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Killing hippies for sport

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Film critic Michael Atkinson once wrote of “the uncelebrated genius of Peter Watkins” and I agree with his assessment of the position of the 79-year-old creator of “The War Game,” “Culloden,” “Edvard Munch” and several other modern classics that are known by too few movie buffs. Peter Watkins first made a name for himself in […] [Read More]
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‘Silicon Valley’: unofficial sequel to ‘Office Space’

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With a first season consisting of only eight half-hour episodes, the HBO series “Silicon Valley” feels like a longer-than-usual movie rather than a traditional TV sitcom. The creator, Mike Judge, made the 1999 cult hit “Office Space,” and the HBO series sometimes plays like an updated variation on that classic comedy about young male office […] [Read More]
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‘The Go Go Boys’: the rise and fall of Cannon Films

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The Israeli filmmaker cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were virtually unavoidable during the 1980s. Their company — Cannon Films — seemed to go from 0 to 60 in record time. It covered nearly every base in terms of genre — from the hit breakdancing musical “Breakin’” to Franco Zeffirelli’s film of the opera “Otello.” […] [Read More]
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‘Woyzeck, FJF’: diary of a madman

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A disturbing new take on Georg Buchner’s classic tale of madness and murder — “Woyzeck, FJF” — is running through March 21 at the New Ohio Theatre in downtown Manhattan. The No-Win Productions adaptation is by Jeremy Duncan Pape and D.L. Siegel. Pape also directed the production. The tale of a soldier who murders the […] [Read More]
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A late report on Hartford Stage’s ‘Reverberation’

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Getting past grief in order to be able to find a new path in life is just one of the compelling subjects of the extraordinary new play by Matthew Lopez — “Reverberation” — that closed on Sunday at Hartford Stage. If you missed the month-long run, I have a hunch there will be other opportunities […] [Read More]
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‘Dear Heart’: Angela Lansbury saves bizarre love story

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Warner Archive has put out a DVD-on-demand version of a long-forgotten 1964 romantic comedy “Dear Heart” starring Geraldine Page and Glenn Ford. It was widely panned 50 years ago, and more or less disappeared for decades, but it now has considerable value as a New York City time capsule and as an illustration of the […] [Read More]
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Bad movies we love: 12 Crown drive-in ‘classics’

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The 12 DVD set, “Drive-In Cult Classics” (Mill Creek Entertainment), contains 32 movies produced by the now-defunct, B-picture studio Crown International Pictures between 1959 and 1988. Terrible by any standard of writing, directing and acting, the movies are nevertheless terrific fun to watch now as artifacts from an archaic form of theatrical presentation — the drive-in. […] [Read More]
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‘The Staircase’: forerunner of HBO’s ‘The Jinx’

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If you love the current HBO true-crime series “The Jinx” and got hooked on NPR’s “Serial,” you should check out a riveting forerunner — the 2004 multi-part non-fiction murder investigation “The Staircase.” The French production, written and directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (below), digs into the murder trial of the Durham, North Carolina novelist and […] [Read More]
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