Arts & Entertainment


“Batman v Superman”: It’s hero vs. hero, but the audience loses

This film is the cinematic equivalent of a child slamming two plastic toy dinosaurs into one another.


“Madame Butterfly”: The racial/sexual politics of cross-cultural concubinage

LA Opera's current production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" hits not only a homer, but a grand slam.


"Summer and Smoke": Tennessee's waltz and the blindness of neighbors

Tara Battani's is among the finest acting I've ever seen on the L.A. boards, and is by itself worth the price of admission.


Last tango in Kabul? “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and the embedded reporter

"Tango" perpetuates that age-old Hollywood tradition of setting stories in the "exotic" Third World.


“Race” and “Risen”: Two films, two very different kinds of hero

What does it mean to be a hero? What can we learn from our heroes? How shall we treat them? 


Paul Robeson fought Jim Crow, lynching, and McCarthyism

Gerald Horne has made an amazing contribution to African American radical history with a newly published biography.


Progressive cinema: “Angel of Nanjing”

The film shows how love for life and people can drive a person in a country of over a billion to exercise compassion for his fellow humans.


"Requiem for the American Dream": Wake-up call!

Noam Chomsky's new film is a clear-eyed, easily accessible outline of how and why American idealism has been sabotaged. 


Kendrick Lamar and other top moments of the 2016 Grammys

A lot of it dragged but a few terrific performances and notable speeches and awards punctuated the slow-mo show.


Cartoonist Ted Rall delivers with “Bernie”

Rall offers a deftly drawn, incisive portrait of the man and the political climate against which he rebels.

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