Lewis Beale is a former entertainment writer for the New York Daily News.
Documentary Frames Graphic Art’s Political Ferment
A stirring compilation of instances where the pen, or brush, was equivalent to the sword raises the question of whether it can compete with the keyboard.
Study: More Black Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole
As the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to examine life without parole for juvenile killers, a new study identifies the racial and sociological backstories of the existing prisoners.
Two Russian Films Give Differing Views of Motherland
"Khodorkovsky" and "Hipsters," two wildly different films currently making rounds of U.S., suggest that each step forward in Russia is greeted with one step back.
Reintroducing Paul Goodman, the 'Public Intellectual'
A new documentary film, "Paul Goodman Changed My Life," tells the at-times risqué story of the seminal public intellectual of the American left whose impact evaporated after his death in 1972.
'American Teacher' Film Argues for Better Teacher Pay
"American Teacher" argues the best prescription for the United States' ailing public schools is paying the educators a better salary.
Documentary Chronicles Art Saved from Dictator's Reach
The documentary 'The Desert of Forbidden Art' tells the story of the Igor Savitsky Museum, a remote refuge for Soviet-era art that ran afoul of Stalin's diktat.
"Making the Boys" Documentary Examines Controversial Gay Play
Documentary film "Making the Boys" recounts the rise, fall and redemption of the groundbreaking and controversial play, "The Boys in the Band."
Into Eternity — Documentary Looks at Hiding Place for Nuclear Waste
A new film documenting Finland’s effort to seal away nuclear waste for the next 100 millennia asks how one predicts 100,000 years into the future.
'Bhutto' Looks at Life of Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto
The murders, intrigues and expanses of Pakistan's first female prime minister seem made for the big screen, and a new documentary is a game first step in that direction.
Eliot Spitzer’s Rise and Fall, and Potential Return
Eliot Spitzer, the shooting star of New York state politics, takes part in the documentary "Client 9," which looks at the sex scandal that doused his light.
Movie Review: 'Carlos' Excellent Look Inside a Terrorist's Mind
"Carlos," a monumental feature film about the 1970s terrorist Carlos the Jackal, covers the bases historically and still provides a crackling good experience cinematically.
Alternative Sentencing for Nonviolent Offenders Gaining Acceptance
Changes in attitudes, technology and finances have eroded the stance that a prison cell is the best home for every convicted criminal. Alternative sentencing is finding creative ways to deal with low-level, nonviolent offenders.
Activists Reflect on 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
Three prominent environmental activists reflect on the state of the American green movement for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Documentary Examines Nazi-Era Film Director Veit Harlan
A documentary examining the life of Veit Harlan, a film director responsible for films favored by Nazis, provides back story for a new and controversial feature film.
Re-crafting the United States as Disunited Duchies
Authors of two recent books, "Whitopia" and "The Big Sort," see Americans as disuniting based on politics, race and culture.