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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.

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“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.

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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.