“Sleep Well Beast” retains The National’s winning — albeit somewhat sleepy — recipe for indie rock.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about a conversation with John Paul White is how much his public persona differs from his private one.
Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” opens around a fire. Around the fire sits a group of slaves cloaked in a thick blue light and spectral dust. The elder of the circle exhorts the slaves to follow young Nat Turner, who carried a birthmark deemed auspicious by ancient African tradition.