Jake Cohen

Arts & Entertainment

Visions of Cuba Seen Through Interviews

“Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death” is the debut film from actor turned documentarian Olatz Lopez Garmendia. The documentary is an overtly political film but does not make heavy-handed statements regarding policy or ideology. Rather, it makes poignant statements by sharing intimate interviews with Cuban citizens. Garmendia has traveled to Cuba for the past 20 […]

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“Dr. Strange”: A Superhero Movie for Everyone

While “Doctor Strange” is a tightly paced special effects spectacle with many refreshing elements and exciting and inventive visual effects –it’s real achievement is that it is enjoyable for both those familiar with the Marvel universe as well as those who have yet to see a comic book movie. Doctor Strange’s origin differs from most […]

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Cinema Culture and Katana Swords on Display in Astoria

On Nov. 5, the Astoria-based Museum of the Moving Image hosted An Afternoon with Tatsuya Nakadai, in honor of the 50th anniversary of “The Sword of Doom.” The event included a screening of the seminal film followed by a discussion with the film’s 83-year-old star, Tatsuya Nakadai. Nakadai has starred in classic films including “Yojimbo” […]

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Is “The Birth of a Nation” a Sundance darling or a wide release flop?

“The Birth of a Nation” is a period biopic about the story of Nat Turner. Like many historical melodramas, the filmmakers were liberal in their use of artistic freedom with the narrative. This is not a failure of the film but rather the filmmaker’s choice to value theme and allegory over historical accuracy. Turner, a […]

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Whit’s End: Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Pizza

Since Superstorm Sandy in 2012 the food scene in Rockaway, Queens has experienced a renaissance. Say what you will about hipsters and gentrification, it usually doesn’t have a negative effect on the level of cuisine produced by eateries in the affected neighborhoods. One of these post-Sandy additions to Rockaway is Whit’s End, a restaurant and […]

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