Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’

The Tillman Story

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By Armond White “Fratricide” is the word used in Amir Bar-Lev’s doc The Tillman Story to describe the 4/22/04 incident in which Pvt. George Tillman was killed while on duty in Afghanistan. It is a sign of Bar-Lev’s political bias that his film favors that moralizing term over the military designation “friendly fire” to describe [&hellip
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The Sign of Rohmer

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By Armond White The late Eric Rohmer is not known for his audacity—but he should be. The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s complete retrospective of the director’s quietly masterful career, “The Sign of Rohmer” (Aug. 18-Sept. 3), confirms his daring. This is an irresistible opportunity to see his experimental musical The Tree, The Mayor and [&hellip
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Russellmania

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By Armond White Why isn’t Whore, the 1991 Theresa Russell vehicle directed by Ken Russell, part of “Russellmania,” the long overdue Ken Russell retrospective at Film Society of Lincoln Center? Although Russell’s provocative filmography deserves re-consideration, this series (July 30-Aug. 5) concentrates only on his infamous 1970s films, which does a disservice to the arc [&hellip
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Salt

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Celebrity matriarch Angelina Jolie teaches war and treason like a melancholy drag queen in Salt By Armond White Here’s three lessons supermom Angelina Jolie teaches her Benetton brood—and by extension, the global movie audience—in Salt: 1. The United States is an overweening superpower more inept than its enemies from Russia, Korea and the Middle East; [&hellip
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Review: Shakespeare in the Park

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Pacino shines in ‘Merchant’; ‘Winter’s Tale’ intoxicates By Deirdre Donovan Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice has meant very different things at very different times. It began its stage life with a comic Shylock in a false nose and evolved through the centuries into a drama of great pathos. But whether you see this play as [&hellip
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Puppy Love

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Film Forum’s Akira Kurosawa series (Jan. 6 through Feb. 4) begins the decade as more than a career retrospective; it’s a rescue effort for film culture. Kurosawa has gone from preeminent mastery as Japan’s best known filmmaker to near obscurity, overshadowed by passing vogues for artier directors like the great Mizoguchi and Ozu and the [&hellip
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THE PIRATE'S RETURN

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European cabaret legend Ute Lemper is making Joe’s Pub her second home for the last two weeks of November, headlining in her new show “Pirate Jenny Comes Back.” The chanteuse will be singing a pastiche of Kurt Weill’s works, Berlin Cabaret Songs, French chanson, contemporary American classics and a few selections from her self-penned album [&hellip
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