Summer in NYC with Jean Arthur

In all of the remake mania of the past few decades, I’ve been surprised that no one has ever taken a look at the wonderful 1941 RKO romantic comedy “The Devil and Miss Jones.” It’s funny and sexy and
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Brooklyn’s role in New York literary history

Evan Hughes puts lots of interesting pieces together in “Literary Brooklyn” (Henry Holt and Company) which manages to combine a history of the huge New York City borough with an account of the writers
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Melina Mercouri — magnificent over-acting

The Greek actress Melina Mercouri was always an acquired taste — she believed in playing everything larger than life, which turned off as many people as it turned on — but for those who locked on to
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‘Cassavetes/Rowlands’ series opens in NYC

Downtown Manhattan’s elegant new arthouse – The Metrograph – is launching a terrific nine day series devoted to the films of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes and the work he did with his great
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Why you should be in Madison Friday night

There are book signings and then there’s the Lisa Scottoline/Francesca Serritella road show. Part love-in, part comedy show, part family relations seminar, the annual summer book tour stops of the
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‘Small Mouth Sounds’: the power of silence

After a test run at Ars Nova last year, Bess Wohl’s wonderful comedy-drama “Small Mouth Sounds” has just started a two-month commercial engagement off Broadway. It’s as much an experience as a play
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Out of the MGM vault – ‘Jack of Diamonds’

Caper movies were almost as popular during the 1960s as the spy pictures that followed in the wake of the James Bond phenomenon. Fueled by the huge success of “Ocean’s Eleven” in 1960 and “Topkapi”
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Great expectations at ‘The Humans’

Any movie or play or TV show that gets rave reviews and wins awards risks suffering a backlash from those latecomers who go in with raised expectations. It was thrilling to see “Hamilton” while it was
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