"The Past" Directed by Asghar Farhadi Starring Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa Rated PG-13 Playing at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza
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"... » more
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" Directed by Ben Stiller Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott Rated PG Opens Dec. 25
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... » 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... » more
"Her" Directed by Spike Jonze Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams Rated R
"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... » more
"Lone Survivor" Directed by Peter Berg Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster Rated R Opens Dec. 25
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... » 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"... » 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... » more
New York City's immigrant population has reached a new peak of more than three million people -- 37% of our population -- solidifying the Big Apple's position as what is arguably the most diverse metropolis in the world, according to a new report by the mayor's office.
Dominicans (380,200) are the most populous immigrant group, followed by Chinese (350,200) Mexicans (186,300) placed third,... » more
The MTA Wednesday passed a $13.5 billion budget for 2014 after a failed attempt to inject millions of dollars for improvements.
MTA board members Allen Cappelli and Mitchell Pally offered to add a $25 million fund for service improvements, but the matter was set aside until April.
Pally said the fund is small change to a multibillion-dollar budget.
"There are significant places... » more
The MTA and the public transit union Wednesday stuck to their opposing goals for a new workers contract, with the head of the labor organization hinting at a strike.
TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson demanded wage increases for his 35,000 members without offering concessions the MTA wants in exchange.
TWU members, who went on strike for three days in 2005, have been working without... » more