Monthly Archive for April, 2014

: April, 2014

Montezuma’s revenge? or, a good book gone bad

The big-budget adaptation of Scott Smith’s 2006 best-seller, “The Ruins,” debuted in 2008 with virtually no advance press screenings. When I saw the movie, it didn’t take long to see why DreamWorks

Rent it now: American crime drama with a European flavor

We have grown so used to the cliches of Hollywood suspense pictures that when a film like “Daylight” comes along with a fresh approach to the genre, it can prove to be exceptionally startling and

‘The Mysteries’: another not to be missed Flea Theater epic

You can keep your 3D and 3D IMAX comic book movies. When it comes to spectacle and emotional involvement, nothing in a movie theater at the moment can compare with the close to six-hour stage

#FridayReads Maggie Shipstead’s juicy ‘Astonish Me’

Maggie Shipstead made a big splash with her first novel, “Seating Arrangements,” which was a very witty but pointed look at a New England WASP wedding, in the vein of John Cheever or A.R. Gurney. By

‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. 2’: good start, terrible finish

It’s probably a mistake to release any movie in two separate parts, but Lars von Trier’s latest film(s), “Nymphomaniac,” really suffers from the staggered unveiling, because the two parts don’t

‘Everything to Lose’: Andrew Gross in a darker vein

Today is publication day for the seventh novel by Andrew Gross — “Everything to Lose” (William Morrow) — which I am happy to report sets a new high bar for this master of the high octane thriller.

‘Tales from Red Vienna’: women & war & death

A lukewarm review from The New York Times might have botched a Broadway transfer of the new David Grimm play “Tales from Red Vienna” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, but it’s hard to believe this moving

Nick Ziobro’s ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do’: the next Michael Buble?

The talent, confidence and musicianship evident on Nick Ziobro’s debut CD “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” would be impressive from a singer of any age. The fact that the vocalist was only 17 when he laid down

#FridayReads ‘The Book of You’ by Claire Kendal

Claire Kendal makes a smashing debut with the stalking thriller “The Book of You,” which will be published by Harper on May 6. The suspense novel was the subject of a pre-publication bidding war and

The ‘Dirty Dancing’ of 1958

The “Dirty Dancing” of its day, the 1958 hit “Marjorie Morningstar” follows a nice Jewish girl from New York City who spends a life-changing summer at a camp in the Catskills, where she comes under