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In 'White Tears' Appropriation Has Horrifying Consequences

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 6:00am

Suspense is the driving force in Hari Kunzru's thriller about two young white men who invent a fictional blues singer.

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20 Years Ago, 'Buffy' Welcomed Us All To The Hellmouth (aka High School)

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:57am

Buffy the Vampire Slayer used monsters as a metaphor for everyday high school problems. The show premiered on March 10, 1997.

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'Raw' Is Not Well Done

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm

French writer-director Julia Ducournau's debut feature, about a vegetarian veterinary student who develops a taste for viscera, "is as tiresome as it is scandalous," says critic Mark Jenkins.

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A Revisionist Western With A Vision That's Oppressively Brutal: 'Brimstone'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm

Dutch writer-director Martin Koolhoven's bleak, four-part, 149-minute tale, which features Guy Pearce as a sadistic preacher in the Old West, proves "rigorously unpleasant," says critic Scott Tobias.

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An Unexamined Life, Examined And Re-Examined: 'The Sense Of An Ending'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm

An unsparing, unsentimental Julian Barnes novel gets a straightforward treatment — and a tacked-on, falsely redemptive ending — in Ritesh Batra's film.

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In The Forgettable 'Kong: Skull Island,' A Great Cast, Cast Aside

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm

Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson help ensure that this mediocre creature feature is "no chore to sit through," says critic Chris Klimek.

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Hollywood's Favorite Giant Ape Returns In 'Kong: Skull Island'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:34pm

In Kong: Skull Island, Hollywood's favorite giant ape returns to theaters, this time befriending Brie Larson and annoying John Goodman.

Anthology TV Series Undergo Renaissance With 'American Crime,' 'Feud'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:34pm

The third season of American Crime debuts this week on ABC. It's one of a number of interesting anthology series on TV now. NPR takes a look at the pros and cons of anthology series.

Mozzarella Magic: How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 2:00pm

To feed their cheese habit, the author and her father took a crash course in mozzarella on a Pennsylvania farm. The experience offered valuable insight into the science and history of cheese-making.

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Myth And History Collide In 'The Erstwhile'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 6:00am

The second installment of B. Catling's trilogy is full of oddities and quirks and familiar characters.

When Clothes Make The Man Appear Dangerous

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:01am

The revival of playwright Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit" reminds us that clothes and garments have long been the site upon which bigots can project their prejudices and fears.

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Author Unravels Her Spy Dad's Life, One Secret Mission At A Time

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:28pm

Keggie Carew grew up with her father's stories of parachuting into the jungle and working as a spy in Burma. She wasn't sure how much to believe until she started researching her new book, Dadland.

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On Italy's Feminist Holiday, Women Have Their Cake And Eat It, Too

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:12pm

Leave it to the Italians to take a holiday steeped in women's rights and turn it into Festa Della Donna, when women leave menfolk behind to celebrate each other with flowers, wine and above all, cake.

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From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:00pm

"All of us who are writers are doing something that actually matters," Hamid says. His latest novel, Exit West, follows a couple who have to decide whether to flee their homeland.

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Fred Weintraub, Founder Of The Bitter End And 'Enter The Dragon' Producer, Dies At 88

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:04pm

As an impresario and producer, Weintraub fueled the careers of scores of important performers across music, comedy and film — from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen to Bruce Lee. He died Sunday at age 88.

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'All Grown Up' Is The Picture Of Someone Who Isn't (And A Voice That's Nothing New)

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 6:00am

Jamie Attenberg's newest novel follows a woman living her life unapologetically, and on her own terms. But that kind of life can is not necessarily a good one.

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