Jumping the gun on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’?

The antiquated Broadway preview system took a huge hit earlier this week when the ultimate New York City theater arbiter — The New York Times — made the decision to send its top critic Ben Brantley to
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‘American Sexy’: Children of the Porn

If you’re going to be in New York between now and Feb. 22 and you’re in the mood for some really adventurous theater, you should plan a stop at The Flea Theater for its current New Play Series
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‘Reagan’: HBO delivers Ronnie without tears

An excellent new documentary “Reagan” debuts tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. timed to coincide with the 100th birthday yesterday of the late actor, governor and president Ronald Reagan. The cable network
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‘Barney’s Version’: trying to get a good novel right

Mordecai Richler was considered a national treasure in Canada for much of his life — he died in 2001 at the age of 70 — but moviemakers haven’t done very well by his novels. Although Richler himself
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How ‘summer movies’ took over U.S. multiplexes year-round

Mark Harris has a great piece in the new GQ — “The Day the Movies Died” — about the way that Hollywood studio films for adults have become an endangered species in recent years. Harris is the author
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‘Gideon’s Sword’: terrific new series from Preston & Child

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have to be among the most creative — and most prolific — writers working in the thriller genre. As a team, they’ve written 14 best-selling novels in a strong series
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‘Pioneers of TV’: Barbara Bain and other nostalgic delights

Nostalgia for old TV shows has never been my thing — relentless syndication of shows we loved as kids tends to kill that impulse — so I skipped the first season of “Pioneers of Television” when it
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Going beyond James Bond with the late, great John Barry

The obituaries for composer John Barry — who died in New York City last night at the age of 77 from a sudden heart attack — have emphasized the 11 scores he wrote for the James Bond series. Barry did
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