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Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

David O. Russell’s American Hustle; Spike Lee’s Oldboy

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

A group of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

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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

Sixty-seven years later, a look at one of the great, unknown tales of Hollywood "censorship."

September 27, 2012

The campaign season earns local television stations enormous sums of money. What should they give back?

August 14, 2012

The hit BBC show Luther, not to mention real London police, are important reminders that you don't need a gun to be a good cop.

 

July 31, 2012