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Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

Missing Mr. Matthau

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

On the first of this month, Walter Matthau, who left us just a decade ago, would have turned ninety. Ruminating on this unnoted milestone made me consider anew what a unique and gifted screen actor he was.

Suggestions for Improving the Kim Kardashian Cover of W's Art Issue

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

Why would Barbara Kruger, one of the seminal feminist artist icons of the past century, collaborate on a W cover featuring It- monster Kim Kardashian?

Never Again: Ten Great Holocaust Films You May Have Missed

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We should all periodically revisit the best books and films on the Holocaust, however unpleasant, to keep our own awareness, watchfulness, and revulsion very much alive. There is no shortage of worthy choices.

Professional Pictures: Movies About Our Day Jobs

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As seen through the revealing lens of timeless film, you can derive a measure of comfort and perspective amidst the seeming complexity of it all, because the pressures and vicissitudes of the work place go back a very long way.

Presidential Pictures: Top Movies About The Top Job

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given the sheer scale and complexity of the Presidency in modern times, it's no surprise that a host of great films have explored the nature of our country's highest office.

The Heist Picture

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great heist movies work by tying us to the unfortunate characters who populate them, and investing us in the outcome of their attempts to reach the same pot of gold so many of us chase.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.

ReThinking 12 Angry Men: On Sotomayor and Empathy in Our Justice System

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's empathy, the ability to imagine yourself in someone else's shoes, that protects us from the kind of simplistic, closed-minded caricaturing that leads to racism, classism and sexism.

The Best City Movies by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those of you who love cities, movies, and by extension, cities in movies, here's a batch of capital DVD titles, and the capitals that inspired them.

American Directors To Dominate New York Festival

AP | Jake Coyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

From Wes Anderson to Sidney Lumet, this year's New York Film Festival is dominated by top American directors spanning generations. Though the NYFF ha...