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Author: Joe Meyers


‘Hideaway’: mourning an addict’s death

The French writer-director Francois Ozon had a taste of U.S. mainstream success with his 2003 thriller, “Swimming Pool,” in which Charlotte Rampling played a suspense novelist who began to get lost in

Bad Movies We Love: ‘Staying Alive’

Theater fans bitched about the “unreality” of NBC’s 2012 Broadway series “Smash” and then they complained about the ludicrous depiction of the life of a New York stage actress in a short-lived Kirstie

‘Animal Kingdom’: the return of Ellen Barkin

It’s great to see Ellen Barkin back in action as the criminal matriarch in the TNT summer series “Animal Kingdom.” The show is based on a 2010 Australian film with the same title, but it has been

‘Election Year’: a B-movie with a kick

The three low-budget “Purge” movies, written and directed by James DeMonaco, have explored contemporary American politics in ways that scare mainstream Hollywood moviemakers. Because he has worked on

‘Guilty Minds’: Supreme Court sex scandal

Dutton is publishing Joseph Finder’s thirteenth novel today, but there is nothing unlucky about “Guilty Minds.” Finder is one of the best contemporary thriller writers and the new one is a terrific

Summer in NYC with Jean Arthur

In all of the remake mania of the past few decades, I’ve been surprised that no one has ever taken a look at the wonderful 1941 RKO romantic comedy “The Devil and Miss Jones.” It’s funny and sexy and

Brooklyn’s role in New York literary history

Evan Hughes puts lots of interesting pieces together in “Literary Brooklyn” (Henry Holt and Company) which manages to combine a history of the huge New York City borough with an account of the writers

Melina Mercouri — magnificent over-acting

The Greek actress Melina Mercouri was always an acquired taste — she believed in playing everything larger than life, which turned off as many people as it turned on — but for those who locked on to

‘Cassavetes/Rowlands’ series opens in NYC

Downtown Manhattan’s elegant new arthouse – The Metrograph – is launching a terrific nine day series devoted to the films of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes and the work he did with his great

Why you should be in Madison Friday night

There are book signings and then there’s the Lisa Scottoline/Francesca Serritella road show. Part love-in, part comedy show, part family relations seminar, the annual summer book tour stops of the