John Powers

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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

Monday, November 20, 2017

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.


'Her Body and Other Parties' Charts Dark Territory With Enormous Style

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The eight stories in Carmen Maria Machado's new collection feature women in extremis — physical danger, psychological meltdown, treacherous love or close encounters of a ghostly kind.


'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Friday, September 22, 2017

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.


'Top Of The Lake: China Girl' Takes You Places Cop Shows Usually Ignore

Friday, September 08, 2017

The TV series' second season takes place four years after its first, and begins with an unknown Asian woman's body washing up (in a suitcase) on a beach near Sydney.


If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.


Albert Brooks' 'Lost in America' Remains Piercingly Relevant 32 Years Later

Monday, August 07, 2017

Newly released on DVD and Blu-ray, the 1985 film follows a well-heeled LA couple who decide to become free-spirited wanderers. Critic John Powers says Lost In America is a comedy for the ages.


Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

Monday, July 17, 2017

Two entitled young women vacationing on a chic Greek island get involved with a mysterious stranger in Lawrence Osborne's new novel. Critic John Powers calls it a "seductively menacing new thriller."


'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mark Kidel's new Showtime documentary tells the story of the man behind the debonair star. Off screen, Grant was "lonely, insecure and haunted by fears of being abandoned," says critic John Powers.


'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

Friday, May 26, 2017

Édouard Louis' autobiographical novel is the story of a young man coming of age in a downtrodden French village. Critic John Powers calls it a "bulletin from the enraged heart of Le Pen country."


'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Friday, May 05, 2017

Laura Poitras began filming the man known for cyber-releasing classified documents in 2011. Critic John Powers says the resulting documentary is an intimate take on an enigmatic rebel.


An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar centers his new movie on a wannabe dealmaker, played by Richard Gere. Critic John Powers calls Norman a mordantly funny drama with a "dazzlingly revelatory" ending.


'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Valeria Luiselli's new book is based on her experiences working as an interpreter for Central American child migrants seeking entry to the U.S. Critic John Powers calls it "fair minded and expansive."


'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Set amid the political swirl of late '60s Chicago, Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won't want to put it down.


Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The new documentary by filmmaker Ceyda Torun focuses on seven cats as they make their way around the Turkish city. Critic John Powers calls Kedi a "pleasurable refuge from our daily cares."


Taut, Moving 'Black Girl' Helped Put African Cinema On The Map

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fifty years after its debut, a restored version of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène's first film is now available. John Powers says Black Girl feels "as timely today as it did half a century ago."


'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, Mike Mills' new film is the story of a teenage boy and the three women who teach him about life. Critic John Powers calls it an "amusing, deeply-felt work."


A Critic's Year-End 'Ghost File': Books, Movies And TV Shows He Didn't Review

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Every year, Fresh Air critic John Powers is haunted by all the terrific things he didn't get a chance to talk about on air. As 2016 winds down, he "un-haunts" himself with these six recommendations.


2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.


Feminist Western 'Certain Women' Takes On Friendship And Stoicism

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Kelly Reichardt presents the interlocking lives of several Montana women in her new film, Certain Women. Critic John Powers calls it a work of "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm."


'13th' Maps The Road From Slavery To Mass Incarceration

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ava DuVernay's new film takes its name from the amendment that abolished slavery, but allowed for prisoner servitude. Critic John Powers says 13th puts forth a searing interpretation of U.S. history.