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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 ...

Whose Film Is It Anyway?

by Shawn Stone May 22, 2014

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  Dear Warner Bros. Pictures: The name of this movie is Godzilla. Why, then, is the titular character reduced to a supporting role? What makes this frustrating is that the producers got so many things right. First, ...

Marked for Death

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

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  Sugar is poison. Maybe you’ve heard this, and maybe you don’t believe it, since so many people, maybe most people, eat too much sugar and usually do so without dropping dead. But Fed Up, an ...

Your Mileage May Vary

by John Rodat May 22, 2014

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  Writer-director Steven Knight’s Locke is almost more a dramatic or threatrical stunt than a movie: Save a very short introductory bit, the entire film takes place in an SUV as the main character, Ivan Locke, ...

Righteously Sexy

by James Yeara May 22, 2014

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  The 2014 version of The God Game begins, appropriately enough, with a tease. An attractive blonde stands in an oval office, slowly stripping as a handsome salt-and-pepper-haired man sits in his upholstered, high-back executive chair ...

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Too Cool for Everything

by John Rodat May 15, 2014

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  By the late ’80s, Jim Jarmusch was a kind of lo-fi rock star of indie film. Films like Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law and the marvelous Mystery Train were deadpan celebrations of idiosyncratic individuality: ...

The Party’s Over

by Laura Leon May 15, 2014

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  Animal House meets Thirtysomething: Neighbors is a comedic shambles of a movie that only occasionally hits paydirt, even as it somehow manages to deliver a cogent message about the fear of aging and taking on ...

Bring Out Your Dead

by Alexander M. Stern May 15, 2014

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  Let’s make one thing perfectly clear right at the outset: The Schenectady Light Opera Company absolutely kills it in their production of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of his classic 1974 film. Their high-energy ...

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The Maestro

by David King May 14, 2014

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  Eddie Izzard brought his show screeching to a halt only a few minutes after its start at the Palace Theatre on Monday night. There was a beetle on stage, and Izzard was not about to ...

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Web Master

by John Rodat May 8, 2014

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  Low expectations can be extremely helpful. I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 motivated, in great part, by the fact that it was my nephew’s 8th birthday. If an 8-year-old boy in a Spider-Man ...

Unknown Heroes

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014

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  The heroic actions of Elek Cohen during the Nazi occupation of Hungary—he impersonates an S.S. officer to save hundreds of Jews—would be unbelievable if they weren’t true. Cohen is based on Pinchas Rosenbaum, a real-life ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 8, 2014

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    CHALK ART RETURNS  Drawing Up Central, a sidewalk chalk art contest on lower Central Avenue between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, returns this Saturday (May 10) from 10 AM-2 PM. A project of Equinox, ...

Journey Into the Past

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014

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  In previous centuries, popular and classical music in America tried to ignore one another, but significant composers explored and encouraged an overlap. Such was the case with Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a piano virtuoso who thrived ...

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Chaconnes à son goût

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014

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  The good news: Registration has been extended until today (Thursday), so pick up that phone. Bad news: Stravinsky and Picasso and Prokofiev and Milhaud and Hemingway and Fitzgerald won’t be there. Well; you never know ...

Old Daley Inn

Closure

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014

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  During the forced march to Thailand following the fall of Singapore in 1942, captured British soldier Eric Lomax asks a Japanese guard, “What river is this?” It is the Kwai, immortalized in the movie The ...

Payback Sisters

by Laura Leon May 1, 2014

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  A wobbly hybrid of Bridesmaids and The First Wives Club, The Other Woman seeks to give modern-day women a reason to feel emboldened, even if that is by way of giving a two-timing husband diarrhea ...

A Story All in One Face

by Carson Frame April 24, 2014

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  Everywhere Greg Dunn looks, he finds the bones of stories. As a building renovator with Albany Artisans, he’s no stranger to aged wood, buckling drywall, leaky pipes and old machines. Dunn sees these objects as ...

Smarter Than Your Average Documentary

by Laura Leon April 24, 2014

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  When I was a kid there were nature films showing at the theater a few times a year. These were horrid events, very dry and hardly entertaining, unless you were a budding veterinarian. (I was ...

Swamp Gothic

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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  Joe is about a hard-luck, hard-drinking foreman of an illegal lumber operation who hires a 15-year-old boy who is trying to earn enough money to feed his family and get away from his alcoholic, drifter ...

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The Vamp Who Fell To Earth

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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  The opening visuals flicker and mutate, and eventually, a fully formed human eye gazes out of the screen. The eye belongs to a female being, an alien presumably, and after she is fitted out in ...

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, ...

Hilary Hahn

by B.A. Nilsson April 24, 2014

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  O Hilary: Why do you seek to drag us into the 21st century? Or the 20th, for that matter? You’re an international star, one of the finest of violin soloists, and you could have eased ...

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Game On

by Laura Leon April 17, 2014

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  Kind of like Moneyball for the professional football, Draft Day manages to find suspense, drama and, of course, humor—it’s directed by Ivan Reitman—in the inner machinations that make the annual NFL college draft so compelling ...