The Reel Dad: Remembering Sam Shepard

I will never forget when I first saw Sam Shepard’s play Buried Child on stage. The year was 1979, the evening was cold, the small theater in the West Village was drafty, and the stage was well heated. Using perfectly crafted words, this young playwright captured the essence of the anger people feel when institutions let them down. And he … read more

The Reel Dad: Dunkirk amazes in IMAX

Every so often a moviemaker delivers a film so daring, an approach so original, an experience so memorable that, at first, the words to review don’t come. Somehow any description of the moment feels insignificant. And the movie deserves more. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk defies any expectation of a big budget summer blockbuster about World War II. Hollywood has trained us … read more

The Reel Dad: Paying tribute to Martin Landau

When I was a child, I waited all week to watch Mission: Impossible on television on Sunday night. If I behaved, and finished my homework, my reward was to watch this clever group of spies solve complex mysteries. At the center was an actor who reinvented himself each week with a new disguise to outsmart security threats. Years later, I … read more

The Reel Dad: Letters from Baghdad offers meaningful history lessons

I have a friend — another movie critic — who refuses to watch documentary films. He can’t imagine how a story emerging from the actual can be as compelling as a narrative born in fiction. He misses a lot. When I think of my favorite hours at the movies, I savor the insight and inspiration that documentary films can offer. … read more

The Reel Dad's Son: The Big Sick celebrates romantic comedy

  by Jonathan Schumann   (This week, Jonathan Schumann returns to Arts and Leisure to review The Big Sick. Jonathan, who shared this column with his dad, Mark Schumann, from 1999 to 2006, now lives in New York City.)   To categorize The Big Sick as a romantic comedy doesn’t do the film justice. Yes, it’s about a guy who … read more

The Reel Dad: Love at First Child celebrates parents

Parenthood feels remarkably fresh and fun in Love at First Child, an irresistible French comedy that makes its U.S. debut some two years after opening in France. It was worth the wait. This film delights and touches with its appealing tale of unlikely romance, surprising lineage and engaging relationships. Like many French comedies, Love at First Child develops its characters … read more

Tribeca Film Festival review: Abundant Acreage Available

If vibrant colors, boisterous characters, and action-packed climaxes are why you go to the movies, then Abundant Acreage Available should be passed over when it becomes available later this year. But for those excited at the prospects of spending 80 minutes on a subtle, independent film about a small family that’s reeling over the recent death of its patriarch, then … read more

Tribeca Film Festival review: Thumper

Like a dog chasing its tail, there’s no end to the drug-fueled cycle director Jordan Ross presents in his feature film debut Thumper. No matter what side — cops or criminals, the outcome remains equally bleak in this tale of crippling poverty and meaningless violence. The crime thriller premiered in the Spotlight Narrative category at the Tribeca Film Festival last … read more

Tribeca Film Festival review: Paris Can Wait

There’s no age discrimination at the Tribeca Film Festival, which is one of the qualities that sets it apart from its peers. Twenty two-year-old Quinn Shephard made her feature debut this year in the US Narrative Competition with Blame, while 81-year-old Eleanor Coppola — Emmy-award winning documentarian and wife of Francis — made her narrative directorial debut with the New … read more

Reel Dad: Get Out delivers thrills

(Arts and Leisure welcomes back Jonathan Schumann this week. The son of Reel Dad Mark Schumann, Jonathan started writing about film for Arts and Leisure in 1999 as part of the original “Take Two” duo with his dad. Jonathan now works in market research in New York City. And he still loves movies.) by Jonathan Schumann The new thriller Get … read more

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