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Two summer thrillers 50 years apart

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of a movie that wasn’t much loved when it opened and whose reputation has not exactly soared over the years – the Stanley Donen espionage thriller “Arabesque,”

Have you ever seen ‘Box of Moonlight’?

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

‘Equity’: women on Wall Street

The new independent film “Equity” has a lot going for it. The subject matter – the special pressures faced by women working on Wall Street — is fresh. The cast, headed by the wonderful stage and TV

‘The Dollhouse’: 1950s Manhattan vs. now

A mix of mystery, romance, and historical fiction, “The Dollhouse” by Fiona Davis contrasts the lives of striving young New York City women 60 years ago and today. The debut novel that Dutton is

The return of the double feature

Once a staple of art houses, the classic double feature disappeared long ago. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it was common practice for theaters specializing in foreign films and vintage American movies

Two years in the world of porn

The adult film business reportedly outgrosses all professional sports revenues in this country, but there have been very few serious documentaries on the subject since “Deep Throat” pushed the XXX

Bad Movies We Love: ‘Rich and Famous’

Veteran Hollywood director George Cukor’s final film, “Rich and Famous,” was not well reviewed when it debuted in 1981 and the box-office results were mediocre. A mini-controversy erupted when New

#FridayReads ‘Damaged’ – a child is waiting

Philadelphia lawyer Mary DiNunzio was the character at the center of Lisa Scottoline’s debut novel “Everywhere That Mary Went” in 1993, so she has a special place in the hearts of fans of the writer.

In praise of ‘utility player’ Arthur Hiller

In its obit for Arthur Hiller today, The Hollywood Reporter called the director “Hollywood’s utility player.” Like many other major directors of the 1960s and 1970s, Hiller worked in live television
Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep rehearse for the 1976 Shakespeare in the Park production of 'Henry V.' Tyrone Dukes/New York Times

Meryl Streep before she was Meryl Streep

We have been taking Meryl Streep for granted for so long now that it is illuminating to go back to the early days of her career in “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep” (Harper) by New Yorker writer