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Moussa Touré’s La Pirogue, Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad

Lucia Perillo

Lucia Perillo’s On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths.

Artists can open a space of possibility in politics, but their role is problematic—and not always positive.

By providing free instruments, we use music to help rehabilitate prison inmates.

Edwidge Danticat

My Tante Rezia was a patron of the arts, one of those silent supporters that every family, every artist, has and needs but rarely acknowledges.

Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained; Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse

The Twenty-Seventh Man

Nathan Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, focuses on the moment that Yiddish culture in Russia died a sudden and unnatural death.

Can recordings of classical music ever be in concert with concert hall performances?

Blogs

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

January 25, 2013

In one film, grateful black people; in the other, the vengeful ones.

December 25, 2012

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is on a mission to show his Sundance-award winning movie, The House I Live In, to prisoners across the country. On a Friday in December, he went to New Yor}ks biggest jail.

December 21, 2012

What's really bothering us is not whether torture works but that Americans are torturers.

December 14, 2012

The narrative in Kathryn Bigelow's soon-to-be-blockbuster endorses torture, at least implicitly.

December 12, 2012

Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

The filmmaker challenges the accepted narrative that dropping the bomb(s) was the right thing to do.

November 26, 2012