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The To-Do List

by The Staff September 5, 2013


You don’t need us to tell you that there’s more to college than textbooks, tests and cafeteria food that inexplicably makes you have to poop. (What’s the deal with that, anyway?) Lucky for you, you ...

Reel Life

by Jo Page May 15, 2013


  As somebody who lives in Schenectady, though still new to Schenectady (and then again, not new at all), I’d heard a lot about The Place Beyond the Pines. My neighbor was in it; her house ...

Sins of the Fathers

by Laura Leon April 18, 2013


  There are compelling reasons to see The Place Beyond the Pines, and not just the fact that it was filmed in and around Schenectady. Chiefly, these are Ryan Gosling’s performance as a carnival stunt rider ...

L.A. Inconsequential

by Laura Leon January 16, 2013


  It’s got the fashion and neon flash of 1949 Los Angeles, but Gangster Squad, a movie about the LAPD’s attempt to destroy Mickey Cohen’s attempt to take over the mob, is an empty zoot suit. ...

None of the Above

by Laura Leon October 13, 2011


The Ides of March tries hard to be both cunning and cutthroat in its depiction of politics as a dirty game. Who knew? The pacing in this political thriller is fast, so much so that ...

Nowhere Man

by Shawn Stone September 21, 2011


  Goddamn, Drive is one slick piece of filmmaking. And director Nicolas Winding Refn makes sure that you appreciate this in every scene, whether he’s showcasing a bravura freeway chase or a low-key elevator meet cute. ...

Scenes From a Break-Up

by Laura Leon August 3, 2011


I almost bolted from the theater when, in one of the first scenes of Crazy, Stupid, Love., Julianne Moore, playing an unhappy wife named Emily Weaver, tells her husband Cal (Steve Carrell) that she wants ...

Life Lies Bleeding

by John Rodat February 2, 2011


It seems to me highly unlikely that director Derek Cianfrance is the type to screen his movies for test audiences. Trained under such visionary outsiders as Stan Brakhage, Cianfrance is being touted as a young ...