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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

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

Nearly a third of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lives, but it’s an experience we almost never see on film.

June 5, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

If there’s one thing netizens love to do it is to express themselves, so please flood the FCC with your comments.

June 2, 2014

According to one of its producers, the film “tells the story of two ex-soldiers... who walk across the country in a bid to heal from their time on the battlefield.”

May 27, 2014

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 23, 2014

Watch his acceptance speech for the Courage and Conscience award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. 

May 22, 2014