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The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

  As we were saying, whom you hang with is the key to who you are. The Company You Keep is flawed by major lacunae in time and space; the characters are, sorry, too old to be portraying the characters of the mid-70s, and that makes the entire fabric of the narrative rickety, as one [...]

TWO ONE-ACTS by Rich Orloff

TWO ONE-ACTS by Rich Orloff

  Theatre has a hard enough time when it’s a full-length 2- or 3-act affair, nicely bankrolled, and plush with actors you know and respect.   But like short films of less than feature length, which have to make do with “fill-in” spots between traditionally timed programmes or last-minute plugs for a hastily withdrawn feature, [...]

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

  Stars: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Jonah Hill, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell, James Remar, Walter Goggins, Robert Carradine, Bruce Dern, James Russo, Michael Parks, Franco Nero, Tom Savini, M.C. Gainey, Tom Wopat   Briefly, former dentist Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), now turned lucrative bounty hunter, [...]

US: A Progressive Love Story

US:  A Progressive Love Story

Directed by Jennifer Gelfner        Reviewed by Marion DS Dreyfus   “Us” is a non-linear time-jumping narrative that puts  a duo face-front into a meta-theatrical stasis, all but. The play’s two characters, a TV or Hollywood actress of ambiguous renown (Michelle Clunie) and an unrealized but possibly sadistic pol (Jeff LeBeau), ratatat a lot of stump [...]

Snowman’s Land

Snowman’s Land

  Directed by Thomasz Thomson   There is an old German phrase: Mann tracht; Gott lacht. Roughly translated, it means Man proposes; God disposes. This gritty, arresting mise en scene in the deep Carpathian woods in a wintry mid-Europe shifts from bardeau to bardeau. It starts as an actioner, shifts to a quirky comedy between [...]

2016: Obama’s America – Review

2016: Obama’s America – Review

  This timely documentary examines the question “If Barack Obama were to win a second term, where will the United States be in 2016?” It is subtitled Love him, hate him: You don’t know him.   Mandatory viewing to grok a fuller, more visible history of the prez than that available in the scandalously tunnel-visioned [...]

The Revenant

The Revenant

Directed by D. Kerry Prior Anyone who has read my reviews knows I wax threnodic on adventure, espionage, comedy, documentaries, drama, sci-fi, even comic book heroes come to life. Missing from the menu? Horror films. Life is already full enough of grue, and more of it with added gore, black blood and vomiting, and blue-screen [...]

The Campaign

The Campaign

Directed by Jay Roach   “War has rules. Mud wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules.” ~ Presidential Candidate Ross Perot, 1988   This little laff-fest could not have come at a better time. It’s offered as a satire, and with Will Ferrell (Cam Brady, Dem blowhard with “strong” hair) and Zach Galifianakis (weirdo nudnik [...]

Slowgirl

Slowgirl

Directed by Anne Kauffman Written by Greg Pierce     Tucked away directly above the Vivian Beaumont, in a brand-new intimate theater seating fewer than 132, is an inaugural new piece called “SLOWGIRL.” It stars the longtime stage and screen character actor, Zljko Ivanek, and (relative) newcomer, Sarah Steele. The story occurs on a long [...]

Crazy Eyes

Crazy Eyes

Directed by Adam Sherman Remember that adorable bright, wide-eyed little tyke in “Witness?” Since that iconic film (1985), Lukas Haas grew up, his hair grew longer, he forgot to shave, and his expression shows he must still miss…the Amish. Sourness pervades “Crazy Eyes,” which seems like a time-jump from Bret Easton Ellis’es party-zomboid times a [...]

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