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'Dog Days' Is Shaggy But Lovable

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:00pm

Ken Marino directs this conventional if disjointed ensemble rom-com about disparate Los Angeles dog owners. The film finds its legs whenever it leans into its alt-comedy cast and cameos.

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Spike Lee Checks Under The Hood In The Blistering 'BlacKkKlansman'

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:25pm

Critic Bob Mondello calls Spike Lee's latest, about a black cop who infiltrates the Klan in the '70s, "his most ferociously entertaining (and just plain ferocious) film in years."

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How A Labor Of Love Grew Into An 'Enchanted Forest' In Oregon

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 7:02am

A family road trip in 1963 inspired Roger Tofte to build a fairy tale theme park. At first, he made everything on his own, by hand. Now, more than 100,000 people a year visit his dream come to life.

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Spooky And Off-Kilter, 'Come Again' Shows Nate Powell's Virtuosity

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 6:00am

Powell is known for his work on John Lewis' autobiography March -- but his new graphic novel goes in a different direction, digging into family secrets and supernatural horrors in an Ozarks commune.

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'Insatiable' Is Lazy And Dull, But At Least It's Insulting

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:00am

The new Netflix series Insatiable got early attention for stereotyping its fat-to-skinny lead character, but it's not as bad as all that. It's worse.

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Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 1:41pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making three major changes, a move that on its face looks like a tie to weak ratings.

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A 'Tale' Of Child Sex Abuse Was Inspired By Filmmaker's Real-Life Trauma

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:38pm

"We never talk about how a child can love his or her abuser," Jennifer Fox says. "If we don't understand that, we don't understand how abuse happens." Her new HBO film is The Tale.

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'American Hate' Profiles Survivors, But Also Brings Hope

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:10am

Amid the ugly realities of contemporary America, Arjun Singh Sethi's collection of stories affirms our courage and inspiration, opening a roadmap to reconciliation through the stories of victims.

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'Marvellous Equations' Pulses With Rhythmic Power

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 6:00am

Marcia Douglas's new book imagines a resurrected Bob Marley, living in a clock tower and conversing with spirits — but Douglas also honors and elevates the voices of the women in Marley's orbit.

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'Kiki Challenge' Inspires 2 Farmers To Dance Awesomely With Oxen In The Mud

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 2:23pm

One look at this video and you'll know why Trevor Noah said they "won" the Kiki challenge.

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'Into The Hands Of Soldiers' Explores How The U.S. Contributed To Chaos In Egypt

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:43pm

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick says the Obama White House watched Arab democracy fall, and now the Trump administration is embracing Egypt's autocratic president.

Through A Looking Glass Of Black Americana: The Long, Strange Journey Of Oran Z

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:18am

For decades, Oran Z collected everything he could about black America, from racist tchotchkes to wax figures of Malcolm X, displaying for a time in his own museum. Now, his life's work is in jeopardy.

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In 'Everything Trump Touches Dies,' Few Are Spared

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 7:56am

Rick Wilson's book is the story of a Republican Party whose shift toward Trumpism left him furious — and a rant against those who have disappointed him — conveyed with biting, over-the-top writing.

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Bonding Over Bog Bodies In 'Meet Me At The Museum'

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 6:00am

Anne Youngson's debut novel is the charmer of the summer. Told in epistolary form, it follows a dissatisfied farmer's wife and a lonely museum curator who find it's never too late for a fresh start.

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In Amsterdam, Even The Tourists Say There Are Too Many Tourists

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:01am

Fewer than one million people live in Amsterdam, but almost 20 million visit each year. A "night mayor" — and initiatives to address "overtourism" — encourage revelers to treat the city with respect.

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Remembering Charlotte Rae: Her Voice Quavered, Her Comic Timing Didn't

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 1:47pm

Charlotte Rae snagged the role of Mrs. Garrett in 1978, a time when sitcoms were driven by catchphrases. But it was her delivery that turned a stock matronly character into a starring role.

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How Can America Reduce Mass Incarceration?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:30pm

Julian Adler, co-author of Start Here, and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail, including community service, social services and even personal essays.

Joël Robuchon, A Giant In French Cooking, Dies

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 8:48am

Robuchon won more Michelin stars than any other chef. He embraced his role as a steward of France's cultural treasures and rejected pretentiousness. After all, his signature dish was potato puree.

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If You're Patient, 'Lodge 49' Is Worth A Lengthy Visit

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 4:00am

AMC's new series about a dim but genial drifter's discovery of a not-so-secret society takes its time getting started, but its intricate narrative structure proves hugely satisfying ... eventually.

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A Jackson Pollock Painting Gets A Touch-Up — And The Public's Invited To Watch

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 3:59am

Those drips and dribbles collect a lot of dust, so conservator Chris Stavroudis is cleaning decades of accumulated grime off Pollock's Number 1, 1949 at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

(Image credit: Brian Forrest/The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

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