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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 ...

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 ...

Shakespeare in the Park: A 'How To Get Tickets' Primer

ZEALnyc, May 23, 2017 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town. Any town. You can’t beat seeing remarkable performances from people like James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, or Liev ...

Jazz Notes: Virtuoso Violinist Regina Carter Brings Positive Vibes to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 22, 2017 Last month, virtuoso violinist Regina Carter released her tenth album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, on SonyMusic Masterwork’s imprint OKeh. It’s not only a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s in the centennial of her birth, but it’...

Review: 'The Whirligig' Spins, Aided By a 'Strong Ensemble Cast'

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017 The difference between tragedy and comedy, according to a character in Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, is that “In Tragedy the force that drives the hero to his fully mature realization of Self is Death. While in Comedy? That ...

Review: Perahia Brings His 'Colossal Artistry' to Carnegie Hall With ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017 The celebrated pianist Murray Perahia was the first North American to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 1972 when he was 25. Since then, he has accumulated numerous other accolades, a large discography, and a worshipful following. Though he has been ...

Art Break: Calder and Miró Are the Focus at Pace ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017 This week Art Break is all about classic examples of art (not classical art, that’s something else entirely). Every entry is the gold standard of its movement or an artist’s output and seeing them is key ...

Review: 'A Doll's House, Part 2'—Nora's Back and Better ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, May 19, 2017 It still ends with a closing door, but this time, as is appropriate to the difference between a child and an adult, it isn’t slammed, but closed ruefully, hopefully, and perhaps a tad regretfully. And maybe it's still ...

Review: Kyung Wha Chung Is 'Unequalled' Making History at Carnegie ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, May 19, 2017 As predicted, it was quite an evening. Looking like God’s soldier, her magnificent face rapt in her task, Kyung Wha Chung gave the first integral performance of Bach’s sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin ever attempted on ...

Review: Fraternal Tensions Fuel the Mint's Current Find—'The Lucky ...

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, May 19, 2017 A.A. Milne is a member of that pantheon of British writers of revered children’s books who also achieved fame in more grown-up literary circles. J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) was a celebrated Scottish novelist and playwright, and ...

Review: Encores!’ ‘Golden Apple' Lacks Luster

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 18, 2017 Of all the flop shows that musical theater fanatics obsess about, The Golden Apple has to be one of the most legendary. The show was an Off-Broadway sensation in 1954, although upon transferring to Broadway, the show lasted a mere ...

An End to 500 Years of Solitude at the Center for ...

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, May 18, 2017 Exhibitions of classical texts by their very nature confound the viewer. Even if one does know Greek, or Latin, and the old minuscule script in which they are written—even if one knows Middle English for that matter—there ...

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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