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First Nighter: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Has Her Way at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When in 1934 Dmitri Shostakovich, not yet 30, composed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, he provided music for all sorts of special occasions.

Movie Review: In Secret

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Charlie Stratton's In Secret is based on Emile Zola's Therese Raquin -- but were it set in a different time period, it could have been a film noir like Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Two Indian Indie Gems: The Blue Tower and Third Person Singular Number

George Heymont | Posted 08.30.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Smita Bidhe has achieved a remarkable success in crafting a film that draws the viewer into a horrible domestic situation, breaks down any resistance, and tells her story in lurid, graphic, and uncompromising detail.

Happy Birthday, You Hot, Genius Piece of Work

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

2010-03-05-garf.jpg I've not delved into that simmering, masculine menace of charm and vulnerability -- the actor John Garfield -- nearly enough.

Kanye West's Full-Length Video Music Awards (VMA) Speech Revealed

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

Even though Kanye West did successfully interrupt Taylor Swift's modest and grateful acceptance speech, he later admitted that he actually had a full-length speech that he unfortunately did not have enough time to give.

Holden Caulfield at 60? No Way, Says J. D. Salinger

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Finkle

Salinger might be better off taking the view of James M. Cain, the author of several hot 1940s chart items. Cain, asked once how he felt about what Hollywood had done to his books, said, "Hollywood hasn't done anything to my books. There they all are, up on the shelf."