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Movie Review: Cinderella Will Steal Your Heart and Then Some

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Magnificent! We all knew the story, yet director Kenneth Branagh still had the audience eager to see it unfold as witnessed by the applause at the end of this masterpiece. The regal sets, bizarre costumes and jaw dropping special effects make this fairy tale almost a reality.

Aisle View: Suicide Is Painless

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.12.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Joey Slotnick, in the present production, does better as Semyonovich. Even so, the 2007 London production of Dying for It apparently got an enormous lift from the actor in the role, which does not happen here.

A Few Questions for My British Friends

John Blumenthal | Posted 09.27.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Fox hunting. Why is that fun? I don't get it. The hounds do all the work. Why do they need you?

Ian McKellen Gets 'Vicious'

Posted 04.30.2013 | TV

Sir Ian McKellen's new sitcom, "Vicious," debuted to 5.7 million viewers on ITV in the UK, according to Deadline. The sitcom, written by "Family Gu...

Marilyn Monroe: Still Dead. Still Selling. How Come?

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

Marilyn Monroe lives on as the last of an archetype we cling to from our innocent past but is now gone forever -- or until a future generation invents her again.

Anonymous and the Marlowe Conspiracy

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Hoyt Hilsman

I am partial to the Christopher Marlowe authorship school, not because of any factual basis, but because I think it makes the best story. If you're going for fictional intrigue, I say, choose the best fiction.

Movie Review: Anonymous

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sprawling, bloody, romantic and witty, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (opening Friday 10/28/11) captures the magic of the theater, even as it folds in th...

HuffPost Review: Ironclad

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it comes to stories that bear transposition to varying eras and settings, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) seems a prime example of a plot t...

Birthday Tribute: Albert Finney's Finest

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Finney cares a great deal about his work, but very little about publicity. Nominated five times for an Oscar, he has never once attended the ceremony.

Stage Door: King Lear

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.15.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Set on a bare stage at BAM's Harvey Theater, King Lear, as directed by Michael Grandage, is a straightforward, accessible production of the popular Shakespeare play.

Thoughts on The King's Speech, and Other Royal Entries

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Notwithstanding Colin Firth's astonishing performance, the film's genius lies in its being decidedly old-fashioned. Here is a sampling of my favorite titles which concern the venerable throne of England.