March 21, 2013 The authentic grit of modern London is a plus in Sally El Hosaini's debut feature, My Brother the Devil. What's less successful is her attempt to break storytelling conventions; a intriguing concept and a smart setup subside into familiar sibling-rival storytelling by the film's end.
March 21, 2013 Harmony Korine's splashy crime comedy Spring Breakers has made headlines for its surprising, sexualized use of Disney-certified starlets. It packs a few surprises, but the violent, bloody film ultimately tries a little too hard to be truly avant-garde.
March 21, 2013 Results from the European Planck satellite point to an older and slower universe. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the data gives us confidence that cosmology is on the right track to explain the Universe in which we live.
March 21, 2013 At this point, it takes heroic effort to care about the possible future handoff of Tonight, even if you have strong feelings about whether you like Jay, Dave, Jimmy, other Jimmy, or Craig.
March 21, 2013 David Mamet, the writer and director of the new HBO movie Phil Spector starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, includes a disclaimer at the beginning of the film: While the movie might be based on the controversial music producer, "This is a work of fiction. It's not 'based on a true story.' "
March 21, 2013 Morality emerges from our evolved nature: so claims primatologist Frans de Waal, who takes aim in his new book at the view that morality comes from God. Commentator Barbara J. King finds de Waal's argument persuasive.
March 21, 2013 President Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday for his first official visit. He met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is scheduled to meet with Palestinians in the West Bank. Yaakov Kirschen is hoping for a lessening in hostilities, while Luojie thinks more outreach might help.
March 20, 2013 Advertising and marketing aimed at women is often really better aimed at parents. Getting past the cup holders in a new car might be a first step.
March 20, 2013 Can science explain the origins of the universe, of life and of the mind? Not completely, it turns out. But how far can it go in answering them? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser starts digging into these questions.
March 20, 2013 After years in culinary exile, animal fats are finding their way back into Americans' pots and pans. Pork, duck or chicken fat serves as a rich base that lifts an array of dishes to new flavor heights.
March 20, 2013 Ten years ago this week, U.S.-led forces attacked Iraq. Pat Bagley made it clear how he stood on the issue in 2003, when Nick Anderson took a more traditional stance.
March 19, 2013 Aleksandar Hemon's first book of nonfiction, The Book of My Lives, is a collection of essays about a shifting sense of home and displacement. Reviewer Ben Percy says these stories, which balance despair with hope and anger with humor, slashed through his defenses.
March 19, 2013 Tonight marks the premiere of ABC's Splash. Yes, it's celebrities diving. And we're ready.