| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:33 AM
"How many different kinds of disgusting do you have to be to boo a man who volunteered to fight and die for you?" -- Will McAvoy
"Willie Pete," the third episode of "The Newsroom's" second season, opened with a Will McAvoy rave-out during a comment...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:26 AM
Who is the face of American liberalism? Who is the face of American conservatism?
In Washington politics and on social media these days, the king and queen of "base" politics are two freshman U.S senators — Texas' Ted Cruz for conservatives and...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
“Willie Pete,” Episode 13 of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” refers to military jargon for white phosphorous, a substance that obscures troop positions and inflicts horrific burns.
Nasty as WP is, a special ops team allegedly used...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Word is getting around. The Dream Defenders are for real.
Whether you agree with their demands — chiefly to repeal Florida's "stand your ground" law — or view their protest as juvenile foot-stomping, this much is true:
This group of...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Lost at sea, lost in space, lost children, lost freedom, lost homeland, lost money, lost identity, lost jobs, lost hope, lost faith, lost lives: This fall, this is film. This is serious. I can't wait.
September always brings a change in the...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:30 AM
A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Having been left for dead in more ways than one after the critical and commercial failure of...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:45 AM
More than 100 contributing filmmakers and "newcomers" — including nine credited directors or co-directors — plus a passel of editors joined forces to create "99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film," an experimental documentary that...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:54 PM
It feels like an eternity since bowl season ended, but fortunately today marks the greatest day of the year, when football returns to rescue us from the barren sports wasteland of August. Baseball? The U.S. Open? That stuff is a nice filler, like the...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 7:36 AM
What do President Obama, Morgan Freeman, NSA document-leaker Edward Snowden and some guy who goes by the name “probably hitting on you” have in common?
They all know what time "the narwhal bacons."
Specifically, they know "the narwhal...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 12:30 PM
As if conceding the first season harbored a serious structural flaw, "The Newsroom" returns with a flashback framing device to help explain its we-told-you-so leaps into the near past -- in the second season's case, to a stretch beginning in 2011...