Cinemadope: Getting schooled on schools – A Backpack Full of Cash
Apr16

Cinemadope: Getting schooled on schools – A Backpack Full of Cash

American schools — and the teachers and students that fill their halls — have been in the news quite a bit lately. More and more, it seems that the reality of the classroom has become lost in a fog of “thoughts and prayers.” But it isn’t only during the aftermath of what seems to be an unyielding string of school shootings that the clang of disconnect rings out; listen to the everyday stories of those who live and work in...

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Local Calendar: Monday 4/16- Thursday 4/19
Apr16

Local Calendar: Monday 4/16- Thursday 4/19

MONDAY 4/16 MUSIC Amherst Jazz Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. With vocalist Ethel Lee. No cover, free parking and great food. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413 253 1607. info@amherstjazzorchestra.com. Julien Baker: 7:30 p.m. $20 – $25. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. Smith College Wind Ensemble: Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Free. Magic! Music from...

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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: What is Thunderbird Six???
Apr12

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: What is Thunderbird Six???

Hands up! — how many readers remember HL Childs’ toy store in Northampton? I was there on closing day and came across a massive “Thunderbirds Island” playset commanding an entire shelf. As you may recall, “Thunderbirds” was a British TV show featuring marionettes and plastic rocket ships (in an earlier column I reviewed the movie version of the show, “Thunderbirds Are Go”). Anyhow, I was (atypically) inclined to financial prudence...

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Staff picks: Ingmar Bergman, Katherine First, and Mtali Shaka Banda
Apr12

Staff picks: Ingmar Bergman, Katherine First, and Mtali Shaka Banda

Ingmar Bergman’s Persona // SUNDAY, APRIL 15 It’s tax time and to increase your psychological stressors, check out Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona. Amherst Cinema has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Swedish master’s birth. Hooray! Persona is another trippy Bergmanian piece wrought with WTFs. Liv Ullmann plays Elisabet, an actress who, without reason, has gone mute. Bibi Andersson’s, character, Alma, is the exact...

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Pick of the Day: Foxtrot at Amherst Cinema
Apr09

Pick of the Day: Foxtrot at Amherst Cinema

Michael and Dafna’s son Jonathan is killed while serving in the Israeli Defense Forces; they experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce his death.  The family’s overzealous mourning, as well as the army’s bureaucracy, begin to take its toll on Michael.  His rage begins to mount and spiral into another life changing event.  Director Samuel Maoz delivers “a meditation on...

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