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‘Hamilton’: somewhere Joe Papp is smiling

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The Public Theater production of “Hamilton” is sold out and will close May 3, but it seems destined to have a long life on Broadway after it reopens there in July. I saw the show on Saturday and it feels like an instant classic — a musical that will take its place alongside “A Chorus […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: the still dazzling ‘Something Wild’

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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 blockbusters on the order of “Flashdance” and “Footloose.” It’s easy to make the decade appear to be a pale echo of the so-called […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘The Carpetbaggers’

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Harold Robbins’ novel “The Carpetbaggers” was considered so shocking when it was published in 1961 that it even prompted a New York Times reviewer to foam at the mouth. “It was not quite proper to have printed ‘The Carpetbaggers’ between covers of a book,” the newspaper of record opined. “It should have been inscribed on […] [Read More]
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‘Cinema Vernacular’: life as a movie

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“Everyone has two businesses — their own and show business,” is an old saying that was passed along to me by an entertainment lawyer many years ago. Closer to the mark, in my opinion, is the notion that everyone leads two lives — their own and those fantasy-drenched hours that most of us have spent […] [Read More]
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The daring Brando performance few have seen

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The 1967 John Huston film “Reflections in a Golden Eye” has never received the attention it deserves because the initial response of most critics and moviegoers was pretty dismal. An adaptation of the Carson McCullers novella set on an Army base in the South, the movie was largely dismissed at the time of its release […] [Read More]
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‘Cinerama Adventure’: when movies got BIGGER!

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A terrific documentary, “Cinerama Adventure,” has been kicking around the festival circuit for a few years, but was never issued on DVD. Fortunately, the feature-length film was included as an extra on the deluxe three-disc edition of “How the West Was Won” (above), the 1962 MGM picture that used the extra-wide screen process just before […] [Read More]
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‘Every Fifteen Minutes’: Scottoline takes a scary turn

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St. Martin’s Press is publishing the 24th novel by Lisa Scottoline today and it’s a doozy. “Every Fifteen Minutes” continues the recent experimentation with storytelling by the best-selling author who made her name on legal thrillers featuring strong and funny female lawyers, but who has moved in exciting new directions in recent books. Scottoline created […] [Read More]
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n + 1: generational BS & Spike Lee’s decline

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The just-published 22nd issue of the Brooklyn-based journal n +1 is packed with goodies, from a takedown on the notion of dividing our population into “generations” and a very astute analysis of the decline of filmmaker Spike Lee. The range of material and the smart writing has made the three-times-a-year publication one of my favorite […] [Read More]
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