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Alexei Ratmansky’s Chamber Symphony, from his Shostakovich Trilogy

Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy renders the composer’s world and life in the Soviet Union through dance at American Ballet Theatre.

Leakonomics: Pirates and Snowden

Bounties on the mutineers demonstrate the limits of transparency.

Two Lane Blacktop

Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop

Ground Zero worker

The architecture of the new World Trade Center buildings emphasizes that their business is none of ours.

Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, Eliav Lilti’s Israel: A Home Movie, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Enemy of the State

Julian Assange

Just as the Assange saga consumes too much of Alex Gibney’s film, so today’s Snowden obsession deflects attention away from our sprawling surveillance state.

Mark Boal

How did a journalist whose career was devoted to exposing injustice end up writing a film like Zero Dark Thirty?

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree (circa 1898), by Mary Cassatt

In her printmaking the artist searched for a constantly elusive vision.

White wigs, black masks: Camover swag in Germany

The cameras no longer look at us because we’re famous; we’re famous because they look at us to death.

Blogs

In the wake of Citizens United, big campaign donors are buying off not only politicians, but also the local news networks that cover them.

March 21, 2013

The Chilean Oscar nominee for best foreign language film has just been released in the US.

March 14, 2013

The group's career suffered over Natalie Maines' comment against invading Iraq.

March 10, 2013

The filmmaker called out the website for its suggestion that the Palestinian director’s detention was a “publicity stunt.“

February 26, 2013

Sixto Rodriguez, subject of the best documentary choice, wrote hard-hitting folk songs, including several that became anthems for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

February 25, 2013

The Academy Awards this year were supposed to be “political.” A reminder of a time when that word really meant something.

February 25, 2013

This year’s Oscars swung the pendulum from strangely apolitical to peddled propaganda.

February 25, 2013

A collaborative musical project he helped found carries on the Nation contributor’s legacy.

January 30, 2013

The documentary on covert operations around the world takes home the Cinematography award.

January 27, 2013

The promising new film is said to be based on the memoir of folkie Dave Van Ronk.

January 25, 2013