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A Flawed ‘Black Mass’: Tale of a Rat, as Told by Rats

Director Scott Cooper’s film about Boston gangster “Whitey” Bulger shines in its casting but is shaded by earlier works from Martin Scorsese and others.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE


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For the Children of the World Trade Center Victims

“This poem is trying to reach your mother/ in her business skirt, and get her home/ to Ridgewood where she can change/ to her robe and sip Chamomile tea/ as she looks through the bay window at the old,/ untouched New York City skyline.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Story of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers and the CIA Just Got Creepier

The Oscar-winning film “Zero Dark Thirty” became a prestigious awards vehicle for its co-creators, journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. It also became a source of controversy—and all the more so after this latest news.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



Controlling the Internet and Popular Opinion in Russia

A new book shows how technological advancement and a willingness by professionals to cooperate with the state combined to create a “wide-ranging, all-penetrating Internet surveillance and censorship system in Russia.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Debut: Well, That Was Awkward

He’s filling the seat long commanded by David Letterman, which is a gigantic deal in and of itself, but whether Colbert’s version of “The Late Show” gets off the ground ultimately has to do with whether he can fly solo—on his own terms. 

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



Latest Readings

Clive James, the great cultural critic diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, revisits a lifetime of reading in his latest, and perhaps last book: “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE



‘A Walk in the Woods’ Is a Cinematic Walk in the Park

The pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte is entertaining, family-friendly and perhaps just a wee bit too glib.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



The Case for Backing President Kanye West in 2020

Using the singer and 2020 presidential hopeful’s progressive rap lyrics as the basis for a potential political platform, writer Osman Faruqi argues that “Kanye West would be the best president in U.S. history (seriously).”

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



James Bond Writer Anthony Horowitz Apologizes to Idris Elba for ‘Too Street’ Insult

Actor Idris Elba, who starred in “The Wire,” has all the makings of a killer James Bond, which would explain the persistent public campaign to urge the filmmakers behind the long-running spy franchise to pass the torch to him after Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 ends.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE


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