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King Lear: Early Retirement Can Be Fatal

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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King Lear is a difficult play-long, brutal, and complex. Did I mention brutal? Intending to live out his life in accustomed luxury surrounded by filial

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Calvary – Testing the Faith in a Small Irish Town

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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Calvary, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, and Kelly Reilly, has an interesting thriller-esque plot. The film invites sincere

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Raising a Glass to Elaine Stritch

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Elaine Stritch, dead at 89 but neither gone nor forgotten, was celebrated on the evening of August 7 at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd.

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Five Films With Lethal Weather

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Say one thing about the new release Into the Storm -  it’s certainly topical. With freak storms, tornados, tsunamis, and more becoming all too regular occurrences,

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The Hundred-Foot Journey
A Delightful Film About Food, Family, and Love

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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If someone remarks, “Make sure you eat before watching this film,” one might assume the person is simply warning you about its long length. In

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Mad Ads: Sprint’s Framily – Taking Diversity to Extremes

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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The Addams Family has nothing on this “Framily” from Sprint. There’s the “dad,” a hamster constantly spinning in his plastic ball, the flaxen-haired daughter who

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A Delicate Gravity – The Unsettled Nature of Love

Monday, August 4th, 2014
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Paul is a writer, sort of. His day job is translating, French into English or Spanish, he tells the waitress in the Vietnamese restaurant where

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Food Vendors, Super Heroes, Drag Queens, Bee Queens –
4 from the NYC Independent Film Festival

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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There’s enough variety at the NYC Independent Film Festival to please every film buff. Here are four that demonstrate that fact. Black Raven Unlike Wonder

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