Film Reviews: A Combustible Curie and a Chummy Freud

by Alexander C. Kafka The French scientist Pierre Curie, in the new film Radioactive, is impressed by a colleague’s paper on the magnetic properties of steel. It’s an apt reflection of his attraction to that steely colleague herself, the Polish-born Maria Sklodowska. They become labmates, chisel through four tons of rock pitch over four years,…

John Lewis Documentary Portrays a Civil-Rights Icon Afraid for His Country

by Alexander C. Kafka John Lewis: Good Trouble couldn’t be more timely.  The new documentary, which will be available Friday on demand, arrives amid Black Lives Matter protests and renewed and deepening threats to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It shows one of the architects and key drivers of that legislation, the longtime civil-rights…