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'I, Tonya,' You, Implicated

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Craig Gillespie brings bold innovation to the biopic genre, using various tones and approaches to tell the tale of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) — and satirize our love of spectacle in the process.

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'Quest': Documentary Captures The Music Of One North Philly Family's Life

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Filmed over four years, Jonathan Olshefksy's bracing and beautiful film follows Christopher and Christine'a Rainey as they invite local rappers into their basement music studio.

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Nothing Lasts Forever, Even Cold 'November Criminals'

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of a 2010 novel about a student (Ansel Elgort) investigating his classmate's murder features a great cast, but this "sketch of a movie" feels rushed and heavily truncated.

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Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:16pm

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."

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Design Miami Features Affordable Collectible Design

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:33pm

The contemporary art market has become so expensive that only the wealthiest people can participate. For those who want to collect art but can't afford a famous artist's work, a less expensive alternative is collectible design which includes objects, furniture, ceramics, lighting and everyday items. This week, designers, galleries and collectors gather for Design Miami, the premiere international design fair.

At Design Miami, The Future Isn't So Bright

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:33pm

The Florida fair is an alternative to the expensive contemporary art market: collectible design, which includes everyday items that speak to a shift away from seeing the future as bright and polished.

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James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:06pm

Franco's new film is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic The Room. "It was made for $6 million," he says. "It looks like it was made for about $60."

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Haute Dots Of Sauce: Culinary Art Or A Horror Show On A Plate?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 9:21am

Chefs the world over seem to love serving patrons tiny portions on pristine white plates garnished with dainty drops and squiggles of sauce. Not everyone is impressed, and resistance is mounting.

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#MeToo Movement Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:35am

It created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process.

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Color Coding Your Babies And Other Tips For Raising Triplets

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:01pm

Audrey Degraaf is having triplets and is pretty terrified. Lorie Shelley just sent her triplets to college. Get ready for exhaustion and giggling, and to be amazed at your capacity for love, she says.

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Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:41pm

"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.

'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:41pm

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

The Politics Of Myanmar's Changing Tea Culture

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:32pm

Myanmar's tea shops have long been central as public spaces to meet and talk, especially during the military regime. But with the country's "opening" to Western influence, their prominence is fading.

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What's The Difference Between A Curry House And An Indian Restaurant?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:00am

The chicken tikka masala and Anglicized korma at most British curry houses are unrecognizable to many Indians. Now a new wave of Indian restaurants is focusing on their food's provenance and history.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:00am

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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Library for Kids Goes Online

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:38pm

The Internet Archive and the University of Maryland launch such a library, and it's free to anyone with an Internet connection. Kids helped design the library, and they had final say on the books.

'House Of Cards' Will Get One More Season — Starring Robin Wright

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:49pm

Netflix suspended production of the final season after star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment and assault. Now it says the show will finish with eight episodes sans Frank Underwood.

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Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

Amazon's new series centers on a spurned 1950s housewife who has a knack for stand-up comedy. Critic John Powers says Rachel Brosnahan delivers a "genuinely funny performance" in the title role.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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