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'Her Body And Other Parties:' Be Your Own Madwoman

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 9:00am

Carmen Maria Machado's new collection takes young female online culture — LiveJournal and Tumblr, ghost stories and urban legends — and reinforce the uncanny power and reach of those stories.

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In 1960s New York, Witchy Women Learn 'The Rules Of Magic'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 6:52am

In Alice Hoffman's prequel to Practical Magic, two sisters uncover their family's supernatural gifts and curses while growing up in the city.

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'Taste Of Empire' Shows Us The World In Our Kitchen Cupboards

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 6:00am

Lizzie Collingham's new book takes 20 exemplary British meals, from plain stewed beef to an elaborate Christmas pudding, and uses them to illustrate the way food and empire are inextricably linked.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Conan Sidekick Andy Richter On 'Conan The Destroyer'

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:57am

Conan O'Brien's longtime announcer gets to answer questions about the less-successful sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Conan The Barbarian.

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You're Going To Hate 'TheMystery.doc,' And That's OK

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:00am

Matthew McIntosh's fractured and fracturing 1,600-page tale of a writer with amnesia and a missing manuscript isn't fun, and it probably isn't supposed to be. But it is magnificently weird.

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Stunning New Biography 'Ali' Is The Portrait A Champion Deserves

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 6:00am

Jonathan Eig's exhaustively researched new book paints a complex picture of Muhammad Ali, from his Kentucky childhood to his brilliant fighting style, his kindnesses, cruelties and eventual decline.

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Kenan Thompson Becomes Longest-Serving Cast Member On SNL

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

With the start of this season of SNL, Kenan Thompson became longest-serving cast member in the show's history. So what's the secret to his longevity and making it click with the audience?

'The Florida Project' Presents A Thrillingly Alive Portrait Of Childhood

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:33pm

Director Sean Baker's new film centers on a six-year-old girl living in a dumpy motel complex outside of Orlando. Critic Justin Chang says The Florida Project "packs an emotional wallop."

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:33pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.

'Florida Project' Turns A Decrepit Corner Of Orlando Into A Cinematic Playground

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 9:00am

Sean Baker's new film follows an adorably unstoppable 6-year-old and her barely more mature single mom living in the shadow of Disney World.

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'Unkindness Of Ghosts' Transposes The Plantation's Cruelty To The Stars

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:00am

Rivers Solomon's novel is set on a giant generation ship, on an interstellar voyage of centuries, divided between the wealthy, light-skinned upper-deckers and the oppressed, laboring lower-deckers.

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Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 5:54pm

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.

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In The Powerful 'Una,' A Woman Wants Vengeance — And More

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:01pm

In this "intelligently talky, properly claustrophobic chamber piece,' Rooney Mara plays a woman who confronts the man who sexually abused her when she was a girl.

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'Faces Places': A New Wave Filmmaker And A Mural Artist Tear Through France

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:01pm

Agnès Varda and JR co-direct this documentary, which follows their travels as they turn the lives of the people they meet into public art.

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Stranded Without A Script: 'The Mountain Between Us'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Hany Abu-Assad's film, which stars Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and a cute dog, is prettily shot but blandly predictable.

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In Love And On The Spectrum: 'Dina'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:00pm

The documentary follows a man and woman on the autism spectrum as they negotiate love — and sex.

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In 'Manhattan Beach,' Jennifer Egan Dives Deep Into WWII New York City

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

Egan began researching her new novel years before she published A Visit From The Goon Squad. It follows a girl who becomes the Brooklyn Navy Yard's first female deep-sea diver during World War II.

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Review: 'Blade Runner 2049' Will Satisfy Fans As It Expands On Original

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says in some respects, Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel, surpasses the original.

Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. After the past two years, in which the Swedish academy honored a Russian journalist and a certain American songwriter, it marks a return to literary fiction.

Don't Expect To Have Your Mind Blown By 'Blade Runner 2049'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:36pm

Thirty-five years after the first Blade Runner premiered, Ryan Gosling stars in its sequel. Critic David Edelstein says the new film, though absorbing, is ultimately "just OK."

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