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Entries by Michael Giltz from 11/2012

DVDs: Not Crazy About Mad Men, The Very Cool Peter Gunn, Goofy Carol Burnett And More

| Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

Here's a rundown of some terrific sets that came out just in the last two or three weeks. It's impossible to put them in order of preference: many of these are gems we've been waiting a long time for.

DVDs: And the Winner Is... Alfred Hitchcock by a Landslide!

| Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment

Here's one poll you can trust: whenever film buffs vote on the best directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock will score highly. If you're looking for a distraction on Election Day until the results are in, check out my reviews of a new boxed set of Hitch and other releases.

Theater: Annie Still Plucky; The Heiress Still Plain

| Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts

The reason this Annie is merely pleasant instead of joyful is the creative team led by generally dependable director James Lapine. The show has no momentum.

Theater: Ethan Hawke and Richard Nixon at Their Finest

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Entertainment

Going to see Ivanov was one of the first times I'd left my Long Island City neighborhood since the storm and despite an hour on the train and then walking 30 or so blocks to get there, it was very welcome indeed.

Theater: New Musical 'Giant' Has Big Ambitions...And Scores

| Posted 11.16.2012 | Entertainment

Giant is a wonderfully intimate and complex show, but it will fill up a Broadway stage with ease. You know the story from the novel by Edna Ferber or the somewhat leaden film best known for containing James Dean's final performance.

Theater: Porn Stars, Preachers, Pop Music and a Piano

| Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

Some things are indisputable. August Wilson is on the short list of America's greatest playwrights (along with Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee). And Signature Theatre has a special affinity for his work.

Theater: Holiday Treats Sound of Music and A Christmas Story

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts

It seems like almost every possible Christmas-themed show has already been turned into a holiday musical hoping to become an annual perennial on the road or in local community theater. Compared to Elf and The Grinch, A Christmas Story: The Musical feels positively charming.

DVD: Doctor Who Stumbles

| Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment
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Ever since Russell T. Davies brilliantly rebooted Doctor Who with a deadly serious Christopher Eccleston, we've been spoiled. But halfway through season seven, everyone seems exhausted. The Doctor deserves much better.

Theater: My Name Is Asher Lev Shines and Actor Brand Makes a Name for Himself

| Posted 11.28.2012 | Arts

My Name Is Asher Lev illuminates the struggle between religion and art, community and the individual, and a closed society and the wide world. It presents a string of theatrical veterans at their best and a seriously talented young artist, Ari Brand.

DVDs: Lawrence of Arabia Still Dazzles With Intelligence

| Posted 11.30.2012 | Entertainment

It was two in the morning and I just wanted to check out the picture and sound quality of this new restoration. Almost against my will, I was mesmerized once again by one of the most intelligent, complex and fascinating depictions of an historical figure on film.