March 8, 2013 As J. Edgar Hoover became increasingly worried about communist threats against America, he instructed the bureau to conduct secret intelligence operations against anyone deemed "subversive." Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner is now out in paperback.
March 8, 2013 There are three reasons to see this prequel to the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz: the trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. But James Franco, who stars as the wizard-in-the-making, disappoints — and the film as a whole is a bit snoozy.
March 8, 2013 Joss Whedon is bringing Shakespeare straight to you this summer, and a new trailer offers a peek.
March 8, 2013 American Idol is trying to escape a five-year streak of guiltar-strumming winners. Last night, it presented a different selection of singers, forcing a break from the phenomenon knows as "White Guys With Guitars."
March 8, 2013 Also: Marco Rubio's unusual taste in poets; journalist Nate Thayer is accused of plagiarism; and rethinking book acknowledgments.
March 8, 2013 The legendary music that makes up Broadway's upcoming Motown: The Musical offers audible proof that Berry Gordy's Detroit R&B label is the soundtrack of an American generation. But for Gordy, the new project is just the story of that label as he lived through it.
March 7, 2013 Swiss director Baran Bo Odar's first feature, the eerie crime thriller The Silence, finds tension in the melodrama of the everyday. A terrible crime repeats itself, and the resulting quiet chaos rips apart a small German town with unsettling force. (Recommended)
March 7, 2013 A postwar drama wears its history lightly as it tap dances gingerly around actual events in the days after Japan's surrender ended World War II.
March 7, 2013 Earnest to a fault, this feel-good documentary can't quite mask the commercial cynicism behind the story of the rock band Journey and its up-from-obscurity frontman.
March 7, 2013 There are some worthy short horror films among the 26 vignettes that make up The ABCs of Death — and some serious clunkers, too.
March 7, 2013 Director Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills has echoes of his earlier (and best-known) drama, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Here he's telling a tale of autocratic religion in a bleak Romanian backwater.
March 7, 2013 China's so-called fan subtitle groups are trying to change the country's thinking. Every week, thousands of young Chinese gather online to translate popular TV shows like The Newsroom into Mandarin. Some do it for fun, but others see it as a subtle way to introduce new ideas about free thought and questioning authority into Chinese society.