Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) in Walt Disney Studio's Zootopia

Zootopia is fun, thoughtful kiddie fare that won’t bore grownups

Hollywood studios aren’t stupid. They know that during elementary schools’ Easter break, parents all over America are looking for ways to keep the kids busy. So this is always a good time of…


The Crucible meets The Exorcist in The Witch

Being an unabashed Wiccan sympathizer whose 1980s handfasting (Pagan wedding) ceremony was officiated by Drawing down the Moon author Margot Adler herself, this reviewer has scant patience for the way that witches are…

Scene from Mia Madre featuring John Turturro.

Free members’ screening of Moretti’s Mia Madre at Upstate Films Rhinebeck

Mia Madre (2015), the latest film by Palme D’Or-winning Italian director Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, Dear Diary, We Have a Pope), had its New York City premiere at the New York Film…


Don’t frack with America: The unofficial premiere of Dear President Obama

When Jon Bowermaster’s Oceans 8 Films released the documentary Dear Governor Cuomo in 2012, its aim was to raise public consciousness about the dangers of hydrofracking, drawing on the scary experiences of our…

Maggie Smith in The Lady In The Van

Maggie Smith is the neighbor from Hell

As rude, benighted and uncivilized a culture as we are, America doesn’t designate and venerate people as Living National Treasures the way Japan does, or Australia. And even if we did, we couldn’t…


London revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Rosendale Theatre

This Sunday afternoon and again on Tuesday evening, the Rosendale Theatre presents the latest in its series of screenings of classic works captured live on the British stage via National Theatre from London….

Wherever he goes, interviewing factory workers, schoolteachers, law enforcement officers, business owners, politicians and students, Moore encounters people shaking their heads in disbelief that Americans are willing to live without the advantages that they take for granted.

Michael Moore mines world’s best ideas in Where to Invade Next

For folks on or near the right wing of the political spectrum, the concept of “American Exceptionalism” is an article of faith. Tea Party members and Fox News pundits feel free to lambaste…

Scarlett Johansson in Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is the Coens’ trick bouquet to old Hollywood

Funny how the “Golden Age” of Hollywood is a construct more real in our collective cultural consciousness than it is onscreen. We see some contemporary movie or other that annoys us, and then…

Photo of Nina Simone by Chuck Stewart

Rosendale Theatre screens The Amazing Nina Simone

When the late Nina Simone first hit the music scene in the 1950s, and right through the Civil Rights movement of the ’60s, even the most anti-racist of white audiences didn’t know what…

C. Fraser Press and daughters in Theresa is a Mother

Upstate Films Rhinebeck screens locally shot Theresa is a Mother

The popularity of the Hudson Valley as a place to shoot movies – especially indie films – continues to grow apace; and it’s always great news for the local economy when a homegrown…

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