Monthly Archive for January, 2013

: January, 2013

‘Smash’ season two: still a high gloss soap opera

The NBC Broadway backstage drama “Smash” returns Tuesday night after a much-publicized end-of-season-one shake-up last year. Show creator and executive producer Theresa Rebeck was let go, but judging

‘Pioneers of Thirteen’: a flashback to the heyday of public TV

Although the technology was still a little shaky you could make a strong argument for the 1970s being the peak years of public television in this country. A template for high-class, serialized drama

‘The Cloud’: a techno-thriller with heart

Matt Richtel, the Pulitzer prize-winning technology reporter for The New York Times, has a provocative and thrilling new novel set for publication on Tuesday — “The Cloud” (Harper). The book raises

Academy does the right thing by Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’

Michael Haneke has made some of the most audience-dividing pictures of the modern era — “The Piano Teacher” and “The White Ribbon,” among them — but love him or hate him, you’ve got to respect a

‘Collision’: a college trio under the influence

If the legendary 1920s era “thrill killers” Leopold and Loeb lived today would they have limited their homicidal experiment to poor little Bobby Franks? The horror of what the Chicago academic duo did

‘Struck by Lightning’: a fresh take on high school

It’s not surprising that young actor Chris Colfer would write a juicy role for himself in the new independent film, “Struck by Lightning.” What is surprising is the sensitivity Colfer and director

‘January Joiner’: fat & thin, funny & scary at Long Wharf

The Connecticut theater year has gotten off to a great start with the world premiere production of Laura Jacqmin’s “January Joiner” at Long Wharf Theatre’s snug Stage II. The play is a

Finding new places to track down old movies

There seems to be no end of ways to watch new and old movies at home — cable, DVDs, downloads — but one of the still-puzzling elements of this relatively new cinema world is the way that films can

Why are American moviegoers so hung up on subtitles?

Much of the 2012 Dutch epic “Bride Flight” (above) has the old-fashioned feel of something that might have been produced by MGM 50 years ago. The movie – available on DVD – tells the story of three

‘Vanya & Sonia’: continuous laughter that doesn’t add up

No American playwright has a zanier imagination than Christopher Durang, or has given wilder stage opportunities to actors, but the jokes and the high-energy fun never seem to add up to a coherent