Politics+Society

Film

A Better Life

Directed by Chris Weitz

When Vittorio De Sica helped craft the cinematic movement known as neorealism, he was intent on finding lead actors who lacked experience. If you didn't know that Demián Bichir was a star in Mexico, you might assume that director Chris Weitz was following De Sica's blueprint.

Books

Dry country

If ever the phrase "unintended consequences" applied to a situation, it does to the epic story of the 18th Amend­ment and its undoing by the 21st.