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In addition to its new beer garden, which will serve local brews and occasionally host discussions with the brewmasters themselves, the Greenville Drive-In lot can accommodate up to 225 cars, and with its Pup Pass, you can even bring the dog (so long as he’s a quiet moviegoer). (photo by Dwight Grimm)

Greenville Drive-In reopens with Breakfast at Tiffany’s screening, oysters & jazz

There’s no doubt that Americana nostalgia is alive and well in the Hudson Valley: Numerous diners are bedecked with vinyl and chrome, retro antique stores abound and classic cars start popping up like flowers as…

New documentary Dying to Know explores the lifelong friendship of Timothy Leary (middle) and Ram Dass (left)

The long strange trip of Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

Psychology professors Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert began a lifelong friendship in 1960, when they launched the Harvard Psilocybin Project. Doing clinical studies with prisoners, Leary discovered that guided therapy using…

Mowgli (Neel Sethi) and Baloo the bear (voiced by Bill Murray) in The Jungle Book. It’s one of the few films I’ve seen lately that is absolutely worth the extra few bucks to rent those goggles.

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Indian-born Rudyard Kipling may have coined the phrase “white man’s burden,” but the question has never been fully resolved as to whether he had genuine empathy for the cultures subjugated by the British…

Helen Mirren’s steely presence is reason enough to see Eye in the Sky.

Eye in the Sky grapples with the morality of drone warfare

The technological cutting edge of military weaponry always seems to advance faster than humankind’s ability to process its moral and philosophical implications. And yet the big ethical challenges of war remain fundamentally the…

Ben Affleck (left) as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Men in tights get in fights: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Sometimes it’s best to go with your gut. Having found Zack Snyder’s 2013 intro to the DC Comics cinematic universe, Man of Steel, quite disappointing, I wasn’t planning to take in any sequels….

Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) in Walt Disney Studio's Zootopia

Zootopia is fun, thoughtful kiddie fare that won’t bore grownups

Hollywood studios aren’t stupid. They know that during elementary schools’ Easter break, parents all over America are looking for ways to keep the kids busy. So this is always a good time of…

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The Crucible meets The Exorcist in The Witch

Being an unabashed Wiccan sympathizer whose 1980s handfasting (Pagan wedding) ceremony was officiated by Drawing down the Moon author Margot Adler herself, this reviewer has scant patience for the way that witches are…

Scene from Mia Madre featuring John Turturro.

Free members’ screening of Moretti’s Mia Madre at Upstate Films Rhinebeck

Mia Madre (2015), the latest film by Palme D’Or-winning Italian director Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, Dear Diary, We Have a Pope), had its New York City premiere at the New York Film…

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Don’t frack with America: The unofficial premiere of Dear President Obama

When Jon Bowermaster’s Oceans 8 Films released the documentary Dear Governor Cuomo in 2012, its aim was to raise public consciousness about the dangers of hydrofracking, drawing on the scary experiences of our…

Maggie Smith in The Lady In The Van

Maggie Smith is the neighbor from Hell

As rude, benighted and uncivilized a culture as we are, America doesn’t designate and venerate people as Living National Treasures the way Japan does, or Australia. And even if we did, we couldn’t…

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