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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 ...

A Dog and His Boy

by Laura Leon March 12, 2014

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  Saturday mornings growing up were nothing to my brother and me without the adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and their assorted friends, especially Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The improbable adoption of a boy by an ...

Funny Man

by B.A. Nilsson March 12, 2014

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  We were given a look at a typical day for Christopher Durang in his 1987 video biography, a short, Showtime-commissioned film directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring cameos by Sigourney Weaver and Julie Hagerty, and ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Still the Greatest

by Laura Leon March 6, 2014

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  Last year, the enormous success of the miniseries The Bible stunned those who don’t really interest themselves much in matters of Christian faith, or think it’s something largely confined to fly-over states and a once-a-year ...

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 ...

Itzhak Perlman

by B.A. Nilsson March 6, 2014

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  There’s a published edition of Bazzini’s “Round of the Goblins” that reads, “For the player who has mastered all technical difficulties, because they’re all there in this brief violin showpiece. Not only must your left ...

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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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Spring Arts Preview

by The Staff February 27, 2014

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  Pop Music Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 7: Cover to Cover. March 21: Melissa Ferrick. March 22: Jeremy Spencer. March 22: Jeffery Gaines. March 28: Foster McGinty. March 29: Uhadi. March 30: Mike Gordon. ...

The Experience of Art

by Stephen Leon February 27, 2014

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  At least two people I know have seen Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre. My brother-in-law saw it while traveling Europe in the’70s; and my oldest son visited the Louvre on a school trip ...

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Inescapable

by Laura Leon February 27, 2014

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  The Past isn’t just the title of Asghar Farhadi’s latest film, a worthy follow-up to A Separation, but a character in and of itself. Like in DuMaurier’s Rebecca, the past is ever present, encircling the ...

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 ...

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

by B.A. Nilsson February 20, 2014

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  Fifty years later, the sought-after amount ($300,000) seems even more pitifully tiny, but the pursuit of that stash of cash has lost none of its plausibility. These people want that money and are prepared to ...

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 ...

Alive

by Laura Leon February 19, 2014

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  It’s a rare thing indeed to see women onscreen doing the mundane things that real-life women do every day: vacuuming the car, waxing, taking yoga classes, working. Rarer still is to see women “of a ...

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, ...

A Rich Vein

by James Yeara February 19, 2014

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  Ten plays @ 10 minutes each = comic gold. That equation is true this year at Barrington Stage Company’s annual New Play Festival, now in its third year. Directors Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, and Kristen van ...

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Missed Adventure

by Laura Leon February 13, 2014

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  Near the end of World War II, President Roosevelt commissioned a few middle-aged artists, sculptors and architects to go behind enemy lines on a special mission: to rescue the great artworks of Western civilization, which ...

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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 Real Thing

by Laura Leon February 13, 2014

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  We were talking recently about how some kids just out of high school don’t know how to do certain things we used to take as givens when it came to holding a job—things like making ...

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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Love is Strange

by Laura Leon February 10, 2014

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  Set in 1987 over the course of a long, hot weekend, Labor Day tells the melodramatic tale of a socially stunted woman, Adele (Kate Winslet), whose life, and that of her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith), ...

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 ...

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 ...