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Entries by Michael Giltz from 02/2013

DVDs: Downton Abbey Fans Better Brace Themselves

| Posted 02.01.2013 | Entertainment

This week I cover the new season of Downton Abbey (without any spoilers), some new releases including Adam Sandler's biggest hit in years, another excellent Criterion release, a John Ford gem and a round-up of (mostly) British TV. Enjoy.

Theater: Women Of Will and Shakespeare's Feminine Mystique

| Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts

If Women of Will were a lecture rather than a piece of theater, it would certainly be the best bit of acting in a classroom setting. But as it is, this look at the female characters of William Shakespeare and how they chart his growth as an artist is deeply frustrating.

Music: Richard Thompson's Electrifying New Tour and Album

| Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment

You know it's a good album when a concert includes seven new songs and you wish he'd played more of them. You know it's a good show when your only complaint is that it ended.

DVDs: Denzel Takes Flight; and The REAL House of Cards!

| Posted 02.07.2013 | Entertainment
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Here's this week's roundup of top releases, including Oscar nominee Denzel Washington (one of Hollywood's most bankable stars), Disney's beloved take on Peter Pan, the original House Of Cards and more. Enjoy.

Music: Grammys Preview -- The Fifty Best Albums Of 2012

| Posted 02.08.2013 | Entertainment

The Grammys are Sunday night on CBS and it looks to be one of the tightest races in many a moon for Album Of The Year and other top categories. My mon...

Theater: Timing Is Right For David Ives; Isaac's Eye Is Piercing

| Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts

If you don't think a debate about whether light behaves like a particle or a wave can make for good theater, then you've never seen gripping, brilliant plays of ideas like Michael Frayn's Copenhagen or David Ives' New Jerusalem.

Theater: 'Bunnicula' Sings; 'Mnemonist' Forgettable

| Posted 02.14.2013 | Entertainment

Bunnicula the novel led to a string of sequels and still sells well. If this harmless musical enjoys a long life, it will strictly be due to the warm feelings for Howe's original work.

DVDs: Skyfall, Argo and Other Oscar Hopefuls Ready to Watch

| Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment

The problem, unfortunately, is with the casting and the sprawling nature of the novel which doesn't condense well into a film. This same team making a ten-hour miniseries would unquestionably produce a better work. But for me Keira Knightley and especially Aaron Taylor-Johnson are not right.

Theater: 'Much Ado?' Really. 'Really Really?' Not Really.

| Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts

One of Shakespeare's most frustrating plays, Much Ado About Nothing features young lovers you don't really want to see get together. But if you've got a battling Beatrice and Benedick, the night is sure to be rescued. That's certainly the case with this new production.

Movies: Oscar Preview -- Your Winning Oscar Ballot Is Here!

| Posted 02.22.2013 | Entertainment

If you want to win big at your Oscar party and pick the winners of the Academy Awards, I have one simple piece of advice: don't watch any of the movies.

Music: The Mavericks' Triumphant Return on Stage & In Studio

| Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment

Frank Sinatra always insisted he was just a saloon singer. In the same way, the Mavericks always pride themselves on being a bar band, albeit the best bar band this side of E Street.

Theater: Edie Falco Checks Out in The Madrid; Wild Bride Checks In at St. Ann's Warehouse

| Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts

Once, the mere act of a woman slamming the door on her marriage could be a seismic event in the theater. Today, tell someone that a play is about a woman who abruptly leaves her husband and adult daughter to live alone and the response would be, "And...?"

DVDs: Masterful The Master, How to Survive a Plague and Hidden TV Gem Garrow's Law

| Posted 02.28.2013 | Entertainment

One of the best films of the year, it's almost a shame to see The Master in your home rather than in gorgeous 70mm in a movie theater.