Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd in Calvary

Brendan Gleeson gets his star turn in bleak, brilliant Calvary

Oh blasé moviegoer, when was the last time that you walked out of a cinema feeling well and truly rattled by what you had just seen? Such a rare experience, delivered with Oscar-worthy…

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Preview new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts

The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park will present a pre-broadcast screening of highlights from Ken Burns’ new documentary film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History…

Still from I Need My Monster

Woodstock Museum Film Festival this weekend

As summer winds down, a mid-Hudson culture vulture’s thoughts turn to the wonders that await us in the fall. High on that list is the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF), October 15-19. With its…

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Visions of Mary in Woodstock

  Mary Frank has been making art for more than six decades. Her exploration of wood, plaster, wax, clay, monotype, ink, cutout paper, paint and photography has yielded a rich body of work….

Om Puri and Helen Mirren in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a light, digestible parable

What with glossy gourmet magazines, online recipes and the Cooking Channel, food porn is getting to be as difficult to avoid these days as…well, regular porn. It shows up on film a lot…

Still from 'A Will for the Woods'

Learn more about green burial in Rhinebeck

Ever go for a drive through central Queens or along Long Island’s Southern State Parkway and feel amazed that so many square miles of real estate are dedicated to rows of headstones? Not…

Guardians of the Galaxy

The odd quintet: Guardians of the Galaxy

You may have noticed me complaining now and again about a movie that’s all shiny packaging and soulless at its center. But once in a while a movie comes along where the shiny…

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Head “back to the field” for 45th anniversary screening

This August marks the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair that kicked off on August 15, 1969. To celebrate, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is inviting guests to…

A Most Wanted Man with Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s worthy swan song

The worlds of cinema and the stage lost one of their hardest-working, most talented and accomplished character actors this past winter when Philip Seymour Hoffman succumbed to a drug overdose. Hoffman wasn’t blessed…

Two of Andrzej Wajda’s best-known classics, Ashes and Diamonds (above, 1958) and Man of Iron (1981), along with his less-familiar Innocent Sorcerers (1960), are included in a series of “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” curated by Martin Scorsese.

Masterpieces of Polish cinema at Upstate Films

Though little-known in the US except for the work of expatriates ending up in Hollywood like silent-film siren Pola Negri and directors Roman Polanski and Agnieszka Holland, Polish cinema has a history as…

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