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John Powers

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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."

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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 โ€” murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Friday, May 02, 2014

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies โ€” a sense of compassion for the monster.

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Remembering Harold Ramis, Master Of The 'Smart Dumb-Movie'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Best known for Animal House, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, Ramis died Monday at 69. Critic John Powers says Ramis was like a favorite uncle who spices up the family reunion by spiking the punch.

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For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Claude Lanzmann's documentary profiles a Viennese rabbi put to work in a Czech concentration camp. Although Benjamin Murmelstein was himself not a free man, he was despised by fellow Jewish prisoners.

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'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Critic John Powers says that Borgen, a Danish TV series about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister is "irresistibly bingeable." The third and final season has just been released on DVD.

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Three Protesters, One 'Square': Film Goes Inside Egypt's Revolution

Monday, January 13, 2014

As we approach the third anniversary of the demonstrations in Egypt, Fresh Air critic John Powers reviews a documentary that captures the story of Cairo's Tahrir Square. He says the film "is less a final reckoning than an exciting bulletin from the front lines of an unfinished revolution."

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