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Netflix mining: ‘The Trip’ & ‘Psych Out’

Someone at MGM Video had the bright idea of packaging two late 1960s drug exploitation movies – “The Trip” and “Psych Out’’ – as a double-feature, complete with lots of interesting extras. Although
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Turner Classic Movies honors Robert Ryan

This month, Turner Classic Movies is honoring and highlighting the work of the great stage and screen actor Robert Ryan. Although he never attained the full-fledged stardom of peers such as Burt
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‘The Assistants’: have-nots have their day

Romantic comedy might be on life support at the movies, but the genre is alive and well in Camille Perri’s debut novel “The Assistants” (G.P. Putnam’s Son), which grounds an office love story in a
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Rent it now: still dazzling ‘Something Wild’

Negative critical overviews of the Hollywood movies released during the 1980s tend to dwell on the huge hits — the Indiana Jones franchise, “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop” etc. — and feel-good
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘The Sandpiper’

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor are frequently referred to as the “Brangelina” of the 1960s and early 1970s, but the fact is they were much bigger news in their day than Brad Pitt and Angelina
Stephen Sondheim and stars Sergio Franchi and Elizabeth Allen at the cast recording session.

The return of ‘Do I Hear a Waltz?’

Every show that Stephen Sondheim has worked on over the past 50+ years has been celebrated with multiple revivals, with one exception – his 1965 collaboration with the great Broadway composer Richard
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‘Art’/’Red’ – two sides of the art world

It’s not easy staging two different plays at the same time, but Westport Country Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos believes that opening his new season with “Art” and “Red” running in repertory
Playwright Clifford Odets (right) with Luther Adler, actor, and his sister, Stella, in London.

Recalling New York City’s Yiddish theaters

A terrific exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York immerses visitors in a part of the city’s theater scene that vanished around the middle of the 20th century. “New York’s Yiddish Theater: From
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‘Body in the Wardrobe’: keeping standards high

This weekend in suburban Washington, D.C., the annual convention of mystery writers, Malice Domestic, will present Katherine Hall Page with its lifetime achievement award. It’s a well-deserved honor,
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‘Midnight in Berlin’: underestimating Hitler

James MacManus has followed up “Sleep in Peace Tonight” with another wonderful historical novel, “Midnight in Berlin” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press), set just before World War II started.