John Powers

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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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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

Friday, April 03, 2015

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.


'Seymour': A Loving Portrait Of An Acclaimed Classical Pianist

Friday, March 20, 2015

Seymour: An Introduction is an inspiring new documentary by the actor Ethan Hawke. It's about Seymour Bernstein, who quit a successful concert career at the age of 50 to become a piano teacher.


'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.


Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."


'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Leviathan follows a man who fights back after a corrupt mayor uses eminent domain to claim his house, and Red Army recounts the story of the Soviet Union's famous hockey team.


Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

Friday, August 22, 2014

The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.


British Comedians Take A 'Trip To Italy' And Make Fun Of Each Other

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In the sequel to The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon drive around Italy, instead of England, and engage in lively banter. The film isn't freighted with ambition, but it's extremely enjoyable.


'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn't half bad.


'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.


Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The 1962 comic drama follows two young men: one who smacks of Italy's joyless '50s and one who embodies the prosperity and recklessness of the '60s. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.