Film
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…

A Hard Day’s Night

British Invasion music films this weekend

The Rosendale Theatre recognizes Independence Day weekend this year in a somewhat counterintuitive way: by celebrating the British Invasion – not the one by land or by sea, silly, but the one by…

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in Words and Pictures

Binoche and Owen strike sparks in Words and Pictures

Whether or not a picture is actually worth a thousand words depends on which picture, which words and whether the audience’s brain is hard-wired to favor verbal or visual thinking. Film being a…

Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2

High on the scale: How to Train Your Dragon 2

School’s out for the summer, which means that movie studios will soon be trotting out their biggest selection of family-friendly offerings since last Christmas. Time to scan the horizon for what’s new in…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Belle

Belle injects Austenesque settings with abolitionist stirrings

What would it be like, I wonder, to be a well-educated person of color whose guilty pleasure just happens to be period dramas by the likes of Jane Austen and George Eliot, populated…

Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) in Maleficent

Overhyped Maleficent disappoints on nearly all fronts

There’s such a thing as too much PR. I don’t know about you, but when I can’t turn around without an ad for a particular product smacking me in the eyeballs, I tend…

Future and past selves meet: James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past reboots history (and the franchise) with panache

As a committed fangirl of George R. R. Martin’s multi-volume Dark Ages fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire, and only slightly less so of its HBO spinoff Game of Thrones, I…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Godzilla

Godzilla is a visually & sonically impressive nostalgiafest for kaiju fans

It seems like contemporary Hollywood offers audiences at least two or three opportunities per month to witness major urban centers being demolished by the Forces of Evil. My predecessor in the film-critic chair…

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