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A revival of 'Annie' at the Hippodrome revives the musical's mildly revolutionary roots

A revival of 'Annie' at the Hippodrome revives the musical's mildly revolutionary roots

People get really attached to musicals. There’s something about show tunes—...

'Mr. Turner,' Mike Leigh's unsentimental, phlegmy J.M.W. Turner biopic

Joseph Mallord William Turner didn’t so much speak as cough...

'The Night of the Hunter,' a meandering parable of good vs. evil that helps us endure

In the opening moments of Charles Laughton’s meandering parable of good versus evil, we...

In 'Blackhat,' Thor trades Mjölnir for continental philosophy in Michael Mann's latest

We first encounter Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) in a maximum-security prison cell, where the...

'American Sniper': Gun-toting religious fanatic wages holy war in Clint Eastwood's old-fashioned, politically naive Chris Kyle biopic

A gun-toting religious fanatic waging a holy war. Sound familiar? Maybe when talking about the...

With 'Kiddie Flamingos' and the works in his exhibit 'Beverly Hills John,' John Waters adds new meaning to his iconic status

With 'Kiddie Flamingos' and the works in his exhibit 'Beverly Hills John,' John Waters adds new meaning to his iconic status

In 2015, it’s not easy to consider something “subversive.”...

Paul Thomas Anderson's atmospheric Thomas Pynchon adaptation 'Inherent Vice' is all pot smoke and mirrors

Paul Thomas Anderson's atmospheric Thomas Pynchon adaptation 'Inherent Vice' is all pot smoke and mirrors

In the loosey-goosey world of Paul Thomas Anderson’...

'Selma' brings a fresh perspective to MLK, the biopic, and counters Oscar-bait expectations

'Selma' brings a fresh perspective to MLK, the biopic, and counters Oscar-bait expectations

Around Oscar season, critics start telling you what you...

Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes: John Hughes at the Senator Theatre

Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes: John Hughes at the Senator Theatre

Ask your average Gen Y mutant to conjure a mental image...

'Foxcatcher' is a rigidly surreal masterpiece of sustained dread

'Foxcatcher' is a rigidly surreal masterpiece of sustained dread

"Foxcatcher," a viscous movie about the myth of American exceptionalism, really gets going when...

Save for a fearless Reese Witherspoon performance, 'Wild' loses the map

Save for a fearless Reese Witherspoon performance, 'Wild' loses the map

“Wild” begins with Cheryl...

'The Babadook' is like Roman Polanski's 'Repulsion' for moms

'The Babadook' is like Roman Polanski's 'Repulsion' for moms

Few ordinary aspects of life carry as much latent terror as being a parent....

Ridley Scott's baffling, biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Ridley Scott's baffling, biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Presumably, the creative itch to bring back the bygone...

'The Eric Andre Show,' Adult Swim's absurdist, punk-rock talk show, is unlike anything else on television

'The Eric Andre Show,' Adult Swim's absurdist, punk-rock talk show, is unlike anything else on television

Over the past decade, Adult Swim’s brand of weird has...

Clicking and Streaming: 'Love Is Strange' and 'Sword of Doom'

Clicking and Streaming: 'Love Is Strange' and 'Sword of Doom'

"Love Is Strange" Directed by Ira Sachs Currently available on DVD/Blu-Ray In most romances, no...

Clicking and Streaming: 'Safe'

Clicking and Streaming: 'Safe'

Modern life is killing Carol White (Julianne Moore). She wheezes. Her nose bleeds....

Clicking and Streaming: 'We Are The Best'

Clicking and Streaming: 'We Are The Best'

Socialist-Feminist-Christian filmmaker Lukas Moodysson fuels his work with a...

Clicking and Streaming: "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

Clicking and Streaming: "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

If you’ve spent a lifetime watching movies, you probably think you know...

Clicking and Streaming: "The Sacrament" and "Starred Up"

Clicking and Streaming: "The Sacrament" and "Starred Up"

A Vice magazine fashion photographer receives a letter from his troubled sister Caroline (Amy...

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' and 'Locke'

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' and 'Locke'

The Netflix original documentary "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" details the brief history of...

Gamer's Grammar: Thinking about video game violence in light of Charlie Hebdo and Boko Haram

Gamer's Grammar: Thinking about video game violence in light of Charlie Hebdo and Boko Haram

With the recent killings at Charlie Hebdo (12 dead) and the atrocities committed by...

Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

As a fiction writer, I am most interested in world-building. Last year, I was...

Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

It’s been a particularly troubling few months for...

Arcade Games Saved My Life

Arcade Games Saved My Life

Just a few pages into Michael Kimball’s “Galaga”...

Game On

Game On

From their basement headquarters inside a rowhouse on Eastern Avenue, developers at...

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