John Powers appears in the following:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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
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."
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.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The USA Network show centers on a brilliant computer wizard who gets involved with a mysterious cell of fellow hackers. Critic John Powers calls
Mr. Robot an "addictive new psychological thriller."
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Best of Enemies chronicles the 1968 debates between conservative editor William F. Buckley and liberal novelist Gore Vidal. Critic John Powers weighs in on the legacy of their verbal crossfire.