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»“I didn’t kill those three little boys,” says the little boy.

This interview appears near the beginning of Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, the first of three documentary films produced by HBO about the West Memphis Three saga—a twenty-year nightmare that has been the subject of a fourth documentary film, West of Memphis; half a dozen books; and tens of thousands of magazine, newspaper, and television features.«

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich about the documentary films Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky and West of Memphis a film directed by Amy Berg. His view at The New York Review of Books.

»One of the intriguing aspects of the gripping and widely praised Showtime drama Homeland, a story about the machinations of CIA counterterrorism analysts and their prey, is that it is fearlessly interested in every kind of madness: the many Shakespearean manifestations—cold revenge, war-induced derangement, outsized professional ambition—as well as the more naturally occurring expressions, such as bipolar disease and simple grief.«

Lorrie Moore

Double Agents in Love: Lorrie Moore about the TV series Homeland, created by Alex Gansa. Read the review at The New York Review of Books.

»Quite apart from its out-of-season gunslinging, Django Unchained is predictably being spoken of as “controversial,” with some questioning Tarantino’s right to show this or that aspect of slavery and others celebrating a righteous black man, an African-American Dirty Harry, taking care of the flawed nation’s business.«

Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey about the new movie Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. Read the review at The New York Review of Books.