The Best Movie Weekend of the Year?

  Five compelling new dramas arrive in theaters, joining a full slate of recently opened gems.     Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice Bridge of Spies Yes, Steven Spielberg is our latter-day Frank Capra, Tom Hanks is his Jimmy Stewart, and this is their latest triumphant celebration of an Everyman exemplifying everything that makes America great. This time, in a true-life Cold War-era story, Hanks is a modest New York lawyer assigned to negotiate the trade of a Soviet …

‘The Newsroom’: Love It or Leave It, It’s Back

There was a moment in last season’s finale of HBO’s The Newsroom when Will McAvoy, the bombastic TV anchorman played by Jeff Daniels, shot forward on his hospital bed and bellowed to a co-worker “I don’t think I’m coming back!” He was talking about his return from a drug-induced bleeding ulcer to the cable newscast over which he presides, but weary viewers, impatient with the preachy prattle that passed for the first season of Aaron Sorkin’s Treatise on the State …

Good TV This Week: ‘The Newsroom’s’ Mixed Reactions

After viewing the pilot and several subsequent episodes, I found Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” to be full of brilliance — inspiring, funny and wonderfully acted.  But the show,  premiering tonight (6/24) on HBO, has taken a critical drubbing from coast to coast, accused of such ills as being “intellectually self-serving” (Time) and “crammed with incessant gibber-jabber” (The Washington Post).   Well. I liked that Sorkin got on his soap box when he wrote “The Newsroom.”  When a gifted writer with something …