The return of a no-nonsense film critic

Renata Adler only spent a little more than a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, but those of us who were around in 1968 and cared about movies remember her as one of the sanest and

A blast from the past — ‘Hotel’

I can still remember the kick I got as a teen reading the first big Arthur Hailey novel, “Hotel,” in the summer of 1966. Hailey would go on to have a very lucrative career as a formula novelist

The B-movie king who changed Hollywood

The story of exploitation filmmaker Roger Corman — and the big breaks he gave to some now-major directors and actors — has been told in many books and Hollywood documentaries. But no one has presented

‘Marlene’: when a star says ‘No’

Faced with the seemingly insurmountable challenge of a documentary subject who refused to appear on camera, Maximilian Schell managed to turn that crisis situation around in his 1984 film “Marlene.”

Stockard Channing’s first shot at stardom

Although she is now one of the most respected actresses in America, Stockard Channing had a rough time establishing herself in Hollywood 40 years ago. After a series of stage roles in Boston and New

Deluxe DVD treatment for ‘The Swimmer’

The Frank and Eleanor Perry film version of the John Cheever story “The Swimmer” was a resounding flop in 1968, but over the years it has acquired a cult following. The movie has always been of

The Mamet movie you’ve never heard of

If you rent the 2008 David Mamet film “Redbelt” you might be left wondering why this fascinating  film from one of America’s finest writers and directors remains a virtually unknown quantity. The

Ups & downs of life on Broadway

Dori Berinstein used her status as a stage producer to make the very revealing 2007 documentary “Show Business” which follows one stormy season on Broadway. The movie only received limited