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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

In one film, grateful black people; in the other, the vengeful ones.

December 25, 2012

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is on a mission to show his Sundance-award winning movie, The House I Live In, to prisoners across the country. On a Friday in December, he went to New Yor}ks biggest jail.

December 21, 2012

What's really bothering us is not whether torture works but that Americans are torturers.

December 14, 2012

The narrative in Kathryn Bigelow's soon-to-be-blockbuster endorses torture, at least implicitly.

December 12, 2012

Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

The filmmaker challenges the accepted narrative that dropping the bomb(s) was the right thing to do.

November 26, 2012

The long-time Dylan historian sounds off on the Bard’s thirty-fifth studio album.

October 2, 2012