August, 2017


Review: ‘Hazlo Como Hombre’ Mistakes Manhood for Intole…

MONICA CASTILLO Photo Mauricio Ochmann, Humberto Busto and Alfonso Dosal in “Hazlo Como Hombre.” Credit Pantelion Films Can a movie about gay panic make people laugh in 2017? The filmmakers behind “Hazlo Como Hombre” are counting on it. Otherwise, there’s little appeal to this romantic comedy’s protagonist, a man so unlikable the movie opens with a M.P.A.A.-style warning for the character’s sexism, homophobia and machismo. Raúl (Mauricio Ochmann) is a walking prehistoric machista — a man who thinks he has the right to cheat on his pregnant wife and actRead More

Solange and Other Musicians Join Harvey Relief Efforts

ANDREW R. CHOW Photo Solange Knowles, a Houston native, has announced a benefit concert for Harvey relief on Sept. 28 at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, with the Sun Ra Arkestra. Credit Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Solange, a Houston native, has announced a benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey relief on Sept. 28 at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, with all proceeds going toward “victims and families.” The concert will be part of her performance series “Orion’s Rise” and will feature the Sun Ra Arkestra. “I’m committed to partneringRead More

5 Shows to See if You’re in New York in September

JESSE GREEN Tickets: Photo Sandra Caldwell, center left, with Hailie Sahar in “Charm.” Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Charm In works like “The Homosexuals” and “Le Switch,” the Chicago-based playwright Philip Dawkins has written about the closet, self-loathing and gay marriage. In “Charm,” the first of his plays to be seen in New York, he turns his attention to another letter in the LGBTQ spectrum. The play focuses on Mama Darleena Andrews, a black, 67-year-old transgender woman who teaches an etiquette class for homeless youth at a ChicagoRead More

Photographer William Eggleston Will Release His First A…

ANDREW R. CHOW Photo William Eggleston is famous for his photography, but music has long been part of his artistic identity. Credit Peter Townsend William Eggleston’s photographs have adorned album covers for years: He has lent his singular eye to projects by Big Star, Joanna Newsom and Spoon. But on Oct. 20, Mr. Eggleston, now 78, will release an album of his own. The album, titled “Musik,” will be released on Secretly Canadian and feature 13 tracks of Mr. Eggleston playing a Korg synthesizer. He recorded improvisations onto floppy disksRead More

We Haven’t Seen That Before: A Critics’ Conversation Ab…

MANOHLA DARGIS and JAMES PONIEWOZIK TV is drowning in revivals and reboots. They always serve two masters: the pull of nostalgia and the drive to make something new. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how novel this has been: a new work from Mr. Lynch and Mr. Frost, with its own aesthetic (and memorable new performances from the likes of Laura Dern). Of course I love the original series and the characters. But what I’ve enjoyed most is not when “The Return” made me say, “Aw, it’s so nice to see that/him/herRead More

The Flea, an Off Off Broadway Fixture, Opens New Theate…

MICHAEL PAULSON The Flea Theater was founded with the aim of “raising a joyful hell in a small space.” Now, 21 years later, the Off Off Broadway nonprofit is going to be raising more hell in a bigger space. The move is a bold step for an unpretentious company, made all the more noteworthy because it is taking place in one of Manhattan’s pricier neighborhoods: TriBeCa. The Flea, which had spent its entire life in a rented building at 41 White Street, is moving four blocks south, to 20 ThomasRead More

On the Lam With a Brooklyn Mom

GREGORY COWLES Photo THE MISFORTUNE OF MARION PALM By Emily Culliton 282 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $25.95. Half of the delight in Emily Culliton’s wholly delightful debut novel, “The Misfortune of Marion Palm,” lies in the way the book, like its title character, defies expectations at every turn. Who is Marion Palm? A mother of two from fashionable Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, married to a trust-fund poet, she works part time in the development office of her daughters’ prestigious private school. But Marion is no trophy wife with a casual drinkingRead More

Nathan Englander Channels his Inner John le Carré

RACHEL DONADIO In my last book [“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”] I did a story called “Sister Hills,” and that’s when I understood some of the elements I wanted to wrestle with here. Photo “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” is Mr. Englander’s second novel. Credit Patricia Wall/The New York Times “Sister Hills” is about two women in a West Bank settlement. It ended up functioning as a kind of Rorschach test. People’s reads were so extraordinarily different. They found what they wanted inRead More

‘Close Encounters’ Was When the Movies Got New-Age Reli…

J. HOBERMAN Others were less ecstatic. “Who is Spielberg to define religion for us?” asked New York magazine’s film critic Molly Haskell. (The author of a recent monograph on Mr. Spielberg, Ms. Haskell has grown more appreciative of the filmmaker if not the film.) The Times critic Vincent Canby called the film “the best — the most elaborate — 1950s science fiction movie ever made” but, noting Mr. Spielberg’s attempt at “both scientific and theological importance,” added, “That might have been fascinating if I’d had a chance to understand it.”Read More

Review: ‘Unlocked,’ a New Spy Thriller, Same as the Old…

GLENN KENNY Photo Orlando Bloom and Noomi Rapace in “Unlocked.” Credit Larry Horricks/Lionsgate Premiere The spy thriller “Unlocked” is an apt and not entirely unentertaining demonstration of the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” The movie has a female lead (Alice Racine, played by Noomi Rapace) as its intrepid, smart, lethal spy, so that’s something. Instead of Cold War chess moves in the mode of “Funeral in Berlin,” it serves up the ostensible threat of Islamist terror. Racine is an undercover C.I.A. agent posing asRead More