John Powers

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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.


Vigilante Computer Geeks Reign In The Addictive 'Mr. Robot'

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."


Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

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.


Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.


Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In his first novel, The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud retells The Stranger from an Arab perspective. John Powers says Daoud's retelling will forever change the way you read the Camus classic.


An Indian Coming-Of-Age Trilogy, Restored To Its 'True Splendor'

Monday, May 11, 2015

Indian director Satyajit Ray first came to prominence in the '50s with the three films known as The Apu Trilogy. John Powers says that even half a century later, the films "still expand our horizons."


Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.


3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.

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