Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds stand in front of the stolen Gustav Klimt masterpiece Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer in Woman in Gold

How Maria got her Klimts back

Just about a year ago, The Monuments Men was making the rounds of local cinemas, and hanging in there a fair bit longer than most top-echelon film critics would have predicted. In the…

Home features the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin. (Dreamworks)

Kolonialism for kids: Home offers gently subversive fun

It’s that post-Oscars doldrums time of year, when week after week, there’s nothing new in your local cinemas that’s particularly tempting. But Easter vacation invariably brings some family-friendly releases, and occasionally an outstanding…

The ‘Til Death Do Us Part  story in Wild Tales (Relajes Salvages) features Erica Rivas and Diego Gentile.

Wild Tales from Argentina

Whichever anonymous Old Testament author coined the phrase “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord” was dispensing sage advice. One of the lessons that wise people learn from experience is that the taste of…


The Wrecking Crew at a theater near you

A new documentary film, The Wrecking Crew, tells the story of a legendary small set of West Coast studio musicians who accounted for a staggeringly disproportionate percentage of the great tracks in the…

(Ben Heine)

Elvis is everywhere: Feast like the King at the Falcon

The Falcon in Marlboro celebrates the King with a showing of Rex Fowler’s Elvis Presley documentary 200 Cadillacs on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The 60-minute documentary, conceived and co-produced by Fowler,…

You can get a sneak peek at sequences from Josh Fox’s new film, hear live music and listen to Fox and erstwhile gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout drum up enthusiasm for renewable energy alternatives at SUNY-New Paltz on Tuesday, March 10.

Gasland director Josh Fox & Zephyr Teachout to host A Solar Home Companion in New Paltz

Being anti-fracking is all the rage these days; lots of celebrities have taken up the cause, and even Governor Cuomo has jumped on the bandwagon. But it wasn’t so long ago that nobody…

Protest march in Manhattan on Aug. 26, 1970, in She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (Diana Davies/International Film Circuit)

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry on screen at Upstate Films

If you’re old enough to remember the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement (the First Wave was for suffrage, from the mid-19th to the early 20th century), you may be among the few…


DREAMers among US

What’s it like being a teenager in the Hudson Valley when you are undocumented and can’t buy a car, attend college or do the other things that most of us take for granted,…

Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall is simultaneously repellent and spellbinding in Mr. Turner

Having now finally seen Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, I need to add another name to my list of performances worthy of a Best Actor Oscar that didn’t even get shortlisted among the nominees….

Patsy Ferran and with Arthur Darvill in Treasure Island. (photo by Johann Persson)

National Theatre Live’s Treasure Island screened in Rosendale

Though mainly famed as the wellspring of familiar tropes of the ever-popular pirate adventure genre, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is also remarkable in its portrayal of a terrific morally ambiguous villain –…

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