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'A Separation' Of Hearts, Minds And Ideas In Iran

The Iranian film A Separation won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday. Critic John Powers says the remarkable film takes viewers inside a country that is far more complicated and fascinating than news headlines indicate.
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Writing About The Midwestern Muslim Experience

Ayad Akhtar's debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity. Akhtar drew on his own experiences exploring the Muslim faith as a teenager growing up in Wisconsin.
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The Charmed, Charming Life Of Rosamond Bernier

Some of My Lives is a lively chronicle of postwar Paris and the author's celebrated circle, a movable feast that included Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein.
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Rebel Memoirs: Three Confessions From The Edge

Reading about dysfunction can be dismal. But done well, memoirs can be more excellent than exhibitionist. Author Marion Winik recommends three edgy, honest, and provocative tell-alls.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 17

One-act plays, dark surf rock and a tribute to the Boss

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Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz'

Two more shows to add to your 2012 list: Justified, which returns to FX Tuesday night for its third season, and Alcatraz, a new Fox drama and the latest from Lost producer J.J. Abrams. TV critic David Bianculli explains why they're both worth watching.
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Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

Michelle Alexander says that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of blacks in the war on drugs.
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Classic Films Don't Always Translate Into Must-See TV

Television has a long history of trying to make classic films work as a series. Some are successful — think M*A*S*H — while others are flops. Critic Eric Deggans reviews the latest attempts to turn successful movies into TV show: The Firm and Napolean Dynamite.
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The Art Of The Modern Movie Trailer

A good trailer can make or break an opening weekend. Like movies, they can take years to finish — and their producers face a constant pressure to stay fresh.
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Golden Globes: Comedy Vies With Drama This Season

The Golden Globes have equally good comedy and drama masks this year. Sunday's musical or comedy contenders make up a strong bunch that could give their best-drama cousins at the Globes a run for their money come Oscar time.

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