Out of the Warner vault: ‘Eye of the Devil’

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In recent years, Warner Home Video has been pulling oddities off the shelf — titles that would not warrant a full-scale commercial release — and making them available through the Warner Archive program. These made-to-order DVDs have included unjustly neglected titles such as James Bridges’ “Mike’s Murder” as well as B-science fiction pictures like “The […] [Read More]
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Jill Clayburgh, R.I.P.

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It was awful to hear about the cancer death of Jill Clayburgh at her home in Lakeville, Ct. Friday night. She was a great actress on screen and stage, and one of the most charming show people you could ever hope to meet. Clayburgh was smart and funny and always happy to talk about favorite […] [Read More]
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‘A Delicate Balance’: we do what we can

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Edward Albee’s 1966 Pulitzer Prize-winner “A Delicate Balance” has the surface appearance of a polite drawing room play, but quickly turns into one of the writer’s darkest and funniest visions of humanity. The play shares some similarities with Luis Bunuel’s savage 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” in which guests at a dinner party are gripped […] [Read More]
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The ‘Strange Powers’ of Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields

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A new documentary traces the history of The Magnetic Fields and its brilliant and elusive front man Stephin Merritt. Co-directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara follwed Merritt for a decade but “Strange Powers” doesn’t reveal any skeletons in the band’s closet. The film sometimes has the feel of an “authorized” biography — or a Magnetic […] [Read More]
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‘On Broadway’: from ‘Oklahoma’ to ‘Catch Me If You Can’

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A decade ago, David Campbell created a sensation on the New York cabaret scene with a series of club dates that pushed him from the small (and now defunct) Eighty Eights to the Rainbow Room in record time. Campbell garnered great reviews for an appearance in an Encores! production of “Babes in Arms” at City […] [Read More]
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‘Voyeur’: another slice of Hamptons noir from Daniel Judson

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The sharp divisions between the wealthy and the working class in the Hamptons have powered the crime novels of Daniel Judson and his latest, “Voyeur,” might be the writer’s best book yet. Judson deals in neo-noir — darkish tales of morally compromised men recovering from past tragedies who run into women who are alluring but […] [Read More]
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Where bad old movies go to die (and to be reborn)

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Charles Busch is a prodigiously gifted writer and actor who also happens to be a peerless Hollywood historian. In search of vehicles for his own manic comic sensibility, Busch has mined old movies — and old movie styles — that most people have chosen to forget. “Die Mommie Die!,” which Busch played both on stage […] [Read More]
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‘The Walking Dead’: enough with the zombies already!

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Who knew when we were watching George Romero’s midnight movie sensation “Night of the Living Dead” that the flesh-eating zombies he created would prove to be one of the biggest influences in the horror genre for more than 40 years? Romero himself reworked the idea in a series of sequels that had little of the […] [Read More]
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