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Slick, Speedy And Ultra-Violent '68 Kill' Leaves A Bitter Aftertaste

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:00pm

Many noir thrillers play with misogynistic ideas, but "68 Kill keeps the hostility and loses the self-deprecation, which turns it into an example of misogyny rather than an examination of it."

(Image credit: Alfonso Bresciani /IFC Midnight)

2 Midwest Towns Locked In Trademark Battle Over Pierogi Festival Name

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:35pm

A Pierogi war has broken out between two communities. A suburban Chicago chamber of commerce wants the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival in Pennsylvania to drop its name like a hot potato, threatening a trademark infringement lawsuit. Lawyers for the Whiting Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Ind., recently sent a letter to the Edwardsville Hometown Committee demanding it stop using the trademarked name or pay royalties for its use.

Hackers Release 'Game Of Thrones' Episodes After HBO Hack

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:35pm

The latest victim of hacking in Hollywood is HBO. The hack included materials from the critically acclaimed series, Game of Thrones.

Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:35pm

Louis Comfort Tiffany — son of the luxury jeweler — took a trip to Italy in the late 1800s and returned inspired. A museum in Western New York has devoted an exhibition to these lesser known works.

2 Towns Locked In Trademark Battle Over Pierogi Festival Name

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:35pm

A pierogi war has broken out between two communities. A suburban Chicago chamber of commerce wants the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival in Pennsylvania to drop its name like a hot potato.

A Killing On A Native American Reservation Propels The Mystery-Thriller 'Wind River'

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:59pm

Law enforcement agents confront a grim scene on the frozen Wyoming landscape in Taylor Sheridan's new film. Critic David Edelstein says that despite some clumsy plotting, Wind River hits home.

'Solid State': Jonathan Coulton's Sci-Fi Concept Album Becomes A Graphic Novel

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 9:00am

Coulton recruited writer Matt Fraction and artist Albert Monteys to tell a time-fractured tale of corporate greed and internet trolls.

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Our Critic Doesn't Entirely <3 'The Emoji Code'

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 6:00am

Vyvyan Evans' new book about the rise of emojis casts the little icons as part of human language's long-running struggle to evolve — but too often it reads like a textbook, didactic and dry.

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Loss Piles Up Deep As Wyoming Snow Drifts In 'Wind River'

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:00am

The police procedural/Western centers on the death of a Native American teenage girl. Critic Bob Mondello says the film paints a searing portrait of life on society's margins.

(Image credit: Fred Hayes/The Weinstein Company)

From Family Snapshots To NASA Photos, Archivists Aim To Solve Preservation Puzzles

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:14pm

Levi Bettwieser develops found film rolls from his Idaho home, and Dennis Wingo helped rescue early pictures of the moon. But what will happen when historical photos go from analog to digital?

(Image credit: NASA / LOIRP)

Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 2:01pm

"I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," Gore says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus around the issue of climate change.

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Maria Qamar Dishes Up Desi Pop in 'Trust No Aunty'

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 6:00am

Aunties, beware — Maria Qamar's got your number. The Pakistani Canadian comedian's new book, Trust No Aunty, is a rollicking guide to dealing with the interfering older women in your life.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Atomic Blonde'

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:00am

This episode we talk Atomic Blonde, a stylish and visceral spy thriller set in 1989 Berlin. It co-stars Charlize Theron and a really impressive wig.

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Trying To Understand 'What Made Maddy Run'

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 1:18am

Journalist Kate Fagan's new book digs into the life of a young woman whose suicide shocked the University of Pennsylvania, where she ran track. Madison Holleran's life seemed perfect, until it wasn't.

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3 Distinctive New Series Are Worth Checking Out This August

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:18pm

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Discovery's mini-series, Manhunt: Unabomber; IFC's sketch comedy series, Baroness von Sketch Show; and TBS' comedy anthology series, Guest Book.

'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:19pm

Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived only 10 minutes. Afterward, Levy was haunted by the notion that she had caused his death.

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'Seventh Function' Is A Postmodern Mashup Of Fact, Fiction And Philosophy

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 6:00am

Laurent Binet's new novel starts with the death of French literary critic Roland Barthes and spins out a postmodern mystery packed with philosophical heavy hitters — and one bemused detective.

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Actor Ed Harris Says Sam Shepard Was 'Iconically American'

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Playwright/actor Sam Shepard died Thursday at the age of 73. Actor Ed Harris worked with him on many different project on the stage and screen; he offers his memories.

Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps in actualities in this piece at :14 and :44 in.

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:55am

An exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum features art and artifacts from World War I. It includes paintings by combat artists and images of carvings found on the walls of underground quarries.

(Image credit: Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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