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I like a filmmaker who walks you into a story.

Bette Midler got her first starring role in the movies in 1979, playing the lead in The Rose, a thinly disguised biopic about Janis Joplin.

Lionel Trilling once commented that "if ever we want to remind ourselves of the nature and power of art, we have only to think of how accurate reactionary governments are in their awareness of th

Anonymous is a landscape architect. Not for these placemakers the recognition given to their peers in building. Planners may stand side by side with mayors boasting of some grand projet.

Frederick Wiseman's latest film, Belfast, Maine, is having its New York premiere in the best possible setting, as the opening feature in a full retrospective of his work.

The last decade of the twentieth century was not a happy one for the Mafia.

In his novel A Flag for Sunrise, Robert Stone invents this old American saying: "Mickey Mouse will see you dead." I have spent many profitable hours mulling over that coinage; and I've con

At the time of writing, Carl Bromley had just returned from a pilgrimage to Truffaut's grave in Paris.

I would call Holy Smoke a drawing-room comedy if the film showed a drawing room, a comedy of manners if its characters had any.

Our New Year's number is a mother goose with three eggs tucked behind. It could be a sign of cryptic rhymes and unhatched possibilities--or maybe of silliness, tailed by a lot of nothing.

Blogs

Eric Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015

The new documentary following Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts provides important context to necessary change for global reproductive rights.

January 12, 2015

Eric Alterman on Jazz at Lincoln Center and Reed Richardson's tips for navigating the upcoming 2016 election.

January 12, 2015

Pushing this country forward takes more than a sympathetic president.

January 8, 2015

It took MLK’s activism and LBJ’s leadership to pass the Voting Rights Act.

January 8, 2015

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how, from Bill Cosby’s victims to drone strikes, the media refuse to protect the powerless.

December 2, 2014

Eric on this week in concerts and new music releases and Reed on how the mainstream press is always trying to tell the same (false) story about the Republican Party.

November 17, 2014

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

November 10, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how local TV stations boost their bottom lines with a deluge of election ads.

November 3, 2014