The Blue Room tells a compelling story in a short time

Stéphanie Cléau (left) and Mathieu Amalric in a scene from “The Blue Room.“

Films don’t have to be lengthy to feel complete. When a director chooses how to tell a story, he or she sets a pace for the narrative. While some movies let sloppy rhythm add unnecessary minutes to the running time, others remain focused to stay tight. Few in recent memory get the job done ...

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Extra! Extra! ‘Newsies’ moves from Palace to Philly

The ‘Newsies’ ensemble at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. —Deen Van Meer

Leave it to Disney to wave a wand and turn a flop of a movie into a hit of Broadway musical called Newsies. It’s true that by all critical accounts the movie was a bomb when it opened in 1992 and the film lost a lot of money for Disney. In all fairness to the... Read More

Work vs. personal email: setting boundaries

Email etiquette: setting boundaries.

Q. What can I say to a business friend who knows both my work and my home email but sends every communication, including jokes, chain letters and recipes, to my work email? A. You can say, “Fran, I love your emails but when they aren’t about work-related matters, can you please send them to ...

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It’s the season for all things pumpkin

As Judy and I traveled the Tri-State Area promoting Breast Cancer awareness this month, we met many new people and heard about so many new recipes. It is usually still breakfast time when we get off the set, so we have been eating breakfast everywhere. Pumpkin, apple and bold autumnal spices ...

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Whiplash tells compelling story of musical ambition

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

As the son and father of musicians, I have spent my life surrounded by the sounds they create and the challenges they face. From an early age, a musician juggles time and ego to be ready when opportunities surface. And they learn how to take pressure in stride. Cool is everything in the music ...

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Rediscover some favorite stars

Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny.

For anyone who loves to watch great movie stars on screen, check out the films showing on broadcast and cable television this weekend. You can re-discover some of your favorite stars starring in some classic Hollywood movies. Check out these titles. Pat and Mike (1952) For some 25 years, ...

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Social hiking vs. going it alone at ‘The Den’

Godfrey Pond in early fall. —Rob McWilliams photo

Hiking can be completely solitary, intensely social, or somewhere in between. There is no right way. I like hiking alone very much. Going at the perfect pace for me is part of it, but solitude also lets the hiker concentrate on the wonders around more than is possible in company. Company scares ...

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