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Why The Wizard of Oz Should be Rated NC-17

This beloved film depicts a moral cesspool of lying and hypocrisy – and the worst offenders are the "good" characters. Read More »

Spinsterhood and Cradle-Robbing: A Tale of Two Hepburns

Hollywood's disarray and the 1950s' strange sexual politics defined many movie roles for the two Hepburns, Kate and Audrey. Read More »

Movie Review: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland – Where’s the Fun?

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is technically amazing, but it's lacking something crucial — a sense of fun. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): All My Sons by Arthur Miller

This revival of Arthur Miller's all-too-timely 1947 drama is diluted by gimmicky, distracting design and direction. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Macbeth

Whether you’re playgoing or simply stargazing, you’re likely to find something scary at this uneven Macbeth. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Young Frankenstein

It’s alive? Mel Brooks’s musical struggles against our memories; director Susan Stroman puts a shine on the monster’s tap shoes. Read More »

Theater Review: Old Acquaintance, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York

Actress Harriet Harris is the real reason to see Old Acquaintance. Read More »

Movie Review: Pan’s Labyrinth and Idiocracy – Obedience is Overrated

Who knew a Spanish-language art-house flick and an intentionally ugly comedy from Mike Judge could have so much in common? Read More »

Movie Review: We’re All Bozos On This Shortbus

Would the characters be as interesting if we didn’t see them having sex? Read More »

Movie Review: Casino Royale (2006)

Can this franchise be saved? Read More »