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A Broadway production of Waiting for Godot, starring knights and X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, marks the second Samuel Beckett revival in New York City in as many months. Godot famously bears the influence of both music hall variety acts and slapstick comedies. A routine in which Vladimir... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Screener
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Now through April 17, 2014, Ten Thousand Waves, an installation by filmmaker Isaac Julien, is on display in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Featuring nine double-sided screens and over 20 speakers, this is the most ambitious staging to date of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Screener
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While many of us were expecting Gravity to achieve great financial heights over its opening weekend, the 3D thriller performed even better than predicted. The latest film from Alfonso Cuaron, his first since 2006’s Children of Men (don’t call it a comeback), earned a soaring $55.6 million this past Friday,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Screener
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Alfonso Cuaron’s acclaimed intergalactic thriller Gravity is poised for a stellar opening weekend,with predictions running as high as a $40 million debut. That would amount to quite a few 3D glasses needing to be recycled. Given its heavy advance buzz (it’s currently trending 98% on Rotten Tomatoes), it seems the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Screener
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Arrived here fresh from Venice, Philomena directed by Stephen Frears more than fulfills the buzz. Frears has stumbled with such recent efforts as Cheri but in this searing story of the search for a lost adopted child -- and an indictment of aspects of Catholicism --he's again in top form.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Screener
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Summer may be almost over, but distributors are still hoping to score blockbuster-sized ticket sales before kids and teenagers head back to school. The Weinstein Company’s "Butler" and "Kick-Ass 2" (from Universal) are expected to earn the top two spots at the box office this weekend. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Screener
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As has become the norm in Hollywood, the sequels prevailed this weekend. The biggest grosser was Despicable Me 2, earning the top spot for the second week in a row. Coming in at number two was Grown Ups 2, the Adam Sandler and Co. comedy. Pacific Rim, which had been gaining buzz due to its original monsters vs. robots concept, was left in third place, underperforming at the box office. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Screener
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Jacob’s Ladder, a psychological horror film that came out in 1990, scored a respectable 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, but grossed a dismal $26 million domestically. It has achieved far greater success, however, in the years since its release. Since 1990, Jacob’s Ladder has developed a cult following, spurred by a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Screener
Paramount has begun building hype for Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest project, The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese. The first trailer for the film, slated to hit theaters November 15, released on Sunday. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on Jordan Belfort’s 2007 memoir of the same name.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Screener
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Correspondent J. Sperling Reich reports on the mutual admiration society of two recent Oscar rivals on the Cannes 2013 jury. One could easily mistake directors Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg as competitors rather than colleagues. After all, just a few short months ago Lee and Spielberg were both vying for... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at Screener