Irrational Man (2015)

    Not all Woody Allen movies are brilliant, but all have merit in some shape or form. The dark comedy, “Irrational Man,” a superficial version of much finer Allen films (e.g., “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point”),  ...

E. Faye Butler, actor, Chicago

Faye Butler describes herself as an actor who sings, not a singer who acts. She’s a theater and musical star in Chicago and nationally and has won many awards and honors for her work. She currently plays the cleaning lady,  ...

The Brink, HBO

      This terrific new ten-part HBO series, part dark comedy, part cautionary tale, explores a geopolitical world crisis through the eyes of three unlikely men, whose streaks of bravery and immaturity may control “the fate  ...

Q & A w/ choreographer Liam Scarlett

San Francisco Ballet danced Liam Scarlett’s “Hummingbird,” this season for the second year running, the piece having been set on the company last season. The following is an interview with Scarlett, conducted via email in April, 2015.    ...

SOUTH-BY WRAP-UP

  I've already discussed my Top 5 favorite films of SXSW 2015 (and five notable shorts), so before we look ahead to 2016, here are some final highlights from (and thoughts on) the festival just past.  ...

Oscars 2015: The Live Blog

5:44 PM - Amy's currently predicting that Marion Cotillard will win the Red Carpet...and she also thinks Anna Kendrick's already out of the competition with her pretty dress...pretty boring. 6:15 PM - While we're waiting for the Red Carpet to really start  ...

Les 7 Doigts de la Main Circus

You know right away when a renowned circus troupe is in town, not because elephants have paraded down urban boulevards but because of the buzz it generates among all age groups. After all, a circus is for everyone, for “Ladies  ...

Murder for Two, San Diego

“Murder for Two” is a freewheeling, raucous ride not unlike the thrill of a downhill soapbox derby tempered by the sudden realization that your race car really could use a good set of brakes. A two-person whodunit, there’s murder  ...

“National Gallery” (2014)

How do we look when we’re looking at art? That’s one of the intriguing facets of this gorgeous art tour of London’s National Gallery. Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, "National Gallery", which opened in November, shows us many scenes of faces looking  ...