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A Season of Swords

Game of Thrones, otherwise known as every origins story trash-compacted into the "ultimate extrapolation of Dallas," returns for its third season this Sunday.

Always Be Monologuing

Al Pacino's endless arias are the only thing that save David Mamet's Phil Spector from being mere propaganda.

Obama: The Republicans' Devil

What the resemblence between the president and the History Channel's Prince of Darkness says about today's GOP.

Before You Know It, Change Happens

A look at a hopeful documentary on gay seniors premiering at SXSW.

Advice for Escaping Film's Winter Doldrums

No need to despair and go watch Identity Thief when you can stay home and rent a Luis Bunuel flick.

How "The Bachelor" Explains the Real World of Women

Forget falling in love, the show says a whole lot more about our hidden anger

Sheryl Sandberg’s Can-Do Feminism

Why she’s a reformer in the church of meritocracy and not a heretic

Politicians Awkwardly Dropping Pop Culture References

When Marco Rubio keeps reminding everyone he likes hip-hop, who is he really speaking to?

Schindler's List, 20 Years Later

How does the film, which defies routine criticism in many ways, hold up?

Fear and the New Deal

FDR ascended to the White House 80 years ago. How has his legacy—and the legacy of his landmark legislation—shifted in the years since?

It's All in the Game

House of Cards is irresistible, but by insisting that corruption, not fanaticism, is poisoning Washington, the series feels dated.

Stalked, Virtually

James Lasdun’s memoir on the terrifying frailty of reputation in the Internet era.

Riding Downton's Coattails

HBO's adaptation of Parade's End premieres tonight—too bad the show stole its soapy predecessor's formula but none of the fun.

Social Climate Change

Emily Bazelon's look at how bullying—once known as "kids will be kids"—came to be seen as a crisis.

Gleefully Hate-Watching the Oscars

You can complain all you want about the Academy Awards, but admit it. They're fun, and the griping is nearly the best part. 

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