“Game of Thrones” season 8 to begin airing tonight on HBO

A new season is coming

What's "Game of Thrones," you ask? This Shakesperean tragedy with plenty of parallels to be drawn with our century, chockfull of epic battles, sex and betrayal and set in a fantasy medieval-type atmosphere, depicts the epochal clashes between power-hungry monarchies. Each one wants to seize the iron throne, all this action taking place on a continent named Westeros. Bi-partisan? Mythological? ... more >

Black death

The plague is back, run!
Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and Carice van Houten
Directed by Christopher Smith

The new film “Black Death,” now out on DVD, is billed as a “horror-thriller,” and while it certainly has moments of gross-out gore, there’s not as much thrill to it as you’d hope. Set during the first wave of the bubonic plague in England, “Death” stars Sean Bean (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Pillars of the Earth”) as a hired gun and a monk, respectively. The church has ... more >