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Shawn Stone

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Shawn Stone

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone October 29, 2015


  BIG MOVIE DEALS I told part of this story online, so bear with me if you’ve already read it. I was out in the suburbs on Saturday, at the exotic and clean Slingerlands Price Chopper, ...

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Signifying Nothing

by Shawn Stone October 29, 2015


  Aspiring writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) has a spirit problem. She’s haunted by the childhood memory of her mother’s ghost, who appeared to her and warned her away from a place called “Crimson Peak.” She’s ...

Love and Loss

by Shawn Stone October 22, 2015


  There is tragedy in longing for someone to return when they never will. Coming Home is the tragedy of longing for someone to return when they already have. Based on a novel by Geling Yan, who ...


Burden of Dreams

by Shawn Stone October 15, 2015

  The most popular movies today use all the technical wizardry available to create worlds that exist only in the imagination. In The Walk, Robert Zemeckis uses Hollywood’s CGI paintbrush to re-create the twin towers of ...


The Hucksters

by Shawn Stone October 8, 2015


  There’s a moment in Electric Boogaloo, the riotous documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, legendary schlockmeisters of Cannon Films, when filmmaker Mark Hartley zooms in on a copy of a 1980s Variety film preview. ...


Cartoon Cartel

by Shawn Stone October 8, 2015


The promos for this film looked pretty good, promising a gritty look at the drug-fueled carnage on both sides of the Mexican border. Sicario is indeed gritty, violent and bloody, but it’s not exactly insightful ...


Neighborhood Evil

by Shawn Stone September 24, 2015

  Thanks to the gruesome skill of convicted gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger, Boston is the new “it” location in gangster films. First there was The Departed, a remake of a Hong Kong crime drama that ...


Almost Feminist

by Shawn Stone September 24, 2015


  There’s hardly a greater contrast in one Hollywood studio’s house style than Warner Bros. before and after 1935. In the first part of the decade, the films are largely sharp and fast, rarely clocking in ...


The Jerk in the Mirror

by Shawn Stone September 10, 2015


  Steve Jobs was almost universally beloved. He was also, in many ways, a horrible person. When he died, there was an outpouring of grief from all over the world as people stood and wept outside ...


Fall Film Preview

by Shawn Stone September 10, 2015


  I knew summer was over when I looked at the movie schedule and realized I was barely aware of the films opening this weekend. “Summer” at the movies starts in May and extends until Hollywood ...


It Had To Be You

by Shawn Stone September 3, 2015


  Loosely based on a 1950s French crime novel, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix uses postwar Berlin as the setting for a story of—note the title—self-discovery and regeneration. What makes this avoid the “risen from the ashes” cliché ...


American Story

by Shawn Stone August 20, 2015


  When N.W.A.’s album Straight Outta Compton was selling millions of copies in the late 1980s as a genuine critical and pop-culture phenomenon, one of the least likely long-term prospects would have been the group becoming ...


Poor Relations

by Shawn Stone August 20, 2015


  Superheroes are the dominant movie form, and there is one aspect of this genre that has proven particularly irksome: the origin story. Sony swaps out the actor playing Spider-man and what happens? They go back ...



by Shawn Stone August 14, 2015


  The Who’s blockbuster rock opera Tommy was a musical juggernaut that catapulted the group to the top rank of rock & roll bands when it was released in double-album form in 1969. While it took ...

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Seeing Double: The Anaglyphs of Eric Egas

by Shawn Stone August 13, 2015


  Eric Egas works with anaglyphs, three-dimensional stereoscopic images that “trick the eye into seeing depth” with red-blue 3D glasses. A few minutes before a recent press preview of his new exhibition at the Albany Institute ...

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by Shawn Stone August 6, 2015


  “I am Tom Fucking Cruise! There is no greater action star in the world!” Ethan Hunt, the character Cruise plays in the Mission: Impossible films, doesn’t actually break character and scream this in the latest edition, ...

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Berkshire Memories

by Shawn Stone July 16, 2015


  If you’ve ever hung out on the lawn to enjoy a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., the new book by Gina Hyams, The Tanglewood Picnic, will stir your memory. It’s a ...

Life Lessons

by Shawn Stone July 2, 2015


  Spoiler alert: The “girl” dies. The “me” in the title Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), an awkward high school senior wracked by self-loathing who has worked really hard to ...

Live and Let Laugh

by Shawn Stone June 25, 2015

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) ist eine ganz besondere Agentin. Foto: 2015 Twentieth Century Fox

  The latest Melissa McCarthy comedy is a shrewd, funny send-up of spy films, complete with a Bond-style theme song, a smashing opening set piece and enough world travel to give Daniel Craig jet lag. McCarthy ...

Candy-Colored Despair

by Shawn Stone June 25, 2015


  The hitmakers at Pixar—led by Pete Docter, director of Up and one of the key writers on the Toy Story series—take us literally into the mind of a girl on the cusp of childhood’s end ...

Meaner, Faster, Smarter

by Shawn Stone June 17, 2015


  Nothing brings out my inner misanthrope quite like the Spielbergian approach to children and families. The children in his films are uniformly unbearable. (OK, maybe not Drew Barrymore in E.T.) That’s why the crushing disappointment ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 17, 2015

POP-UP ART SHOW The Lake George Arts Project’s annual event Art @ The Lake will open July 1 in Bolton Landing. The difference this year is that instead of holding various one-day events around Lake ...

Fractured Fairy Tale

by Shawn Stone June 11, 2015


There are few more fascinating stories in 1960s rock & roll than the Beach Boys. They became superstars when they were little more than kids; three of the members were brothers (and another a cousin); ...

It’s No Game

by Shawn Stone June 6, 2015


  This French thriller begins with the return of a prodigal. Twenty-something Agnes (Adele Haenel) is returning home after the failure of her marriage. When she’s met at the terminal by her mother’s lawyer, Maurice Agnelet ...

Shout, Sister, Shout

by Shawn Stone May 21, 2015


  Looser, less serious and considerably crasser than Pitch Perfect, this sequel is a lot more of the same dazzling and unutterably goofy a capella singing madness that made the original a cult hit—and so oddly ...