaches the producing organization may take. One, is to organize around a particular idea, theme, or message (as many exhibitions, concerts, ...

Stephen Sondheim’s Musical ‘Into the Woods’ is as Bewitching as Meryl Streep – Film Review

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, as directed by Rob Marshall, from James Lapine’s screenplay, is movie musical bliss – better than Marshall’s Oscar-winning Chicago and so much better than his miscast, misbegotten ...

Chris Rock Pushes ‘Top Five’ onto my Top Ten – Film Review

Some things just don’t compute. The bullying racist exposed in Scott Rudin’s vile Sony-leaks emails to chucklehead CEO Amy Pascal (pick up the phone!) doesn’t align with Rudin’s name as Producer on the credits of Chris Rock’s movie Top Five, a project ...

Benedict Cumberbatch Bristles with Brilliance in Authentic ‘The Imitation Game’ – Film Review

Taking its place among those handsome biopics the British do so well, The Imitation Game tells the fascinating (and ultimately tragic) story of mathematician Alan Turing. A day after the UK enters the Second World War, the Cambridge-educated Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) arrives at ...

Mr. Turner: Timothy Spall’s Must-see Portrait of the Landscape Artist as a Wheezy Lout – Film Review

Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner — the English painter whose stunning landscapes helped define the Romantic era — in Mike Leigh’s magnificent Mr. Turner. His is the eccentric performance that seems to resonate with Oscar voters. The round-faced British ...

Miles Teller Clashes with J.K. Simmons in the Manhattan-set Jazz Drama ‘Whiplash’ – Film Review

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When ambitious young musician Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) strives to be a Buddy Rich class drummer, he nearly dies trying in a charged battle of wills with his thorny professor Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons). The buzzy Sundance hit that won both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize vibrates with ...

Jennifer Lawrence Pouts and Protests Through ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’ – Film Review

“Now I’m condemned to a life of jumpsuits,” complains Tribute Escort Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) early on in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. She might have been referring to the entire third part of what is now, unlike the book trilogy, a four-part saga in ...

Michael Keaton Pecks at Fame in ‘Birdman’ – Film Review

Whether you remember Michael Keaton as the guy who threw away the Batman franchise before comic books were king, or the comic genius of Beetlejuice, the actor is the crazy spinning center of Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman, which closed the 52nd Annual New York Film ...

Interview: Hilary Swank stands tall, dives deep discussing ‘The Homesman’

   

I had a chance to have tea with two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank at the Hamptons International Film Festival in the lobby of the Maidstone Hotel. We discussed her scrubbed down, soulful role as Mary Bee Cuddy in Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman, one of my favorite movies of 2014. ...

Oscar Winners Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones Amaze in ‘The Homesman:’ Film Review

With The Homesman, Director/Co-writer/Star/Texan Tommy Lee Jones confounds again, making brilliant American cinema on the back of the blockbuster dime he earned for Men in Black and The Fugitive, among many others. His taste is no-nonsense, astringent in its view of ...

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