November 1, 2015 |
Room A woman and her 5-year-old are held captive in a garden shed - the only reality the boy, born there, has ever known. Amazing, gripping, scary, beautiful adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel (by the writer herself), deftly directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are extraordinary as the mother and son. R Suffragette Set in 1912 London, a fictional tale built upon the historic fight for women's voting rights. Carey Mulligan is a lowly laundry worker who has a political awakening, joins a band of activists who throw rocks and blow up mailboxes, and gets tossed into prison for her trouble.
October 19, 2015 |
As Halloween approaches, scares pop up everywhere: haunted houses, spooky decorations, horror movies. The scariest word? Feminist. Boo! Are you terrified? Was Meryl Streep? When asked in a recent interview whether she considered herself a feminist, Streep answered: "I'm a humanist. " My head spun like Linda Blair's in The Exorcist . I barely flinch at the nervous equivocating or outright rejection of feminism coming from young starlets. I chalk that up to the ignorance of youth or the real fear of alienating the powerful men who remain the gatekeepers in Hollywood.
December 27, 2014 |
'Foolishness can happen in the woods," Chris Pine, as the handsome Prince, sings to Emily Blunt, as the Baker's Wife who has just planted an adulterous kiss on said preening royal in Into the Woods. And, indeed, there is much foolishness to be found in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim musical, a jolly mash-up of symbol-laden, signature once-upon-a-time tales about lust, envy, greed, and misguided pursuits of happiness. Happily, the idea of bringing Into the Woods to the screen turns out not to be one of those foolish acts.
September 23, 2014 |
PRINCETON - Meryl Streep, the Takacs Quartet, and Philip Roth aren't names likely to be seen together, much less people found in the same concert hall. Yet Princeton University Concerts presented all three in Richardson Auditorium on Friday evening, with the quartet playing Arvo Pärt and Franz Schubert, Streep reading extensively from the 2006 novel Everyman , and its author, Roth, listening in the audience - in a one-time-only event that guaranteed a packed house. Interdisciplinary events are a priority for Princeton University Concerts, this one building on a similar Takacs program presented at Carnegie Hall in 2007, with Philip Seymour Hoffman reading Roth's accounts of how everyday people decline, die, are grieved and remembered.
August 15, 2014 |
"THE GIVER" is a bit of a dud on-screen, and we might have seen it coming - writing about an emotionless society is one thing, filming one is quite another. The movie is drawn from Lois Lowry's popular and influential novel of tweens growing up in an authoritarian society where citizens take a daily injection of drugs to dull their feelings. More disturbingly, leaders of the blandly named "Community" come up with Orwellian language to describe the actions they take to maintain rigid uniformity - troublesome infants and burdensome elderly are released and removed to "elsewhere" via lethal injection, shown in graphic detail in one particularly gruesome scene.
March 11, 2014 |
FRED DILGER was a big-time residential designer in Manhattan and Atlanta when, he said, "You get to the end of the rainbow and you ask, 'Is this all there is?' I wanted something more. " Seven years ago, he found that something. He suddenly gave up his career and all his worldly possessions to become a Franciscan friar in Kensington, living among and feeding the poor. At St. Francis Inn, the core team of Franciscan friars, nuns and lay staff served 151,699 hot meals last year to the neighborhood's most desperately poor men, women and children.
February 10, 2014 |
THE WEEK WAS marked by the sad, stunning news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman 's tragic death and the subsequent outpouring of emotion - along with some lesser celebrity goings-on. Yesterday A private funeral was held for Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, the same church that hosted the funerals of Aaliyah and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . Among the mourners, Cate Blanchett , Spike Lee , Joaquin Phoenix and Meryl Streep , the New York Daily News reported.
February 9, 2014 |
Stars mourn Hoffman Hollywood and Broadway royalty showed up in force Friday to mourn Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at a funeral service at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Hoffman, 46, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. Paul Thomas Anderson , who directed Hoffman in three films, Boogie Nights , Magnolia , and The Master , delivered a eulogy, as did Cate Blanchett and Spike Lee . "Phil was a lovely guy, a great artist," said Lee, who directed Hoffman in The 25th Hour . Playwright Jose Rivera , whose work has been produced by Hoffman's LAByrinth Theatre Company, said Hoffman "left an enormous amount of love behind.
January 10, 2014 |
"AUGUST: OSAGE County" is in its own way a feel-good movie, in that it's bound to make you feel good about your own family, especially post-holiday. Did you get through the season without knocking your mother to the floor and informing her that you are now in charge? Well, then you have a healthier relationship than Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in "AOC," a sort of MMA (mixed-martial acting) cage match between the two Oscar-winning Hollywood titans. Some of this takes the form of an actual brawl, but it also expresses itself as an extreme awards-season performance pitch (Roberts and Streep will compete for a Golden Globe on Sunday evening)
December 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Julia Roberts has a line in August: Osage County , the all-star adaptation of the Tracy Letts ' Pulitzer Prize winner, that sums up the cheery worldview on display in this dysfunctional family free-for-all. "Thank God we can't tell the future," Roberts' character, the oldest and seemingly most together of the three Weston sisters, sighs. "We'd never get out of bed. " "That was really the one line of mine that just knocks you out," Roberts says. "Because it's so true, and it's so heartbreaking.