Film & Arts

'Son of Saul'

Writer-director László Nemes takes us into the Auschwitz death camp one day in late 1944. The camera immediately fastens on Saul Auslander and never lets go.

Last Word: The Gospel According to Del Monte

The changes of Vatican II and the turmoil of the civil-rights and anti-war movements made for heady days, and Sister Corita Kent’s art further exemplified the times.

'Chimes at Midnight'

Just in time to relieve the post-Oscar doldrums comes the reappearance of Orson Welles’s "Chimes at Midnight," the 1966 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays.

Those Tiaras! Those Gowns!

"Downton Abbey" has been vivid, suspenseful, and often funny, but it has always remained a soap opera with pretentions, a show obsessed with the passage of time.

The Zen of Tolstoy

"War and Peace" is called the greatest novel ever written, but it’s like sticking a “Kick me” sign on the book. Readers can’t help wanting to take issue with it.

‘Eat the Chard, Say a Hail Mary’

Stephen Karam, author of the acclaimed Broadway play "The Humans," talks about compassion, Chekhov, and how faith and fear figure into his work.

'Where to Invade Next'

Michael Moore tours the social democracies of Europe, assembling a piecemeal progressive utopia and contrasting it with the bleakness on our side of the Atlantic.

'The Revenant'

Very few historical films have achieved this degree of physical verisimilitude. The bad news? Verisimilitude may be 'The Revenant'’s only great achievement.

Choose Your Illusion

To judge by the pilot, the TV version of "The Magicians" will be a fast-paced and workmanlike distillation of Lev Grossman’s enthralling and often moving trilogy.


The title of Paolo Sorrentino's latest doesn’t refer to a fixed stage in life but to the mysterious inner spark—as much spiritual as biological—that keeps us going.

Poem | Sandpiper

He flies only to scurry along another / reach of surf where he / pricks the cold for / prey smaller / than grains of prose. The freedom / to guess right is his...

Poem | Adjustment

Mighty planet Earth / orbits to order, its greenest blues / attractive, to make our / life-giving aerial envelope / lawful, obedient, singing. / It turns...
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Selling Religious Ignorance

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Letter from Rome

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False Choices & Religious Liberty

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'Battling the Gods'

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