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Spy Thriller 'Red Sparrow' Is A Long Slog With Minimal Suspense

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:09pm

Jennifer Lawrence is unconvincing as the star of the Bolshoi Ballet in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. Critic David Edelstein says the film features "one bad note after another."

Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Relive Raging Hormones And First Kisses In 'Big Mouth'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:06pm

The comic actors channel the indignities of puberty in their animated Netflix comedy series. Looking back on his own adolescence, Mulaney says: "I was always mystified."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Siblings On A Strange Journey In 'Monster Portraits'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 6:00am

Sofia Samatar teams up with her brother Del, a tattoo artist, to create a new take on the fantastic bestiary. The result is a prose poem with jolts of autobiography, spiced with intricate drawings.

(Image credit: Rose Metal Press)

The Oscar Elders: 3 Octogenarians Make Academy Award History

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 5:01am

For James Ivory, Christopher Plummer and Agnes Varda, their late 80s are proving fruitful. They're now the three oldest people ever nominated for an Oscar.

(Image credit: Charley Gallay/Valerie Macon/Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

'I Can't Believe I Am The First,' Says Oscar-Nominated Female Cinematographer

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:09pm

You may know her from such films as Black Panther, where she was director of photography. Now, Rachel Morrison is the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography, for her work on Mudbound,

(Image credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix)

Trans Woman Reflects On Love, Loss And The Fight For Equality

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:32pm

Sarah McBride was the first transgender person to speak at the political convention of a major party. Now she's the spokesperson for the LGBTQ rights organization the Human Rights Campaign.

Comedy Is Drenched With Foreboding On Season 2 Of 'Atlanta'

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:32pm

Donald Glover's Emmy-winning FX series returns for its second season on Thursday. Critic John Powers says Atlanta is simultaneously "strange and angry and hysterically funny."

2 Decades In The Making, 'Green Sun' Is Worth The Wait

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:14pm

Kent Anderson's new novel is a sequel to 1997's Night Dogs, and it picks up with antihero Hanson, once an English teacher, now working as a police officer in Oakland — bad attitude entirely intact.

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'Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?': Filmmaker's Searing Indictment Of His Ancestor — And Himself

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:00pm

Director Travis Wilkerson's great-grandfather killed an unarmed black man in 1946 Alabama and got away with it. With self-lacerating fury, the film posits racial violence as a kind of erasure.

(Image credit: Grasshopper Films)

Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:21pm

When it comes to antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs, author Lauren Slater says, "We don't really know what we're taking into our bodies." Her new book is Blue Dreams.

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Can Nuclear Power Plants Generate Artistic Inspiration?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:19am

"Nuclear" artists see motivating muses where others see only grey buildings, drab fences, and white steam piping out of concrete cooling towers, says guest commentator Vincent Ialenti.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Erich Berger)

More Than Just Nostalgia, 'Time Pieces' Is A Multilayered Memoir Of Dublin

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 8:44am

Irish writer John Banville's new book is a shimmering, frequently elusive book about a city, but also an inquiry into memory, shifting attention, and above all time as it passes and becomes the past.

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A Hip Charleston Restaurant Where Women Are The Boss

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 7:00am

The #MeToo movement has forced many restaurants and chefs to confront sexual harassment in their own ranks. At Cannon Green, where women mentor other women, the atmosphere seems much less turbulent.

(Image credit: Nickie Stone)

Mary Pickford: Darling Of The Silver Screen To Major Hollywood Force

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:02am

Mary Pickford, movie star, producer and studio head, made her mark on Hollywood in the early 20th century. As the industry reckons with inequality and sexual misconduct, her career merits a new look.

Hollywood Diversity Study Finds 'Mixed Bag' When It Comes To Representation

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:00am

The report finds that broadcast TV and children's series are increasingly diverse, but people of color remain underrepresented on all fronts, including lead roles, writers, directors and showrunners.

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

'Eat The Apple' Is A Brilliant And Barbed Memoir Of The Iraq War

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 2:59pm

In his experimental new memoir, Matt Young conveys the chaos of his three deployments in Iraq. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Young "a frank, funny and mercilessly self-lacerating narrator."

(Image credit: Tara Monterosso/Bloomsbury)

Essayist Breaks Free From Conventional Relationships In 'Because I Love You'

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 2:09pm

Tim Kreider says the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat. He writes about that, his fling with a sexual performance artist and much more in a new essay collection.

(Image credit: Tim Kreider/Simon and Schuster)

'Good Girls' Can't Live Up To Its Very Good Cast

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:00am

The NBC series Good Girls, which follows three moms who turn to crime to support their families, has a terrific cast. Unfortunately, it can't master a consistent tone.

(Image credit: Josh Stringer/NBC)

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood On The Music Of 'Phantom Thread'

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 3:47am

The guitarist and arranger for one of the world's biggest rock bands is also a composer, whose work on Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film is up for an Oscar.

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