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Birds of a Feather

George Heymont | Posted 11.26.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Unless you include Davey (the parakeet who, during his brief tenure in our home, liked to walk across my omelets), my family's fascination with bird life has been more artistic and scientific than pet-oriented

When the War is Off-Screen: Movies That Show the Other Sides of War

Jon Eig | Posted 06.01.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

War is basically the perfect subject for a filmmaker. It is extremely visceral. It provides obvious action. Morality can be as opaque or as transparent as you like. War has been good to the film business.

Popcorn Preview: Kill Your Darlings

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Kill Your Darlings (2013) Cast includes: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series), Dane DeHaan (Lincoln), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jack Huston (O...

The Legendary Johnny Marr Looks Back and Ahead in Brooklyn

Salvatore Bono | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Salvatore Bono

In the final night of latest U.S. tour and the final night of two sold-out area shows, Johnny Marr and his band made their live debut in Brooklyn on Friday.

Movie review: Rampart

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having teamed up for the emotionally demanding The Messenger, filmmaker Oren Moverman and actor Woody Harrelson join forces again for Rampart, a seari...

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday 9.14.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the size of the Toronto Film Festival and the goals I have when I'm here (primarily to see movies that will be released so I can bank reviews fo...

Father's Book Survives Plane Crash, Son Opens Bookstore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Everyday could be your last day, accidents happen and it is kind of a wake up call to stop screwing around and stop talking about what you want to do...

HuffPost Review: The Dry Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Small, focused and moving, The Dry Land is part of a growing body of films about the fallout from the wrong-headed decision to wage a preemptive war on Iraq.

An Academy Conspiracy Against Foreign Films?

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Perhaps the Academy's thinking is, why give its imprimatur to important works of artistry that detract from stories for 14 year-olds with game-changing effects?

Free Flick Fridays: Song of Freedom

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

It's shocking, really, that there hasn't been a biopic of the legendary Paul Robeson as of yet. Much, much more than "the guy who sings "Ol' Man River" in Showboat," Robeson was a towering American figure and one of the few people who can accurately be called a Renaissance man.

President Obama's War Movie

Anthony Swofford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Swofford

Oren Moverman's directorial debut, The Messenger, is the first war movie of the Obama era. The movie is infused with an intellectualness and inclusiveness that would make our president proud.

Stealth Politics

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Of course movies have long been purveyors of political views. But there's a second, subtler brand of politics in films that peddle their presumptions so subtly you barely notice.

Oren Moverman delivers with The Messenger

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's referred to as "development hell" - that period between when a script is optioned and when it gets a green light - an endless series of notes, me...

The Divine Ben Foster as The Messenger

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Conventional wisdom in Hollywood has it that Iraq War-themed movies are fated to fizzle at the box office. The Messenger may deservedly break the hex.

Q&A: Actor Woody Harrelson Delivers The Messenger

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

The Messenger -- being released this weekend -- is a film in which Harrelson tests his mettle and shines. Is it Oscar-worthy? "I think I did an okay job," Harrelson says.

Woodstock Film Fest -- The Messenger

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play servicemen tasked to inform relatives of soldiers killed in action. For good reason, this is called the worst job in the Army.