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Rent it now: the pure sci-fi horror of ‘Fire in the Sky’

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Robert Lieberman’s “Fire in the Sky” was released theatrically in 1993 by Paramount Pictures with little fanfare, and then picked up a small cult following from cable and video in the mid-1990s, but it remains an undiscovered gem. Based on a real incident in Arizona in the mid-1970s — a UFO sighting and reported abduction […] [Read More]
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Steve Schirripa talks ‘Sopranos’ & Foxwoods gig

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It was fun to catch up with Steve Schirripa before his appearance with other “Sopranos” cast members at Foxwoods tomorrow. For many fans of the landmark HBO series, Schirripa’s character on the show — Bobby Baccalieri — was perhaps the most sympathetic guy in a cast of killers. “Look, he was a family guy and […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘Tinseltown’ by William J. Mann

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A wonderfully detailed account of the early days of the movie business is blended with the solving of one of Hollywood’s most famous unsolved crimes in “Tinseltown” (Harper), the latest book from William J. Mann, the brilliant biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Before he turned to Hollywood history, Mann wrote novels and those […] [Read More]
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‘Gone Girl’: when a bestseller becomes a popular film

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Whatever you might think of it as a movie, the financial success of “Gone Girl” last weekend was a cheering development for those who wish there were more big studio movies aimed at adult audiences. The adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller came in at number one in the weekend box office derby, edging out […] [Read More]
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Marian Seldes R.I.P.: actress & theatergoer

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The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed tonight at 7:45 p.m. in memory of the great actress Marian Seldes who died on Monday at the age of 86. I saw Marian Seldes on stage many times — in everything from “Equus” to “Ring Round the Moon” — but I also saw her on more […] [Read More]
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Lost movie: ‘Love and Human Remains’ turns 20

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In between his 1989 art house hit “Jesus of Montreal” and his Oscar-winning “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003) the French-Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand made a very funny and very disturbing movie that no one talks about these days. “Love and Human Remains” is marking its 20th anniversary this year with no celebrations that I am aware […] [Read More]
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WWII comes alive in ‘Sleep in Peace Tonight’

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James MacManus takes us back to London in early 1941 — when the United States was still refusing to aid Britain — in his vivid new historical novel “Sleep in Peace Tonight” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). The novel deals with the vital role President Franklin Roosevelt’s right-hand man, Harry Hopkins, played in bringing FDR […] [Read More]
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Frank Capra retrospective highlights earlier, darker films

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That indispensable non-profit Manhattan movie house, Film Forum, is launching a major two-week Frank Capra retrospective on Friday, with many of the screenings featuring new digital restorations. Although the director had a run a huge hits lasting more than two decades, he was often saddled with the label “Capracorn” implying that he was hopelessly sentimental […] [Read More]
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