Sidney Lumet, R.I.P. — the man who loved New York

It shouldn’t be big news when someone dies at the age of 86, but the filmmaker Sidney Lumet was so vital and so prolific for so many years that I was shocked to hear about his death on Saturday. As a
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Hello, I must be going

Your faithful blogger will be off for the next week recharging his cultural batteries. It’s vacation time, but a break filled with interesting stuff like two new Broadway musicals — “The Book of
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‘The Death Instinct’: another September terrorist attack

Jed Rubenfeld made a strong fiction debut five years ago with his first historical mystery, “The Interpretation of Murder,” but his new book — “The Death Instinct” (Riverhead Books) — is even better.
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Rent it now: the underrated horror film ‘1408’

“Insidious” opened today to mixed reviews, with some fans comparing it to “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity” in terms of it being a low-tech horror picture with sleeper potential.
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‘Musicality Hour’: radio as theatre at Yale Cabaret

You only have five more chances to catch Mike Skinner’s new play “The Musicality Radio Hour” which opened last weekend at Yale Cabaret and will be on again tonight through Saturday. Skinner is a third
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Hollywood from A(l Pacino) to (Catherine) Z(eta-Jones)

The new HBO documentary “His Way” tells a great modern Hollywood story — the rise of Jerry Weintraub from talent agent to one of the most important producers in the business. Like the recent HBO
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Bartlett Sher scores another Manhattan hit with ‘Le Comte Ory’

What a pleasure it has been watching the hard-working director Barlett Sher become one of the stars of the New York opera and theater worlds over the past few years. It seems like only yesterday that
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Believe it or not, a new must-see Nazi documentary

For many years, The History Channel has been dubbed “The Hitler Channel” by wags for the seemingly endless programming devoted to Adolf Hitler and World War II. So, when I received a copy of the DVD
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