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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

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

Blogs

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

May 22, 2014

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

May 14, 2014

Eric reviews Jazz Fest 2014. 

May 9, 2014

Mixed in are some laughs, if you can handle that, and to get viewers to swallow this topic, a promise of cute hamsters.

May 6, 2014

It includes interviews with Blair, Raines and others involved.

May 5, 2014

From the self-portraits in the shower, to his portrait of Putin, the paintings are amateurish—street-fair quality at best—but that hardly halted the media orgy. 

April 17, 2014

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