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Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.

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A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

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'The Big Sick' Is A Tonic For What Ails You

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Andrew Lapin praises the "unique, understated comic irony" of this largely autobiographical rom-com about a couple whose young relationship gets tested by matters cultural — and medical.

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'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:31pm

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:14pm

In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.

Shades Of Gray Turn Sumptuous In 'Chain Letter'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:00am

In Chain Letter, cartoonist Farel Dalrymple returns to The City, the mysterious metropolis at the heart of his early 2000s series Pop Gun War. It's a weird, complicated and charming place.

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Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 5:13am

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.

Before Her Teacher's Murder, This 'Keepers' Witness Was Already Living A Nightmare

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:37pm

In the docuseries The Keepers, Jean Wehner shares her story of being abused by her high school chaplain. She says the teacher she confided in may have been killed for knowing too much.

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'Epicurious' Editor Goes Inside The Home To Find Greatest Chefs

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with David Tamarkin, editor of the website Epicurious, about his recent project compiling a list of "The 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time."

'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:39pm

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.

In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:39pm

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

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Checking In On 'Better Call Saul' (And 'Breaking Bad') At The 3-Season Mark

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00pm

Both shows track the moral decay of their main characters, so we compare Jimmy McGill's arc, as of Sunday's Better Call Saul season finale, to that of Walter White after three seasons of Breaking Bad.

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'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:00am

Scott McClanahan's semi-autobiographical novel is packed with loss, pain and existential anguish, but his narrator — also named Scott — refuses to give up, no matter how often he's knocked down.

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Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.

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Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:45pm

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

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'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 6:00am

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.

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When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Covers Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 8:01pm

In the last five years, just 12% of terrorist attacks in the U.S. were carried out by Muslims. More than 50% were perpetrated by far right extremists. So why the media focus on "Islamic terrorism"?

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'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:35pm

The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy.

Bookstore Owner Sues California Over Law Regulating Autographed Items

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:32pm

A new California law regulates how autographed items may be sold. Originally intended to cover sports memorabilia and an apparently thriving market in fake autographs, bookstores are worried it will shut down popular author book signings. Now one of them has filed suit.

Home Is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story Of Folk Artist Maud Lewis

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:32pm

Lewis sold paintings to passing tourists for $2. Now, they go for as much as $20,000 and her entire house is on view in a museum. Maudie tells the true story of the untrained artist from Nova Scotia.

(Image credit: Steve Farmer/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia)

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