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Unlike Her Music ‘I Am: Céline Dion’ Is Not a Mournful Drama

Unlike Her Music ‘I Am: Céline Dion’ Is Not a Mournful Drama

Unlike how her subject’s music can be, Irene Taylor’s biography I Am: Céline Dion is not a mournful drama. That doesn’t mean it’s easy.

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

Pablo Berger’s animated Robot Dreams is a near-perfect marvel of silent cinema nearly a century after talkies ended the silent era.

“Woman Whitewashing” in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Priscilla’

“Woman Whitewashing” in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Priscilla’

Director Sofia Coppola places herself in the crosshairs with her troubling and provocative adaptation of Priscilla Presley’s memoirs.

Biopic of Argentine Musician Fito Páez Immerses Viewers

Biopic of Argentine Musician Fito Páez Immerses Viewers

Biopic Fito Páez: El Amor Después Del Amor (Love After Music) is, among other things, a gateway into Argentina’s most celebrated rock star’s songbook.

The Evolving Archetype of the Crooner

The Evolving Archetype of the Crooner

Art critic Alex Coles demonstrates in his convention-challenging Crooner: Singing from the Heart From Sinatra to Nas that crooning is a vocal style and image encompassing theatrical exaggeration and heartfelt reality.

In Music Doc ‘Born in Chicago’ Chicago Blues Cross Color Line

In Music Doc ‘Born in Chicago’ Chicago Blues Cross Color Line

Music documentary Born in Chicago captures the white musicians who bristled at 1950s American conformity and turned to Chicago blues for a whole new world.

‘Mamamoo: My Con the Movie’ Gives Fans the Over-the-Top They Want

‘Mamamoo: My Con the Movie’ Gives Fans the Over-the-Top They Want

While following the customary format of K-pop documentaries, My Con the Movie shows the candid, magnetic sides of each member of K-pop sensation Mamamoo.

‘Dreams in Double Time’: When Bebop Counter-Punched Racist Violence

‘Dreams in Double Time’: When Bebop Counter-Punched Racist Violence

In this excerpt from Jonathan Leal’s study of Black American jazz, Dreams in Double Time, bebop gives the music a “new accent” and the outsider citizenry a “new language” for counter-punching rebellion.

Director Ana Sofia Fonseca on Her Tribute to Cape Verdean Singer Cesária Évora

Director Ana Sofia Fonseca on Her Tribute to Cape Verdean Singer Cesária Évora

Singing the Cape Verde blues known as “morna”, the world-renowned Cesária Évora sang in local Creole to a slow tempo reflecting a melancholy state of mind. Her gentle, lulling timbre recounts some of the darkest moments of the volcanic island.

Bob Dylan Remains Hard to Pin Down with ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’

Bob Dylan Remains Hard to Pin Down with ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’

In The Philosophy of Modern Song, Bob Dylan conveys his thoughts in his signature styles, as in his lyrics, he can be plainspoken, gnomic, and over the top.

The Joke’s on You: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’

The Joke’s on You: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’

Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern Song is an awful book, awash with misogyny and crusty old man rants like a drunken, MAGA hat-wearing uncle.

Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ Mixes Comedy with Anxiety and Sets It to Music

Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ Mixes Comedy with Anxiety and Sets It to Music

Bo Burnham creates a warm and inviting mood and ironic comfort when he sings “That Funny Feeling” in his comedy special, ‘Inside’.