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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
 If Miles Davis had been Jewish, his breakthrough fusion albums recorded as the ’60s tumbled into the ’70s might have sounded like Zebrina. On Hamidbar Medaber, released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Zebrina fuses propulsive rhythms, improvisation, knockout electric guitars and klezmer
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
 Lovely but never insipid, pianist Vardan Ovsepian and multi-lingual (and sometimes purely sonic) vocalist Tatiana Parra make music that slips between categories. The echo of Brazilian melody doesn’t make Lighthouse a samba recording, and if Ovsepian’s
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
 Dangerous games are played on all sides and duplicity is everywhere in Israeli director Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. Tense and economical, without a wasted moment, Bethlehem is a police procedural and psychological study of the Palestinian uprising. Explored are the necessities of war, the
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
 Scarlett Johansson plays a stiletto-heeled extraterrestrial sexual predator, luring young men into an erotic dance of death. British director Jonathan Glazer (Birth) produced a visually astonishing film, acutely aware of light and sound (as well as their absence). The story is opaque yet conveys the
Film
Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

Woody Allen at the Limits of Reason

  With his latest European-set piece, Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen pulls off a remarkable feat by folding an essay on metaphysics into a glamorously entertaining package. Magic