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'Mudbound' Is A Grand, Sweeping Epic Of The Jim Crow South

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:01pm

Director Dee Rees adapts Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel about two families — black sharecroppers who've worked the land for years, and the newly arrived, white farm owners — with raw, evocative power.

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'Sweet Virginia': Small-Town Noir With A Slice Of Hope

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

A small Alaskan community is left reeling by an act of violence. Jamie M. Dagg's thriller tenderly explores its aftermath without the glib, jokey cynicism that so often marks the noir genre.

(Image credit: Grady Mitchell/IFC Films)

'Jim & Andy': The Thin Line Between An Actor's Method — And Madness

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Documentarian Chris Smith aims his camera at Jim Carrey and the actor's on-set behavior while shooting the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.

(Image credit: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

'Wonder': Why?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

A boy born with a facial disfigurement enters a new school in this low-stakes, superficial "sundae-sweet tale" from the director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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'Justice League' Is Just Okay

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Various heroes meet for the first time to face down a generic, CGI-generated villain who wants to collect ancient boxes. Think Antiques Roadshow, but loud and evil. (... More evil.)

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Three Generations Of Actresses Reflect On Hollywood, Harassment — And Hitchcock

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:53pm

Actress Tippi Hedren talks with her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and her granddaughter, actress Dakota Johnson, about how being a woman in Hollywood has — and hasn't — changed over the years.

(Image credit: Axelle Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

An art world record was set Wednesday night at Christie's auction house in New York, when a painting credited to Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450 million to an unknown bidder. Art critic Blake Gopnik says that number is in some ways the least interesting part of this story.

'Justice League' Filmmakers Made A Heroic Effort

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

Justice League is the latest chapter of the DC cinematic universe. But will our caped crusaders actually make a good movie after a tragedy required a change in directors?

Greta Gerwig Explores Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:05pm

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her new film tells the story of a teenager preparing to leave home for the first time.

(Image credit: Merie Wallace/Courtesy of A24)

Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:00am

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

(Image credit: Vivian Sachs/Plume)

The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:00am

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:02am

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment viewing with General Hospital.

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Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:17am

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Koonig sold privately.

(Image credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:13pm

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:35pm

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

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Pioneers Of High-Quality Near Beer Are Banking On Non-Drinking Binges

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:00am

Even if you're staying sober, sometimes you might just miss the taste of a really good beer. But the market for high-end booze-free brews has gone largely untapped. That's starting to change.

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Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:00am

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book — action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science — though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

(Image credit: Crown)

Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:03pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after World War II. Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her new film.

Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:30pm

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

(Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR)

'Stranger Things 2' Creators Wanted a Sequel That Topped the Original

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:29pm

Brothers Ross and Matt Duffer return to the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., for the second season of their Neflix series. "We wanted to scale it up a little bit," Matt says of Stranger Things 2.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

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