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By Baltimoresun.com staff | February 27, 2004
Michael Sragow has been a film critic for publications in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle. He has written on movies for The New Yorker since 1989 and has been a film critic and editor for Rolling Stone. He came to the Sun in 2001 from Salon.com, where for two years he wrote a movie column on films and filmmakers. baltimoresun.com: Welcome. Thank you for joining us to talk about Sunday's Oscars ceremony. Michael Sragow: Good to be here again -- a month earlier than usual!
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
These 12 choices are at the top of my want-to-see list, but there are a score more I'd like to see. Friday: 'WUSS' Forget "Waiting for Superman. " This sounds like "Waiting for Clark Kent": An adult returns as a substitute teacher to that scene of adolescent trauma, his high school, only to find that the student body has the whip hand. 11:30 a.m., Charles 2. 'Frankenstein' Director Danny Boyle has gone from a man who cut off his arm, in "127 Hours," to a man who stitches together all sorts of limbs and organs in this stage rendering of Mary Shelley's novel.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2002
An American Rhapsody (Paramount, 2001) stars Tony Goldwyn and Nastassja Kinski as cultured Budapest parents who leave their infant daughter behind when they flee Stalinist Hungary in 1951 and aren't reunited with her until she is 6. By then, she has bonded indelibly with her Hungarian peasant guardians. Writer-director Eva Gardos is telling an autobiographical story, so you hope for the equivalent of a successful hypnosis - one that brings back, all at once, tactile details, psychological insights and the aura of a just-past era. Disappointingly, this picture provides little of that.
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By Michael Sragow | August 7, 2009
Bandslam: (Summit Entertainment) A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band to play in a huge battle of the bands competition. With Gaelan Connell and Vanessa Hudgens. The Cove : (Roadside Attractions) In this real-life expose, activists and documentary-makers uncover the merciless slaughter of dolphins outside a Japanese town. District 9: (TriStar) A government agent comes to the aid of an alien race forced to live in slumlike conditions on Earth. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard: (Paramount Pictures)
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March 20, 2008
KAYE B. SRAGOW, of Rockville Centre, New York, on March 19, 2008. Beloved wife of her late husband, Jack, she was a Navy nurse during World War II, then a registered nurse after the war. After graduating from Trenton State College, she became a school nurse in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and in Rockville Centre, New York, and pursued an interest in nutrition after she retired. An ardent Zionist and supporter of Jewish groups and charities, she was Chairman of the Education Committee for Hadassah in Nassau County.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2002
`The Business of Strangers' R 84 minutes * * 1/2 The Business of Strangers (MGM, 2001) is a middling example of those three-prickly-people-in-a-room movies that periodically take over the art houses. But Stockard Channing's lead performance is a tour de force. As a corporate vice president who lacks a life, Channing portrays the agonies and mini-ecstasies of a limited woman as well as it's ever been done. Julia Stiles plays her mysterious new aide, a confrontational hipster who says a slick executive headhunter, stuck for the night in the same airport hotel as the two women are, once raped a friend.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | October 13, 2006
Two weeks ago, movie crews snarled downtown Baltimore, but Tuesday saw a pleasant addition to the street scene - and it's here to stay for a couple of weeks. 20th Century Fox draped a banner above the intersection of Light and Lee streets reading "Live Free or Die Hard - It's a Wrap! The Movie Thanks Baltimore For Your Patience and Cooperation During Our Filming Here." "The banner was something [the movie company] wanted to do," said a delighted Hannah Lee Byron of the Baltimore City Film Office.
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September 7, 2007
INSIDE TODAY Giant nuns on a mission Looking for parking around Mercy Hospital? Well, look to the heavens and a giant nun will assist you. Maryland baltimoresun.com/vozzella O's, Trembley need divine help The Orioles could use some help from above. But it can't come fast enough for manager Dave Trembley, whose optimistic demeanor is showing some wear. Sports baltimoresun.com/maese other voices Jean Marbella on lurking dangersMaryland Chris Kaltenbach on movie seasonToday Michael Sragow talks to Seinfeld Today Michael Sragow on 3:10 to YumaToday Brian ReganThe comedian performs at 8 tonight at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $37.75.
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By Michael Sragow | August 7, 2009
Bandslam: (Summit Entertainment) A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band to play in a huge battle of the bands competition. With Gaelan Connell and Vanessa Hudgens. The Cove : (Roadside Attractions) In this real-life expose, activists and documentary-makers uncover the merciless slaughter of dolphins outside a Japanese town. District 9: (TriStar) A government agent comes to the aid of an alien race forced to live in slumlike conditions on Earth. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard: (Paramount Pictures)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2008
POP MUSIC Tricky The noted British musician and producer is on the road promoting Knowle West Boy, an album that twists elements of hip-hop, reggae, pop and ambient noise into surreal soundscapes. The show is at 11 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. $25. Tickets are available by calling 800-955-5566 or going to 930.com. Rashod D. Ollison CLASSICAL Mobtown Modern Feeling "too cool for school"? That's the title given to Mobtown Modern's season-opener, offering works by composers "clearly more interested in rocking the crowd than doing their homework," including a piece by Jacob ter Veldhuis for sax, turntables and boom box. Just what you'd expect from Mobtown, a clever, adventurous group devoted to music of our time - the wilder the better.
FEATURES
May 22, 2009
Paris 36 ** 1/2 (2 1/2 STARS) Paris 36, a period piece about a working-class music hall from writer-director Christophe Barratier, has a script that's like a grade-school intelligence test. The characters come in such bold, goofy shapes there's only one place each of them can fit into the narrative - as reluctant champion of the poor, working-class hero, hissable villain or sacrificial clown. What gives it all some nutty charm is the way Barratier plants the plot - about the struggle to save a vaudeville stage called the Chansonia - in the 1936 heyday of the French Popular Front.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2009
theater 'A Bronx Tale': Chazz Palminteri reprises his touching semi-autobiographical story about a boy torn between two "fathers": his upright, bus-driving dad and a charismatic gangster. Palminteri portrays 18 characters in the one-actor show, which runs Tuesday through April 26 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $20-$60. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com. Mary Carole McCauley art 'Recent Acquisitions': Since it was founded nearly 80 years ago, the Textile Museum in Washington has seen its collection grow from 335 pieces to nearly 18,000 handwoven textiles from around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2008
Victor Fleming, An American Movie Master By Michael Sragow Pantheon Books / 656 pages / $40 In filmmaking as in any art, God is in the details. If that's not the point of Michael Sragow's definitive biography of Victor Fleming (1889-1949), it's one of them. Another is that Fleming, a great though mostly forgotten film director, was a detail man - par excellence. Take the scene in which Clark Gable cried in Gone with the Wind, one of Fleming's hits.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2008
MOVIES 'Animal Farm' With "lipstick on a pig" threatening to make our political discourse thoroughly ridiculous, it's time to revisit a classic by a master of political thought and criticism: George Orwell's Animal Farm, in which pigs take the leadership role in a barnyard revolution and ultimately declare "all animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The 1954 British feature, the first full-length entertainment cartoon in British history (funded by the CIA as anti-Soviet propaganda)
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow | May 23, 2008
Jellyfish -- The title of Jellyfish immediately refers to a small girl (Nikol Leidman) with an extraordinarily intense and open face who emerges from the sea outside Tel Aviv, Israel, in bikini bottoms and a flotation tube. She walks into the path of a depressed waitress named Batya (Sarah Adler) and gives her a good shaking-up. But what gives the film a haunting and sometimes droll poetic unity is the way co-directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen trace all their characters moving in a jellyfishlike fashion.
NEWS
March 20, 2008
KAYE B. SRAGOW, of Rockville Centre, New York, on March 19, 2008. Beloved wife of her late husband, Jack, she was a Navy nurse during World War II, then a registered nurse after the war. After graduating from Trenton State College, she became a school nurse in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and in Rockville Centre, New York, and pursued an interest in nutrition after she retired. An ardent Zionist and supporter of Jewish groups and charities, she was Chairman of the Education Committee for Hadassah in Nassau County.
NEWS
December 16, 2007
ART SOLEDAD SALAME / / 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday by appointment. Goya Contemporary, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 214. Free. 410-366-2001 or goyacontemporary .com. ....................... Salame's art is a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the natural environment and humanity's collective responsibility for its stewardship. At Goya Contemporary, her recent mixed-media paintings reflect her continuing fascination with the world's watery places and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.
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