Film
Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy

Paul Dano & John Cusack channel Brian Wilson spectacularly in Love & Mercy

The history of popular music is loaded with sibling bands who developed knockout vocal harmonies by constantly practicing together from early childhood on. But the sound achieved by the Beach Boys, once they…

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Upstate Films screens campus rape exposé The Hunting Ground

Can it really be true that one female college student in five gets raped or sexually assaulted on campus by the time she graduates? That shocking statistic has been appearing everywhere of late,…

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Donate an instrument at marching band doc screening in Rosendale

Hungry for Music presents award-winning director Richard Barber and his documentary film The Whole Gritty City on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosendale Theatre. This documentary follows kids growing up…

When Satyajit Ray started shooting the first of the three films, Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), he was a graphic artist working in advertising who had never directed a movie before.

Rescued film masterpiece screened in Rhinebeck

One of international cinema’s crowning achievements, Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, had a near-miraculous birth in the 1950s. When he started shooting the first of the three films, Pather Panchali (Song of the Little…

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man/Tony Stark in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Dr. Banner & Mr. Stark

My snobby resistance to comic-book-based movies having been gradually worn down by the fact that there are so darn many of them out there in the cinemaplexes these days, I’m beginning to get…

Moira Shearer in the Powell and Pressburger classic The Red Shoes

Powell & Pressburger masterpiece The Red Shoes on the big screen in Rosendale

There’s absolutely nothing like a Powell/Pressburger film, which always started with an arrow hitting its target, just as all their great works did – especially the voluptuously beautiful and deeply memorable The Red…

Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer in Danny Collins

Imagine a whole new life: Great cast rescues Danny Collins

Until 2010, Steve Tilston was a name whose fame extended only to the admittedly limited fanbase of British Isles folk/rock. At various times in his career, the guitarist/singer/songwriter had run a folk club…

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…

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