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2016 Writers’ Favorites: Album & Songs

FAVORITE ALBUM “22, A Million” – Bon Iver After “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” dropped in 2011, Justin Vernon traded in his rustic-folk guitar for a garage-sale synthesizer — and “22, A Million” is the eclectic, Grammy-snatching...

2016 Writers’ Favorites: TV

“Horace & Pete” (Self-Released) Louis C.K. is a pragmatic auteur. He cut through network interference and headed for total autonomy by running “Louie” on a skeletal budget in exchange for creative freedom. This deal is...

2016 Writers’ Favorites: Film

“Arrival” Directed by Denis Villeneuve On the surface, “Arrival” is a visually rich alien-encounter film, but beneath its sci-fi veneer is a film about language, determinism and cooperation. After 12 mysterious pods appear around...

How Chinese Policies are Changing Hollywood

Films have the power to inspire, excite and move an audience. But without the near certainty of being lucrative, a screenplay wouldn’t make it past the door of a Hollywood executive. All of Hollywood’s...

Film Review: “20th Century Women”

When Annette Bening, with an eerie steadiness, narrates in the beginning of the film, “In 1999, I will die of lung cancer,” it is immediately clear that writer and director Mike Mills is not...

Film Review: “Rogue One”

The first of several Star Wars anthology films, “Rogue One” is free from the burden of expectation shouldered by “The Force Awakens.” This film was conceived as a war film rather than the Chosen...

Film Review: “Collateral Beauty”

“Collateral Beauty” carries a weighty name for a film that lacks the dramatic punch it tries to create. The overt attempts at sentimentality, paired with its self-satisfaction, created an unbearable movie. The film’s saving...

Film Review: “Jackie”

Most Americans remember John F. Kennedy as a great man and president. Since his assassination, history has forged a public perception of the president: an immutable facade. Those left after Kennedy’s death shaped his...

Book Review: Landscapes: John Berger on Art

With his English accent, full head of wild curls and enthusiastic brilliance, John Berger was an impish pop-star prophet in 1972. His voice was overlaid upon images of famous oil paintings, he stood before...

Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

After “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2” premiered in 2011, it was hard to imagine a world where we couldn’t look forward to a new “Harry Potter” movie. Thankfully, J.K. Rowling seems...

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