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Michael Giltz is an award-winning freelance writer based in New York. He covers all areas of entertainment, including movies, music, books, theater, TV and DVD. Giltz also writes about politics, sports and religion. He is the creator of the website BookFilter, a book lover's best friend. Giltz cohosts Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly podcast on the entertainment industry from an insider's perspective; it can be found on iTunes. Giltz has written extensively for the New York Daily News, New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, Out magazine and New York magazine. Other publications he's written for include the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Weekly Standard, Disney's Adventures, and others. Giltz was also a frequent contributor to the political site Americablog in its early days. As an expert on pop culture, politics, and gay issues, Giltz has appeared on MSNBC, nationally syndicated radio programs, Sirius satellite radio (both the sports and gay channels), NPR in Boston, and French, German and Basque television.

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DVDs: Zootopia Zings; Sinatra Sings; Damon Stings

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 9:25 PM

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ZOOTOPIA ($39.99 BluRay; Disney)

One of the best movies of the year. Zootopia plays like a long-lost follow-up to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a noir-cartoon (without the combo of live-action and animation that made the original so distinctive.) A young bunny rabbit...

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Theater: The Spoils Of 'War;' Cirque vs. Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 11:07 AM

WAR ** out of ****
PARAMOUR * 1/2 out of ****


WAR ** out of ****
LCT3


Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins delivered An Octoroon, one of my favorite theatrical experiences of recent years, a show bursting with...

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DVDs: Chris Pine's "Finest Hours" (So Far), Savvy Horror Flick "The Witch" And The Overlooked "Cop Rock"

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 11:52 PM

The summer has been a little slow in terms of DVD/BluRay releases. But this time we can watch Chris Pine become a star, Zac Efron continue to become an actor and the infamous/cult favorite TV show Cop Rock finally get its due.

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Theater: Gillian Anderson Takes A Whirl On "Streetcar;" Modest "Tuck"

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 4:56 PM

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE *** out of ****
TUCK EVERLASTING ** out of ****


A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE *** out of ****
ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE

"Did she jump or was she pushed?"
-- Richard and Linda...

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Theater: Slight Yet "Fully Committed;" Pretty Solid "Long Day's"

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 1:15 AM

FULLY COMMITTED ** out of ****
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT ** 1/2 out of ****


FULLY COMMITTED ** out of ****
LYCEUM THEATRE


Becky Mode's very successful one-person show Fully Committed is very familiar. In...

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Theater: "Psycho" Not So Killer; Sweet "Waitress"

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:24 AM

AMERICAN PSYCHO ** out of ****
WAITRESS ** 1/2 out of ****


AMERICAN PSYCHO ** out of ****
GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE

It's almost quaint to remember the furor that greeted Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho when it...

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DVDs: DiCaprio's Triumph; Jackie Robinson's Legacy; A Great Agatha Christie Miniseries And That "Star Wars" Remake (I Mean, Reboot)

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 6:52 PM

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THE REVENANT ($39.99 BluRay; 20th Century Fox)
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ($39.99 BluRay combo; Walt Disney Studios)

Two movies widely recognized as critical and popular successes...and all I can do is harrumph. I read...

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Theater: Frank Langella Unforgettable In Forgettable Play

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 5:03 PM

THE FATHER ** out of ****
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

"And I can't forget, I can't forget
I can't forget but I don't remember what"
-- Leonard Cohen

What must it be like to struggle with dementia, to...

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Theater: F. Murray Abraham Anchors "Nathan The Wise"

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 6:46 PM

NATHAN THE WISE** 1/2 out of ****
CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY

This warm-hearted story about religious tolerance has the shape of a Shakespearean romance, the insight of a Michael Frayn drama and the soul of a fairy tale. Director Brian Kulick hasn't quite woven all these...

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Theater: The RSC Comes To BAM With The Epic Presentation "King And Country"

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 8:47 PM

KING AND COUNTRY: SHAKESPEARE'S GREAT CYCLE OF KINGS *** out of ****
BAM

David Tennant (that's Doctor Who, to the groundlings) as Richard II! The great Antony Sher tackling Falstaff! The young upstart Alex Hassell as Henry V! Yes, it's the Henriad or perhaps half...

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BookFilter: Bishop John Shelby Spong Takes On Biblical Literalism In His Latest Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:41 PM

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BIBLICAL LITERALISM: A GENTILE HERESY
By John Shelby Spong
$26.99 (hardcover); HarperOne

He's not done yet.

After a lifetime of struggle, a lifetime of fighting for justice for women and people of color and...

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Theater: "The Big Chill" Plus Ghosts Equals Anne Washburn's Latest

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:55 AM

ANTLIA PNEUMATICA ** 1/2 out of ****
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON

I've never attended a terribly exciting funeral, but then I'm the sort of person who also skips high school reunions. Or maybe enough of my friends haven't died yet. In any case, the death of someone...

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Theater: Ben Whishaw's 'Crucible' Boils Over, Steve Martin's 'Bright Star' Dims, Sweet 'She Loves Me'

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 8:18 PM

THE CRUCIBLE *** out of ****
BRIGHT STAR ** out of ****
SHE LOVES ME *** out of ****

THE CRUCIBLE *** out of ****
WALTER KERR THEATRE


Arthur Miller's The Crucible is a...

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DVDs: Tarantino's Dip, 'Archer' On Top, A Bunch of Movies And 'Freaks And Geeks' Like Never Before

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:53 AM

A new western and a forgotten western series that endured almost as long as Gunsmoke, two shamefully ignored TV shows, a film classic from Taiwan and a film curio from the 1970s, some arty fare, some movies that hit and some that missed...and one of the greatest TV shows of...

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Theater: Phylicia Rashad's Arms Long Enough To Box With God; Broadway By The Year A Knock Out

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 12:39 AM

HEAD OF PASSES ** 1/2 out of ****
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: THE 1950s *** 1/2 out of ****


HEAD OF PASSES ** 1/2 out of ****
THE PUBLIC THEATER

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is on the...

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Theater: Claire Danes In "Dry Powder" Ignites (Small) Explosion

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 6:13 PM

DRY POWDER ** 1/2 out of ****
PUBLIC THEATER

I'm going to short Dry Powder, the generally amusing new play by Sarah Burgess about Wall Street. It's strongly acted, fluidly directed, impeccably designed...and a little disappointing. Anyone with tickets to this sold out show will...

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Theater: A Love Drug On Trial In "The Effect"

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 10:54 PM

THE EFFECT ** ½ out of ****
BARROW STREET THEATRE

Scientific experiments that fail to produce the expected result are not "failures." They provide information and feedback and insight; they have value. So it is with an interesting but flawed play. The Effect is a...

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DVDs: "The Tribe," One of the Best Movies of 2015; Plus "Carol," "Creed," The Big Short" And More

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 6:23 PM

The Oscars are over, but you still don't know what the best movies of 2015 really are. Why? One, you probably haven't watched a lot of the smaller, critically acclaimed films yet that are vying for that honor but flying under the radar. Two, you haven't read up on the...

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Theater: Bluegrass 'Robber,' Lonergan's Return, 'Blackbird' Revival, 'Disaster' Is

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 5:29 PM

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM *** out of ****
HOLD ON TO ME DARLING *** out of ****
BLACKBIRD ** 1/2 out of ****
DISASTER! * out of ****


THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM out of ****

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Theater: 'Boy' Declares Its Authentic Self -- A Great Play

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 11:00 PM

BOY **** out of ****
KEEN COMPANY AT THEATER ROW

Actor Bobby Steggert just turned 35 this month and what a gift to himself: to be performing in a new play as good and bold and moving as Boy. It's hard to imagine another actor...

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