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‘Jack’ Flawed but Worth Knowing

‘Jack’ Flawed but Worth Knowing

BY PUMA PERL | “King Jack,” the debut of writer and director Felix Thompson, takes place in the sort of depressed, rural town that nobody escapes. Everybody drinks, everybody smokes, few families are intact, and there is nothing to do. People barge into one another’s houses and lives. Violence is prevalent, even expected. The lives […]

Two Sure Things, Sight Unseen

Two Sure Things, Sight Unseen

“GRANDMA” Take the well-traveled but reliable road trip formula, place Lily Tomlin behind the wheel of a vintage Dodge, put Paul Weitz in the director’s chair and charge him with helping his own screenplay. That’s reason enough for us to place this comedy-drama at the top of our sight unseen, must-see list. Tomlin — who excels […]

It’s The New Preview Revue

It’s The New Preview Revue

THE WOLFPACK Synopsis: Everything the Angulo brothers know about the outside world they learned from obsessively watching movies. Shut away from bustling New York City by their overprotective father, they cope with their isolation by diligently re-enacting their favorite films. When one of the brothers escapes, the world as they know it will be transformed. […]

Black and White and Deep All Over

Black and White and Deep All Over

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A satisfying mix of documentary-style interviews, contemporary scenes, childhood flashbacks and music by local artists, this St. Louis-set film is as sharp and compelling as its two-color palette. Writer, producer, editor and director Michael J. Larnell juggles a multitude of obligations with far more success than his onscreen alter egos…or so […]

‘Lampoon’ is a Seriously Good Comedy Lesson

BY SEAN EGAN  |  While not everyone can claim intimate familiarity with the early work of National Lampoon, the highly influential magazine’s distinctive brand of humor and ideology is certainly still felt today. The Lampoon and its alumnus successfully reached their tendrils into almost every medium of entertainment, making the publication ground zero for modern […]

Different People in a Common Pursuit

Different People in a Common Pursuit

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  |  In March of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new, alarming statistic. In the United States, one in every 68 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. That is nearly twice as many as reported in 2000. Current studies question whether autism is an unfortunate bi-product […]

Two Cults, One Night: RiffTrax Lampoons ‘The Room’

Two Cults, One Night: RiffTrax Lampoons ‘The Room’

BY SEAN EGAN |  Mike Nelson and Tommy Wiseau are men intimately familiar with devoted cult followings — the former for aiming his wry comedic voice at cinematic detritus, and the latter for being the multi-hyphenate behind one of the most notorious “bad movies” of all time. On April 17, their sensibilities will collide at […]

Whitney Museum Thinks Globally, Hires Locally

Whitney Museum Thinks Globally, Hires Locally

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  The hard hats are putting finishing touches on the steps facing West and Gansevoort Sts. With one month to go, the Whitney Museum still looks like an in-progress construction site, but not for long. May 1 is the opening date for the Whitney’s relocation from its Upper East Side address to […]

Shakespeare Springing Up All Over

Shakespeare Springing Up All Over

BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  HARD SPARKS:  “R & J & Z”  Talk about love among the ruins. With the Black Death in full swing, a scrappy playwright by the name of William Shakespeare penned “Romeo and Juliet” — in which two kids from warring clans fall hard for each other then promptly drop dead. […]

Squatters Live in ‘Kill City’

Squatters Live in ‘Kill City’

BY NORMAN BORDEN   |  “Kill City” is literally the inside story about a group of people — mostly teenagers and twentysomethings — who needed a place to live and created a community of “squats” on the Lower East Side. When photographer and School of Visual Arts student Ash Thayer found herself on the verge […]

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