‘Super Fly’: NYC 44 years ago

It was good to see the Gordon Parks Jr. film “Super Fly” included on the list of 100 best New York City films put together by arts writers at Vanity Fair. Right around the time of that announcement, I

‘Five Days’: Fred Zinnemann’s swan song

Many of the greatest directors of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age lost their way in the 1960s and 1970s when a new, young breed of filmmaker gained critical respect and clout. Alfred Hitchcock’s

‘Age of Consent’: a predator & his prey

There are often clear-cut statutes of limitation on prosecuting those who sexually abuse children, but in her new novel “Age of Consent” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), Marti Leimbach shows us how that

‘Weiner’: politics & sexual role-playing

At one point late in their documentary “Weiner,” Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg ask New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner the key question – Why did you agree to do this film? Weiner never

The woman who lied about 9/11

The ease with which a good sob story generally will be swallowed whole was demonstrated for the zillionth time three years ago with that weird tale out of South Bend, Indiana, about the football

Bad movies we love: MGM’s Miss Marple

The four movies that Margaret Rutherford made in the early 1960s as Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth Miss Marple suffer from low-rent production values, cheesy recycled music and plots that have

‘Act One’: better than its reputation

Although Moss Hart’s 1959 theater memoir, “Act One,” was an enormous best-seller, the subsequent 1963 movie version more or less vanished from sight until the Warner Archive DVD-on-demand program

‘DVF: A Life Unwrapped’: a beach book bio

The fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg has gone through so many ups and downs in her long career – and lived such a free life sexually – that she could have stepped out of the pages of a Jacqueline