Film Review: “Man of Steel”

I don’t pay a lot of attention to press kit material, but a quote from director Zack Snyder in the Man of Steel notes bears repeating. “We knew the action had to be bigger than big, with heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thrills. We ...

Exit Lines: It’s Tony Time

Face facts–Broadway, the fabulous invalid, didn’t have a fabulous 2012-2013 season. The second, post-Christmas half improved markedly, in part because it’s couldn’t get any duller. About all I recall a scant half-year later are the stunning revivals of Golden Boy and ...

No Concessions: Memorial Day Movies

A Hollywood summer that blasted off with Iron Man 3 reaches an apex this holiday weekend. I’ve seen 2/3 of the product (err, films) so let’s go to the movies.

This is the time of the year for epic visions, ...

Exit Lines: The Drama Desk Awards

The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held Sunday night. I was there in spirit, as my group (which at long last has a viable website), celebrated the best in New York theatre on, Off, and Off Off Broadway in ...

Spinning Discs: Great Escapes

I begin what I hope will be a weekly trot through new, current, and archival Blu-ray and DVD releases with a fifty-year-old favorite, The Great Escape, which has made it to BD. Not, it must be said, in sterling shape; ...

Film Review: “The Great Gatsby”

There will be no hating on The Great Gatsby from this corner. The knives have been out since late last year, when it was bumped from a Christmas release to today, always a suspicious, what are they hiding, move–but, really, ...

Film Review: “Iron Man 3″

With Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, and Pacific Rim all due it’s a promising summer for sci-fi and superhero spectacles. First out of the gate is Iron Man 3, which, for me, had the air of a false start. ...

Film Review: “Mud”

With Shotgun Stories (2007) and Take Shelter (2011), 34-year-old Jeff Nichols has established himself as a leading voice of independent cinema in this country, and Mud gives us another compelling reason to listen. The filmmaker, who hails from Little Rock, AR, sticks ...

Film Review: “To The Wonder”

Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder was the last film Roger Ebert reviewed. I don’t know if it was the last film he saw, but it is an appropriate movie to go out on. It’s full of ethereal imagery of Oklahoma fields ...

No Concessions: The Lineup

Ah, spring break. Remember those magical weeks of cheap drugs, plentiful booze, and abundant sex? Well, I don’t; in college 30 (sigh) years ago I’d fly from thawing Chicago to somewhat less frigid New Jersey and home, usually with course-related reading material ...

Exit Lines: “Ann”

“Do you like one-person shows?” I was asked before I became an awards nominator for the Drama Desk a few years back. Well, sure; Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore (Barrymore), Mary Louise Wilson as Diana Vreeland (Full Gallop), and Sian Phillips ...

DVD/Blu-ray Review: “B” is for “Blob”

Here in the Northeast, spring has been in the air–and out of it, too. So it’s still a good time to stay in, draw from the new release pile, and write some capsule reviews. Look forward to more in the coming weeks. ...

Book Review: “Love for Sale”

I’ve known Cliff Thompson for years. We both contribute to Cineaste magazine, and you can read his typically thought-provoking review of Django Unchained in the spring issue, which is available now. But I didn’t really know Cliff until I read

Film Review: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

First, that title. Based on Jack and the Beanstalk, the movie was originally called Jack the Giant Killer (the title of a nominally related fantasy from 1962). Marketing decided that was too harsh, so it was changed. If I were to ...

Exit Lines: The Ethan Hawke Experience

As a film actor, Ethan Hawke has never much excited me, and I’ll take it on faith that I wouldn’t much care for his novels or self-directed indie movies, either. But a guy who works as hard as he does is ...

Blu-ray Review: “Cabaret”

What’s the best picture not to have won Best Picture at the Oscars? The Heiress (1949) and Brokeback Mountain (2005) sprang immediately to mind; via Twitter, critic Edward Copeland mentioned Citizen Kane (1941) and The Social Network (2010). Cabaret (1972) is ...

Exit Lines: “Golden Boy”

The bad news: It’s been a weak season for new plays on Broadway. The good news: There are some worthwhile revivals. The worst  news: My very favorite, a 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, closes tomorrow ...

No Concessions: Oscar Nominations

And here they are. And here I am, back with that promised “more commentary.” In a spread-the-wealth category that showed more love to, say, The Master and less love to Argo than I would have expected, my gut ...

Exit Lines: “Glengarry Glen Ross”

How successful is the Glengarry Glen Ross revival? So successful that I, long-time theatre scribe and member of the prestigious Drama Desk, was seated in the mezzanine for my press performance. Oh, the indignity, to be plopped in ...

Film Review: “Les Misérables”

True confession: This musicals buff has never seen Les Misérables onstage. Well, not entirely, anyway. Years ago, when it was still on Broadway (its 1987-2003 run was the fourth longest of any show, behind The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, ...

No Concessions: A Rant of My Own

In 2009 I was asked to contribute reviews to a book celebrating the National Film Registry. I was pleased, and indeed honored, to submit entries for Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), King Kong (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), ...

Trailers for the End of the World

Coming very soon…previews of the apocalypse, from off the top of my end (there’s just no time to think)…feel free to add your favorites, if you have the opportunity for anything besides basic survival

Exit Lines: Popdose Goes To The Theatre

Amidst the 2012-2013 theatre season in New York comes a new column about the scene, long overdue. And Dw Dunphy, at least, is happy about it–he created this delightful graphic for it somewhere toward the end of the 2011-2012 one, and ...

No Concessions: Fall Report Card

With my preschooler in the clear from her teachers (except for the swearing) I feel it’s time to evaluate the crop of current releases. From a business perspective, it’s a solid A out there, given a robust Thanksgiving season. That will ...

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

“Fuck you, Sting!” You hear that, or sentiments approximating it, in Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, a new documentary drawn from guitarist Andy Summers’ acclaimed autobiography One Train Later. And Popdose heard it straight from Summers himself as he ...