Wendell Pierce and Dominic West in “The Wire”. Photo: HBO

Review: Down on the Corner

The Wire: Depressing – but unlike a later Simon effort, Treme, the show was also addictive.

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Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot.

Bardot at 80: Actress, Racist, Icon

Happy birthday, Ms. Bardot. Human rights may not be your forte. But thank you for everything else.

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Richard Kiel in “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Photo: United Artists

A Death in the James Bond Family

Richard Kiel could be intimidating, but there was also something childlike about him, and 007 fans loved him.


“Force Majeure”. Photo: Plattform Produktion

Review: After the Avalanche

Force Majeure: Ruben Östlund finds it harder to sustain a straight story for two hours, but the acting is brilliant.

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“All Quiet on the Western Front”. Photo: Universal

6 Essential World War I Films

World War I is rarely an adventure in these films, perhaps because it is known as one of those wars that seems so unnecessary in hindsight.


Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan in “The Westerner”. Photo: United Artists

Review: Law and Disorder

The Westerner: This is a terrific film – and Gary Cooper is very good in it.

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Mitch McConnell.

The Hottest Midterm Contests

Let’s take a look at some of this fall’s hottest races and its ads.