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American theatre still has a long way to go when it comes to the preservation and dissemination of stage productions. While the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center has been archiving productions for decades, the tapes are meant to be merely for …Read more

Michael John LaChiusa’s complex, layered scores have always been cinematic. Perhaps because he has little regard for the notion that songs should follow a straight line from point A to point B, or perhaps because his melodies have the intensity of ea …Read more

  Whether playing an a cappella sensation on Glee, an aspiring actor in The Canyons, or a rock star in Bye Bye Birdie, Nolan Gerard Funk knows how to deliver the vocals and the star presence to go with them. In the film adaptation of Michael Joh …Read more

The popcorn was popping and all the West Side was abuzz when the red carpet was rolled out at Cinépolis Chelsea on November 6th, for the world premiere of Hello Again, the long-awaited SPEAKproductions film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s celeb …Read more

Recall in everyday life those three seconds of rage after something goes wrong before one decides on a response. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri occupies and amplifies that crucial moment of turbulence, what comes before and after, and how …Read more

Continuing our tradition from last year we are focusing on documentaries that highlight humanity’s power to create, dream, and develop empathy. As has become the norm, DOC NYC will once again showcase over one hundred documentaries from all over the …Read more

Hello, Again revels in its eccentricity, it’s the type of movie that makes a world where musicals are a popular genre seem plausible. The idea that this small, Off-Broadway chamber musical was getting adapted to the big screen made me incredulous whe …Read more

Even though French actor Lambert Wilson is known for his indelible performances in films by Alain Resnais, Raul Ruiz and The Wachowskis among others, his career as an accomplished stage performer and singer is less known outside of France. Not only h …Read more

Ferenc Török’s 1945 takes place in the title year, a time when peace had allegedly come back into the world following the horrors of WWII, but in a small Hungarian village on the brink of falling into Communism, the peace came accompanied by ghosts o …Read more

It was with great interest that I attended BiView: Bisexual Representation in Media at this year’s NewFest: The NYC LGBT Film Festival. The panel was moderated by Eliel Cruz, a vocal activist who was well prepared with questions that evoked a central …Read more

Those who enjoy roughing it may not be suited to the hotel and pool package vacation, but it’s not such a bad place to lay the holiday head when compared with the monkey dining, snake flinging, forehead-full-of-worms tribulations of Jungle. Getting a …Read more

Towards the beginning of Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning movie The Square, our hero, a dashing curator called Christian (Claes Bang), finds himself in the middle of a hysterical domestic dispute. After he and another bystander instinctively shield …Read more

As Carol, Todd Haynes’ period drama from 2015, proved heartbreakingly tender and adult, so Wonderstruck is a film so thoroughly lobbed at the juvenile. To call it a children’s picture though would be unfair and to overlook its immediate and cinematic …Read more

To emerge from a movie and compliment its cinematography is either an admission that in lieu of any meaningful insight, the speaker is vain enough to attempt a weak assertion of technical knowledge, or, it can serve as a dig in the Aretha Franklin sc …Read more

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