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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.
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Netflix mining: ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’

For the past decade, movie buffs have buzzed about Cal Arts professor Thom Anderson’s epic visual essay “Los Angeles Plays Itself” in which he delves into the way his native city has been depicted on
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Frogs’

If you have Amazon Prime or Netflix, you don’t need to spend an extra penny to see one of the goofiest environmental horror movies ever made — “Frogs.” Although it’s a little too slow and serious for
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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ – instant cult film

10 years from now, when the Richard Linklater film “Everybody Wants Some!!” has long since been honored with a Criterion Collection two-disc release, and fans know many scenes by heart, people will be