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In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE


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‘The Look of Silence’: Showing the Human Side of Genocide

What if the Nazis had won in World War II? That question represents one of the thematic forces that shape Joshua Oppenheimer’s quietly riveting new documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 tragedy.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



A ‘Trainwreck’ You Can Laugh At

Is the movie funny? Yes. Is it as mordant as the ruthlessly funny sketch show, “Inside Amy Schumer?”

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



Maybe It’s Time to Terminate

“Terminator Genisys” is unnecessarily complicated by so many time twists and warps that even an ardent fan of the franchise must admit that its future is behind it.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



‘Inside Out’ Turns Pixar’s Usual Formula on Its Head

A female protagonist? And a focus on emotion? What’s going on here? Maybe the animation company has learned some life lessons.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



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Can’t Knock Woody Allen’s Hustle

The prolific director’s latest isn’t his greatest, but it’s good enough.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



‘The United States of Amnesia’: Gore Vidal in Winter

We can’t say Gore Vidal didn’t warn us.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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This Unexpected Movie Just Won’t Leave Me Alone

“Ida” is a strangely haunting movie—for a failure. For all its faults, it’s taken up something like permanent residence in my brain.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Inside the Nazis’ Model Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt was a most peculiar institution. It was created by the Nazis as a “model” camp—“Hitler’s gift to the Jews,” as the saying went—designed to placate the Red Cross and other international inspectors when they came calling.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The One Movie From 2013 You Have to See

In short, the movie year ends, as they almost always do, in disappointment that verges on dismay. But there is hope.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE


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