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Chelsea's Legendary Alan's Alley Video Reopens... Here's Why It Matters

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Christopher Lee Nutter

Alan's Alley is more than a store -- it's a real New York experience, and a precious Chelsea treasure. If you are a New Yorker -- and especially if you live downtown -- here's why you should drop by the new location.

Pete Seeger Passes

John Farr | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Seeger's influence can be seen in movies and television throughout his almost seven-decade career as a musician, and will likely continue on for countless more generations of cinema. You'll find his music in great movies from our database, in titles as varied as Malcolm X, The Damned United, and Temple Grandin.

This Week, Don't Forget the Side Dishes: Giving Thanks For Actor Ed Harris

John Farr | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

This Turkey Day happens to land on a criminally and perennially underappreciated actor's birthday: Ed Harris. Main course or side dish, first billing or second fiddle, Ed Harris is a truly gifted actor deserving of more recognition. So let's give it to him.

The Best Movies About Time Travel, and Why About Time Isn't One of Them

John Farr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Movies that somehow play with the manipulation of time are surprisingly plentiful, as they tap into a fundamental fantasy we all share. It really is not worth trekking out to catch About Time. Here then are a few time-travel films worth staying home for.

Catherine Deneuve at 70 -- Still as Cool as They Come

John Farr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Sure, I'm tough on movies, but sometimes I'm just another gushing, adoring fan. Such is the case with actress Catherine Deneuve, the stunning French actress who turns 70 today. Why do I love her so? Let me count the ways.

The Thin Man and More: The Best William Powell Movies

John Farr | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This actor, who'd earn screen immortality playing detective Nick Charles in 1934's The Thin Man, is someone I'd watch in most anything. What set him apart?

Ron Howard's Rush Lives Up to Its Title

John Farr | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The much anticipated Rush, Ron Howard's first film since the embarrassing comedy The Dilemma (2011), shows a return to decent form, and again demonstrates why the former child actor remains one of Hollywood's most bankable directors.

Blue Jasmine, and Sixteen Other Top Films About Losing Your Mind

John Farr | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For the most part, I've avoided the psycho killer sub-genre as that would merit its own piece. Instead, I've focused on films that betray mental illness in somewhat subtler, but no less striking, ways.

For Mick Jagger's 70th Birthday, The Ten Best Rock Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

You, Sir Mick Jagger, are turning 70 tomorrow, which -- to use the rock vernacular -- blows my mind. To mark your milestone, I'm picking my favorite movies with rock 'n' roll themes.

On His Birthday, Giving Thanks for Hanks

John Farr | Posted 09.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

When his many legions of fans consider his success, I'm certain there's a consistent thought running through their heads: it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Happy Birthday, Tom. Now, here's my personal Hanks list.

11 Essential New York City Movies

John Farr | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's a point of pride that no other city has so many good movies set in it as New York. Even a cursory Google search yields literally hundreds of titles shot here.

Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I started thinking about the key role costume design plays in making a classic period film work. My top 10 picks stand as great films on their own, but in each case, the stunning costume work really adds to the impact.

For St. Patrick's Day, the Best Drinking Movies Ever Made

John Farr | Posted 05.16.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I love St. Patrick's Day. It's so inclusive. By that I mean that though it's a bona fide religious holiday, you don't need to be particularly pious to enjoy it. Wishing everyone a safe and (reasonably) responsible holiday, I present my own candidates for the top drinking movies of all time.

In Memory of Ray Bradbury, the 10 Best Science Fiction Films

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As Ray Bradbury understood, we humans are innately fascinated by the unknown and by what may lie in the future. With contemporary society in the state it's in, the idea of aliens, time warps and alternate realities can seem downright appealing -- a welcome escape. These ten features provide all that, and more.

Genius Uncovered: The Film Legacy of Howard Hawks

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Over a forty-plus year career, it's astonishing that this brilliant director was Oscar-nominated only once. As I've often said, sometimes the Academy gets it wrong. This was one of those times.

On His 75th Birthday, The Best Jack Nicholson Movies of All Time

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It does not seem quite possible that Jack Nicholson could be turning 75 today. He seems ageless, particularly when you revisit his best films. And that's just what we should all do to mark the occasion.

The Ten Greatest From Great Britain

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

After screening Criterion's new DVD set, "David Lean Directs Noel Coward," I resolved to compile my own top ten, "desert island" list of British films across the decades.

When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

Clark Gable: King of Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we kick off Oscar month tomorrow, we also honor the birthday of Clark Gable, who picked up a statuette at the seventh Academy Awards ceremony in 1935.

For Black History Month, Ten Key Films on the African-American Experience

John Farr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.

Actor's Actor: A Birthday Salute to Robert Duvall

John Farr | Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Duvall can look back with pride on a rich and colorful life, and his contributions to film should never be underestimated, as the following ten titles demonstrate.

DVDs Worth Owning - and Giving - for Christmas

John Farr | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I just know many of you out there are scrambling to catch up on your holiday gift giving. This article's for you.

Kirk Douglas Turns 95!

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Should we call him "Spartacus"? Or "Champion"? Both names certainly fit the man. Kirk Douglas turns 95 tomorrow, and he is still very much with us.

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

Inspiration Over Perspiration: The Best Almodovar by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

A tale of a scientist who exacts a most unusual form of revenge on the young man that victimized his daughter, The Skin I Live In is gorgeously shot, paced, and acted.