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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.

Why Are So Many People Still Protective of Woody Allen?

Ronan and Mia Farrow took to Twitter to express their outrage after the director was honored at Sunday's Golden Globes, but why hasn't he gotten more grief from the film-world establishment?

Pope Francis's "Cardinal" Rules

Thinking about Otto Preminger's film 50 years later in the context of Pope Francis.

The Man Who Knew Too Little

A CIA memoir whose emptiness is something to contemplate

"Spring Breakers" Was the Best Movie of the Year. Seriously.

It was imbecilic but gorgeous—just like America. 

The Coen Brothers' Goodbye Song

Inside Llewyn Davis deepens the duo's turn from satire to elegy

Sondheim Looks Back

The composer reflects on his storied Broadway career in a new HBO documentary. 

CNN Losing Interest in News

Their leader says he wants more of "an attitude and a take." It's actually not a bad idea.

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