Culture

Not That Exciting

Pedro Almodovar's latest film, I'm So Excited! is less than thrilling but doesn't spell the end of the famed Spanish director. 

Shonda Rhimes' Huma Abedin

Real-life Huma Abedin is pretty much Scandal's fictional D.C. political fixer Olivia Pope. Both women know their way around a crisis. 

Last Day of a Young Black Man

Fruitvale Station's intimate portrait of Oscar Grant promises better days ahead for black film.

Vacant Beauty, Boredom, and The Bling Ring

With her latest film, Sophia Coppola emerges as successor to Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, master of disaffection and alienation. 

Take Me Out with the Crowd

Can numbers-happy fantasy sports replace team play as a metaphor for the American way of living?
 

All the News that's Fit to Reprint

Aaron Sorkin's attempts to recycle long-mildewed news stories on The Newsroom—which begins its second season this Sunday—have grown modestly better! Sort of.

Coming to Do Good, Staying to Do Well

D.C. is filled with young, dizzying ambition. This Town wishes the old-timers knew better.  

New Treasure in Maine

The Colby College Museum of Art reopens, ready to share its $100 million gift and quietly bold vision.  

When It Comes to Kindles, Do You "Like" or Unlink?

Social reading will bring us together while restoring a long tradition in the history of the book. Still … 

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Gay Equality 1, Civil Rights 0 – join us in wondering how to celebrate this Fourth of July. (Hint: not by seeing Johnny Depp’s new movie, that’s for sure.)

Putin Loves Me, Putin Loves Me Not

A conversation with the author of a new book about the Russian president, touching on fomenting dissent in the country, Syria, and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Burning Down the (White) House

White House Down, when ranked among the other dull offerings of this summer blockbuster season, is worth its weight in kabooms. You will be entertained. 

The Great Gandolfini

The actor's genius was his knack for humanizing but not sentimentalizing his tough guy characters.

Revolution Until Imprisonment

The documentary The Revolutionary, which documents the life of Charleston native and Chinese Communist Party member Sidney Rittenberg, looks at how political zeal becomes zealotry.

John Oliver's Summer Audition

Jon Stewart's summer Daily Show replacement is doing just fine—but not fine enough that he endangers the Comedy Central king's reign.

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