Mayor Michael Bloomberg always jokes about his inner countdown clock and the days he has left in his twelve-year run. However, he isn't the only New York City elected official leaving office on Dec. 31 after three terms.
There are 17 City Council members and borough presidents who have been on the job since 2002 and will have to vacate their offices due to term limits. Many of those leaders...Read more »
Most movies tell us everything we need to know about their characters instantaneously. They're familiar types and personalities, and their narrative journeys amount to little more than filling in the blanks.
Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" opposes that cautious approach. In a similar fash- ion to the Iranian filmmaker's superb "A Separation," the movie reflects the real world...Read more »
Manhattan was the "winner" in the Straphangers Campaign's awards for the slowest and most unreliable buses in the city.
The Pokey Awards for slowest-traveling buses were bestowed on two crosstown lines in midtown -- the M42 and M50 -- that were as fast as walking on an average afternoon. Manhattan also had nine out of the 10 slowest bus routes in the city.
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Ben Stiller is a gifted director who has performed a full-on 180-degree turn from snarky fare like "Tropic Thunder" to tackle this new adaptation of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber's famed 1939 short story that inspired a well-liked 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye.
It's a sincere effort about a forty-something dreamer played by Stiller whose days vacillate...Read more »
U.S. cable television network A&E suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the backwater Louisiana clan in its hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," on Thursday for making anti-gay comments.
Robertson, the bearded founder of the Duck Commander company in the show about hunting, fishing and domestic squabbles that draws millions of viewers, was put on indefinite leave for his remarks...Read more »
"Her" imagines a futuristic world in which a lonely man falls in love with an advanced, sentient operating system. That's not too far-fetched in this era of smartphones and tablets, with our lives becoming increasingly contained within those devices.
Spike Jonze's tender romance has more on its mind than a heightened commentary on a pervasive cultural trend, however. It's a movie...Read more »
In one sense, "Lone Survivor" is a myopic enterprise. Writer-director Peter Berg demonstrates an abiding lack of interest in the larger geopolitical and human circumstances surrounding Operation Red Wings, the failed 2005 SEAL Team 10 mission in Afghanistan that the movie re-creates.
But what the picture lacks in perspective it makes up for in sheer visceral force: This is a steadfastly...Read more »
Looking to buy a Christmas or very late Hannukah gift for a theater-savvy friend? Below are some recent cast albums, books and other items that ought to do the trick.
Plenty of newly released cast albums are available, including the Broadway version of "Matilda" (as opposed to the previous London cast recording), the trendy pop opera "The Great Comet of 1812"...Read more »
Time and time again, the same scene greets us in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) strides to the front of the Stratton Oakmont trading floor, the alpha dog facing his pack, where he delivers a frenzied stem-winder on the American Dream, masculinity, the joys of financial prosperity and the thrill of a good sale.
Martin Scorsese's camera lingers behind...Read more »
More of the city's restaurants have been bringing their "A" game in the last few years, as the number of closures due to health code violations has dropped significantly since the letter grading system was put on the menu in 2010.
As of Monday, the city's health department temporarily shut down 1,133 eateries this year due to violations, 21 fewer than last year and 571 fewer than...Read more »