Monthly Archive for July, 2009

: July, 2009

Spying in the post 9/11 world

Remember when the “Iron Curtain” fell and book columnists wondered if that would mean the end of the line for great espionage writers like John LeCarre and Len Deighton? Well, here we are 20 years

‘In the Loop’: grading on the curve

Film critics tend to get a little punchy by midsummer. Who wouldn’t feel the stress of sitting through one overblown special effects kiddie picture after another? The late July/early August madness of

Shopping as theater (or beach porn?)

When some in-the-know friends were visiting Manhattan from the Heartland recently, they told me that the first thing on their sightseeing list was the new Hollisters store at Houston St. and Broadway.

‘Orphan’: Stupid Americans!

Various groups representing orphans and adoption agencies protested the Warner Bros. horror picture, “Orphan,” before it opened Friday, but the movie is too dumb to merit such serious attention. The

Why would a 15-year-old boy kill himself?

That’s the question that is posed but never answered in Dana Perry’s extraordinary new documentary, “Boy Interrupted,” that is being screened at the Bantam Cinema Saturday at noon, in advance of its

A legal thriller with a difference

The just-published “Guardian of Lies” (William Morrow) is the tenth novel Steve Martini has written about the San Diego attorney Paul Madriani, but this is no ordinary legal drama. The writer has

In the silence of my lonely room

I saw a very impressive new play, “Songs & Statues,” at the Stella Adler Studio in Manhattan Saturday night. The piece by Peter Nickowitz (left) was developed over the last year at the famed

Ads or art?

“Died Young, Stayed Pretty” is one of those offbeat indie documentaries that might never get out of New York City and Los Angeles, so if you are interested in the world of contemporary rock poster

On the front lines in the TV news business

Cosmopolitan editor Kate White has taken us behind the scenes of the New York magazine world in a series of smart and funny mysteries featuring her alter ego Bailey Weggins. Hank Phillippi Ryan

An exercise in audience alienation

When I saw the Potomac Theatre Project production of Howard Barker’s “The Europeans” in New York over the weekend, I couldn’t tell if it was the play or the production that was so off-putting. The