Pachyderms in peril: Free screening of Warlords of Ivory in Millbrook

The more scientists study endangered elephants, the more we can appreciate their intelligence, their inventiveness, their capacity for play and empathy – and the more appalling their slaughter for mere human adornment seems….

More than anything, what makes this movie franchise work is the serendipitous casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. The books are written from her point of view, as an internal monologue; it takes some damn fine acting chops to convey all those subtle processes with the facial muscles, stance and gesture alone.

Mockingjay, Part 2: “Triumph is so not what this saga is about”

The cinematic manifestation of The Hunger Games wraps up with Mockingjay – Part 2, laying to rest this fangirl’s greatest fear about turning these action-packed-but-thoughtful novels into multiplex fare: that the temptation to…

Benedict Cumberbatch

Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch on screen in Rosendale

The British National Theatre Live series is hot right now. Consider the casting of today’s great actor Benedict Cumberbatch – of Sherlock fame – as Hamlet, in a new full-length production screening this…


“Misunderstood Creatures” get in free at Edward Scissorhands this Friday at UPAC

If you don’t want to fork over the nominal $6 admission charge for the 7:30 p.m. show of Edward Scissorhands this Friday, November 20 at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, all…

Nina Simone, 1969.  (photo by Gerrit de Bruin)

The Amazing Nina Simone screens with director’s chat at Upstate Films

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…

Jacir Eid in Theeb

Special screening of Theeb with director Naji Abu Nowar at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck

Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar wanted to make a feature film about Bedouins, inspired particularly by the dramatic possibilities inherent in the sacred law of hospitality, or dakheel: If a stranger arrives at…


UPAC screens two classic horror movies on Friday

Ever wondered whether those fright flicks of old still carry their weight in remembered chills? Does it make sense to bring one’s young’uns when the very idea of black-and-white makes them scoff? With…

America the Melting Pot’s demographic patterns are forever changing, but our local Yellow Pages weren’t always full of Hindi surnames – certainly not yet so in 1979, when the family comedy Good Ol’ Boy, shot entirely on location in Ulster County, is set. The cast includes Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton, Jake Busey, Tim Guinee, Alison Wright, Poorna Jagannathan and Samrat Chakrabarti.

Woodstock Film Festival spotlights movies shot in the Hudson Valley

Besides bringing the glitz and glamour of the international movie industry to the funky streets of Woodstock and surrounding communities, a major raison d’etre of the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) is to promote…


Lee’s 88 Keys: Love what you do and share it

Documentary of jazz pianist Lee Shaw to be screened at the Orpheum in Saugerties You meet pianist Lee Shaw, you love her; it’s as simple as that. When I met her in the early 1990s,…


Independent streak: Almanac Weekly’s Woodstock Film Festival 2015 overview

  The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) will run from Wednesday, September 30 through Sunday, October 4, and it’s turning sweet 16. With more than 130 films, panels, concerts and special events lined up at…

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