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Stephanie Sigman plays Laura, a beauty queen drawn into the world of Mexican drug cartels, in the film Miss Bala. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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In 'Miss Bala,' Bullets And Beauty Pageants Collide

Gerardo Naranjo's gripping film about the Mexican drug war is Mexico's submission this year for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Critic John Powers says it deftly illuminates a society plagued with fear.

In 'Miss Bala,' Bullets And Beauty Pageants Collide

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The Shroom With A View: Mushrooms are fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting bodies found all over the world. They can grow in practically any environment with moisture. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Man Who Studies The Fungus Among Us

Botanist Nicholas Money's book Mushroom takes readers inside the world of the fungal organisms that appear overnight on lawns, are occasionally poisonous and appear in everything from Alice in Wonderland to some lifesaving medications.

The Man Who Studies The Fungus Among Us

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In Shame, Brandon (Michael Fassbender) pursues sex not for pleasure but to fulfill a driving compulsion. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Author Interviews

Writing About The Midwestern Muslim Experience

Ayad Akhtar's debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity. Akhtar drew on his own experiences exploring the Muslim faith as a teenager growing up in Wisconsin.

Writing About The Midwestern Muslim Experience

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Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) are at odds first about whether to leave Iran for life abroad — and then about more pressing issues. Sony Picture Classics. hide caption

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'A Separation' Of Hearts, Minds And Ideas In Iran

The Iranian film A Separation won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday. Critic John Powers says the remarkable film takes viewers inside a country that is far more complicated and fascinating than news headlines indicate.

'A Separation' Of Hearts, Minds And Ideas In Iran

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Author Interviews

Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

Michelle Alexander says that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of blacks in the war on drugs.

Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

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In the two-hour premiere episode of Alcatraz, Rebecca (Sarah Jones) looks for clues to a missing prisoner from the 1960s who suddenly reappears in modern day. FX hide caption

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Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz'

Two more shows to add to your 2012 list: Justified, which returns to FX Tuesday night for its third season, and Alcatraz, a new Fox drama and the latest from Lost producer J.J. Abrams. TV critic David Bianculli explains why they're both worth watching.

Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz'

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Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a present-day U.S. marshal with Wild West inclinations on the FX series Justified. Mark Seliger/FX hide caption

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Timothy Olyphant: Laying Down 'Justified' Laws

Actor Timothy Olyphant stars in the FX series Justified as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a present-day lawman with Wild West instincts. Olyphant also starred in HBO's Deadwood as sheriff Seth Bullock.

Timothy Olyphant: Laying Down 'Justified' Laws

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Goggins says he chose not to read the Elmore Leonard books that feature Boyd Crowder because he didn't want to be influenced by them. FX hide caption

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Walton Goggins: Playing Bad Boy Boyd On 'Justified'

The Southern actor discusses playing a white supremacist turned born-again Christian on the critically acclaimed FX series Justified — and how he gets into the mind-set to play one of TV's worst bad boys.

Walton Goggins: Playing Bad Boy Boyd On 'Justified'

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Meryl Streep (center) stars as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's biopic about the former prime minister of the United Kingdom. The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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An 'Iron Lady' Fully Inhabited By Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's biopic about the former prime minister of the United Kingdom. Film critic David Edelstein applauds her performance, calling it "one of the greatest impersonations I'd ever seen."

An 'Iron Lady' Fully Inhabited By Meryl Streep

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Gary Oldman has played characters from Beethoven to Pontius Pilate to Tom Stoppard's take on Hamlet's schoolmate, Rosencrantz, in the 1990 film Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Matt Sayles/AP hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Gary Oldman: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sirius

The actor is so good at what he does, you might not recognize him from role to role. He's played everyone from Sid Vicious and Dracula, to Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, and now George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Gary Oldman: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sirius

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Music Reviews

Janie Fricke: The 'Country Side Of Bluegrass'

Fricke was one of the most popular country-music vocalists of the 1980s. Between 1982 and 1984, she scored six No. 1 hits. Since then, her career has dimmed, but now she's back, having arranged some of her biggest hits with bluegrass instrumentation.

Janie Fricke: The 'Country Side Of Bluegrass'

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Bill Moyers began his career in journalism as a junior reporter at the Marshall News Messenger in Marshall, Texas. Peter Krogh/©Peter Krogh hide caption

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Bill Moyers Is Back On TV — And Better Than Ever

The veteran broadcaster returns to public television with a new public affairs program. Critic David Bianculli says it might be hard to find, but it's important to watch.

Bill Moyers Is Back On TV — And Better Than Ever

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Author Interviews

Why America's Spies Struggle To Keep Up

In Intel Wars, historian Matthew Aid details how bureaucratic policies and a glut of raw data have weakened the intelligence community in its war against would-be terrorists.

Why America's Spies Struggle To Keep Up

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François Houle And Benoît Delbecq's Dream State

The latest duo recording from the clarinetist and pianist is like a slow-motion sleepwalk.

François Houle And Benoît Delbecq's Dream State

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Shalom Auslander is also the author of the short story collection Beware of God and a memoir, Foreskin's Lament. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life. Franco Vogt/Courtesy Riverhead Books hide caption

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Book Reviews

'Hope': A Comic Novel About The Holocaust?

Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy takes on genocide, identity politics and Anne Frank (now elderly and squatting in a farmhouse in upstate New York) with grim humor and daring irreverence.

'Hope': A Comic Novel About The Holocaust?

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The Obamas wave to a crowd on a campaign stop in 2008. Reporter Jodi Kantor details how they figured out how to maintain their friendships and family life after moving into the White House. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Michelle And Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor interviewed more than 200 sources, including White House aides and friends of the Obamas, to paint a portrait of the first family's life inside the White House.

Michelle And Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

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A New 'Morning' On CBS, But Will It Work?

CBS has revamped its morning show, which now has new hosts, a new set and a new focus: more hard news, less soft entertainment. TV critic David Bianculli says the new format works — as long as the network makes good on its news-oriented focus.

A New 'Morning' On CBS, But Will It Work?

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By the 1950s, Rin Tin Tin was played by three dogs, who often traveled around the country making public appearances. In this undated photo, one Rin Tin Tin enjoys a luxury dinner in his Chicago hotel suite. Edward Kitch/AP Photo hide caption

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Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

The orphaned German shepherd was found in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. Writer Susan Orlean details how he became one of the biggest film stars of the silent era in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.

Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

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