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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: Alison Fraser Stars In a 'Squeamish' One-Character Play

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, October 17, 2017 In Aaron Mark’s psychological horror play Squeamish, Alison Fraser’s character of "Sharon" starts off with a slow burn; she turns up at her psychiatrist’s office in a little black dress in the middle of the night ...

Canadian Composer Samy Moussa Makes Carnegie Debut with Montréal ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 16, 2017 This week the Montréal Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall with a program of Bartók, Brahms and the Canadian composer Samy Moussa. Moussa, who is 33, was born and studied in Montreal, and has a long history with ...

Jazz Notes: Renegade Upright Bassist Miles Mosley Plays Soul to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 16, 2017 Diversity thematically informed the Monterey Jazz Festival last month with the brilliantly designed programming. Main stage acts honored the jazz masters Diz, Monk, Sonny, Ella. These pleasing sets were played by bona fides who had festival history. Upcoming ...

Art Break: Art Is Going To the Dogs (Courtesy of ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 16, 2017 The internet is full of animals doing all kinds of things: singing, jumping out of boxes, speaking in French. You could spend hours watching — and we know, because we’ve just finished doing it. But before the internet, ...

Review: American Symphony Orchestra Brings 'Sounds of Democracy' to Carnegie ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2017 During these tumultuous times, it is a comfort to know that the arts are responding with bold examinations of current events. In fact, the classical music scene in New York has some important voices that are presenting programming relevant ...

A Memorial Concert For Violinist Paul Zukofsky Features Two Pianists

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2017 American violinist Paul Zukofsky (1943-2017) was especially renowned for his commitment to contemporary music; he premiered works by the likes of Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Philip Glass, and many others. A few months before his death earlier ...

Playwright Ken Urban Is 'Homesick' at the Huntington Theater And ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, October 12, 2017 When Science and Engineering majors or minors are mentioned alongside Theater and Performance Arts degrees, it's not a natural association. Ken Urban, the newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (head of the playwriting ...

Review: Time and a Family Are Shaped In 'Time and ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 11, 2017 Who knew the Countess of Grantham had it in her? After years of playing the good-hearted American mom on everyone’s favorite British soap opera, Downton Abbey, Elizabeth McGovern finally gets to sink her teeth into someone more shady, ...

Review: A Bloated 'Honeymooners' at the Paper Mill Playhouse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 They don’t write ‘em like this any more. For good reason. As any Baby Boomer knows, “The Honeymooners” was a short-lived but nonetheless enduring sitcom from the mid 1950s starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows. Although ...

Review: New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival Presents ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 The marvelous Fall For Dance Festival, presented annually by New York City Center, is once again providing audiences with a sampler from various dance companies for an astounding low price of admission ($15 a ticket). On Friday, October 6, four very ...

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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