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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 28, 2016

There is a scene in Laura Gabbert’s documentary “City of Gold” when Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold is accompanied to a favorite restaurant by the New Yorker’s famous humorist and food writer Calvin Trillin. Gold credits Trillin with being one of the earliest American writers to concentrate on the food... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bob Yari’s awkward but affecting film “Papa: Ernest Hemingway in Cuba” is the first Hollywood movie to be made in Cuba since the revolution. You’re actually seeing its actors disporting themselves at Ernest Hemingway’s estate Finca Vigia.The film is offered as first-person testimony by its scriptwriter to three... Read More

By Barbara Sullivan » Thursday, April 21, 2016

“A Hologram for the King” is a seemingly slight movie about some very hefty subjects. The United States’ image in the 21st century world. Its place in the global economy. The decline of its middle class. The feeling of impotence in many of its workers. The erosion of the American dream. Big topics. And yet,... Read More

By Dan Herbeck » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Now here is a preposterous movie idea for you. One night in December 1970, rock ’n’ roll superstar Elvis Presley sits alone in his Graceland mansion, watching three TV sets. Angered by images of hippies burning a draft card and protesting against the U.S. government, he grabs a revolver and blasts away at one of the... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Consider this cast list: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Deena Martin, Cole Hauser, Nicky Katt and, as an unbilled extra, Renee Zellweger. All of them were just starting out when they were in “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s much-loved movie... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 21, 2016

The ending of “Born to Be Blue” will break your heart.In one sense, it’s a happy ending. A triumph. The world is better off for what happens.In another, it’s a terrible personal tragedy. That’s why it will break your heart.Good for writer/director Robert Budreau. It’s the most impressive thing that he does and... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 21, 2016

One of the greatest jazz anecdotes I know is about Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Holiday listened as another musician bitterly denounced Armstrong in a concert performance as an “Uncle Tom.” Holiday didn’t disagree but added, with a world of profound understanding that annihilated all other judgment, “Louis... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, April 21, 2016

There is a moment midway through “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in which Chris Hemsworth’s burly, winking huntsman runs up a rock wall, does a wrestling-style backflip, grabs the horns of a CGI goblin, and breaks its digital neck. By the end of the film, you’ll feel like that poor goblin — manhandled, exhausted... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 21, 2016

If you’re open to such things, it boggles the mind how little most Western New Yorkers think about their close proximity to Niagara Falls. We spend years – decades even – at a time never thinking much about the falls until some exposure yet again reminds us of what a singular and stupendous site it is. There is a... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, April 14, 2016

It’s easy to feel jaded when it comes to CGI-heavy cinema, but every so often a film pushes the technical boundaries and succeeds. Case in point: Disney’s live-action reimagining of “The Jungle Book.” Jon Favreau’s family film is a roaring success, an entertaining, immersive and fun creation that may be a bit... Read More

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