The movie tells the story of Riley (voiced by Kaitlin Dias), a happy, well-adjusted 11-year-old girl with loving parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) who loses her verve after the family moves from Minnesota, where she excelled at hockey, to the drabbest, dingiest-looking version of San Francisco ever to appear on film. Or rather, it tells the story of five characters who live inside Riley’s head, vying for control of her emotions: bubbly yellow Joy (Amy Poehler), her team captain; schlumpy blue Sadness (Phyllis Smith); volatile red Anger (Lewis Black); panicky purple Fear (Bill Hader); and snarky green Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

Inside Out is colorful, cerebral & touching

Not that Pixar’s latest animated feature release needs any help from me, substantially beating Avatar’s record for the highest-grossing opening weekend of any movie ever that wasn’t a sequel to something; nevertheless, add…

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Tall tale comes to vivid life in Shipwrecked! at Ellenville’s Shadowland Theatre

Most of us have heard of Baron Munchausen, the fictionalized version of an 18th-century German aristocrat known for grossly exaggerating his exploits in the Russo-Turkish War. Statues of the character poised in the…

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Day-camping with the Muse: Sign up now for the Hudson Valley Writing Project

“Write what you know,” aspiring writers are routinely exhorted. But that can be paralyzing advice for a young person whose knowledge of the world derives largely from the Internet. The Muse doesn’t dwell…

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Watch Powerhouse Theater heavy-hitters prepare their plays for the Great White Way

Powerhouse Theater, a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film, presents stageworks in various phases of development, from early “workshopping” to full-blown productions. This is your chance to see the…

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Aztecs, Shipwreck & Sooners at Bard SummerScape

Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and cabaret – as well as theater, dance and cinema to the Bard College campus each summer, and this…

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Paul Dano & John Cusack channel Brian Wilson spectacularly in Love & Mercy

The history of popular music is loaded with sibling bands who developed knockout vocal harmonies by constantly practicing together from early childhood on. But the sound achieved by the Beach Boys, once they…

Jordan Schor of Jordan's Pizza in his new French-Italian fusion restaurant End Cut at 5 Church Street in New Paltz. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

End Cut restaurant now open on Church Street in New Paltz

For New Paltz restaurateur Jordan Schor, “Food is an emotional thing, an experience of memory. Earlier I was making poached pears, and it’s how my house smelled growing up. It was a really…

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Books, blooms & berries at the Stone Ridge Library Fair

The many outdoor pleasures that come along with warm weather aren’t limited to activities that involve strenuous physical exercise. We get to flex our mental muscles as well by stocking up on bargain-priced…

The HVSF Theater Tent (photo by William Marsh)

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival opens its 29th season

If you heard that some startup local theatrical troupe was about to put on its first summer Shakespeare production out-of-doors, what would be your first guess as to which play they would select?…

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Hudson Valley summer stage preview

Bard SummerScape, June 25-August 16, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and cabaret – as well as theater, dance and cinema to…

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