Arts Review <em>Time Out of Mind</em>: Richard Gere as a homeless man in New York City Some of the more authentic moments in the film come in the form of George Hammond’s difficulties with government bureaucracies and homeless shelter officials. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-05T05:00:00Z <em>I Saw the Light</em> (Hank Williams) and <em>Janis: Little Girl Blue</em> (Janis Joplin)—Popular music and its discontents Country music performer Hank Williams (1923-1953) and rock and roll singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970) were both significant figures in the history of American popular culture. Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-03T05:00:00Z Re-released after 40 years: The strengths and weaknesses of Robert Altman’s Nashville The nearly three-hour work follows two dozen characters over the course of several days in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, the official capital of country music. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-30T05:00:00Z The physical and emotional toll that capitalist society takes The 40th Toronto International Film Festival screened some 285 feature films and 110 shorts from 71 countries. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-26T05:00:00Z <em>99 Homes’</em> director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system” Iranian-American writer-director Ramin Bahrani (<em>Man Push Cart</em>, 2005; <em>Chop Shop</em>, 2007; <em>Goodbye Solo</em>, 2008) has created a compelling work that puts flesh and blood on the foreclosure epidemic. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-24T05:00:00Z Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco—Mostly hidden and obscured The American public’s access to Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s murals has never been easy, as their social and political content has provoked opposition in powerful circles. Now, an artist joins the effort, with little to offer in return. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-14T05:00:00Z Shirley Baker: A compassionate photographer of 1960s working class life The show is an opportunity to see the compassionate and humorous photographs of working class life by someone whose work rarely reached a wider audience during her own lifetime. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-12T05:00:00Z Noah Baumbach’s <em>Mistress America</em> offers some hints of humanity A young student in New York City, an aspiring writer, meets her energetic, difficult stepsister-to-be. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-10T05:00:00Z <em>Woman</em>: The confessions of R&amp;B singer Jill Scott The latest album from the neo-soul singer is an interesting but uneven effort. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-09T05:00:00Z Jacques Tourneur’s <em>Out of the Past</em> (1947): The weight of history Tourneur’s film, adapted from <em>Build My Gallows High</em>, a novel by American writer Daniel Mainwaring published in 1946, has one of the most suggestive titles in cinema history. Sat, 05 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-05T05:00:00Z <em>Phoenix</em>: After WWII in Germany, a woman rises from the ashes Set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, a Jewish concentration camp survivor, Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss), is grossly disfigured and traumatized. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-03T05:00:00Z Young Euro Classic: A music festival in Berlin opposing war and nationalism The annual Young Euro Classic youth orchestra festival recently concluded with a memorable performance in the Berlin Concert Hall. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z David G. Spielman’s <em>The Katrina Decade</em>—An unsentimental look at how things are now Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Jonathan Demme’s <em>Ricki and the Flash</em> and <em>American Ultra</em>: Tired or clueless filmmaking Jonathan Demme’s film deals with a woman who left her husband and children decades ago, and now returns for a family crisis. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z Dismaland, Banksy’s parody theme park: A despairing response to a complex world Coming through the main gates into Dismaland, the spectator is confronted with a vision of a world that is terribly sick. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-26T05:00:00Z <em>Straight Outta Compton</em>: an uncritical picture of the rise of American “gangster rap” <em>Straight Outta Compton</em> is a hip hop biopic focusing on the rise to prominence of the influential hip hop group N.W.A. in the late 1980s. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-25T05:00:00Z Xavier Dolan’s <em>Mommy</em>: The story of a troubled youth The fifth feature film by Quebecois director Xavier Dolan, only 25 years of age, won numerous awards in 2014 and 2015. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-22T05:00:00Z <em>The Good Fight</em>: the latest from Washington DC-based hip hop artist Oddisee While avoiding many of the more overt expressions of self-absorption, many of the Oddisee’s attempts to reflect reality remain purely on an individual and superficial plane. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-21T05:00:00Z Woody Allen’s <em>Irrational Man</em>: The familiar flatness and lack of conviction Allen’s latest film focuses on controversial philosophy professor Abe Lucas who arrives at fictional, liberal arts Braylin College in Newport, Rhode Island to teach a summer course. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-14T05:00:00Z <em>Amy</em>, a documentary film about the British singer Amy Winehouse Asif Kapadia’s documentary is a straightforward and compelling account of the performer’s life starting at the age of fourteen. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-12T05:00:00Z Harper Lee’s <em>Go Set a Watchman</em>: More of a moneymaking than a literary event? Harper Lee’s early draft of a novel, <em>Go Set a Watchman</em>, has sold over a million copies in the United States since its release two weeks ago. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-03T05:00:00Z <em>Trainwreck</em>: The latest from Judd Apatow In Apatow’s <em>Trainwreck</em>, Amy Schumer, the stand-up comic and writer, is the psychological mess of the title. Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-01T05:00:00Z Billy Wilder’s <em>Double Indemnity</em> (1944) and the phenomenon of American film noir Turner Classic Movies, the US cable and satellite television network, presented Billy Wilder’s <em>Double Indemnity</em> (1944) at selected theaters on July 19 and 20. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-28T05:00:00Z R.W. Fassbinder at 70: the German filmmaker’s life on display in Berlin An exhibition at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau pays tribute to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the seventieth anniversary of his birth. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-23T05:00:00Z Artist Shepard Fairey arrested on felony charges for Detroit graffiti Fairey was arrested less than two months after completing a mural in Detroit, commissioned by billionaire Dan Gilbert. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-20T05:00:00Z USA Network’s <em>Mr. Robot</em>: A provocative start, but where will it go? Making a direct appeal to debt-ridden youth and branding itself as “anti-corporate,” <em>Mr. Robot</em> raises many issues. But how does it deal with them? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-17T05:00:00Z Mary Ellen Mark: Photographer and humanist Acclaimed American photographer Mary Ellen Mark recently died, leaving behind an extensive and thought-provoking body of work. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-16T05:00:00Z <em>Manglehorn</em> and <em>The Cobbler</em>: The influence of social-gravitational forces The two films, <em>Manglehorn</em>, directed by David Gordon Green, and <em>The Cobbler</em>, directed by Tom McCarthy, both fall into the independent drama, or comedy-drama category. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-13T05:00:00Z Netflix’s <em>Orange Is the New Black</em>, Season 3: Life goes on in a women’s prison In the third season of the series about a fictional woman’s correctional facility, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, privatization comes to Litchfield prison. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-11T05:00:00Z <em>Terminator Genisys</em> and the trajectory of American “independent” filmmaking A number of the independent filmmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s have found their way, like Alan Taylor, to one or another blockbuster franchise. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-08T05:00:00Z NBC’s <em>American Odyssey</em>: Mercenaries, jihadists and Machiavellian US corporations <em>American Odyssey</em>, cancelled after the first season, exhibited some good intentions, but ultimately familiar confusion. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-06T05:00:00Z <em>Silicon Valley</em>: HBO’s satire of American tech culture Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the series follows the ups and downs of six young men who live together in a Silicon Valley “business startup incubator.” Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z <em>The Wolfpack</em>, <em>Dope</em>: American experiences, oddities <em>The Wolfpack</em> is a documentary about seven children who were locked away for many years in an apartment in a public housing project in Manhattan. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-03T05:00:00Z <em>Voodoo</em>, a Harlem Renaissance opera, revived in New York H. Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954) was active as a composer, conductor and teacher, but his work was rarely performed during his lifetime. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-02T05:00:00Z The Apu Trilogy: “Art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards” Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-29T05:00:00Z <em>Redeployment</em>: Phil Klay’s short stories about the Iraq War only go so far The new collection makes certain telling observations about the experiences of American Marines and others who invaded and occupied Iraq. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-25T05:00:00Z Julie Taymor’s <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em> The film was made during a run of Taymor’s version of Shakespeare’s play at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn in 2013-14. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-24T05:00:00Z <em>Jurassic World</em>, summer blockbuster Though largely formulaic, the film is not without its charms and touches on some interesting questions—albeit lightly. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-23T05:00:00Z <em>La loi du marché</em> (<em>The Measure of a Man</em>): An attempt at a drama of the French working class Fifty-one-year-old Thierry, who has lost his job in a factory closure, urgently tries to find work since his unemployment benefit will soon run out. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-20T05:00:00Z Noah Baumbach’s <em>While We’re Young</em>: No need to fight Riddled with generational stereotypes, <em>While We’re Young</em> pleads the case against intellectual honesty in favor of “personal fulfillment.” Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-17T05:00:00Z Orson Welles symposium at University of Michigan The University of Michigan’s library is the home of the largest assortment of Orson Welles archival papers and documents in the world. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-13T05:00:00Z A new film version of <em>Far from the Madding Crowd</em>; Brian Wilson’s story in <em>Love &amp; Mercy</em> Set in rural England in the 1870s, <em>Far from the Madding Crowd</em> is the story of a free-spirited young woman who attracts three suitors of diverse social and psychological make-up. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-12T05:00:00Z Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series depicts a vital chapter in American history The latest show juxtaposes the famous 1941 paintings with photography, writing, music and other work of this period. Mon, 08 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-08T05:00:00Z Painter Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum: Trappings of empire and power Wiley copies European Old Masters paintings, substituting African Americans in contemporary garb in the poses of aristocrats and other wealthy figures of power and privilege. Sat, 06 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-06T05:00:00Z 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 2 May 6 marked 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, one of the most remarkable figures in American film and theater in the twentieth century. This is the second part of two. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-05T05:00:00Z Street artist Shepard Fairey paints a giant mural in Detroit The garish work adorns the north face of the One Campus Martius office building, headquarters of Quicken Loans, the financial company chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert. Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-03T05:00:00Z <em>To Pimp a Butterfly</em> from rapper Kendrick Lamar Despite the album’s billing as socially ­conscious “political rap” by certain critics, the focus of <em>To Pimp ...</em> is largely on the rapper himself and his personal experiences in the music world. Mon, 01 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-01T05:00:00Z The <em>Divergent</em> Series: <em>Insurgent</em>—More talent and resources squandered Any attempt at building a thoughtful story has been abandoned in favor of a special effects bonanza, leaving one to ask: Where is this heading? Sat, 30 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-30T05:00:00Z Alex Garland’s <em>Ex Machina</em>: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts? <em>Ex Machina</em> is an elegant and thought-provoking science fiction thriller that considers the future of humanity in relation to the rapid developments in computer science technology. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Christie’s $1 billion week: Art market heads for the stratosphere Artwork, particularly 20th century and contemporary art, now functions as another commodity for the financial aristocracy to invest and speculate in. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z CIA-embedded Hollywood liars and their lies We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the <em>London Review of Books</em>, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-15T05:00:00Z <em>‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore</em>: Playwright John Ford’s lurid classic receives Off-Broadway revival Written around 1630, the play, set in Parma, Italy, has an incestuous relationship at its center. Thu, 14 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-14T05:00:00Z Drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em> New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol has taken on the subject of drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em>, featuring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones. Wed, 13 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-13T05:00:00Z Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Art Gallery of Ontario: Graffiti, fame and the art market Rapacious art speculators in the 1980s took a particular interest in Basquiat, who was well suited and, sadly, willing to play the part of the latest darling of the art world elite. Fri, 08 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-08T05:00:00Z Co-director Wim Wenders’ <em>The Salt of the Earth</em>: The photographs of Sebastião Salgado Salgado is perhaps best known for his photos of people in impoverished regions and his pictures taken amid various social disasters, especially in Ethiopia and Rwanda. Wed, 06 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-06T05:00:00Z <em>Woman in Gold</em>: The battle to recover art stolen by the Nazis The film is a fictional rendering of the successful legal efforts, undertaken by Maria Altmann, to regain possession of several Gustav Klimt paintings stolen or coerced from her family. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-29T05:00:00Z An appraisal of German writer Günter Grass: 1927-2015 Günter Grass, who died at the age of 87 on April 13, was one of Germany’s most outstanding storytellers and a man who remained true to his political principles throughout his life. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-25T05:00:00Z In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes Along with much fascinating material, the current exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts on the 11 months the famed Mexican artists spent in the city has some very troubling and wrongheaded aspects. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-21T05:00:00Z World famous German author Günter Grass dies at age 87 Grass was one of the most important German writers of the 20th century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-14T05:00:00Z <em>The Good Soldier Švejk</em>: A classic satire about World War I Josef Švejk is a Czech soldier who makes himself appear a fool to get around his superiors and fights a peculiar and hilarious war of attrition against the difficult circumstances he finds himself in. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-14T05:00:00Z <em>Cymbeline</em>: Michael Almereyda returns to Shakespeare Michael Almereyda, who previously directed a version of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke, has turned to one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, with intelligent results. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-11T05:00:00Z Rolling Stone’s retraction of University of Virginia gang rape story <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine commissioned Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, and two colleagues, to investigate the writing and publication of “A Rape on Campus.” Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-07T05:00:00Z A revealing forum on “Politics and film criticism” at Mexican film festival WSWS arts editor David Walsh participated in a panel at the FICUNAM film festival on “Politics and Film Criticism,” hosted by film critic Roger Koza and including Cristina Nord, from <em>Die Tageszeitung</em> in Germany. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-06T05:00:00Z New York exhibition looks at “political art” of the 1930s The Grey Art Gallery show presents the work of dozens of American artists who were radicalized in the period of the Depression, revolutionary struggle, the rise of fascism and the looming threat of world war. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-03T05:00:00Z Exhibition in Berlin: Rediscovery of a Russian revolutionary art school “VKhUTEMAS: A Russian Laboratory of Modernity—Architectural Designs 1920-1930,” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, December 5, 2014 to April 6, 2015. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-31T05:00:00Z Tackling life head on: The films of Uzbek-Soviet director Ali Khamraev One of the genuine contributions of the recent FICUNAM film festival in Mexico City was its presentation of the works of veteran film director Ali Khamraev. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-28T05:00:00Z <em>I Remember You</em>: A comment on the history of his film by director Ali Khamraev Filmmaker Ali Khamraev explains the difficulties surrounding the making of his remarkable film <em>I Remember You</em> in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-28T05:00:00Z Pedro Costa’s <em>Horse Money</em>, Jean-Marie Straub’s “leftism” and other problems The recent FICUNAM festival in Mexico City screened a number of films which, while not belonging to a single school by any means, provide the opportunity for something of a generalized overview. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-25T05:00:00Z Philistinism and crime in the German art market The greed and ignorance of the super-rich and the operations of unprincipled entrepreneurs are threatening public access to many art works. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-23T05:00:00Z <em>Chappie</em>: Is the sum greater than the parts? Neill Blomkamp’s latest release presents an oddly sweet, if rather violent, tale, but something is missing. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-21T05:00:00Z The rule and the exceptions—three good films: <em>Court</em>, <em>National Gallery</em> and <em>The Gold Bug</em> There are filmmakers who devote themselves seriously and conscientiously to representing life, not life in the abstract, not “life as a river,” but concrete life, the life of social classes and relationships. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-20T05:00:00Z <em>Images of War—Sensory War 1914-2014</em>: An exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery The gallery assembled both contemporary and historical art, adding to its already substantial collection of WWI art exhibits. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-06T05:00:00Z Two stories of German resistance: <em>The Resistors “their spirit prevails ...”</em> and <em>13 Minutes</em> One film makes only a partial examination of Hitler’s middle class opponents, while the other makes a more significant look at the opposition from below. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-03T05:00:00Z <em>House of Cards</em> collapses In its third season, the Netflix program that began as the American <em>Macbeth</em> has turned into a conformist celebration of the political establishment. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Ken Loach’s <em>Jimmy’s Hall</em>: An honest artistic effort, or something else? What may be the British director’s final feature is a historical drama based on the life of James Gralton, deported in 1933 from Ireland for his communist activities by the nationalists he supported. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z <em>Every Thing Will Be Fine</em> from Wim Wenders, <em>Taxi</em> from Jafar Panahi, and other films New films from veteran German director Wim Wenders and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi were screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Haiti and Romania: Drama and social life in <em>Murder in Pacot</em> and <em>Why me?</em> Raoul Peck’s film focuses on a middle class couple whose home in Port-au-Prince has been ruined by the 2011 earthquake. Tudor Giurgiu’s feature looks at all-pervasive corruption in Romania. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z 87th Academy Awards: A more intriguing event than in recent years Social and political realities found expression on Sunday in a manner that accords with the film world’s peculiarities and contradictions. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z <em>Still Alice</em> and <em>Kingsman: The Secret Service</em>—A woman battles disease and a street kid helps save the world … In <em>Still Alice</em>, a middle class professor and her family struggle with Alzheimer’s, and in the comic book-based <em>Kingsman: The Secret Service</em>, a working class youth is recruited by an elite spy agency. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z The upcoming Academy Awards: <em>Selma</em>, <em>American Sniper</em> and other issues If recent ceremonies are anything to go by, Sunday’s event will be thoroughly scripted and lacking in spontaneity. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Marcel Ophüls’ <em>Memory of Justice</em> and other documentaries A newly restored version of Marcel Ophüls’ 1976 documentary <em>Memory of Justice</em> was given a special screening at this year’s Berlinale. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z “Cultural appropriation,” “white privilege” and the attacks on rapper Iggy Azalea In recent months, the hip hop music industry has witnessed a controversy surrounding the commercial success of Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Pulling down the shutters at the Berlinale War raging in the middle of Europe, accelerating inequality, social decline at a level unknown since the 1930s…none of these issues got a look in. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z <em>The Two Faces of January</em>: Three Americans joined together by crime Set in Greece in the early 1960s, Iranian-born director Hossein Amini’s film, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, follows a trio of Americans caught up in a series of increasingly traumatic events. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z <em>The Water Diviner</em>: Russell Crowe’s contribution to the WWI centenary The movie dovetails with the Australian government’s reactionary promotion of the war centenary and the Gallipoli incursion. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z <em>Wild</em> and <em>Black or White</em>: Social problems, but the solutions? <em>Wild</em> tells the true story of one woman’s 1,100-mile hike of self-discovery. <em>Black or White</em> recounts a custody battle between the white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother of a seven-year-old girl. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z The twentieth century was lived in vain: Leonardo Padura’s <em>The Man Who Loved Dogs</em> Padura’s novel takes a pessimistic, cynical view of history as it describes the life of Ramon Mercader, the assassin of Trotsky. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z <em>Leviathan</em>: A latter-day Job Oscar-nominated <em>Leviathan</em> is a dark tale about an individual struggling against the power of the state in contemporary Russia. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z <em>The Humbling</em>: An actor who can no longer act In Barry Levinson’s film, based on a Philip Roth novel, an aging stage actor, who has lost the appetite for performing, encounters a younger woman with interesting consequences. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z A guest reviewer: Quiet, now—three photographers (Salgado, Struth, Atget) in New York Three recent or current exhibitions in New York City present the work of photographers who stop time and allow us to contemplate what they see before their lens. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z The controversy surrounding <em>American Sniper</em> The campaign in defense of Clint Eastwood’s film is the latest means by which the political and media establishment in the US is promoting its war-mongering agenda. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z The Dardenne brothers’ <i>Two Days, One Night</i>: Who should pay for the present situation? In a small Belgian factory, a woman fights to keep her job by trying to convince her workmates not to take a pay bonus. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z <em>Inherent Vice</em>: Thomas Pynchon’s novel adapted for the screen Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, his seventh feature, is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by well-known American writer Thomas Pynchon. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z <em>American Sniper</em>: A wolf in sheep dog’s clothing Clint Eastwood’s newest film tells the story of Chris Kyle, reputedly the deadliest marksman in US military history. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z The historical and political issues in <em>Selma</em> Most attention has been focused on the relationship between Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, but far deeper questions must be explored, including the significance of the mass movement against Jim Crow segregation, its political limitations and its fate. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z <em>Conscience and Conflict</em>: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War On display are works, many unseen publicly since they were first created, by a wide range of realist, surrealist and abstract artists. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z <em>To End All Wars</em>: An anthology of antiwar comics about World War I Artists from around the world have contributed 26 comics depicting the criminality and brutality of World War I. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z