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Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

David O. Russell’s American Hustle; Spike Lee’s Oldboy

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

A group of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

Blogs

Years of Living Dangerously will make you boiling mad about the climate calamity that awaits us in the twenty-first century.  

April 15, 2014

Conservatives see the selection of Colbert as the next host of The Late Show as proof of liberal media bias. 

April 11, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014

An excerpt from When Hollywood Turned Left, Greg Mitchell’s new e-book about the first modern campaign to secretly raise massive amounts of money.

April 6, 2014

Naturally, J. Edgar Hoover, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Richard Russell all put in appearances.

April 2, 2014

“The Interweb tried to swallow me whole,” said Colbert. “But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up, like a hastily chewed chicken wing.”

April 1, 2014

Actors and actresses were long known for contract disputes and sex scandals, not social activism. So when, and why, did the shift to the left occur?

March 25, 2014

The CIA and NSA routinely ignore the Constitution, yet want the Justice Department to protect them from an over-reaching Congress.

March 24, 2014

Vergara’s ambivalent feelings about gentrifying Harlem stem from a recognition of just how far the neighborhood had fallen in previous years.

March 22, 2014