John Powers

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Old West Gunslinging Meets Futuristic Androids In HBO's 'Westworld'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

HBO's latest series is a high-tech theme park, whose visitors get to live out their wildest dreams of being in the Old West. Critic John Powers calls Westworld an "unexpectedly resonant show."


Kiefer Sutherland Takes Over The Oval Office As The 'Designated Survivor'

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sutherland plays a Cabinet member who becomes president after an explosion takes out the U.S. Capitol — and everyone above him in the pecking order. Critic John Powers has a review.


'War Dogs' Puts A Satirical Spin On The Business Of War

Friday, August 19, 2016

Todd Phillips' new comedy, which is loosely based on a true story, follows two 20-somethings from Miami who become international arms dealers. Critic John Powers calls War Dogs "jauntily enjoyable."


Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.


'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Monday, July 18, 2016

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.


2 Brilliantly Written Novels From Mexico Head Up A Wave Of Literary Talent

Monday, July 11, 2016

Critic John Powers says there's a boom in good fiction emerging from Mexico. He recommends Among Strange Victims, by Daniel Saldaña París, and The Transmigration of Bodies, by Yuri Herrera.


'The Witness' Exposes The Myths, Misconceptions Of Kitty Genovese's Murder

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A new documentary revisits Genovese's 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is "a useful moral corrective" to the popular narrative.


An Emotional Storm Breaks In Paradise In 'A Bigger Splash'

Monday, May 16, 2016

An aging rock star's respite in the Mediterranean is interrupted by an old lover in A Bigger Splash. John Powers calls the film, which stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, a "gripping slow-burn."


A Thrilling TV Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Night Manager'

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.


In 'Neon Bull,' A Strange, Dreamy Road Movie Reveals A Vanishing Way Of Life

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Set amid Brazil's version of rodeo, Gabriel Mascaro's new film blends hope, melancholy, humor and poetry. Critic John Powers says Neon Bull is a remarkable feature that is filled with funny moments.


'My Golden Days,' An Heir To French New Wave

Monday, March 28, 2016

Arnaud Desplechin's new film centers on the memories of a middle-aged Frenchman who returns to Paris after years of living abroad. Critic John Powers says My Golden Days is "achingly romantic."


'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' Offers A Heartfelt Take On Aging, Art And History

Monday, March 07, 2016

John Powers reviews a new graphic novel that he describes as an astonishing work of imagination by the Singaporean writer and illustrator Sonny Liew. It's called The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.


'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances

Monday, February 01, 2016

FX resurrects the "trial of the century" in its new season of American Crime Story. Critic John Powers says every single episode "is an embarrassment of tawdry riches."


Messy And Absurd, 'London Spy' Mixes Espionage With Genuine Emotion

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fresh Air critic John Powers says the five-part BBC America show pulls off something ambitious: It keeps viewers enthralled with its intensity, while catching them in "a lingering emotional undertow."


Showtime's Financial Drama 'Billions' Doubles Down On Melodrama And Machismo

Friday, January 15, 2016

Critic John Powers says viewers shouldn't expect to learn about the inner working of Wall Street from the glossy new series Billions. Instead, the show offers clipping action and punchy dialogue.


John Powers' List Of Books, CDs And DVDs He Wishes He Had Reviewed In 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Every year, critic John Powers finds himself compiling a list of praiseworthy work he's read, watched or heard that he neglected to mention on the radio. This year, he's sharing his "Ghost List."


5 Sisters Struggle With The Shackles Of A Conservative Culture In 'Mustang'

Monday, November 30, 2015

Five Turkish teens are censured by a culture threatened by their burgeoning sexuality in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut film. Critic John Powers says Mustang brims with "the zing and energy of life."


Brief And Brisk, The Newly Translated 'Boxes' Is An Existential Pleasure

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The French writer Pascal Garnier, who died in 2010, wrote more than 30 children's books, but he's best known for a series of acclaimed novels. Critic John Powers reviews the newly translated Boxes.


'Bridge Of Spies' Offers A Fresh, Measured Take On The Cold War

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tom Hanks plays an American attorney charged with defending a captured Soviet spy in Steven Spielberg's latest film. Critic John Powers calls Bridge of Spies a "highly entertaining new thriller."


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.