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John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

Monday, May 25, 2015
Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics
 

All eyes on Coen brothers as Cannes readies for Palme d'Or

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.

 
A hardy heroine for today’s crowd

A hardy heroine for today’s crowd

Friday, May 22, 2015
“Far From the Madding Crowd,” Thomas Hardy’s story of unrequited longing, asks: What brings happiness to marriage beyond capricious luck?
 

World of the future not everything that dreamers imagine

Friday, May 22, 2015
“Tomorrowland” is Brad Bird’s Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news.
 
'Pitch Perfect 2' strikes right chord with moviegoers
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'Pitch Perfect 2' strikes right chord with moviegoers

Sunday, May 17, 2015
The ladies of “Pitch Perfect 2” hit all the right notes opening weekend, amassing a $70.3 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
 
Concerts, festivals and fireworks coming to the Plaza
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Concerts, festivals and fireworks coming to the Plaza

Friday, May 15, 2015
Southside Johnny, The Vaccines and Cracker will be performing as part of Summer at the Plaza, the free concert and community event series at the Empire State Plaza.
 
Mad Max: Another classic of post-apocalyptic mayhem

Mad Max: Another classic of post-apocalyptic mayhem

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The silences in “Mad Max: Fury Road” are unsettling.
 

Girl power, girl laughs make ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ even funnier

Thursday, May 14, 2015
“Who run the world? GIRLS!” sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in “Pitch Perfect 2.” And yes, they sure do run the world.
 

A new look at The Who’s rise to fame

Thursday, May 14, 2015
There have been better, more thorough documentaries about the seminal rock band The Who. “The Kids are Alright” set the standard back in ’79, and “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who” seemed to fill in the gaps of that earlier film.
 

An unlikely romance strikes few sparks

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The problem with any screen romance between someone from the Hassidic community and an outsider is the limited range of outcomes.
 
Australia to Johnny Depp: Fly your dogs out or we'll put them down

Australia to Johnny Depp: Fly your dogs out or we'll put them down

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Australian quarantine authorities have ordered Johnny Depp to fly his dogs Pistol and Boo out of the country by Saturday or they will be put down.

 
'Avengers' passes $300M mark in 10 days
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'Avengers' passes $300M mark in 10 days

Sunday, May 10, 2015
The “Age of Ultron” is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
 
‘Pursuit’ of laughter no fun ride

‘Pursuit’ of laughter no fun ride

Friday, May 8, 2015
Cheap, short and slow, “Hot Pursuit” is a comedy that never lets your forget that pairing up Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this.
 
'Avengers' sequel has $187M U.S. opening
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'Avengers' sequel has $187M U.S. opening

Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
 

Binoche is luminous in tradition of movies about aging actresses

Friday, May 1, 2015
The aging actress has always been a deliciously potent subject for movies, from Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” to Margo Channing in “All About Eve” and way beyond.
 
 

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