Not Even the Great J.K. Simmons Can Save ‘You Can’t Run Forever’

Ulises Duenas

Simmons opens the film by gassing up his motorcycle in a rural area and shooting three people there for no reason. Even though his character is a psychotic killer, Simmons is charming in this role -- too charming in fact. His casual attitude towards his actions is funny and takes away from any feeling of dread that a thriller needs in order to be compelling.

Artist George Townley Embraces the Sun-Soaked Scenery of Los Angeles

The Editors

Escapism is a major theme in Townley’s work and the driving inspiration for his art. He grew up in a small, rainy town in the north of England, so drawing sun-soaked landscapes in California was a way of escaping his environment.

‘Cat City’: Chicago Turns Feral

Sandra Bertrand

They consider feral cats – not climate change – as the number-one challenge to the birds’ survival. One book cited in the film is Cat Wars: Thee Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, co-authored by the activist Peter P. Marra, which examines the real threats to biodiversity.

The South Dakota Governor Shoots Dogs, Doesn’t She?

Eric Green

The governor, considered a potential vice-presidential running mate for former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election, described Cricket as “less than worthless” and “untrainable.” Obviously, she did not abide by the old adage that a dog is man’s (or woman’s) best friend.

‘Adios Buenos Aires’ Is Another Poignant, Notable Film From Argentina

Tara Taghizadeh

John Lennon once said: Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. And Adios Buenos Aires captures this sentiment perfectly.  As Julio dreams of abandoning Buenos Aires in favor of a fresh start, he is forced to reckon with the people and events that hold him back.

The Harlem Renaissance at the Met: An Explosion of Joy

Sandra Bertrand

The groundbreaking exhibition, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, explores the far-reaching and everyday ways in which Black artists portrayed modern life. Through some 160 works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and ephemera, the new Black culture was taking shape. 

Is Tipping Dead?

Christopher Elliot

Many service workers have come to depend on gratuities to earn a living. Squeezing a tip out of a customer before the meal is served or under the watchful eye of your server is hardly the fault of the employee. But the employees are likely to pay for these misguided policies.

Paul Theroux Goes East of Suez in ‘Burma Sahib’

Lee Polevoi

At the outset of Burma Sahib, the new novel by esteemed travel writer Paul Theroux, a woman and her husband aboard the ship Herefordshire take an interest in another passenger—a young man standing at the bow looking out to the sea. Who is he? Where is he going?

‘The Sopranos’ Turns 25 and Remains One of the Greatest Shows Ever Made

Ulises Duenas

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano presented a complex character who showed the full range of triumph and tragedy. Edie Falco as his wife Carmela and Lorraine Bracco as therapist Jennifer Melfi are other standouts who go through their own arcs. 

Dost Thou Protest Too Much? Depoliticizing Political Music

Garrett Hartman

If relatively simple songs are being underanalyzed, we also lose the power in more complicated expressions of protest in songs like Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” The song’s triumphant chorus, which chants “Born in the U.S.A.,” often overshadows its darker verse.

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