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'Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold' Plays It As It Lays

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:10pm

The documentary, directed by Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, isn't particularly revelatory, but it captures the writer's dazzling life and persona — and her struggles with grief.

(Image credit: Julian Wasser/Netflix)

'The Square' Is Edgy

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00pm

Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund ruthlessly roasts the art community in this loose, leisurely paced series of deadpan vignettes.

(Image credit: Magnolia Pictures)

Pent-Up Passions Go Free Range In 'God's Own Country'

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00pm

Two male farmhands in Yorkshire find each other in this "full-throttle, grand love story and ... coming-of-age parable" from first-time writer-director Francis Lee.

(Image credit: Samuel Goldwyn Pictures)

'Suburbicon': Two Storylines, Separate But Unequal

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00pm

This film, directed and co-written by George Clooney, "is a solid 95-minute noir caper artlessly bolted to a 10-minute social drama, and a shockingly tone-deaf one at that."

(Image credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Paramount Pictures)

In 'The Square,' A Scandinavian Satire Of A Modern Art Museum

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

The Swedish movie which won top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival skewers the cultural elite — the same kind of people who attend Cannes.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

These 'Paperbacks From Hell' Reflect The Real-Life Angst Of The 1970s

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

Author Grady Hendrix's new book is a celebration of the lurid horror paperbacks of the 1970s, books that gave already frightened readers an endless supply of things to fear, from jellyfish to clowns.

(Image credit: Lisa Falkenstern/Quirk Books)

'The Square' Skillfully Skewers The Pretensions Of The Modern Art World

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:20pm

Ruben Östlund's latest film is a satire set at a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. Reviewer Justin Chang says The Square invites viewers to laugh, empathize and recoil — sometimes all at once.

Watch Out: This Halloween, Horror Is Back

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:53am

People are turning to creepy clown faces and bloody ski masks this year, inspired by this year's great horror movies and to escape the real world.

(Image credit: Josh Loock/NPR )

'Ghosts Of The Tsunami' Examines The Disaster That Haunts Japan

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:00am

Richard Lloyd Parry looks at the aftermath of Japan's 2011 tsunami in this brutally honest new book, which refuses to mitigate the full horror of the events with feel-good recovery stories.

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Guess Who Renoir Was In Love With In 'Luncheon Of The Boating Party'

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:55am

Aline Charigot hadn't known Renoir long when she posed for his masterpiece, but he'd already fallen for her. Curator Eliza Rathbone says, "That's why she has the role that she does in the painting."

(Image credit: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.)

Remembering Cornelia Walker Bailey, A Giant Of Gullah Geechee Culture

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 5:03pm

Bailey, who died Oct. 15, was considered the Geechee "griot," a West African term for storyteller, and fought to keep alive the community's history and way of life, especially its food culture.

(Image credit: Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images)

'Her Body and Other Parties' Charts Dark Territory With Enormous Style

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:01pm

The eight stories in Carmen Maria Machado's new collection feature women in extremis — physical danger, psychological meltdown, treacherous love or close encounters of a ghostly kind.

Journalist Chronicles Ordinary People Fighting Extremism In Africa

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:01pm

New Yorker writer Alexis Okeowo wanted to get past standard journalistic narratives of war and tragedy and show people as flawed, complicated individuals in her new book, A Moonless, Starless Sky.

The Trick To Making Your Own Halloween Candy? Swallowing Your Fear

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:04am

Jami Curl is a homemade candy evangelist. The sweet stuff can be made from "real" ingredients — and you can do it at home. The process can be intimidating, but also kind of magical.

(Image credit: Maggie Kirkland)

'Adèle Bedeau' Is A Delightfully Macabre Mix Of Text And Subtext

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 6:00am

Graeme Macrae Burnet's stylish, atmospheric mystery can be read just as a dark little detective story — but it's worth paying attention to the novel's playful found-manuscript framing device.

(Image credit: Arcade Publishing)

'Mindhunter' Is A Procedural That Finds A New Way To Proceed

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:00am

Mindhunter's first episode promises The X-Files for serial killers. Instead, this Netflix series hews closer to Masters of Sex, placing viewers at the troubled, and troubling, birth of a new science.

(Image credit: Merrick Morton/Netflix)

The Best Hostess Gift? A Pound Of Butter, Says Amy Sedaris

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:09pm

Sedaris says her new, accessibly imperfect hospitality show is inspired by local shows she loved growing up — and everyone from Red Skelton to the Two Fat Ladies. (But not Martha Stewart.)

(Image credit: KC Bailey/Tru TV)

In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:14pm

A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.

Climate Change Journalist Warns: 'Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now'

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:00pm

Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is The Water Will Come.

LISTEN: Tom Hanks On Weinstein Allegations: Some 'Think ... This Is How It Works'

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:00pm

Asked about the sexual harassment allegations roiling Hollywood, the actor offered a blunt assessment: There are some in power who "think it's OK to manipulate those under them in a sexual manner."

(Image credit: Hope Leigh Rollins/NPR)

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