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‘Children of Paradise’ Is a Masterpiece of Journalism and Reportage

Children of Paradise is an intellectual history of Iranian politics that helps the reader cut through the spin of mainstream headlines.

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Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episodes 2 and 3 - “Home” and “Oathbreaker”

Seconds chances -- resurrection and return -- abound in the early machinations of the sixth season.

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13 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Cannes 2016: ‘Café Society’ + ‘Sieranevada’

Two new films at the Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen's Café Society and Cristi Puiu's Sieranevada, look back on the past, with very different results.

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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach Blasts Britain’s Welfare System in ‘I, Daniel Blake’

Ken Loach's latest is a well-meaning but disappointing attempt to explore the impact of Conservative benefit cuts in the UK.

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In ‘Money Monster’, Everyone Is Watching, But No One Is Listening

Money Monster is stuck between indictments, encouraging you to be mad at the bad media makers, the players in the crooked financial industry, and you, the reckless consumers.

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13 May 2016 // 8:10 AM

Young Magic: Still Life

Young Magic's smoldering ambient-pop drifts into new sonic territories on Still Life.

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Fruit Bats: Absolute Loser

The best stuff on the solid Absolute Loser makes for a welcome return of an underrated American band.

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Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions

As a preservationist, Scott understands how to treasure resources.

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Plants and Animals: Waltzed in From the Rumbling

After a four-year pause for reflection, the band is back as melodic, wistful, and alive with longing as ever.

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C-3PO Gains a Red Left Hand in ‘Star Wars: C-3PO #1’

C-3PO's red arm evidently carries more weight than its metal.

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Albanian Hell is Cold in ‘Cash Only’

Though it may not be the most originally plotted crime drama, Cash Only executes its conceit with technical skill and emotional honesty.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 19 - “Failed Experiments”

The latest episode lives up to its title, as Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Kree all try, and fail, to change much.

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‘Nebula Awards Showcase 2016’ Will Make Your Toes Curl

Experienced sci-fi readers have seen enough hentai to know where Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 is going.

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‘The Minims’ Frustrates Rather Than Charms

I’m glad The Minims exists, though unfortunately I can’t say that I enjoyed my time with it.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Bailey Rae's third album shines a spotlight on how versatile the singer has become.

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12 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

A Giant Dog: Pile

Pile, the new album from Austin's A Giant Dog, can remind us of other moments in rock music, but this is not revivalism. Instead, it reshapes those pasts into the band's own present.

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Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs

Chicago-based and smarter than most, Al Scorch gives us a record that feels genuine, touching and wise.

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Phil Collins: 2016 Rhino Reissues (Part One)

Not all of Collins' solo material deserves reverence, but it's obvious that there are some forgotten gems in his discography, making even casual fans wonder if they truly have both sides of his story.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 22 - “End”

The Good Wife says goodbye in perfect fashion, with happiness as that elusive, impossible-to-catch fish.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 21 - “Susan Hargrave (No. 18)”

The Blacklist re-shuffles the deck, with a new character introduced and a possible spin-off in the mix.

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