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'The Leftovers' on HBO

This gloomy, powerfully acted series imagines the aftermath of a cryptic development: 2 percent of the world’s population has vanished, and no one knows why.

Serious Fun

In 'Waiting for the Barbarians,' Mendelsohn has collected essays originally published in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere.

Recording Angel with a Camera

Among the virtues of Ryan Coogler's film "Fruitvale Station" is the way he shows how numerous definitions of the word "tragedy" may apply.

Before FEMA

The language of the Bible haunts the latest documentary by Ken Burns. There are descriptions of “plagues” that sound like the book of Exodus. At one...

Insoluble

“Taut” is not an adjective one usually associates with Charles Dickens. The great English writer composed novels that brim with expansive observations and leisurely...

Track Marks

The slam of a prison door is one of the first sounds you hear in Luck, the hyper-pedigreed new drama series that premieres on HBO on Sunday, January 29. Objectively...

Eyeopener

Painted stars splay across the ceiling of an old Greek church. A flower blooms in slow motion. Tree roots twine serenely round the rocks of an ancient ruin. The...

War Torn

It might seem odd to apply the term “understated” to a documentary that features gritty combat footage: gunfire- and explosion-wracked images from conflicts that...

Dry Land

At my local CVS Pharmacy in Virginia, I can buy dental floss, nail polish, aspirin, and mailing envelopes. I can also purchase booze: Yellow Tail Merlot, an orange-...

Breaking News

If you took the DNA of the movies Broadcast News and The Thirty-Nine Steps, added a pinch of Mad Men mystique, and mixed it all together in an art deco cocktail...

Beyond Black & White

Here are some things you might expect to find on HBO: Prohibition-era gangsters. Post-Katrina New Orleans jazzmen. Vampires. Bill Maher. Here’s something you might...

Praying for a Living

A tattoo of a cross shimmers on an African Methodist Episcopal minister’s calf, a few inches above her red stiletto sandals. A chubby-cheeked young rabbi and his...
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