Getting off the beaten path in New York City

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I’ve been having fun reading the text by Naomi Fertitta and enjoying the photography of Paul Aresu in the new guide book/coffee-table book, “New York: The Big City and Its Little Neighborhoods” (Universe). The title says it all. Fertitta and Aresu take the intimidation factor out of New York by zeroing in on small neighborhoods […] [Read More]
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A parent’s worst nightmare

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Linwood Barclay has come up with a terrific premise for his new thriller, “Fear the Worst” (Bantam), in which a college-age girl goes missing in the first chapter and her divorced dad learns she has been (inexplicably) lying about her summer job at a local hotel. Barclay’s down-to-earth hero Tim Blake is shocked when his […] [Read More]
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A still-daring film from the summer of Woodstock

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Haskell Wexler’s “Medium Cool” didn’t get nearly as much attention as some of the other daring major studio films of the summer of 1969 — it was up against “Midnight Cowboy” and “Easy Rider” among other zeitgeist-defining films that were playing in theaters then — but no other American film did a better job of capturing […] [Read More]
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‘A room in the house where the dad sighs’

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I wish I didn’t already have plans for Sunday night because I would love see the New Hampshire band, Wild Light, that is opening for The Wallflowers at The Ridgefield Playhouse. I’ve been hooked on the debut CD, “Adult Nights” (Star Time International/Columbia), for the past few weeks. These are songs of substance played with […] [Read More]
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Where were you when the lights went out?

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Summer has been rushing by too quickly.   It wasn’t until last night that I was able to get to the Yale Summer Cabaret for the first time this season and I am very glad I had the chance to catch the world premiere musical, “Fly-By-Night.” Sadly, this is the final production of the summer […] [Read More]
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Hot fun in the summertime

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“A Perfect Getaway” barely registered in terms of box-office gross last weekend, but it’s a very entertaining and very unpretentious little horror movie with a neat twist at the end. The movie’s reliance on solid acting and clever plotting seems positively old-fashioned in this era of torture porn like the “Saw” series and the recent […] [Read More]
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A minority opinion of the Julie Powell scenes in ‘Julie & Julia’

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The response to the new Nora Ephron movie ‘Julie & Julia’ has been largely positive — at the multiplex where I saw it Sunday the audience applauded at the end — but reviewers have been beating up on the ‘Julie’ half of the story. As you probably know, the movie is split down the middle, with […] [Read More]
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A classic from 40 years ago gets spruced up

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    We’ve been celebrating a lot of 40th anniversaries this summer — from the first moon landing to Woodstock to the Manson massacre. 1969 was a wild, fervent year on many levels, but it was an especially exciting time for movies. During the summer of that year, I saw “Easy Rider,” Midnight Cowboy” and […] [Read More]
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