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I like a filmmaker who walks you into a story.

Robert Scheer was the last journalist to interview Robert Kennedy.

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.

The recent march in Columbia, South Carolina, demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from atop the state Capitol is the latest episode in a long-running debate over the legacy of sl

Critics predicted the death of literature for much of the twentieth century, but at the dawn of the Internet age, the mantra is becoming conventional wisdom.

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.

As you may have heard once or twice, we have a little Senate race going here in New York.

For thirty years, since the publication of Silent Spring and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the growth of the environmental movement has been fueled with sorrow for the decimation o

Blogs

A new book shows that incidents like the My Lai massacre were part of the widescale killing of non-combatants.

January 30, 2013

The documentary on covert operations around the world takes home the Cinematography award.

January 27, 2013

The promising new film is said to be based on the memoir of folkie Dave Van Ronk.

January 25, 2013

Was this the wildest football game ever?

December 31, 2012

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

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 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