Monthly Archive for June, 2013

: June, 2013

‘Robot and Frank’: Langella hits another one out of the park

Frank Langella continued his run of wonderful twilight years performances with the 2012 independent film “Robot and Frank” a poignant comedy-drama set in the near future. The movie is now available on

‘The Art Forger’: a book that needs no labels to be enjoyed

One of the great things about the introduction and acceptance of the e-Reader over the past few years is that it seems to be breaking down those arbitrary genre lines that have been set by publishers

A love letter to TKTS on its 40th birthday

It’s just about the only part of Times Square that I can tolerate for more than a few minutes. A cultural oasis in the Shopping Mall That Ate New York. The last remaining link to the supposed bad old

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: a beach book with a difference

I had such a good time reading Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” (Doubleday) last weekend that an Amtrak trip to and from Philadelphia seemed to go by in a flash. The novel follows a smart and grounded

‘United Strips’: naughty Broadway fun for a good cause

I don’t think there is a more entertaining annual benefit in New York than “Broadway Bares” which is presented every June as one of the major fundraisers of the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights

Thoughts on seeing ‘Frances Ha’ in an empty multiplex

Is there room for Greta Gerwig in today’s mainstream Hollywood? I finally caught up with the Noah Baumbach movie, “Frances Ha,” and was charmed by its warm and sometimes romantic take on an aspiring

‘Man of Steel’: blockbuster marketing, puny storytelling

From a purely financial standpoint, “Man of Steel” is one of the great success stories in recent Hollywood history. A trade paper suggested last week that the very expensive movie (with a budget

‘House of Cards’: another reason not to go to the movies

The shift of adult storytelling from big Hollywood movies to TV keeps gaining momentum. Recently in this space I wrote about Brett Martin’s wonderful, forthcoming book, “Difficult Men,” about the way

‘A Cautionary Tail’ — an epic play in a snug space

Size really doesn’t matter when it comes to theater. The new play in the intimate downstairs space at The Flea Theater — “A Cautionary Tail” by Christoper Oscar Pena — has more physical and emotional

‘The Purge’: somewhere Shirley Jackson is smiling

The movie business press was stunned by the performance of the new Universal horror film, “The Purge,” last weekend. Made for around $3 million, the picture opened in the number one spot with a $36.4