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‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. 2’: good start, terrible finish

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It’s probably a mistake to release any movie in two separate parts, but Lars von Trier’s latest film(s), “Nymphomaniac,” really suffers from the staggered unveiling, because the two parts don’t stand alone and the best scenes are clustered in the first half. While in production, the movie got more press attention than the average European […] [Read More]
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‘Everything to Lose’: Andrew Gross in a darker vein

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Today is publication day for the seventh novel by Andrew Gross — “Everything to Lose” (William Morrow) — which I am happy to report sets a new high bar for this master of the high octane thriller. Like Lisa Scottoline in her current novel, “Keep Quiet,” Gross risks some reader alienation by putting us in […] [Read More]
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‘Tales from Red Vienna’: women & war & death

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A lukewarm review from The New York Times might have botched a Broadway transfer of the new David Grimm play “Tales from Red Vienna” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, but it’s hard to believe this moving and sexy drama won’t have a long after-life in regional theaters and wherever else good plays are produced. Meanwhile, […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: An early Sam Rockwell triumph

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Sam Rockwell hasn’t achieved A-list stardom, but he is one of the finest actors in this country, with outstanding film and stage performances going back more than two decades. Years ago, before he broke out in movies, I saw Rockwell deliver an astounding performance in a Mike Leigh play at a tiny off-Broadway theater. The […] [Read More]
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Nick Ziobro’s ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do’: the next Michael Buble?

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The talent, confidence and musicianship evident on Nick Ziobro’s debut CD “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” would be impressive from a singer of any age. The fact that the vocalist was only 17 when he laid down these tracks at Nola Studios in New York is rather astounding. The CD is a very smart […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘The Book of You’ by Claire Kendal

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Claire Kendal makes a smashing debut with the stalking thriller “The Book of You,” which will be published by Harper on May 6. The suspense novel was the subject of a pre-publication bidding war and it only takes reading a few chapters to see why — Kendal sets up a terrifying, all-too-real scenario that keeps […] [Read More]
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‘Acting Foolish’: Lewis J. Stadlen’s lowdown on show biz

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There are few stage actors who have given me more pleasure over the years than Lewis J. Stadlen, from the 1974 Broadway revival of “Candide” (above), in which he played Pangloss, right up through last year’s vaudeville drama, “The Nance” (below), in which he co-starred with Nathan Lane. So, I wasn’t surprised by the wit […] [Read More]
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‘Cosmicomics’: Ildiko Nemeth’s big bang theory

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The impossible-to-categorize director-writer-designer-filmmaker Ildiko Nemeth is back with another one of her funny and visually stunning stage pieces, “Cosmicomics,” which is running through April 19 at Dixon Place in downtown Manhattan. Nemeth and her New Stage Theatre Company create works of great beauty and heightened theatricality in various New York City spaces. While I’m sure […] [Read More]
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