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Beneath The Harvest Sky mucks up a fine regional mood piece with unnecessary plot

Contemporary low-budget crime movies either embrace pastiche or soak themselves in so much social detail and regional atmosphere that they no longer …

“Ida”: A wrenching voyage into Polish history

<b>Agata Trzebuchowska in "Ida" (Music Box Films)</b><p>A devout young nun and her Communist aunt take a road trip into Poland’s past in this moving black-and-white drama<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>May 1, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Yes, I’m recommending a black-and-white film about a nun and a judge in Communist-era Poland. It’s a …

Tony Jaa’s comeback movie, The Protector 2, inspires more laughter than awe

“I’ve been a little disappointed in your last five years,” says big bad Mr. LC (RZA) early in <i>The Protector 2</i>, Tony Jaa’s first new film in years. …

Beautiful 'Belle' tells a touching true story

It's a moving 18th-century costume drama with affecting romantic and historical elements.<p>A handsome period piece with hints of Jane Austen and the polish of <i>Downton Abbey</i>, <i>Belle</i> (*** out of four; rated PG; opening Friday in New York and Los Angeles) is more than just a sumptuous romance.<p>It tackles …

'Amazing Spider-Man 2': What's the verdict?

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" might not be so amazing, judging from some early reviews of the anticipated May 2 sequel.<p>The Marc Webb-directed feature again stars Brit actor Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging Spider-Man and his girlfriend, Emma Stone, as on-screen love interest Gwen Stacy.<p>A sequel to …

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …

The Invasivore's Dilemma

Bun Lai is rolling rocks in the dark along a craggy coastline, clawing on all fours after the little crabs that burst like roaches from underneath, stuffing them into a bucket.<p>With his spotlight and his pail and his perfect snap-on hair, he looks like an action figure. We are on a clandestine …

Putin Clamps Down: A Chilling Report From Moscow

“Nadya, pay the bill,” Masha Alyokhina says impatiently, taking a drag of her cigarette.<p>“OK, OK,” says Nadya Tolokonnikova. She stubs out her own …

What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?

<b>Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent</b> in the national spotlight, she’s been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian, a Black Widow killer who offed Vincent Foster then led an …

The Everything Index: Powerful Pop-Culture Rankings

Welcome back to <i>Rolling Stone</i>‘s “Everything Index,” where we rank the week’s pop-culture movers and shakers, whether they want us to or not.<p>Using a …

The nation's cartoonists' take on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists across the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage …