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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…

Lucy with Scarlett Johansson

Lucy is a brainless-but-fun vehicle for Scarlett Johansson

Poor Morgan Freeman. These days, the veteran actor can’t seem to escape being cast – on account of those golden pipes of his – as the Voice of Reason. That’s not a problem…

Still of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel in the documentary Life Itself

Documentary of film critic Roger Ebert told with frankness & affection

Film critics are an opinionated lot, though why our opinions might matter more than yours is a very good question indeed. With the exception of highbrow cinema scholars of the Andrew Sarris ilk,…

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again

Ruffalo & Knightley bond winningly over music in Begin Again

Once in a while a little indie movie with an unknown cast will make a big splash, if it has charm to spare. That happened in 2006 with Once: a tuneful fable about…

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The Dude abides in Rhinebeck

Ah, the Dude. Who ever would have thought that Jeff Lebowski, as played by Jeff Bridges, would be a cult movie hero – bathrobe, bowling passion, White Russians and all? But screening parties…

Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy in Obvious Child

Good choice, but pregnancy isn’t what Obvious Child is really about

Quite a week at the Supreme Court, wasn’t it? Even though I’m blessedly beyond the age of having to worry about unwanted pregnancy, I’m still reeling from that one/two punch: first, a decision…

A Hard Day’s Night

British Invasion music films this weekend

The Rosendale Theatre recognizes Independence Day weekend this year in a somewhat counterintuitive way: by celebrating the British Invasion – not the one by land or by sea, silly, but the one by…

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in Words and Pictures

Binoche and Owen strike sparks in Words and Pictures

Whether or not a picture is actually worth a thousand words depends on which picture, which words and whether the audience’s brain is hard-wired to favor verbal or visual thinking. Film being a…

Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2

High on the scale: How to Train Your Dragon 2

School’s out for the summer, which means that movie studios will soon be trotting out their biggest selection of family-friendly offerings since last Christmas. Time to scan the horizon for what’s new in…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Belle

Belle injects Austenesque settings with abolitionist stirrings

What would it be like, I wonder, to be a well-educated person of color whose guilty pleasure just happens to be period dramas by the likes of Jane Austen and George Eliot, populated…

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