Latest Review

  • ‘Low Down’: Addicted to cliches

    October 29, 2014

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    Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. “Low Down,” based on a memoir by his daughter, Amy, feels hackneyed, despite being a true story. It struggles to be something more than the tale of a lovable, talented but self-destructive junkie who repeatedly [...] More »

Latest Interview

  • A chat with Tony Gilroy: ‘We don’t get many smart big movies’

    October 30, 2014

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      Tony Gilroy made an appearance this week at The Picture House Film Club in Pelham, NY, where we screened “Nightcrawler,” which he produced for his brother Dan Gilroy, who wrote and directed. (Dan’s twin, John, was the editor.) Gilroy, one of the best screenwriters and directors working (“The Devil’s Advocate,” “Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”), ended up as the [...] More »

Commentary

  • Checking in with Stanley Tucci

    October 22, 2014

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    On Tuesday, I was part of a live-streamed chat at AOL Build with Stanley Tucci, about his new cookbook, “The Tucci Table,” which he cowrote with his wife, Felicity Blunt. I’ve known Stanley since I interviewed him for the first time in 1993. I wrote stories from the set of his films “Big Night” and “The [...] More »