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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…

Hannes Langolf in JOHN

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…

Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay – Part 1

Mockingjay delivers dystopia with brains and heart

Hollywood’s recent trend of splitting epic-scale fantasy novels into multiple installments, beginning with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, continuing through the last two movies in that sparkly-vampire-saga-that-must-not-be-named and culminating in Peter Jackson’s…

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s play Skylight

West End goes west

The trouble with being an aficionado of live theater is that you can never get enough, never see everything that you should – especially at today’s ticket prices. Since the death of Philip…

Brandy Burre in Actress, directed by Robert Greene

Director & star of Actress at Upstate Films Woodstock

All who live around creativity, as we do in this area, know its pitfalls as well as its soaring heights. The money dries up, or takes months to arrive after being promised or…

Matthew McConaughey in Intersteller

Can you make sense of Interstellar?

The new movie Interstellar was directed by Christopher Nolan, who has brought us a series of mind-twisting films like Inception. This one revolves around human space travel through wormholes and black holes, and…

Michael Keaton in Birdman

Michael Keaton soars above life’s mundane defeats in Birdman

For argument’s sake, let’s start from the basic premise that comic-book superhero movies are, in essence, dumb: the visual-entertainment equivalent of empty calories. They’re crowdpleasers that mint more money than the US government,…

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