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Ravett's old apartment building in Walbrzych, Poland. Ravett took the photo this past summer when he visited the city, his first time there since he family left to immigrate to Israel in 1950.

‘Holding Hands with Ilsa’: Hampshire College film professor explores his roots in post-WWII Poland

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It’s just a tendril of the past: a faded, somewhat blotchy black-and-white photo of a teenage girl, standing in a meadow with her hands on the shoulders of a small boy. Both face the camera, but between the shadows in the foreground and the picture’s age, it’s hard to read their expressions. For Abraham Ravett, this photo, taken in his …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Light and Sound’ at Eastworks

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Organized by visual artist Trevor Powers, “Light and Sound” is simultaneously a music show accompanied by film projections and a film screening featuring live soundtracks, the intention being to create a unique audio and visual experience by allowing neither medium to dominate. Set for Oct. 4, 7-10 p.m., at the Fugitive Arts Project …

Movie Review: ‘Gone Girl’ delicious suburban noir

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The predominant image throughout David Fincher’s films, from the uncovered horrors of “Se7en” to the Machiavellian maneuverings of “House of Cards,” has been a flashlight beam cutting through the dark. In his latest, the Gillian Flynn adaptation “Gone Girl,” he shines it into the deepest depths of not a serial killer’s mind or …

Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NEW YORK — Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages, died Tuesday …

Comedian, actor Robin Williams dead in apparent suicide

Monday, August 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 8, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: A fan request — ‘Night of the Lepus’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Watching horrible movies may be a thankless but necessary job — something akin to being a sanitation worker: You must clear out the stinkers to keep the general public safe. If someone comes forward and asks you to …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: All ‘Casablanca,” all the time

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PLAY IT AGAIN “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is one of my favorite movies, and I’ve seen it more times than I can count. I’ll get two more chances when Amherst Cinema shows the 1942 film on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 13 at …

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “I Origins,” “Into the Storm” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Step Up All In.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Alive Inside” and continues showing “Begin Again” and “Boyhood.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Chef,” …

Movie listings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. …

Movie review: ‘Boyhood’ — simple story, stunningly told

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Early in “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s bracingly original, utterly enthralling new film about the passage of time through the lens of one boy’s life, we find our characters at a real Houston Astros game. And, with the cameras rolling, …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALIVE INSIDE: Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from …

New on DVD

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bears: A documentary, narrated by John C. Reilly, that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Rated G. Breathe In: When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate …