Benjamin J. Soskin

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Review: 'Hedda' Fueled by Destruction

When Henrik Ibsen wrote Hedda Gabler , he created characters whose psychologies would push them ever closer to destruction as

Review: ‘Streetcar’ Scores in Innovation

Let me tell you why it’s impossible to stage a great production of A Streetcar Named Desire . It’s nothing

Stoppard Brought to Life

“Two intermissions! There are two intermissions!” announced Jeremy W. Blocker ’04 as he passed through the Loeb Mainstage audience on

Review: 'Zucco' Succeeds Despite Script

There is an appealing air of vitality in the Loeb Ex production of Roberto Zucco , which runs through next

Review: Delusions of the Mind

Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind is a play about delusion. It’s difficult to write a play about delusion,

Oscar Preview

This is not an easy year to handicap the Oscar nominations, due to be announced Feb. 11. Nearly every category

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Love's Labors

Punch-Drunk Love, the latest movie from master filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, is a fresh, subdued playlet of a comedy from

Sink or Swim?

20TH CENTURY FOX Unfaithful (May 10): As his hair gradually turns a whiter shade of gray, Richard Gere’s name has


America’s Favorite Alien Returns After Twenty Years

To be honest, I really don’t like Steven Spielberg. He’s simplistic, condescending and, the odd for-the-ages shot aside, he isn’t


Oscar Time: And the Nomination Goes to...

At the start of every year, film pundits and critics across the country wail about the dearth of cinematic treasures


Billy Bob: The Demon Barber of Main Street

The Coen brothers have lost their balance. After hitting their structural peak with the haunting and humanistic Fargo and their

Penny For Your Thoughts

A man sets up his table on the street, places a money jar atop it, puts up his sign and

(Cosmo) Disney's World

There was always something unnerving to me, as a grade-schooler, about listening to my recording of You’re a Good Man,

In the B.U.F.F.

Film festivals, by their nature, tend to exhibit flicks that would not be shown in your standard Indiana multiplex. So,

Writer's Block: Forrester Falls Flat

It’s impossible to learn anything from Finding Forrester that can’t be gleaned from the broad outlines of a schmaltzy CBS