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  1. movie review
    Small Axe Is a RevelationSteve McQueen’s Lovers Rock is undoubtedly one of the most transfixing films of the year.
  2. tv review
    Saved by the Bell Reemerges As a Self-Aware Satirical DelightA send-up of the original show and white privilege, the new Peacock series is much smarter than you may have assumed.
  3. tv review
    The Flight Attendant Is a Goofy-Sad Escapist Caper for Our TimesIt feels odd to call a thriller a romp, but that’s about where this snappy, Kaley Cuoco–starring HBO Max series lands.
  4. tv review
    Big Sky is David E. Kelley LiteHis new ABC series is filled with mysteries, perhaps one too many.
  5. movie review
    Kindred Has Haunted Me for WeeksI can’t stop thinking about what the film suggests — just under the surface — about Blackness, maternal life, and inheritance.
  6. tv review
    Industry Trades On Known QuantitiesAt this point, the new HBO drama feels defined more by its influences than its characters.
  7. tv review
    The Crown Has Finally Gotten to the Good StuffThe fascinating trio of Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), and Diana (Emma Corrin) make the series’ fourth season its best yet.
  8. tv review
    Moonbase 8 Is the Best Space Show That Isn’t Set in SpaceAwesome show, great job, everyone.
  9. tv review
    The Mandalorian Is Back to Save Us AllOr at least distract us for 54 minutes.
  10. movie review
    Bad Hair Fails the Very Audience It Seeks to ReflectIf this movie is the love letter to Black women that its director promises, it’s written with a poison pen.
  11. reviews
    The Sexiest Show on Television Is About … Chess?The Queen’s Gambit gives the game a kind of tension more typical of a bomb-defusing scene.
  12. comedy review
    Everything’s Fine Is a Frantic Hour of Hot PotatoSarah Cooper has her own Netflix special, but she can’t quite hold her own.
  13. tv review
    The Queen’s Gambit Makes Chess Kind of SexyThe Netflix limited series starring Anya Taylor-Joy serves up satisfying chess action, and chases it with a painful addiction story.
  14. tv review
    The Frigid Allure of The UndoingWelcome to your next HBO obsession.
  15. movie review
    Rebecca Is a Hollow, Turgid RetreadThe least this sexless Netflix version of Daphne du Maurier’s novel could do is to look lush and beautiful. Alas.
  16. movie review
    Aaron Sorkin’s Annoying Tics Are Actually Good in The Trial of the Chicago 7The speeches, the grandstanding, the quips — they totally work in the context of this Netflix courtroom drama.
  17. reviews
    Even the Ghosts in This Show Are HotThe Haunting of Bly Manor is both horny and unsettling.
  18. tv review
    The Right Stuff Has the Halfway Decent StuffDisney+ and Nat Geo’s glossy new series is a traditionally presented space drama that chips away at our traditional notions about the space program.
  19. tv review
    What, Exactly, Is a Docusoap? Deaf U Is Here to Explain.Netflix’s new series weaves in and out of journalistic observation and voyeuristic, messy stories about cliques, sex, and snobbery.
  20. tv review
    The Haunting of Bly Manor Is Unnerving Yet UnevenMike Flanagan’s Hill House follow-up uses the folds of a ghost story we know to tell a story about the boundaries of love.
  21. tv review
    The Good Lord Bird Is a Historical Epic That Speaks of and for the PresentEthan Hawke’s fiery John Brown is ultimately a supporting player in this savage, often corrosively funny portrait of the lead-up to the Civil War.
  22. reviews
    Emily in Paris Is Like Happy Hour for the BrainFair warning: It will make you want to drink wine at 11 a.m., eat a croissant, and make out in public.
  23. movie review
    The Glorias Only Does Gloria Steinem Partial JusticeBy jumping through time and four different performances, the movie paints a portrait that is fractured instead of illuminating.
  24. tv review
    Emily in Paris Is Going to Seduce YouYou will binge Darren Star’s latest in an entire evening, and any shame you feel about that will disappear when you binge it again.
  25. tv review
    Love Torture and Conspiracies? Utopia Is for You.If you can grind your way through the blood and horror, this Gillian Flynn adaptation occasionally makes its way into mesmerizing territory.
  26. tv review
    The Comey Rule Shows the Scarier Side of Donald TrumpYes, the flawed docuseries is a rehash of recent history, but it’s a history that’s repeating itself right now.
  27. tv review
    Fargo Disappears Into Its Own NavelEvery season of Noah Hawley’s crime anthology series is a veritable monologuefest, but season four seems especially top-heavy.
  28. tv review
    Ratched Is the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened to Nurse RatchedRyan Murphy’s latest Netflix series is a craven, banal origin story that reduces an iconic character to a vessel for trauma.
  29. tv review
    Challenger: The Final Flight Unpacks a Moment of American Hope and HeartbreakIn revisiting the tragedy of 1986’s space shuttle explosion, the new Netflix docuseries draws out some compelling parallels to our present.
  30. movie review
    I Am Tired of Films Like AntebellumThis movie had the opportunity to show a more dynamic side of slavery narratives, but it ends up reaffirming the very horror it is trying to critique.
  31. tv review
    We Are Who We Are Is Coming-of-Age PoetryLuca Guadagnino’s leisurely aesthetic translates beautifully to television, where it can spread out and just be.
  32. i'm lovin' it
    What’s All the Hype About the McDonald’s Travis Scott Meal?Does it come with a toy? Is it worth it? We found out.
  33. movie review
    Class Action Park Forces Us to Wrestle With Toxic NostalgiaThe HBO Max documentary starts out a fun flashback to a recklessly operated theme park, but it says something deeper about America’s nature.
  34. movie review
    Hell Is Our Own Neuroses in I’m Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman’s new Netflix movie is wry, surreal, and an artistic dead end.
  35. movie review
    Bill & Ted Face the Music Feels As Unstuck in Time As Its CharactersThat’s not a bad thing!
  36. movie review
    Tenet Is a Locked Puzzle Box With Nothing InsideChristopher Nolan’s new movie can feel like Timecop with a superiority complex. It’s mostly entertaining and entirely baffling.
  37. close reads
    Let’s Talk About That I May Destroy You EndingIf trauma is a closed loop, then fantasy — which Michaela Coel makes nimble use of in “Ego Death” — is a field of endless potential.
  38. close reads
    At the DNC, Nostalgia Went Backward and ForwardThe four-night virtual political event sought to take us, in the words of Don Draper, “back home again to a place where we know we are loved.”
  39. close reads
    Yellowstone Is the Most (Anxious, White, Male) American Show on TVIt’s no coincidence that a story about outside threats to an insular way of life is one of cable’s biggest dramas.
  40. tv review
    The Vow Takes a Deep, Compelling Dive Into the NXIVM CultThe HBO docuseries gives viewers an insider’s view of the so-called sex cult as it’s in the midst of falling apart.
  41. q+a
    How Meghan Markle Was Set Up to FailThe author of Finding Freedom, the new book on Meghan and Harry, explains how “her differences were weaponized against her.”
  42. recommendations
    How to Elevate Your Park HangoutThree words: Gia Coppola wine.
  43. movie review
    Project Power Is a Depressingly Uninspired Off-Brand Superhero StoryJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, and Jamie Foxx star in a would-be Netflix blockbuster with a clever premise and crummy follow through.
  44. podcast review
    The Michelle Obama Podcast Is the Comfort Food You’d ExpectA closer look at the former First Lady’s new series.
  45. recommendations
    The Best Film Genre Is ‘Dance Movie’Preferably featuring a try-hard female lead, as in the new Netflix film Work It.
  46. recommendations
    Get Even Is A Glossy British Murder MysteryThere’s no such thing as too many prep school whodunits.
  47. recommendations
    A Dating Show With Actual Love?Love on the Spectrum is a new addition to a genre so frequently and oddly devoid of affection.
  48. movie review
    God Bless the Go-Go’s and This Documentary About the Go-Go’sThe Go-Go’s, debuting on Showtime, is a rollicking portrait of a seminal band, and an acute examination of female ambition.
  49. culture
    A Vacation Read for When You Can’t Take a VacationIn his new book, Sex and Vanity, Kevin Kwan turns his satirical talents on crazy rich Americans.
  50. book review
    Zadie Smith’s Intimations Makes a Joyful Case for InconsistencyIn every essay, there is a moment when Smith revises herself or catches herself in a mistake.
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