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…


London revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Rosendale Theatre

This Sunday afternoon and again on Tuesday evening, the Rosendale Theatre presents the latest in its series of screenings of classic works captured live on the British stage via National Theatre from London….

Wherever he goes, interviewing factory workers, schoolteachers, law enforcement officers, business owners, politicians and students, Moore encounters people shaking their heads in disbelief that Americans are willing to live without the advantages that they take for granted.

Michael Moore mines world’s best ideas in Where to Invade Next

For folks on or near the right wing of the political spectrum, the concept of “American Exceptionalism” is an article of faith. Tea Party members and Fox News pundits feel free to lambaste…

Scarlett Johansson in Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is the Coens’ trick bouquet to old Hollywood

Funny how the “Golden Age” of Hollywood is a construct more real in our collective cultural consciousness than it is onscreen. We see some contemporary movie or other that annoys us, and then…

Photo of Nina Simone by Chuck Stewart

Rosendale Theatre screens The Amazing Nina Simone

When the late Nina Simone first hit the music scene in the 1950s, and right through the Civil Rights movement of the ’60s, even the most anti-racist of white audiences didn’t know what…

C. Fraser Press and daughters in Theresa is a Mother

Upstate Films Rhinebeck screens locally shot Theresa is a Mother

The popularity of the Hudson Valley as a place to shoot movies – especially indie films – continues to grow apace; and it’s always great news for the local economy when a homegrown…

Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours

Expert craftsmanship keeps The Finest Hours afloat

At its peaks, cinema can push artistic boundaries, grapple with profound philosophical questions, comment lucidly on politics and culture, shine new lights on history, question our assumptions, make us think, make us feel,…

The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936)

“Immigration, Migration and the American Dream” documentary fest in Hyde Park

While the debates among the GOP contenders in the current presidential race might lead one to believe that extreme rhetoric on the subject of immigration is some sort of highly infectious modern malady,…

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Room is a powerfully acted ode to human resilience

One of the bummers of winter, once the holidays are over, is the fact that film production companies are no longer in a rush to get their Oscar contenders out into the theaters…

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