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The Battle Rages

by Laura Leon October 23, 2014

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  Shot in dim gradations of brown, gray and what can only be called “griege,” Fury depicts a World War II that is all but over, except for the furious, determined last-ditch efforts made by those ...

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The Killer Elite

by Shawn Stone October 23, 2014

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  Sam Peckinpah’s 1974 spy thriller The Killer Elite, new on Blu-ray from the boutique, Internet-only specialty label Twilight Time, is a movie that’s gloriously of its time. Practically every scene is infused with post-Watergate, post-Vietnam ...

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FUSION

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  Duck liver mousse and country pate canapés, gravlax of salmon, port wine cheese balls, BLT deviled eggs, local smoked trout and apple salad, Thai and jerk spiced popcorn bags, an artisan cheese display. And, of course, ...

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Lacks Bite

by Ann Morrow October 16, 2014

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  Dracula Untold is about Vlad III, the Wallachian warlord who was immortalized by Bram Stoker in Dracula, though Stoker used only a few details about the bloodthirsty ruler in his vampire horror story. Now we ...

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Albany History Sailing Away?

by Ann Morrow October 16, 2014

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  At the Corning Preserve last month, the trail along the Hudson River was turned into a reenactment of early Albany history, with displays and demonstrations ranging from blacksmithing to Native American practices. The capstone of ...

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Missing Pieces

by Laura Leon October 9, 2014

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  Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel Gone Girl was a big hit among many of my friends (and millions of others). I read it over the course of a soccer game and wasn’t overly impressed with the ...

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Fab Mab

by Ann Morrow October 9, 2014

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    It was game-on for family fun at Queen Mab’s Enchanted City, a Troy “steampunk-inspired street faire” held on Saturday (Oct. 4), despite a steady rain that forced the headlining band, This Way to the Egress, ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone October 9, 2014

  ART PARTY  Artist-author Ira Marcks is hosting a Collage Night with his pal Caroline Corrigan at the Collar Works Gallery (137 4th St., Troy) on Friday night (Oct. 10). It’s from 7-10 PM, with supplies ...

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Kill for Peace

by Shawn Stone October 2, 2014

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  When Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) tells Teri (Chlőe Grace Moretz) that his name is “Bob,” she doesn’t believe him. The Russian hooker with a heart of gold says, “You don’t look like a Bob. You ...

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Follow You Down

by Laura Leon October 2, 2014

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  Somewhere in L.A., a despondent Milo (Bill Hader) slits his wrists to a blaring backdrop of Blondie. Across the country, his estranged twin Maggie (Kristin Wiig) contemplates swallowing a handful of pills. The symbiotic cord that ...

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No Blarney

by James Yeara October 2, 2014

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  Two wooden chairs flank one wooden table, and a wooden podium stands downstage right. The curved two-story projection screen runs the 40-plus feet wide upstage, a soft green light cast from the top of the ...

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Fear and Loathing in Palm Springs

by Alexander M. Stern October 2, 2014

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  Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities is—on the surface—another play about dysfunctional family dynamics. What revelations will surface, like bloated corpses, from the murky bottom of everyone’s collective past once granny’s had one too many ...

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The Bing Bamboo Room Shows Its Legs

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2014

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  “Never, ever, did I think it would last this long,” says Jim Romano, AKA Mr. James, of his burlesque show, the Bing Bamboo Room. “Every year, Guy Smiley and I would have to pinch ourselves ...

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Are We Related?

by Laura Leon September 25, 2014

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  Based on the popular (or so I’m told) novel by screenwriter Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You is one of those movies whose preview has garnered a lot of buzz. I can’t tell ...

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Paris When It Drizzles

by Ann Morrow September 25, 2014

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  The old lady in My Old Lady is played by Maggie Smith, but don’t let the cast—which includes Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott-Thomas—lure you into this tepid-at-best family drama centered on a genteel apartment in ...

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Mr. Broadway

by James Yeara September 25, 2014

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  The genius of Jim Brochu’s Character Man: A Musical Memoir shows smartly in its simple setting: “Now and Then, Backstage or out front of a theatre.” A concert piano sits upstage right; two red theater ...

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A Really Big Show

by Shawn Stone September 25, 2014

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  After Stanley Kramer’s 1963 smash It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, “big” comedies became the fashion. Traditionally, comedies were usually 90 minutes or less; after Mad squared, Hollywood considered comedy a genre worthy of ...

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Centuries House

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  At 48 Hudson Ave., where the Albany Convention Center was planned to be, a seemingly dilapidated building was festooned with fairy lights. Inside, past patchy brick walls and rough-hewn planks, there were streamers and champagne ...

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Minimal Rescue

by Laura Leon September 18, 2014

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  Soaking in the atmosphere of old bars where the leather seats are taped over and there are decades-old ghost vapors of thousands of cigarettes smoked, The Drop transports screenwriter Dennis Lehane’s usual milieu to Brooklyn, ...

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Shaken, Not Stirred

by Alexander M. Stern September 18, 2014

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  Curtain Call kicks off its 15th season with the regional premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Family Furniture, a wickedly funny piece of postwar Americana. It is summertime on the shores of Lake Erie. Here, Buffalo’s elite play ...

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Fall Arts Preview

by The Staff September 11, 2014

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  Pop Music The Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203. 9/24: Safe in Sound Festival featuring Destroid, Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead. 10/25: Festival of the Dead. 11/21: Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens. 11/25: Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies. Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker ...

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The Thrill is Gone

by Laura Leon September 4, 2014

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  I love thrillers in which you can’t tell who’s really the bad guy, and where there are suspenseful chase scenes, although, admittedly, my tastes kind of run the gamut from Charade to The Bank Job, ...

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Chekhov Chuckles

by James Yeara August 28, 2014

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  Christopher Durang’s 2013 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike does to Anton Chekhov what Durang’s surreal comedy classic The Actor’s Nightmare did to Beckett, Coward, Shakespeare, and Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons), ...

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Going His Way

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014

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  A guy walks into Father James’ confessional and tells him he’s going to kill him in a week’s time. The guy explains that, as a kid, he was a victim of brutal sexual abuse at ...

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Me Me Me

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014

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  Having never read the novel on which If I Stay is based, I can’t judge the merits of Gayle Forman’s book. But the film version, which tells the story of a talented teen named Mia ...

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