‘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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Theater that speaks to a young audience

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Baby boomers often joke that the only place they feel really young these days is at a play. At some regional and non-profit venues, the theater audience appears to be rapidly aging out of existence. I don’t even see my 50something peers most nights at off-Broadway mainstays such as Manhattan Theatre Club or the Signature […] [Read More]
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Rising star: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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I saw the independent hit, “(500) Days of Summer,” last night and was impressed by the picture’s offbeat take on romantic comedy — it’s a movie about a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls in love with a woman (Zooey Deschanel) who never really feels the same way about him. The picture is an old-fashioned […] [Read More]
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The one and only Meryl Streep

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Cruising along at the top of her profession for 30 years now, Meryl Streep stands apart from all of the other great movie actresses. How is she different? Streep has never been interested in establishing herself offscreen as a larger-than-life figure in the tradition of Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn; she has never patented a […] [Read More]
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