March 2009

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St. Patrick’s Day Films?

I love holiday-themed movies. So when I sat down to compose a list of St. Patrick's Day films, I was surprised to find that I couldn't think of any...

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Three Rules for Turning Kids’ Books into Movies

Nothing is more worrisome to me than the prospect of one of my favorite childhood memories being chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood machine. For me, based only on the trailers, Where the Wild Things Are looks like it’s really going to nail it, and poor Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs looks like frozen leftovers


Contest! Free Stuff! And a Little Spring Cleaning

In honor of Amy Adams's unusual profession as owner of a crime-scene cleanup business, we're giving away an awesome gift basket full of Method cleaning products. I don't know about you, but to me saving forty bucks on cleaning products means I can spend more money on movie tickets.


The Valley Tweets

If brevity is the soul of wit, then Twitter must be the wittiest thing on the Internet

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March Movie Madness

Usually, the best movies of the year are crowded into two short windows: May through July (for big, summer blockbusters), and October through December (for smart, worthy awards movies). This month is an exception.


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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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