A Most Wanted Man with Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s worthy swan song

The worlds of cinema and the stage lost one of their hardest-working, most talented and accomplished character actors this past winter when Philip Seymour Hoffman succumbed to a drug overdose. Hoffman wasn’t blessed…

(Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center)

Outdoor Supermoon Screenings at Storm King Art Center

The Storm King Art Center has always been a great place to stroll the grounds admiring great sculpture, enjoy a fine summer day, let your kids run around and burn off some energy,…

Two of Andrzej Wajda’s best-known classics, Ashes and Diamonds (above, 1958) and Man of Iron (1981), along with his less-familiar Innocent Sorcerers (1960), are included in a series of “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” curated by Martin Scorsese.

Masterpieces of Polish cinema at Upstate Films

Though little-known in the US except for the work of expatriates ending up in Hollywood like silent-film siren Pola Negri and directors Roman Polanski and Agnieszka Holland, Polish cinema has a history as…

Lucy with Scarlett Johansson

Lucy is a brainless-but-fun vehicle for Scarlett Johansson

Poor Morgan Freeman. These days, the veteran actor can’t seem to escape being cast – on account of those golden pipes of his – as the Voice of Reason. That’s not a problem…

(Photo by Alan Carey)

Tuneful, amusing Twelfth Night at Comeau Property in Woodstock

Arguably, even the slightest of William Shakespeare’s comedies outclasses all but a few comic works by other playwrights throughout history; but there are perhaps three or four of his plays that jostle one…

John-Patrick Driscoll in Unnecessary Farce

Kilt with laughter at Shadowland’s Unnecessary Farce

Since the Golden Age of Hollywood, organized crime has provided a bottomless well of inspiration for popular culture. Whether the medium is film, television, books or the stage, more often than not the…

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For your purrusal: Bard hosts Internet Cat Video Festival

Google “cat videos” and you’ll get a list of something like 697,000,000 hits. Not 697 thousand; 697 million. Count the zeroes. Other sources estimate as many as 4.5 billion of them on the…

Gabra Zackman, Jason O’Connell and Katie Hartke in The Liar (photo by Travis McGee)

HVSF presents hilarious farce The Liar

“A liar should have a good memory,” wrote the Roman author Quintilian in the first century AD. Abraham Lincoln tweaked that admonition a bit more moralistically to “No man has a good enough…

Still of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel in the documentary Life Itself

Documentary of film critic Roger Ebert told with frankness & affection

Film critics are an opinionated lot, though why our opinions might matter more than yours is a very good question indeed. With the exception of highbrow cinema scholars of the Andrew Sarris ilk,…

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again

Ruffalo & Knightley bond winningly over music in Begin Again

Once in a while a little indie movie with an unknown cast will make a big splash, if it has charm to spare. That happened in 2006 with Once: a tuneful fable about…

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