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Summer’s fall: White House Down

The happy ending to Hollywood’s summer: not guy gets girl but guy gets job.

A drawing of a cellblock at Pelican Bay State Prison by an anonymous inmate

A call for architects to refuse to design chambers of living death.

Patrick Riester in Computer Chess

David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess

Twenty Questions (A Sampler), 1986, by Lorna Simpson

Two photographers focus on the difficulties of putting words to what one sees.

Pacific Rim: Chomsky versus Zizek

An online dustup between two pop star penseurs shows them staggering through afterlives.

Dancers at the Barre (1895–1900), by Edgar Degas

A painter who never lost sight of life’s being perpetually in transition.

Martín Adan’s The Cardboard House; José Manuel Prieto’s Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia

Cate Blanchett, Max Casella, Bobby Cannavale, Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine; Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring; Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

Blogs

Wayne Miller, a photographer who took controversial, long-suppressed photos in Hiroshima, dies at age 94.

May 28, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

The think tank has long since compromised its intellectual integrity, yet the media continue to trumpet flawed reports like the latest one on immigration reform.

May 10, 2013

 Another unusual fact about MGM's planned 1947 film on Truman and the bomb.

May 5, 2013

With the opening of George W's presidential library, pundits are rushing to whitewash the memory of those years of folly.

April 26, 2013

In the wake of 9/11 and Boston, is it even possible to imagine a movie that makes civil liberties an integral part of its dramatic arc?

April 23, 2013

In 2013, a song like “I Touch Myself” is less shocking than it once was. But it is still revolutionary.

April 22, 2013

Press coverage is hasty, error-prone and frequently depressing—but it nonetheless plays a vital role in our society.

April 18, 2013

Cable TV’s top hit is used to justify every political point of view—right or left, pro-NRA or pro-gun control, even pro-sequester or pro-stimulus.

April 5, 2013

Julian Assange himself has criticized the film, but the director says Assange should watch it first.

April 3, 2013