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Shawn Stone

Hard to Like

by Shawn Stone April 24, 2014

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  Jude Law is very entertaining as the ex-con and safecracker Dom Hemingway. He’s thoroughly believable as he brings out the various facets of the character: desperate convict, jealous ex-con, deliriously happy free man, coke-snorting lunatic, ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 17, 2014

  ALBANY BARN GRAND OPENING  After years of organizing and plenty of hard work, the Albany Barn is celebrating the opening of their Academy Lofts in the former St. Joseph’s Academy today (Thursday, April 17) from ...

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Grown Up Wrong

by Shawn Stone April 10, 2014

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  Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman, who proves as talented a director as actor) behaves like he doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself—and that may indeed be the case. He’s an 8th-grade dropout on the ...

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Our Nixon

by Shawn Stone April 3, 2014

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  Penny Lane’s archival-footage documentary about Richard Nixon, Our Nixon, is a delightful addition to the canon of films, novels, histories and operas about the 37th President of the United States—the only one of that illustrious ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 20, 2014

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  MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES  This edition of Ye Olde Art Beat should more properly be called Ye Olde Movie Beat. There are an amazing variety of excellent films screening around the region this week. Tonight (Thursday, March ...

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Show Boat

by Shawn Stone March 12, 2014

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  Warner Home Video has been planning to do a Show Boat box set for years. They own all three movie versions of Edna Ferber’s tale of turn-of-the-century riverboat entertainers: an oddball 1929 part-talkie that isn’t ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 6, 2014

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  MEMORIES, THEN THE MOVIE  Tomorrow (Friday, March 7), the Williams College Museum of Art will hold a special storytelling evening in honor of the “monuments men,” the team of art historians and curators who traveled ...

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Royal Flash

by Shawn Stone February 20, 2014

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  In 1975, Richard Lester followed up his smashing Three Musketeers films with Royal Flash, casting the ever-insolent Malcolm McDowell as a globetrotting rake of an English officer named Harry Flashman. Flashman, the Victorian antihero of ...

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3 By David Greenberger

by Shawn Stone February 13, 2014

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  David Greenberger is the visual, musical and spoken-word artist most widely known for the Duplex Planet, a publication featuring thought-provoking, funny, poignant and confounding conversations with elderly nursing home residents. He has also done everything ...

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The Beatles: The U.S. Albums

by Shawn Stone February 13, 2014

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  When Apple reissued the Beatles’ catalog on CD (and then reissued, and reissued it), many U.S. fans felt something was amiss. What’s this With the Beatles crap? Where were Meet the Beatles and Beatles VI ...

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Love Hurts

by Shawn Stone February 10, 2014

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  The trailer for The Broken Circle Breakdown, a Belgian musical drama nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film, neatly suggests the depths of passion, love and anger the film explores. But only suggests: This ...

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Squirrelly

by Shawn Stone January 30, 2014

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  The Nut Job is an animated comedy set among our furry friends in an urban park, circa fall 1949. Winter is coming, and, under the stern but fair leadership of Raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson) ...

It Takes a Worried Man

by Shawn Stone January 16, 2014

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  Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is having a bad week. A really bad week. The Coen brothers’ latest film opens with the title character giving an excellent performance of a moving, traditional folk ballad ...

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Best Cinema 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013

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    1. Gravity This lost-in-space story balances the human drama of a pair of astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) with dazzling 3D special effects for the best 90 minutes of cinema this year. 2. Before Midnight Film number three ...

Best Blu-ray/DVD 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013

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1. The Big Parade A stunning presentation of King Vidor’s World War I epic. (Warner Home Video) 2. The Man Who Knew Too Much In one of the Blu-ray/DVD extras, Guillermo del Toro persuasively argues that this is ...

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Lincoln Money Shot

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013

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  Thursday will see a gathering of notable musicians, in formulations old and new, who were popular among the Capital Region "cognoscenti" in the aughts. The lineup is Better Pills (aka Brent Gorton’s current band), Lincoln ...

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Chutzpah

by Shawn Stone December 19, 2013

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  American Hustle is a twisty story of corruption and redemption. It’s a con inside a con; a duplicitous provocation that simultaneously fools the characters in the film and the audience in the theater. Most of ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray/DVD

by Shawn Stone December 12, 2013

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  The drought of catalog titles on home video ended this year, as the studios either started issuing their own editions again or licensed them to boutique labels. Some did both: Fox issued a lovely Blu-ray ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Christmas Sounds

by Shawn Stone December 12, 2013

  A couple of old dudes are responsible for two of the most interesting holiday albums this year. Johnny Mathis, who’s been making smooth, velvety music since the Eisenhower administration, is offering up Sending You a ...

The Action Man

by Shawn Stone December 5, 2013

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  Since this is a Jason Statham movie, Homefront begins with gunfire, a high-speed chase, a series of outrageous explosions and—of course—hand-to-hand combat. Broker (Statham, steady as ever) is an undercover DEA agent (with terrible hair) ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone December 5, 2013

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  INTRODUCING THE SPEEDO SPRINT GALA  As you may already know, this Saturday (Dec. 7) will see the 8th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Lark Street. A benefit for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS ...

Tipping Point

by Shawn Stone November 27, 2013

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  Kristen M. Holler, executive director of Albany Barn, Inc., loves giving tours of The Barn. The former St. Joseph’s Academy, a more than 40,000-square-foot landmark at the southwest corner of North Swan and Second streets ...

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Love Is Blue

by Shawn Stone November 20, 2013

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  Currently setting arthouse screens ablaze is Cannes’ Palm d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, the French film about a passionate, multiyear love affair between the young Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) and the older, more experienced ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 13, 2013

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  OK, then: There is so much going on this week that we couldn’t preview stuff we really, really wanted to preview. So here’s a little list of other great events this week. Friday & Saturday Ellen Sinopoli ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 6, 2013

  SCIENCE IS SUPER  Bring the family to Schenectady’s miSci between Saturday and Monday (Nov. 9-11) for a Super Science Weekend. What’s happening? Here’s what the miSci people say: “dry ice demos, the giant bubble hoist, ...