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Robot Redux

by Rick Marshall July 3, 2014

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  It’s worth noting up front that I hail from that portion of the moviegoing populace that generally enjoys Michael Bay’s Transformers films for the silly, escapist eye candy that they are. And perhaps that’s why ...

Comedy Camp

by James Yeara July 3, 2014

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  Thirty years ago, Charles Ludlam wrote a comic masterpiece. Here, the Berkshire Theatre Group celebrates it with a ridiculously hysterical production on the Fitzgerald Main Stage in Stockbridge. The Mystery of Irma Vep is a ...

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Too Much Richard, but Still Hot

by James Yeara June 26, 2014

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  This “Too Darn Hot” is too damned good for mere words. The Act 2 opening number of Barrington Stage Company’s current production of the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me Kate starts slowly: As the ...

Barrington Stage Company Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

Gonzo Artistry

by Rick Marshall June 26, 2014

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  It becomes clear early in For No Good Reason that the life of the film’s subject, British artist Ralph Steadman, is so inextricably linked to that of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson that ...

Let’s Hang On

by John Rodat June 26, 2014

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  The first hit for the Four Seasons, “Sherry,” was released in 1962. That’s 52 years ago. Fifty-two years before that, Thomas Edison was reluctantly abandoning his wax cylinder for the more popular platter-style recorded disc, ...

Killers on the Road

by Laura Leon June 26, 2014

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  “Not everything has to be about something,” remarks Eric (Guy Pearce), a gaunt loner intent on recovering his stolen car amid the devastatingly bleak backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Australia. He’s speaking to Rey (Robert Pattinson), ...

Medieval Merriment

by Ann Morrow June 20, 2014

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  Armored knights charged across an open field, lances at the ready. After a shield-splintering collision, the champion of England delivered a coup de grace to the champion of Scotland, who was knocked off his mount. ...

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Let’s Do It Again

by Laura Leon June 19, 2014

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  “Nobody cared about the Jump Street reboot,” intones Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) to officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), but because it somehow worked, Dickson goes on to explain that the department has ...

Dumbed Down

by John Rodat June 19, 2014

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  In Words and Pictures, two teachers at a Maine private high school square off over the issue of which of their disciplines is the more powerful: literature or visual art. Does this seem like a ...

Bad Faith

by John Rodat June 19, 2014

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  Look, I’m not heartless, OK? I cry at those seasonal McDonald’s commercials, just like everybody else; and that one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I’m not a monster. But Precocious Kids With Cancer ...

Elizabethan Extravaganza

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014

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  At the foot of the misty mountains, west of the King’s highway past the blueberry bush, a magical gathering is expected, transforming a Voorheesville farmstead into a medieval village populated by swashbucklers, thespians, minstrels, craftsmen, ...

Indian Ladder Farms

Her Story

by James Yeara June 12, 2014

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  Those lips that Love’s own hand did make Breathed forth the sound that said “I hate,” To me that languish’d for her sake: But when she saw my woeful state, Straight in her heart did mercy come, Chiding that tongue ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

  ATTENTION ASPIRING YOUNG THESPIANS  If you haven’t yet signed up for theater camp, it’s not too late. Capital Repertory Theatre is hosting a week-long Acting Intensive in August for teenagers. It will be taught by “theater ...

A Mild Chill

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014

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  Richard Dane is a dweeby frame-shop owner living in 1980s Texas. He’s a family man, probably a born-again Christian, and oddly meek considering his obvious manliness. And then one night he shoots and kills an ...

Lost

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

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  Rule of thumb: If a movie is in some way about the Holocaust, the filmmakers have failed if the audience walks out “inspired” or feeling uplifted in some way. Director and co-writer Pawel Pawlikowski has ...

Do It Again

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

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  Esteemed director Doug Liman finally figured out a way to make Tom Cruise, leading man, sympathetic: Have Emily Blunt shoot him in the head. Repeatedly. In the alien-invasion actioner Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise is an obnoxious ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 5, 2014

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REDRUM REDRUM  Tonight (Thursday, June 5), a presentation by game developer and film blogger Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) will address these questions posed by the good folks at Basilica Hudson: “Is The Shining much more than ...

Deficient

by Ann Morrow June 5, 2014

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  Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, the witch queen, and Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, the movie. Because without the delectable wickedness she gives to the embittered witch, the movie (adapted from Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty) ...

The Hideous, the Bad and the Ugly

by John Rodat June 5, 2014

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  The plot summation for Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Western, A Million Ways to Die in the West, goes something like this: A cowardly rancher is forced into a showdown with murderous outlaw after he falls for ...

Tasty

by Laura Leon May 30, 2014

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  When Chef Carl Casper’s (Jon Favreau) ballistic tirade against a pompous, and critical, food blogger (Oliver Platt) goes viral, it’s clear the former culinary wunderkind needs a change of pace. He’s been successfully delivering a ...

Fractured Franchise

by John Rodat May 30, 2014

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  I will give Bryan Singer credit: X-Men: Days of Future Past is not the total wreck it should be. It’s an ambitious and watchable superhero flick, with several solid performances and a small handful of ...

An American Nightmare

by Ann Morrow May 30, 2014

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  Two forlorn women on a boat peer through the mist and see the Statue of Liberty. They are headed for Ellis Island, but as the title of The Immigrant indicates, only one of them is ...

The Lady Charms

by Laura Leon May 30, 2014

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  Not to be confused with the Disney heroine of Beauty and the Beast, the title character in Amma Asante’s period drama is a graceful, opinionated woman of color, living in Georgian-era England, raised a lady ...

Soul Selling

by James Yeara May 28, 2014

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  The Other Place is a smart play about smart people. It begins smartly after a blackout with a smartly dressed woman in gray slacks, gray coat, blue blouse, and black heels commanding center stage: “The ...

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Preservation Pioneers

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

  In a perfect convergence of event, venue, and organizations, on Friday (May 16), Historic Albany Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary and Merit Awards ceremony at the Barn & Stage in Arbor Hill. Part of the ...