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Monday, June 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

The often-tense historical relationship between Catholics and Jews is explored in the documentary Constantine’s Sword, a somber account of former Catholic priest James P. Carroll as he makes the argument that Catholic anti-Semitism set the stage for the Holocaust. This stark film screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the . . .
03.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Tom Brokaw popularized the idea of �the Greatest Generation� and more recently the amiable news anchor has focused on his own generation. The History Channel documentary �1968 With Tom Brokaw,� out now on DVD, examines a year that virtually everyone agrees was pivotal. Whether �68 moved the world for better or for worse remains debatable. Brokaw finds voices willing to take up both positions. ...
03.22.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Les Paul, the �Wizard of Waukesha,� is probably the single most important musician to emerge from Wisconsin. A crack player and an inventive mechanic of sound, he perfected the solid body electric guitar that bears his name, developed overdubbing and multi-tracking, and helped set the expectations for sound recording as we know it today. The PBS program �American Masters: Les Paul�Chasi...
03.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
With global climate change, the war on terrorism and the dark roster of Oscar nominees, it�s little wonder that anxious thoughts are turned toward an uncertain future. Apocalyptic daydreams have gained renewed force. While Protestant fundamentalists look forward to a Rapture that will spirit away the �righteous,� leaving everyone else to Armageddon, others imagine a future where no one is spar...
03.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The British Empire brought progress and prejudice to the ends of the earth. It laid the foundation of democracy and sowed the seeds of catastrophe, ennobling and exploiting as it gathered together one-third of the world�s inhabitants by the start of the 20th century. What better narrator for a documentary on the paradoxes of the empire than Art Malik, the Pakistani-born British actor who memo...
Friday, March 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7:00 & 9:00 PM

Through Thursday, March 20, the Times Cinema hosts screenings of this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side. Like many of its fellow nominees, it’s a lofty account of United States foreign policy. The filmmakers take a look at the country’s torture policies, placing particular . . .
03.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
A grumpy old man who decides to convert his run-down mansion into a convent winds up sparring with the mother superior, only to find faith in the end. On the surface it has the ring of a 2 a.m. selection on TCM with Walter Mathau under a gray toupee and Ingrid Bergman in a habit. On the contrary, it really happened and was documented in an inventive form by The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun, a ...
02.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Americans looked forward to what one columnist called "a new world of peace" after World War II, but history took the opposite course. Between rapid incursions, air strikes and massive interventions, the U.S. military has seldom rested for long. War Made Easy, a documentary produced by the Media Education Foundation, asks why. It will be out on DVD in March. Although War Made Easy is narrate...
12.18.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Joseph Campbell became the foremost popularizer of comparative mythology and religion in the second half of the 20th century. Unlike his narrow track academic colleagues, working only for merit pay increases, Campbell felt he was on to something important and tirelessly presented his idea to the general educated public. He was the Noam Chomsky of spirituality. Shortly before his death ...

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