All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Birdman — a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu

The spirit of Samuel Taylor Coleridge has to be invoked practically every minute Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” digitally projects on the screen. While Michael Keaton, in his best role of … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Fault in Our Stars — a movie by Josh Boone

Shailene Woodley has natural appeal. In at least three of her films — 2011’s “The Descendants,” last year’s “The Spectacular Now,” and the current “A Fault in Our Stars — … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chef — a movie by Jon Favreau

“Chef” has all the ingredients to be charmer, and it doesn’t disappoint. Although Jon Favreau’s movie raises questions about some aspects of its plot — A man whose comments and … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jersey Boys — a movie by Clint Eastwood

In dozens of speeches and articles, I’ve warned against comparing a movie to a play or either to a book. “The media, and the tools of expression needed to convey … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kill Your Darlings — a movie by John Krokidas

 On his first day at college at Columbia in 1944, Allen Ginsberg looks at a subway map showing the way from the university’s lower Harlem setting to Greenwich Village, a … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Captain Phillips — a movie by Paul Greengrass

Suspense and simmering menace pervade “Captain Phillips,” a movie about a cargo ship that is boarded by Somali pirates who take the title character hostage in the hope of scoring … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

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