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Right of Water Way?

by Ann Morrow April 17, 2014

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  “The creek is already heavily industrialized. More heavy industry will seriously damage the creek, and the Hudson River and Schodack Island,” said Barbara Heinzen. Heinzen is a member of the Coeymans Heritage Society, and she ...

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Disaster Preparedness

by Ann Morrow April 17, 2014

  Troy’s historic assets are part of the city’s resurging downtown business climate. But one old structure could prove to be a serious detriment: the city’s 1922 seawall. The aging barrier was damaged by Tropical Storm ...

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Reprieve

by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014

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  The largest timber-frame structure in Albany County and the largest barn of its kind in the region, the Hilton barn in the town of New Scotland has many historic elements in addition to its exceptional ...

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Rough Sailing

by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014

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  The Old Testament contains strange creatures and semi-celestial beings along with its primordial stories. Some of those creatures, called the Watchers, are co-stars in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s often wondrous, sometimes difficult imagining of the Great ...

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The Yawner Games

by Ann Morrow March 27, 2014

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  In 2011 Neil Burger directed Limitless, a nifty little sci-fi flick starring Bradley Cooper. This director also helmed a twisty and rather original 19th-century costume drama with Edward Norton called The Illusionist. The Neil Burger ...

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Everything Old Is New Again

by Ann Morrow March 20, 2014

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  It’s always Fiesta! time at Aunt Katie’s Attic, and not just because the shop carries a wide array of the colorful ceramic dinnerware so redolent of the 1930s. The entire shop—and it’s a large one, ...

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iRide, uRide, millionsRide

by Ann Morrow March 13, 2014

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  Local bus ridership is up, and a long winter of treacherous roads, plowed-in cars, and iced-over windshields is only a small factor in the increase. As frequent CDTA customer Sean Gordon of Albany said, “It’s ...

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The Empire Strikes Out

by Ann Morrow March 12, 2014

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  Leonidas (Gerard Butler), now, he was a hero. Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), well, he’s a good strategist. And that is a very different thing cinematically, especially in an action movie, and even if the action is ...

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Moon Over Cohoes

by Ann Morrow March 10, 2014

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  Moon Glow at the Venue at St. Joseph’s, Cohoes, showcased local artworks as well as the venue’s gleaming refurbishment on  Saturday (March 1) for the benefit of Cohoes High School’s art scholarship. The fundraiser also ...

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Crossing Wires

by Ann Morrow March 6, 2014

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  Columbia County is widely famed for the beauty of its bucolic farmland, historic houses, and verdant Hudson Valley vistas. These vistas, and the county’s identity—its most important activities are agriculture and tourism—could be adversely impacted ...

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Crashed

by Ann Morrow March 6, 2014

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  Hear the metallic grind of a large and powerful vehicle screeching to a halt? In Non-Stop, that is not the sound of a fuselage in flames hitting the tarmac, but the breaking of Liam Neeson’s ...

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High Time

by Ann Morrow February 27, 2014

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  The Great Beauty is indeed a beautiful film, a sumptuous pageant of the sights and sounds and various social strata of Rome, especially its sophisticated and decadent nightlife. The undisputed star of this fantastical nightlife ...

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Snow Job

by Ann Morrow February 19, 2014

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  In the war between good and evil, everyone has a miracle they can use. In 1916, a Russian couple being turned away at Ellis Island apparently don’t know anyone with an extra miracle or two, ...

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He Was the Best of Men, He Was the Worst of Men

by Ann Morrow February 10, 2014

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  Charles Dickens, the writer: charming, witty, the life of every party, and so magnetic that he was in huge demand as a speaker. In The Invisible Woman, this Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) is marvelous company, and ...

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The Master

by Ann Morrow February 10, 2014

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  As the eulogies for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman pour in, as the debate over untimely deaths of celebrities from drug addiction are renewed, yet again, this may be the time to remember that he was ...

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Back in Action

by Ann Morrow January 23, 2014

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  Opening night for the newly renovated Madison Theater in Albany began with a presentation that was, appropriately enough, the first ribbon cutting for new mayor Kathy Sheehan. Sheehan was once a Pine Hills resident, and ...

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Insatiable

by Ann Morrow January 2, 2014

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  It’s a Scorsese movie all the way. And perhaps because his sizzling storytelling, when it comes to crime, with its jacked-up characters, dizzying morality arcs, and stroke-of-genius pop soundtracks, has become an oft-copied formula (most ...

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Best Cinema 2013: Ann Morrow

by Ann Morrow December 24, 2013

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    1. Gravity A heart-pounding and hauntingly meditative 21st-century adventure tale centered on the Sandra Bullock’s walled-off NASA engineer, and her reliance on George Clooney’s more experienced astronaut, as they maneuver through sensationally rendered outer-space catastrophes. The ...

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Cash Monster

by Ann Morrow December 19, 2013

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  Smaug the dragon is the fearsome evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, written before his Lord of the Rings epic and intended for a younger readership. Yet in The Desolation of Smaug, part two of ...

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Hard Times

by Ann Morrow December 12, 2013

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  Out of the Furnace is titled after the historical novel Out of This Furnace, about steelworkers in Braddock, Pa., and the film undoubtedly gets its corrosive authenticity from that work. Yet the belching steel mills ...

A Kinder, Gentler Nazism

by Ann Morrow December 5, 2013

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  Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), the light-fingered heroine of The Book Thief, doesn’t really steal books, she borrows them. The first book she filches is from a gravesite—during the burial of her younger brother. It’s 1938 Germany, ...

CGI Banality

by Ann Morrow November 27, 2013

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  What is a serious thespian like Jeffrey Wright (along with Amanda Plummer, and Toby Jones) doing in a pop-culture spectacle like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the futuristic gladiatorial trilogy? The ...

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ann Morrow November 13, 2013

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  Absurd, really, the fragility of existence. One day you are tranquilly sailing the Indian Ocean, and the next, your beautiful old sailboat is taking on water and you’ve lost all power of navigation and radio ...

The Haunting of Cherry Hill House

by Ann Morrow October 31, 2013

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  If ever there was a house museum with a claim to being haunted, it’s Historic Cherry Hill. Nearly 200 years ago, the elegant yellow mansion was the setting of a notorious murder that was equal ...

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Silver Screen Thrills

by Ann Morrow October 31, 2013

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  It’s . . .  showtime! Maybe not for the Madison Theater itself—that will be tonight (Thursday, Oct. 31) when it welcomes the community with a Halloween screening—but on Tuesday it was the moment of truth ...