Category: Reviews

Review: Sam Smith guards his territory in “The Thrill Of It All”

In his sophomore album, the British singer and songwriter reminds us that he is here to stay.

/ November 17, 2017

Review: Can the US learn something from Europe’s dictatorial past?

Timothy Snyder’s new book blends history and hindsight to draw lessons from 20th-century tyranny, but ends up preaching to the choir.

/ October 23, 2017

Unknown Russias in black and white

Victoria Lomasko’s graphical reportage sketches life on Russia’s margins.

/ May 1, 2017

Review: Sarajevo’s overwhelming past and uncertain future

Danis Tanović’s new movie Smrt u Sarajevu is a satire on modern-day Bosnia-Herzegovina.

/ April 25, 2017

Review: Everyone loses in the battle for the post-Soviet sphere

Blunders, bloviation and brinksmanship have once again turned Russia into the West’s bête noire.

/ April 3, 2017

Review: Toni Erdmann puts one over on the Eurocrats

An unflattering view of European integration, a screwball comedy about a goofy dad.

/ March 1, 2017

Review: Abroad and alone in David Szalay’s All That Man Is

Behind the malaise, witness the slow death of a European ideal.

/ February 20, 2017

Review: Rainbow Republic lampoons Italian foot-dragging over LGBTQ rights

In his latest novel, Fabio Canino imagines a country set aside for minorities still stifled in his native Italy.

/ February 14, 2017
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How to fight Nazis with art

Surrealism and politics meet in The Last Days of New Paris.

/ December 5, 2016

Two sides of Lampedusa

The refugee crisis takes a back seat in Gianfranco Rosi's new documentary Fire At Sea.

/ November 21, 2016