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Edward James Olmos as Freddy Suarez in a scene from John Sayles' "Go for Sisters,'' which will be shown at the White River Indie Festival in Vermont.

WRJ Indie Fest Adds Features

Friday, April 18, 2014

The event formerly known as the White River Indie Film Festival has lost one of its Fs: now celebrating its 10th year, it has been renamed the White River Indie Festival, in a nod to the variety of media that it attracts. “The trans-media component is becoming more and more an important part of our focus,” said filmmaker Nora Jacobson …

‘Under the Skin’: Beauty Below the Surface

Friday, April 18, 2014

One of the most astonishingly assured directorial debuts of the early 21st century was Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, a stylishly vicious crime thriller that erased any chance of Ben Kingsley being typecast as a Gandhi figure. Sexy Beast was a ramped-up, hyper-verbal explosion of Britishisms and its singular vulgar patois, which made Glazer’s sophomore effort so surprising: Birth, a lamentably under-seen drama featuring …

Stores Put Happy Spin on Sales

Friday, April 18, 2014

Philadelphia — Back in 2008, Record Store Day was launched as a hopeful holiday aiming to buck up struggling independent music retailers desperate to lure customers. The situation was dire. The Tower Records chain had closed in 2006, and CD sales were shrinking. Vinyl was an outmoded format that barely amounted to a …

Rob Schneider Back on Stage

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New York — From making copies on Saturday Night Live to prostitution in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, comedian Rob Schneider has always thrown himself into every crazy situation possible to make us laugh. Now the Schneidmeister is focusing …

‘Need for Speed’: Crash Course

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Need for Speed is a piece of auto-collision pornography that weighs down its car-flip-and-massive-fireball money shots with a preposterous plot involving vehicular manslaughter vengeance, a road trip that’s basically one long police chase and an illegal drag race …

Leno Inducted, Defended at TV Hall

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beverly Hills, Calif. — Bill Maher took advantage of pal Jay Leno’s Television Academy Hall of Fame induction to offer a spirited attack on what Maher called undeserved “bad publicity” for the former Tonight Show host. Introducing Leno …

Danes Are Coming To a TV Near You

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If the people of Long Island started making locally resonant TV dramas — maybe with a little help from Queens — do you think our tiny slice of population could change the face of global viewing? Because that’s …

All About the Boy Who Plays the Boy on New NBC Sitcom ‘About a Boy’

Monday, March 10, 2014

NEW YORK — It wasn’t hard for Benjamin Stockham to figure out his role as Marcus, the title character of NBC’s new sitcom About a Boy. “It was pretty obvious from the script that he was kind of a nerd,” said Ben during a recent chat. “Well, not …

Around the Remote: Oscar-Winner’s ‘Detective’ Series Comes to Close

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Don’t Miss: True Detective — Last weekend, we watched Matthew McConaughey nab an Oscar. This weekend, he closes out the eight-part series that might bring him an Emmy. Yes, all good things must end and so it is with this incredibly compelling, gritty, trippy, mesmerizing and occasionally maddening …

New ‘Cosmos’ Series Starts With a Bang

Saturday, March 8, 2014

If science, as Neil deGrasse Tyson says, is “the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher,” Carl Sagan’s flame is in good hands. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Tyson’s long-anticipated, 13-episode reboot of Sagan’s classic 1980 …

‘Mr. Peabody’ Film Retains Its Bite

Saturday, March 8, 2014

I needn’t have worried. The prospect of a feature-length Mr. Peabody & Sherman made me nervous, since the Sahara-dry humor that made the old Jay Ward cartoon unique is all but absent from today’s animated efforts. The story …

‘Mr. Peabody’ Lacks Fun, Charm

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It’s possible, I suppose, that some children may find things to like about Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The animated feature about a time-traveling dog with a genius IQ and his human companion has even more than the recommended daily allowance of scatological humor and B.O. jokes for the …

‘Review’ Is Rated Hilarious

Saturday, March 8, 2014

“Life is all we have, but is it any good?” asks ultimate critic Forrest MacNeil in Comedy Central’s appealingly hilarious new series, Review. Instead of reviewing books, movies or — yeesh — TV shows, MacNeil (played by Andy …