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February 12, 2007
Spy vs. Spy

The Lives of Others appeals to our better—and baser—instincts. Factory Girl has no appeal at all.

February 12, 2007
The Endless Fifteen Minutes

Twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol refuses to fade away. His darkness is his legacy.

February 12, 2007
The Play Really Is the Thing

And without one, the best actors in the world can’t save you.

February 12, 2007
The Infidel Speaks

Ayaan Hirsi Ali fled fanaticism in Africa—and Holland. So what does she make of her new conservative friends in D.C.?

February 12, 2007
Playing the Slots: Monday Night

Study this tough-love guide to making the hard but necessary choices in your weekly TV regimen: namely, which shows to watch right away, which to record for later, which to skip, and which ones to put on probation.

February 12, 2007
Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

From the Emmy-winning writer-producer-director Robert Levi comes this enthralling documentary film on the composer, arranger, and pianist that is, as well, a celebration of big bands like Duke Ellington’s, an account of Strayhorn’s troubles as a gay man in the homophobic jazz world of the forties and fifties, and a case history of Oedipal struggle.

February 12, 2007
Dracula

While I can’t imagine why we’d want another Dracula, this one’s sturdy enough. Next time, though, how about a subtext that speaks to the feeding frenzies of HMOs, Microsoft Windows, and Donald Trump?

February 12, 2007
Down the Hatch

Lost returns with more questions, few answers, and an audience whose patience is wearing thin.

February 12, 2007
Photo Analysis

A major sale provides a snapshot of the market.

February 12, 2007
The Approval Matrix: Week of February 12, 2007

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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