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Film about rare disease to premiere at Ballston Spa Film Festival

Film about rare disease to premiere at Ballston Spa Film Festival

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
The 12-minute film, “Menkes Disease: Finding Help & Hope,” will have its U.S. premiere at the festival and is narrated by actress Mary McDonnell.
 
‘Vatican Tapes’ a sorry shadow of ‘The Exorcist’

‘Vatican Tapes’ a sorry shadow of ‘The Exorcist’

Thursday, July 30, 2015
“The Vatican Tapes” uses found footage as an aesthetic motif, borrowing from cell-phones, security cameras and archival footage to build both its style and storytelling technique.
 
 Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ’MI’ flick

Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ’MI’ flick

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tom Cruise and his Ethan Hunt are, if anything, getting more fun to watch. And they make “Rogue Nation” not merely a serviceable summer flick, but an entertainment well worth your inflated ticket price.
 
Uninspired ‘Vacation’ remake a pointless journey

Uninspired ‘Vacation’ remake a pointless journey

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
If there were a 10th circle in Dante’s vision of Hell it would be reserved for movies like “Vacation.”
 
Inside Jane Fonda: Learning, studying keeps you young

Inside Jane Fonda: Learning, studying keeps you young

Friday, July 24, 2015
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda is not a stranger to controversy or compliments.
 

Mystery helps update formula movie about high-school miracles

Friday, July 24, 2015
There’s something incredibly satisfying about a well-executed high-school film that hits all the right John Hughes-inspired sweet spots.
 
Knockout performance by Gyllenhaal in 'Southpaw'

Knockout performance by Gyllenhaal in 'Southpaw'

Friday, July 24, 2015
Anyone who has ever seen a glimpse of a sports movie can suss out where the boxing drama “Southpaw” is headed well before the final bell. Boy grabs brass ring, boy loses brass ring, boy tears soul and sinew trying to get it back.
 

Video game players called to save world from unlikely foes

Friday, July 24, 2015
Earth is being attacked by extraterrestrial life in the form of 1980s arcade games in "Pixels."
 
Ian McKellen: ‘I’m just the lucky one’

Ian McKellen: ‘I’m just the lucky one’

Saturday, July 18, 2015
People expect delightful things from Ian McKellen, the English stage and screen great. He saw his first payday at age 3, stepped onto his first stage at 6 and, since his professional debut in 1961 at age 22, has never been out of work.
 
'Ant-Man' bogs down with Rudd a poor choice for starring role

'Ant-Man' bogs down with Rudd a poor choice for starring role

Friday, July 17, 2015
The latest entry into the ever growing world of comic book-inspired movies features one of the smallest heroes in the Marvel Universe. Paul Rudd plays an ex-con recruited to slip into a special suit to become Ant-Man.
 
Schumer, Hader shine in bawdy comedy ‘Trainwreck’

Schumer, Hader shine in bawdy comedy ‘Trainwreck’

Friday, July 17, 2015
Thank goodness for Amy Schumer, the paradigm-busting, enfant terrible who’s there to snap us out of our malaise with one rowdy gal: Amy.
 
McKellen plays a Sherlock we’ve never seen before

McKellen plays a Sherlock we’ve never seen before

Friday, July 17, 2015
With Robert Downey Jr. making him a skull-cracking action hero on the big screen and Benedict Cumberbatch making him a high-functioning sociopath on TV, what sort of Sherlock Holmes yarn can add fresh story material?
 
Tight and hip, Lone Bellow rides the American roots wave
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Tight and hip, Lone Bellow rides the American roots wave

Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Lone Bellow shows it's on track to lead the growth of American roots music with a strong show at The Egg.
 
Omar Sharif, of "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia," dies

Omar Sharif, of "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia," dies

Friday, July 10, 2015
In "Lawrence of Arabia," Omar Sharif is first seen in the distance, a speck in the swirling desert sand. As he draws closer, he emerges first as a black figure on a galloping camel, slowly transforming into a handsome, dark-eyed figure with a gap-tooth smile. It wasn't unlike the Egyptian-born actor's debut in Hollywood.
 
Fame is villain in Winehouse documentary

Fame is villain in Winehouse documentary

Friday, July 10, 2015
Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked.
 
 

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