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'Murphy Brown' Returns For The Trump Age

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 4:23pm

After 20 years, Murphy Brown returns to the host chair. In the revival, Candice Bergen's acerbic, pioneering news anchor goes up against her son, who works for a conservative cable news channel.

Secrets Of A Teenage WWII Spy In 'Transcription'

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 6:53am

The young protagonist of Kate Atkinson's latest historical novel finds herself working for British intelligence during the war — and suddenly confronting that experience years later.

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'Night Moves' Captures Fleeting Moments In Chicago — And Life

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 6:01am

Jessica Hopper's memoir oscillates between charting a story of gentrification, a young woman's love affair with Chicago, and the types of friendships that represent the texture of a city.

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New Book: Vaccines Have Always Had Haters

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 6:00am

That's one of the themes in the new book 'Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity.'

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'Unclaimed Baggage' Is The Quintessential Southern Novel For Teens

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 6:00am

Jen Doll's new novel follows a group of misfit kids working at Alabama's legendary Unclaimed Baggage store, a place where all kinds of lost things (and people, and one purple leopard suitcase) end up.

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 4:25pm

"The language of type can be immensely clarifying," says author Merve Emre. In The Personality Brokers she describes how a mother-daughter duo started a multi-million dollar "people sorting" industry.

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How To Defend Season 2 Of 'American Vandal' Against Its Naysayers

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 6:00am

Now that enough people have seen the second season of Netflix's comedy/drama/true crime parody, your weekend will be full of people comparing it unfavorably to season one. Here's why they're wrong.

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Not My Job: Gymnast Aly Raisman Plays A Game Called 'Oy! A Vault!'

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 5:40am

Gymnasts are experts in one kind of vault ... but what about the kind you store your stuff in? Three questions for Olympian Aly Raisman, who has chronicled her career in the memoir Fierce.

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Lorraine Hansberry: Radiant, Radical — And More Than 'Raisin'

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 5:28am

A new biography of the African-American playwright shows that she was so much more than her most famous work: A Raisin in the Sun.

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2 Movies Set A Century Ago Capture The Coming Of Modern Age

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 5:04pm

The Sisters Brothers is about a Wild West on the verge of being tamed. The biopic Colette is about a French novelist who refused to be tamed.

'Jane Fonda In Five Acts' Reveals The Shifting Identities Of An Icon

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:40pm

Susan Lacy's terrific HBO documentary examines Fonda's juicy, controversial life in five parts. The first four are named for a man under whose influence Fonda lived; in the fifth, she stands alone.

Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:40pm

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed." Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2017.

The Tough Wild West — Now With Feelings — In 'The Sisters Brothers'

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:39am

Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play a brotherly pair of assassins-for-hire in Jacques Audiard's latest film. Critic Justin Chang calls The Sisters Brothers a "funny, stirring, brutal story."

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Life Can Be A Mess, But So Is 'Life Itself'

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:01pm

Life Itself, from the creator of This Is Us, launches two family stories on two different continents. It offers some lovely moments, but its grand ambitions are beyond its grasp.

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'Love, Gilda': A Comedy Legend, In Her Own Words

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:00pm

This by-the-numbers documentary misses a step by focusing on the late Gilda Radner's celebrity over her comedy, but it's effective when it lets her recently discovered journals do the talking.

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'The House With A Clock In Its Walls' Is An Eyesore

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:00pm

The exquisite atmosphere and sense of foreboding that made John Bellairs' 1973 book a children's classic gets discarded in favor of a relentless riot of jump-scares and visual noise.

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'Colette' Is A Thoroughly Modern Fille

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:00pm

Wash Westmoreland's biopic of a French literary lioness is well-acted, gorgeously mounted and weighed down with incongruously modern speeches about sexuality and gender.

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Fast-Paced And Proudly Unusual, 'Maniac' Dives Into The Mysteries Of The Mind

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:23pm

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in a new, 10-part Netflix series about the psychological exploration of alternative realities and identities. Critic David Bianculli says Maniac is "a blast."

Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce'

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:17pm

When the creators of HBO's The Deuce approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.

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From 'Everything Under' To 'Overstory': The 2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:10am

Just half a dozen authors remain in contention for the prestigious fiction award: Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson.

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