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Friday, July 29, 2016

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By Jeff Simon » 12:15 PM

It’s not a good idea to pay too close attention to “Bad Moms.” It’s funnier if you don’t. Take the scene when our overtaxed suburban Mom Amy, after a long godawful day, takes refuge in a bar after quitting the PTA at her kids’ school. She and two brand new Mom friends at the bar then get thoroughly,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

JAZZ/ROCK Michael Shrieve, “Spellbinder” (Colorburst Soundfield). Michael Shrieve was 19 when he was the drummer for Carlos Santana’s legendary gig at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. “The crowd was so large that one would think you’d be scared to death. But we ended up playing in a real tight circle and... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

CLASSICAL Franz Liszt, “Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses” performed by pianist Roberto Plano (Decca, two discs). The problems that Liszt poses for listeners and critics too tightly constrained are scarcely less than those posed for performers of his most difficult works for piano, the “Transcendental... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

“Captain Fantastic” is the best new movie I’ve seen all year – by far. I wouldn’t miss it, if I were you.No, it is not a comic book superhero movie. It presents us with another kind of extreme American fantasy altogether – a large family of self-exiles from American society who live, as much as possible, off... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

“Captain Fantastic” is the best new movie I’ve seen all year – by far. I wouldn’t miss it, if I were you. No, it is not a comic book superhero movie. It presents us with another kind of extreme American fantasy altogether – a large family of self-exiles from American society who live, as much as possible,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

“Cafe Society” is such a sweetly satisfying and visually beautiful tale from 80-year-old Woody Allen that I feel terrible telling you how much greater a film might have been made that took its title seriously. There was a very real Cafe Society in Manhattan – a nightclub owned by Barney Josephson that opened in... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

There is a close up of 69-year-old Tommy Lee Jones in an early scene of “Jason Bourne” that made me laugh. At this stage of his life as a consummate character star, his face is one of the wonders of American cinema. In this particular close-up, it is a glowering mass of wrinkles, bumps, creases and blotches. The... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cafe Society, vintage music and music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (Sony Classical). The immortal aphorism by L.P. Hartley is “The past is another country; they do things differently there.” It’s what Woody Allen has so often counted on in the soundtracks to his movies. Even when he is using classic... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, July 23, 2016

O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor “Coming Home” (Rounder, released very early August) Fiddler Mark O’Connor was 12 when he first performed on the stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry. “I’ll always vividly remember Roy Acuff introducing me to the crowd,” he says now. When his family performed with him this... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, July 22, 2016

You can stop laughing at the Beastie Boys now – if you ever did, that is. Their song “Sabotage” saves the universe in the wittiest moment of “Star Trek Beyond.” I won’t tell you how “Sabotage” holds the universe together but when Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Paul” and “Hot Fuzz”) is one... Read More

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