Film
Still from 'A Will for the Woods'

Learn more about green burial in Rhinebeck

Ever go for a drive through central Queens or along Long Island’s Southern State Parkway and feel amazed that so many square miles of real estate are dedicated to rows of headstones? Not…

Guardians of the Galaxy

The odd quintet: Guardians of the Galaxy

You may have noticed me complaining now and again about a movie that’s all shiny packaging and soulless at its center. But once in a while a movie comes along where the shiny…

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Head “back to the field” for 45th anniversary screening

This August marks the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair that kicked off on August 15, 1969. To celebrate, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is inviting guests to…

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…

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…

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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The Dude abides in Rhinebeck

Ah, the Dude. Who ever would have thought that Jeff Lebowski, as played by Jeff Bridges, would be a cult movie hero – bathrobe, bowling passion, White Russians and all? But screening parties…

Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy in Obvious Child

Good choice, but pregnancy isn’t what Obvious Child is really about

Quite a week at the Supreme Court, wasn’t it? Even though I’m blessedly beyond the age of having to worry about unwanted pregnancy, I’m still reeling from that one/two punch: first, a decision…

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