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Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton

The nominees: Robert Duvall in Judge, Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher, Ethan Hawke in Boyhood, Edward Norton in Birdman, and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. It’s easy to confuse them, because...

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best picture this year is a given: Boyhood. Nothing like it has ever been done, period. Its ambitious realism makes it a touching and emotional portrait of the human...

Film: Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a story that deserves to be told. Alan Turing arguably changed the course of WWII, and thus shaped our world today. He was one of the...

Television: Better Call Saul

Good news for Breaking Bad fans and anyone else who struggles with goodbyes: Better Call Saul, a prequel to Breaking Bad, premiered last Monday on AMC. But loyalists of showrunner Vince...

Music: All We Are

They started in the mountain ranges of Norway. Then they relocated to a remote cottage in North Wales. Then finally, they returned to their Liverpool meeting-place; a fitting homecoming for the band,...

Pleasure makes perfect

You know that oft-cited statistic that men think about sex every seven seconds? That’s 514 times an hour, 7,200 times each waking day. I once found those numbers hard to...

Film: A Most Violent Year

New York was a really shitty place in 1981, when A Most Violent Year takes place. J. C. Chandor’s third feature film is a symbolic tale of a nation’s...

Music: Björk

“Moments of clarity are so rare, I better document this,” Björk sings, in “Stonemilker,” the first track of Vulnicura. Her intentions are clear from the beginning—this album is going...

Music: Mogwai

The name Mogwai is inspired by a Chinese term for rain-aroused demons. It’s almost fitting that their music evokes thoughts of heavy sci-fi beats and anarchic rhythms. And in...

D’Angelo

Until Dec. 15, D’Angelo hadn’t released an album in 14 years. His last studio album, Voodoo, was widely acclaimed as a masterpiece that pushed the boundaries of soul and...

Citizenfour

Citizenfour is different. It is a movie in which we, as the public subject to the policies unveiled by Edward Snowden, are members of the cast. We already know...

Viet Cong

Viet Cong drummer Michael Wallace and vocalist/ bassist Matt Flegel were formerly part of Women, a group that dissolved in 2010 after a violent fistfight broke out onstage during...

Marching today

Selma is a place I hear about in stories about my grandfather’s childhood or the place where my cousins go shopping to support the mom-and-pop businesses that have been...

Film: Foxcatcher

Steve Carell is widely celebrated as a comedic actor. In his best performances—The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Anchorman—he uses his capacity for stillness to surprise the viewer by suddenly bursting...

Film: Wild

At one point in Wild, a new film by Jean-Marc Vallée, a group of young hikers calls Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) the “Queen of the PCT.” They are poking fun at...