Film
Robert Cenedella in 1988 in his Manhattan studio.

Popping Pop’s bubble

In 1811, young poet-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from Oxford University for anonymously publishing a pamphlet titled The Necessity of Atheism. Nearly 150 years later, during the Cold War era, young painter-to-be…

Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in Finding Dory

The one that got away

School’s out for the summer, so kid-friendly movies are needed to provide air-conditioned refuges for families on brutally hot and humid days. Happily, the latest offering from Pixar, while not quite up to…

Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig in Maggie's Plan

Maggie’s Plan is a neo-screwball success

Once in a while I fall suddenly, irrevocably head-over-heels for an actor who hasn’t made much of an impression previously, because he or she normally plays secondary or tertiary roles, but has finally…

Cambiz Amir-Khosravi’s father, Reza Gohli Amirkhosrovi, was a powerful, shadowy figure in the autocratic, West-friendly regime of Reza Shah. (Dion ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Finding Father: Cambiz Amir-Khosravi’s Inheritance

He barely knew his father. His few memories of the man who abandoned him as a child with neither explanation nor apology made it easy for Cambiz Amir-Khosravi to shrug his shoulders at…

Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me 2 tricks audiences into believing that they’re enjoying themselves

When Now You See Me, Louis Leterrier’s flashy caper flick about an ill-assorted quartet of elite stage magicians recruited to expose high-stakes corporate wrongdoing, came out in 2013, I gave it a lukewarm…

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship puts the caustic back in Austen

Screenwriter/director Whit Stillman had to sell his Manhattan apartment to make his first feature film, Metropolitan, in 1990. But if money had been no object, it’s a fair bet that he would have…

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Stephen Jenkinson’s “Die Wise” workshop & Griefwalker in Kingston

Upon finding himself in the presence of dying people – this as head of a counseling team in a palliative care program – Stephen Jenkinson, Canadian teacher/farmer/storyteller/canoe-builder, witnessed the dilemma of our contemporary…

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Taste of Woodstock to benefit Woodstock Film Festival

A growing number of communities in the Hudson Valley host annual “Taste of” events under a variety of names, some of them long-established. Now in its fourth year, Taste of Woodstock may be…

Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans in Captain America: Civil War

Is Civil War the best Avengers-related Marvel movie yet?

Funny how “patriotism” gets continually redefined depending on such variables as which party currently holds the presidency, whether or not the nation is officially at war or how well the economy’s doing. Surely…

Don Cheadle (pictured above in Miles Ahead) reportedly spent six years learning to play the trumpet well enough to get the finger movements right onscreen, even while knowing that the sound would be dubbed over.

Don Cheadle impresses in uneven anti-biopic Miles Ahead

When jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, his nephew announced that Don Cheadle was the only person the family would consider to star…

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