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No Escape

Upper East Side Theater - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 00:03
      Owen Wilson and Lake Bell star as a couple, along with their two young daughters, caught up in a coup in an unnamed Asian county. The film belongs to the genre "run for your life movies" as it's a variation on trying to survive in a very hostile environment. The problem here that there is no real justification for the trouble they are in and the film comes off racist and fairly ridiculous.       The saving grace is that the film is pretty suspenseful with some truly intense moments as the family find themselves in danger just about right from the start.  As silly and irrational as it seems, you find yourself rooting for everyone to survive. The action sequences are pretty much non-stop with not much thought as to how or why. Ms. Bell and Mr. Wilson are credible as a scared mom and dad doing whatever it takes to protect their kids. Pierce Brosnan plays a mysterious figure in what amounts to a cameo, but he does get at least one big scene.          The unnamed country is obviously Thailand and I suppose they were so upset at the end result they fought to have any reference removed. The trailer does a great job sucking you into the action but taken as a whole, if you must, wait for cable or Netflix to catch this one.
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Rikki and The Flash

Upper East Side Theater - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:54
      Don't expect to see Meryl Steep winning any awards anytime soon for this lightweight family drama. The film should have been called "Rikki and her Dysfunctional Family", as it's certainly not about her band. And it's barely about her family.        The thin bare plot is about a mother who abandoned her family years ago to pursue her musical dreams. After one album that went nowhere, Rikki is barely surviving a minimum wage job during the day and playing covers in a seedy bar at nights. One gimmick is that Rick Springfield is her guitarist and boyfriend. They are a mismatched pair and this would be a complete embarrassment for Ms. Streep except for the fact she can carry a tune and manages to get by on "American Girl" and "My Love Won't Let You Down".         The other gimmick is to have her real life daughter, Mamie Gummer, play her troubled daughter in the film. This certainly lends credibility to the character's relationship. The family plot that drives the story, though, is so lightweight it's laughable (at least something is funny because the film isn't). The characters are stereotypes and cover all backgrounds. A gay son, check. An interracial couple, check. An understanding ex husband, check. There is no character development or back story for any of the characters other than Rikki herself. Audra McDonald and Kevin Kline also co-star but are restrained by the weak writing.            I can't resist the pun. "Rikki and The Flash" is a flash in the pan. If you love Rick Springfield or worship Ms. Streep, see it quick before it's gone.
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Butterfield Spotlight: Tortas

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 21:09
        Ah, Robert Vaughn, where are you when we need you? Guy Richie's big screen treatment of the '60's T.V. show is all style and very little substance.  It's an origin story of how U.N.C.L.E.'s top two spies, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuriakin meet for the first time and it's clever enough but poor acting and not enough action do not make for top notch entertainment.         The film does have it's tongue planted firmly in it's cheek and and is saved from being a complete dud by it's humor, soundtrack and visuals. The '60's Europe recreation is "fab" and the wardrobe department worked overtime to get everything right. Although how exciting can it be watching the two leads argue over women's fashions?           Henry Cavill looks the part as Agent Solo but has no personality. Arnie Hammer works hard on his accent as Illya but plays him as a big Russian bear. Hugh Grant co-stars in a small but significant role, especially if you are a fan of the original T.V. show. The femme fatale is played by Alicia Vikander and she is an absolute delight to watch. The other female lead, Elizabeth Debicki, makes a fine icy, cool villain. What can it say about the film when  the two featured women are more interesting than the two main male characters?            The set-up is there for a sequel  and if it's made, I hope to  see a certain little New York tailor shop featured somewhere.
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Butterfield Spotlight: Hu Chocolates

We know what you’re thinking.  There is no way vegan chocolate can be any good.  It has to be bitter or hard or filled with grass.  Just kidding – those impressions may not be true, but there are surely skeptics out there.Hu Kitchen has a chocolate bar that will change your mind, and lucky for you, Butterfield stocked up on some for you! Hu Kitchen in NYC, claims they “are a haven for all things human – not just a place to grab food but a destination, a trusted partner in the shared goal of reclaiming what is means to eat and live deliciously.” Guess what, they make chocolate bars with that philosophy in mind, and they are truly delicious!  Just give them to a bunch of teenagers, unwrap them and hide the words “paleo” and “vegan” and they will disappear in no time.
Hu Chocolate Bars
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Mr. Holmes

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 22:58
      A quiet film of dignity, intelligence, wit and surprise, "Mr. Holmes" is an oasis from the loud action popcorn movies of summer. Ian McKellen plays an elderly version of a retired Sherlock Holmes living by the sea and tending to his honey bees. And of course, he is absolutely terrific.       As his memories start to fade with age, Holmes struggles to remember details of his last case, which we see develop in flashbacks.  He relates the facts of the case to young Roger (played by Milo Parker) who's mother is Holmes's housekeeper, Mrs. Munro. Laura Linney co-stars as Mrs. Munro and it's quite a successful departure for the talented actress.        This is a period film jumping between two earlier periods in time and Mr. McKellen doesn't miss a step or trick as the older and elderly versions of Holmes. His scenes with Roger are tender and witty and in the flashbacks, even as an older version of Sherlock Holmes, he does the character justice.         The film is directed by Bill Condon with a quiet elegance and yet a twinkle in his eye. The screenplay is by Jeffrey Hatcher, with a very different take on the famous detective, who ends up solving more than one mystery.          "Mr. Holmes" is a breath of fresh air and filled with simple pleasures, anchored by a wonderful Ian McKellen.
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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:54
         Tom Cruise returns in this 5th installment of the series. With each film, logic continues to dwindle and plot holes continue to grow larger but that's not really important in these films.           The franchise exists as the perfect summer popcorn film...big stars and bigger stunts and in that respect, the film delivers. For my money, the stunts have been better in the previous  films but there is no denying that Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane during taking off is pretty incredible. The problem though, is by now it's certainly no surprise (duh, look at the poster)  and it occurs right at the beginning of the film.            Mr. Cruise is joined once again by the IMF team of Simon Pegg , Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames. Mr. Pegg is comic relief, Mr. Renner provides exposition and Mr. Rhames stands around looking tough.  The new faces this time include Alec Baldwin as the pompous CIA chief, Sean Harris as the creepy villain, and Rebecca Ferguson as the femme fatale double agent. Ms Ferguson holds her own very well in the stunt department going literally toe to toe with Mr. Cruise.          Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who also wrote the screenplay), the film jumps from stunt to stunt with a simplistic story to bridge the action. While the stunts are well staged, Mr. McQuarrie doesn't know when to stop and the film runs too long and with so many sequences, you begin to lose interest. Credit Mr. Cruise however, for doing his own stunts. He appears to be in great shape and goes out of his way to prove it.            Films like this are becoming interchangeable with Jason Bourne, James Bond, even the Fast & Furious series. Yes Hollywood, all the stunts are fun but please give us a well written script that provides suspense and intelligence to go along with all the action.
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Butterfield Spotlight: Tomatoes

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Heirloom Tomatoes at Butterfield Market
For the first, a more traditional version, combine romaine lettuce, ajuicy yellow tomato, diced, chopped carrots, celery, and cucumber andand a tablespoon of fresh dill.  Dress with fresh lime juice andavocado oil, and top it off with some hemp seeds..  Just add yourfavorite protein and you have a complete meal!For the second, take a Middle Eastern spin.  Dice up any tomato ofyour choosing and add it to finely chopped kale.  Then add choppedflat leaf parsley, diced celery, some zhatar seasoning (imagineIsrael's version of herbes de'Provence,) and some tahini. The tahini, a sesame paste, is thick and has a strong flavor, so you be the judgeof how much to use. Add some fresh lemon juice to loosen the tahini,and mix well with tongs before serving.  You can also add somepomegranate seeds, crushed almonds or some protein to this as well.Enjoy!Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Fantastic Four

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 01:15
       Fantastic Flop is more like it. I don't remember the last time a film actually offended me because it was so bad. Here, four good actors are trapped in a fantastic foul-up of a film. Miles Teller plays Reed Richards. Mr. Teller was exceptional in "Whiplash". Now he is so miscast, it's criminal.  Jamie Bell plays Ben Grimm, otherwise known as The Thing. Again, good actor ridiculously miscast and the same can be said for Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm or Kate Mara as Susan Storm. There is no chemistry between them or the film with it's audience.        The film runs 100 minutes. The first hour is all origin story (and not even the correct origin) with no action sequences at all. If this part of the film was a superhero, it's power would be boredom and the ability to put the audience to sleep.  The last 40 minutes contains a big action sequence where the heroes square off against Dr. Doom on a barren planet. It is a poorly conceived battle with the cheesiest CGI, seemingly left over from a 1970's arcade game. When The Thing shouts his signature line, it is forced and comes out of nowhere, losing all it's verbose appeal.         20th Century Fox has only had success with The X-Men films. They can't get Spiderman right or The Fantastic Four forcing reboot after reboot and failing miserably every time. They should wise up and sell their rights back to Marvel studios who have shown they know what to do with their heroes.           Do not waste your time or money on this "Forgettable Four".
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Banish summer breakouts

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:24

FullSizeRender (1)Summer is in full swing and so is the blazing sun that we all love so much! Boat rides and barbecues demand we protect our skin – here’s our foolproof way to maintain your radiant youthful complexion while enjoying all that the summer has to offer whether at home or in the office!

Prevent icky summer breakouts by following these easy steps:

At Home:

Step 1: Cleanse your skin! Reboot with Revision Brightening Wash (http://www.revisionskincare.com) which helps exfoliate dead skin cells, brightens the skin with Vitamin C and has antioxidant benefits that will get your skin glowing!

Step 2: Mask Time! Sit back and Relax with May Lindstrom’s (maylindstrom.com) amazing Problem Solver Correcting Masque! Antioxidant rich in raw cacao and healing bamboo charcoal, your tired skin cells will get back to circulating! This mask helps detoxify and open up your pores – it also smells delicious enough to eat!

Step 3: Protection! Now that we’ve cleansed and purified we have to protect ourselves from the sun’s glares! A non-comedogenic sunscreen like Revision Intellishade (SPF 45) (www.revisionskincare.com) shields and moisturizes your skin while also giving coverage – this revitalizing sunscreen comes tinted with a mineral base that helps blend and minimize pores!

At Spa:

Depending on your skin needs there are a variety of solutions to keep your skin safe. Our favorite summer time services are below!

Facials:

Cleaning the skin is of utmost importance! Extractions and steaming help unclog your pores and allow your skin to breathe! Combined with a salicylic peel (which helps slough off all dead skin, leaving behind a smooth beautiful complexion) your skin is ready for the next step! MAX 7 LED Light (link to my site) therapy helps your skin to purify, reduces any redness left behind and relaxes you as pores and sun damage begin to minimize.

Most importantly…

You must remember to take care of yourself both inside and out! Negative dietary habits can have an unpleasant reaction with your skin. Keeping an eye on intake of alcohol along with dairy, wheat and sugar is incredibly important! Both dairy and sugar cause spikes in certain pimple producing hormones. Awaken your diet with antioxidant rich greens like spinach and kale while replenishing with water and green tea!

Enjoy summer & take back your health!

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Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:42

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer GlowWith every beauty article churned out, we know a million and one ways to keep your skin poreless and clean. Oils, masks, serums, moisturizers – the list never ends!

But how do you get that radiant glow?

As time ticks by and we age, the process of cell regeneration starts to slow down. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of your skin, it can leave skin looking rough, dull and dry. To restore that youthful glow you must exfoliate!

Exfoliation removes the layer of dead skin cells that have built up over time and allows fresh new cells to breathe. It’s an easy addition to your beauty routine that can turn your skin into a work of art!

Exfoliation helps prevent acne, it helps remove hyperpigmentation and old acne scars, it helps with product penetration and it also treats dull skin, leaving you glowing and dewy. When done monthly, it rids you of toxins and begins to restore the normal cell turnover rate which keeps your skin fresh and plump!

Two of the best in spa exfoliation methods are the Silkpeel Dermalinfusion treatment and Dermaplanning – two treatments that are both highly effective and feel wonderful!

The Silkpeel treatment silmultaneously infuses serums into your skin as it sloughs off old dead skin cells. These infused serums detoxify and hydrate the fresh young cells below. Dermaplanning exfoliates the epidermis along with any bothersome peach fuzz, leaving behind skin as soft as a baby’s bottom.

In conjunction to these monthly spa treatments, you can also safely exfoliate while at home two to three times a week! A scrub we are currently loving is May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt. An energizing blend of cleansing clays (like Moroccan rhassoul, cinnamon & turmeric), lifts impurities while a surge of Vitamin C encourages cellular rejuvenation and increased blood flow. If you’ve been looking for the answer to healthy and radiant skin, exfoliation is the answer. Taking good care of your skin is your right – put your best face forward and get that summer glow without the sun!

 

 

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