Culture

No Fear of Flying

The movie Born to Fly delves into a world of dance that seems at times more about daring and brute strength than grace.

The Magnificent Anderson

Yes, Wes Anderson’s films are hyper-stylized, but they’re rich in meaning too. None more so than The Grand Budapest Hotel

Sit and Wait for the Sadness

The Ozarks—land of hillbillies and a few vast modern fortunes—are the setting for recent literary thrillers.

When Hollywood Went to War

In Five Came Back, Mark Harris takes a look at the directors who turned propaganda into high art.

No Exit: The Digital Edition

In her new book, Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin shows how badly disadvantaged ordinary people are in the struggle for privacy online.

As Good As It Gets for Oscar

This year was the prototype of what’s probably the best that can be expected of the Academy Awards.

Noah Goes Hollywood

A flood, you say? More like a flood of ass-kicking.

The Oscars? Let's Grouch

The Academy Awards grow ever more inconsequential. At least there will be no "we saw your boobs" ditty this year, though. 

Ashes to Ashes—The 3D Edition

When you buy a ticket to a movie called Pompeii, expecting art or even brains would be fatuous; what you want is a good time. Sue me for confessing I had one. 

Johnny Who?

Here’s Jimmy Fallon, the first late-night host too young to have worshipped Carson.  

The Ink-Stained Wretches of Wall Street

Dean Starkman's The Watchdog That Didn't Bark and the failures of the media during the financial crash. 

A Monumental Failure

Honestly, who on earth thought George Clooney's The Monuments Men was a good idea for a movie? 

The Moment of Creation

Do America’s current challenges in the Middle East trace back to Harry Truman’s 1948 missteps?  

Campaigns and the Human Condition

"Mitt" reminds us that seeing a candidate's "true" self is impossible, no matter who he is.

Stevie Sings for Martin Luther King

How Stevie Wonder and Coretta Scott King worked in perfect harmony to beat Jesse Helms and create a national holiday.

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