Arts & Entertainment

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Lesbian-themed film “Carol” in the era of conformity

This is a slow-moving, deliberately paced character study of lovers whose sexual orientation challenges and threatens the status quo. 

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A book of considerable consequence: "Chasing the Scream"

"Why did the drug war start and why does it continue and what happens if you choose a radically different policy?"

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“The Man Who Knew Infinity”: An infinitely rewarding film

"I found this film to be an infinitely rewarding biopic that showed 'math is an art, not a science.' "

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“Best of Enemies”: New documentary revisits Buckley vs. Vidal

"Best of Enemies" succeeds without being partisan or overbearing. Its subject speaks for itself.

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California rolls in new film “East Side Sushi”

Anthony Lucero's fine film uses the framework of food film to deftly explore class, work, ethnicity, and sexism.

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“Meet the Patels" is about an immigrant marriage mania

Its unidirectional drive makes it too predictable, although viewers will certainly laugh and enjoy themselves.

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“Lincoln for Beginners”: illustrated biography of a gradualist radical

Whole libraries are dedicated to the study of Lincoln; Buhle's synopsis, reflecting all the warts and charm of his subject, might a good place to begin.

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"Gendering Radicalism" tells important story of women and communism

We can't write about the California Communist Party without writing about the women leaders who led it from its birth until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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"Fear the Walking Dead" brings zombies to the City of Angels

The series premiere demonstrated the power of the franchise and will continue to prompt interest in U.S. audiences' ever growing enthusiasm for pandemics and the undead.

 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” is electrifying

One of the great writers of our time commits to taking ownership of his personalized narrative on race, a quest that is subject to continuing revision.

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