‘Margin Call’ — why the Oscars should add ensemble category

If ever there was a movie that demonstrates the need for a best ensemble category at the Academy Awards it’s “Margin Call,” the fantastic 2011 Wall Street drama that failed to nab a single acting

Dystopia lite: the sanitized violence of ‘The Hunger Games’

The Hollywood financial juggernaut of 2012, “The Hunger Games” has grossed a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in its first 10 days in release. The movie, based on a hugely popular 2008 young adult novel

A late report on Yale Rep’s gorgeous ‘Winter’s Tale’

You only have until Saturday to catch director Liz Diamond’s sumptuous production of “The Winter’s Tale.” The Shakespeare play is an unusual mixture of drama, romance and comedy, but those elements

‘Happy Endings’ theme at Broadway striptease benefit

Once a theater insiders’ secret, the annual “Broadway Bares” benefit in June has skyrocketed over the past decade into one of the most highly anticipated events of the Broadway season. The combination

The utter pointlessness of HBO Films’ ‘Cinema Verite’

To those of us who were around in 1973, the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California, need no introduction. They were the featured attraction in a pioneering TV series called “An American Family” that

The amazing ‘larger than life’ Carol Channing

Using her insider status as a working Broadway producer, Dori Berinstein made “Show Business” (2007), a great documentary about what goes on during a single New York theater season. Berinstein spent

Channing Tatum becomes a star — even with his shirt on

Few young men who have entered movies based almost entirely on their looks have been as smart about their careers as Channing Tatum. The ex-stripper and Abercrombie and Fitch model drew more notice

‘Just Sex’: when Internet porn replaces real life

Brandt Johnson’s play “Just Sex” did so well at the Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival earlier this season that it has reopened at the same venue for an extended run through April 15. The