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Videofreex: The Art of Guerilla Television in the Catskills

All photographs courtesy of Videofreex   On Saturday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY-New Paltz campus will officially kick off its 2015 spring…

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

J. K. Simmons terrorizes aspiring jazz musicians terrifically in Whiplash

What makes a great cinema villain? On paper we look for a bit of nuance and moral ambiguity, but on the big screen, we tend to like our bad guys to be at…

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

American Sniper offers simplistic view of Iraq War, veterans’ issues

Confession: I’m reviewing American Sniper this week only because every new movie opening last week was getting uniformly abysmal reviews elsewhere. Normally I’m reluctant to let any of my entertainment budget flow into…

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The African-American experience to be examined at Bardavon

  Interview with Rhapsody in Black playwright LeLand Gantt & Through a Lens Darkly director Thomas Allen Harris LeLand Gantt had an epiphany when he was in Los Angeles attending the opening of…

Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei in Blackhat

Slick cyberterrorism thriller Blackhat is mostly empty calories

It’s always a little intriguing when a new movie is released and its reviews are all over the map, from one star to five. What did one critic see in this flick, one…

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Rob Marshall adapts Sondheim’s Into the Woods to the silver screen

Fairyland has long been the setting for human nightmares as well as our frothier, happier dreams. Plumbing the dark side of fairytales and their Jungian archetypes on the page, onstage and onscreen has…

On Saturday, January 17, Olana will screen The Iceberg Riders, a documentary about Dutch sculptor and filmmaker Ap Verheggen’s quixotic quest to draw the world’s attention to climate change by installing two huge-but-delicate sculptures atop a chunk of shrinking coastal glacier that was about to break off and drift out to sea.  It will be followed by a question-and-answer session via Skype with Verheggen, who is a UNESCO ambassador to the Institute for Water Education and based in the Hague.

Iceberg Riders screening at Olana, Vassar Brothers Institute’s science & travel series

Now that the busy festivity of the year-end holidays is behind us, the specter of three months of cabin fever begins to raise its ugly head. Cocooning with a pile of thick books…

Ian McKellen in The Battle of Five Armies.

The Battle of Five Armies brings Jackson’s Middle Earth tour to worthy finale

There is something so simultaneously satisfying and melancholy about coming to the last page of a great novel – especially when the reader knows that the author is deceased and there is no…

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See National Theatre Live’s Skylight & JOHN

You can catch two great UK National Theatre Live productions this week on a screen near you. Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in the West End revival of David Hare’s play Skylight,…

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything

Redmayne channels Hawking spectacularly

With both films receiving wide theatrical release nearly simultaneously, it’s difficult to write about James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything without doing a “compare and contrast” with another serious film…

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