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JAMES MILLER, Staff Writer

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Celebrating its 25th year, the “Phantom of the Opera” traveled from NYC to London’s Royal Albert Hall. (Infinitebistromathics/ Wikimedia Commons)

Phantom Gets Unmasked for 25th Year at Royal Albert Hall

October 5, 2011
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” one of the most successful entertainment
Lars von Triers newest film, Melacnholia, tells the story of the end of two worlds through the imagination of new bride, Justine (Kirsten Dunst). The film will premier at the New York Film Festival on Oct.3 and Oct.6. (Courtesy of

New York Film Festival 2011: “Melancholia” Preview

October 4, 2011

“Melancholia” –  Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. Lars von Trier writes and directs this eerie story about the end of two worlds. The first collapse is an intangible one of a bride (a moving Kirsten...

Caption: Lech Majewskis The Mill and the Cross superimposes actual actors over computer-animated back drops of paintings by Flemish artist Peter Bruegel. (Courtesy of Silesia Film)

“The Mill and the Cross” Confounds Bruegel Masterpiece

September 23, 2011
Lech Majewski's “The Mill and the Cross” is a good movie that falls aggravatingly short of excellence. The film, which opens at Film Forum...
The Lion King Rereleased in 3-D: One Dimension Too Many?

The Lion King Rereleased in 3-D: One Dimension Too Many?

September 18, 2011
This weekend, Disney’s “The Lion King” returned to theaters for a two-week 3-D engagement. This release is the latest in a small trend of 3-D reissues that began five years ago with Disney’s reissue of ...
Anything Goes (Anthony Gong/The Observer)

Broadway’s Best Mix Past Laughs and Present Drama

July 23, 2011
With summer approaching and the Tony Award nominations announced, this is the prime moment to see great plays and musicals on Broadway. Therefore, it is my happy duty to pick some shows most deserving of your attention.

“The Book of Mormon” Gives Broadway Something To Preach About

July 23, 2011

Published: March 30, 2011 After an abominable winter filled with reports about injured actors at the unstable “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” a more uplifting type of menace has appeared on...

Fordham Mainstage’s “Bulrusher” Makes Lively Work Of Flawed Play

July 23, 2011

Published: March 2, 2011 Fordham Theatre’s Mainstage season of strong women continues with “Bulrusher,” Eisa Davis’ involving, if underwritten, drama. The play takes a while to satisfactorily...

Looking For Chaos, Relaxation and Laughs? Take a Trip to “Cedar Rapids”

July 23, 2011

Published: February 16, 2011 The ads for “Cedar Rapids” make it look like another “Superbad” or “The Hangover,” but instead it is the most charming comedy since “The Kids Are All Right.”...

Roger Ebert Revives An Imperfect “At the Movies”

July 23, 2011

Published: February 2, 2011 It breaks my heart to say anything close to “no” to Roger Ebert. Yes, I may disagree with him on a few movies, but to give even a mixed review to “Ebert Presents At...

“Scott Pilgrim” Super Smashes the World of Video Games

July 23, 2011

Published: August 25, 2010 Video game adaptations, a film genre with a dearth of good examples, have now found a champion. I’ve never seen a movie capture the sensibilities of video games (with...

Movies Now and Then: “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Night of the Hunter”

July 20, 2011

Published: May 5, 2010 “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (2010) This remake of Freddy Krueger’s debut feature tries to upgrade the original without seeming too much like a homage. Unfortunately,...

“Date Night” and “ The Out-of-Towners” Pit Comedians vs. New York

July 9, 2011

Published: April 15, 2010 “Date Night” (2010) If there is one reason to watch this movie from start to finish, it is to watch the blooper reel during the end credits. Steve Carell and Tina Fey...

“Dragon” and “Giant” Give Ignorance an Animated Perspective

July 8, 2011

Published: April 1, 2010 “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010) An exciting blend of comedy, action and spectacle, DreamWorks Animation’s new 3-D adventure has plenty to offer family audiences. The...

Movies, Now and Then: Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” Play Games with the Police Genre

July 5, 2011

Published: March 4, 2010 Cop Out (2010) Kevin Smith’s buddy cop comedy stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as partners busting a drug operation while looking for Willis’s stolen baseball...

Movies Now and Then: Del Toro and Goldblum’s Creatures Offer Thrills and Chills

June 28, 2011

Published February 18, 2010 “The Wolfman” (2010) Joe Johnston’s remake of the 1941 horror classic is certainly a respectable effort. Most of the physical elements give it the atmosphere one...

A Mix Tape of Roses and Violets

June 28, 2011

Published February 4, 2010 Movies Watch This “Singin’ in the Rain” (1951): You can never go wrong with a classic, and this musical is as classical as they come. Big production numbers...

Disney’s New Froggy Flick Crowns “Princess” Worthy of Title

June 28, 2011

Published: December 10, 2009 For the first time that I can remember, I walked out of a movie theater feeling all is right in the world. The movie in question is “The Princess and the Frog,”...

Two Stars Shine Through a Dreary “Rain”: Craig and Jackman Entertain Despite Tediousness

June 27, 2011

Published: October 8, 2009 Theatre is, above anything else, storytelling. Unfortunately, the first new play of the Broadway season takes this concept too far. Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain,”...

Big Things Heading Your Way on Broadway

June 25, 2011

Published: September 24, 2009 This summer saw the conversion of Broadway in Times Square into a pedestrian walkway, opening up more room for crowds that were formerly cramped on the sidewalk.  This...

Comics and Anime Combine Into One Mega Event

May 24, 2011

Entertainment fans recently converged at the Jacob Javits Center for the 5th Annual New York Comic Con (NYCC). On Oct. 8, 9 and 10, representatives from various comic book publishers, movie studios and...

Tastes, Styles and Cultures Convene at New York Film Festival

May 24, 2011

For many New Yorkers, the official start of the fall movie season is the New York Film Festival. Held every year by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the NYFF is the platform for new releases, ranging...

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