A Thriller-in-Transition

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Villeneuve’s Prisoners vs. Alvarez’ C.O.G. Keller Dover is a modern man possessed of Biblical rage when his six-year-old daughter and a neighbor’s child are kidnapped in Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. Dover (played by Hugh Jackman) is also a Pennsylvanian who loves to hunt, craft and is caught up in the difficulty of providing for a family [&hellip
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Mother of a Notion

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Winnie Mandela’s big screen white wash Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s first wife, keeper of his flame during his years of incarceration before falling to the vicissitudes of South African revolution and her own ego, should be a great role for a real actress yet the part went to singer Jennifer Hudson who won an Oscar [&hellip
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Serenading the Little Sparrow

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Tribute to Edith Piaf on the 50th anniversary of her death  Few singers have won so many the hearts as French songstress, Edith Piaf. Known as “The Little Sparrow” because of her diminutive stature and nervous energy, she became a universal symbol of love, loss and sorrow from the 1940s until her death in 1963 [&hellip
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Natural Born Killers

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Blue Caprice sentimentalizes tragic history In the low-light neo-noir visual scheme of Blue Caprice, dark-skinned actor Isaiah Washington is automatically a silhouette, an emblematic obscure object of both dread and desire. Washington portrays John Muhammad, the elder member of the two-man team responsible for the Beltway sniper killings over three weeks in 2002. French director [&hellip
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The Britten Season and More

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

A few bets on the ‘first semester’ of the classical-music season    The classical-music season is divided into two semesters, in a sense—though the second semester is far longer than the first. At any rate, I will make some recommendations for the first semester. We will begin with the New York Philharmonic. In concerts starting [&hellip
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Messin’ with Texas

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

David Gordon Green’s growing pain in Prince Avalanche Prince Avalanche kicked off the IFC Center’s ongoing regionally-focused film series, “Lone Star Cinema: Texas on Screen,” and almost kicks the bucket. Although based on the 2011 Swedish movie Either Way, Prince Avalanche is director David Gordon Green’s first feature set in his native state. It returns [&hellip
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Salinger in the Meat Grinder

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Bio-doc turns J.D. Salinger into Big Foot The Weinstein Company (formerly Miramax) really knows how to sell its product. They even sell a movie while you’re watching it which is the first problem with Shane Salerno’s Salinger. This bio-doc of the fiction writer J.D. Salinger, who became something of a recluse in the years following [&hellip
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Up and Down at NewFest

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

What’s missing, what’s visionary and what’s wrong at LGBT event Why isn’t Julian Hernandez’s new movie I Am the Hope of This World part of NewFest? The 25th annual showcase of LGBT films (at Lincoln Center, Sept 6 to 11) should be centered on work by world-class filmmakers like Hernandez whose first three previous films [&hellip
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