Article Archive

Exterminatrix

Revisiting Sarah Schulman’s satire-tragedy of 1990s New York City

January 15, 2016

‘Hamilton’ and the Romance of Government

The hit Broadway musical risks becoming a love song to America’s regime.

January 4, 2016

Discipline and Rupture at Christmastime

Reading Foucault and de Caussade into an Advent carol of relief over reform

December 23, 2015

Jingle All the Way to Hell

“Krampus” is a fun romp into Christmas horror, but fails to execute a potentially iconic premise.

December 12, 2015

Moral Combat

“Winners and Losers,” now playing in DC, is a cutting, suspenseful romp.

November 17, 2015

Snow White, Blood Red

“Crimson Peak” is as much a swoony Gothic love story as a horror film.

October 23, 2015

A Mother Under Wraps

“Goodnight Mommy” is a haunting horror flick about everything we don’t know about other people’s lives.

October 15, 2015

A Washed-Out Dr. House—With Hooves

Neflix original “BoJack Horseman” brings a cartoon spin to the recovering man-child.

October 10, 2015

Home Is Where the Drama Is

Noah Baumbach’s new comedy about the friendship of two ambitious women conceals a soft heart under an acrid exterior.

September 18, 2015

Jacob Lawrence’s Existential Sociology

His “Migration” series, reunited at MoMA, is social history raised to the level of art.

August 29, 2015

“Amends,” My Reality-TV Rehab Satire, Is Now Available

Bad advice, bad memories, mysticism, humiliation, class struggle, sleaze, and more of my favorite things.

August 13, 2015

Painting Modernism Before the Bolsheviks

The Neue Galerie captures Russia’s last moments of open artistic experimentation before the “short 20th century.”

August 5, 2015

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Movie Like This?

The moralistic storytelling of “Trainwreck” results in a boring film.

July 30, 2015

Love Is a Losing Game

A documentary on Amy Winehouse shows the softer side of a hard-living jazz star.

July 15, 2015

Feeling Down on “Inside Out”

The new Pixar film is poignant—and didactic.

June 29, 2015

The Truth Without Reconciliation Committee

A sequel to 2012’s death-squad documentary “The Act of Killing” lets survivors and victims’ families have their say.

June 22, 2015

Indie Music’s Christ-Haunted Women

Filling out the ramshackle choir loft of Sufjan Stevens and the Mountain Goats, beyond Sinead O’Connor.

June 19, 2015

Pro Wrestling (With Angels)

A new album by the Mountain Goats explores rage, memory, masked heroes of the ring, and the unexpected Sunset Flip.

June 13, 2015

Tom Stoppard Plays With God

London’s National Theatre stages a philosophy of mind debate that seeks more than the God of the Gaps.

May 21, 2015

Friendship with a Future Tense

A book on renewing community through friendship offers hope in the face of uncertainty.

May 7, 2015