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Taraji P Henson as Empire's Cookie

Fox’s Empire made TV-ratings history by letting a black woman be her multidimensional self. 

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

Jean-Luc Godard at Cinéma L’Eden in Le Havre, France, 2004

Jean-Luc Godard is still brooding on the end of cinema while imagining its future incarnation.

Israeli military police, 1948

Khirbet Khizeh is a study in ambiguity of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

Missed American Sniper? That’s okay—you’ve probably already seen it.

Bradley Cooper (left) and Sam Jaeger in American Sniper

Clint Eastwood’s shoot ’em up is remorseless, racist fantasy.

A shot from Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl, by Danny Cooke

Danny Cooke’s Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl summons a lost history of familiar and alien dreams.

This Oscar-nominated doc is all about well-meaning Americans—with nothing about the indiscriminate US firepower that destroyed much of the country.

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In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015