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  1. movie review
    Netflix’s The Devil All the Time Is a Sadistic SlogChoose Your Own Adventure, but for generational trauma.
  2. movie review
    Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan Have a Sexy, Empty Romance in AmmoniteThe pair’s period courtship doesn’t have to be Portrait of a Lady on Fire — but it doesn’t have to feel so hollow, either.
  3. movie review
    Jude Law and Carrie Coon Are Gorgeously Dysfunctional in The NestIn the new film from the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene, a family slowly implodes after moving into a crumbling house in the U.K. countryside.
  4. nyfw spring 2021
    Khaite Confronts the Shifting Moods of the TimeThe overall impression was quite sober.
  5. streaming theater review
    Almost the Real Miracle: Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, Streaming From the Old VicIt feels a little like … theater!
  6. nyfw spring 2021
    Tom Ford Gets VulnerableThe master showman offers a peek behind the curtain.
  7. tv review
    PEN15 Goes Deeper in Season 2Maya Erskine’s and Anna Konkle’s adolescent alter egos are still hilarious, but this time around they’re also going to break your heart.
  8. nyfw spring 2021
    Monse Is Sharply FocusedDuring a Fashion Week unlike any other, the brand unveiled a smart collection.
  9. 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.
  10. movie review
    Frances McDormand Has Gone To Look For America In NomadlandThe devastating new film from Chloé Zhao could be the feature of the year — an uncertain prize in 2020.
  11. review
    The Patti LaBelle–Gladys Knight Verzuz Was a GiftThe collard greens practically made themselves.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. theater on tv
    Coastal Elites Is As Distanced As Its SubjectMonologues that play to a crowd don’t work without that audience.
  15. album review
    Big Sean’s Detroit 2 Is a Career BestIt is the rare rap event album that feels both wise to current events in rap and culture and also tethered to a specific location.
  16. movie review
    Mulan Is a Dour Drag of a Movie (But a Fascinating Cultural Object)In trying to square Disney girl-power tendencies with perceived Chinese values, the new remake ends up in a baffling limbo of motivations.
  17. tv review
    The Boys Are Back to Blow Your Mind, Literally and FigurativelyGleefully violent as ever, Amazon’s dark superhero story ups the ante on its most suggestive ideas about media image-making and corporate control.
  18. lit crit
    Avoiding the Trap of the ‘Self-Aware’ WriterEula Biss charts a new course through familiar terrain.
  19. movie review
    Forget What You’ve Heard, Cuties Is a Moving Coming-of-age DramaA young girl torn between two cultures tries to find her place in the coming-of-age Netflix movie condemned sight unseen by many online.
  20. vmas 2020
    The 2020 VMAs Tried Like Hell to Avoid the Elephant in the RoomReally, it was a pop-star pageant, and the girls delivered.
  21. opera review
    Lise Davidsen’s Recital Provides the Hit of Joy Every Operagoer Is MissingA little of what fans are craving.
  22. movie review
    Bill & Ted Face the Music Feels As Unstuck in Time As Its CharactersThat’s not a bad thing!
  23. the inside track
    Dua Lipa’s Maximal Turn Yields Minimal ResultsMark Ronson’s Gwen Stefani-featuring “Physical” remix is one of Club Future Nostalgia’s most unnecessary tracks.
  24. album review
    Katy Perry Is Still in a Lane All Her OwnThe great Smile tracks recall the era where Katy singles didn’t miss. The patchy ones are reminders that she’s always been a work in progress.
  25. movie review
    Dev Patel Does Dickens Well in The Personal History of David CopperfieldVeep creator Armando Iannucci has a light touch with the Victorian classic.
  26. song review
    BTS Is Way Ahead of UsBTS has made inroads with American listeners before, but never quite like this.
  27. movie review
    Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula Is No Train to BusanThe sequel is more like a tepid Mad Max knockoff.
  28. song review
    Jay-Z and Pharrell Are Making History, But Both Could Stand to Learn From ItThe achievements of Black billionaires don’t necessarily trickle down and set us all free.
  29. movie review
    Russell Crowe’s Road-Rage Thriller Unhinged Isn’t Worth Getting COVID-19 ForCrowe gets good and glowering as a driver on a killing spree, but this thriller isn’t nearly clever enough to merit any sense of moviegoing urgency.
  30. podcast review
    You Can’t Get Rid of Nice White ParentsThe just-wrapped podcast shines a light on power, race, and educational inequality.
  31. movie review
    Tesla Is a Bizarre, Bewitching Anti-BiopicSee Ethan Hawke sing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
  32. song review
    Somehow, Somewhere Drake Is Still One of UsDrake can buy and sell most of us, but he watches games from the sidelines like everyone else.
  33. movie review
    Sputnik Is a Thoughtful, If Modest, Russian Riff on AlienWe’ll take it.
  34. movie review
    Boys State Is an Enthralling Doc About How the Kids Are (and Aren’t) All RightA mock state election among Texas teens ends up being an entertaining reflection of the American political id in this Apple TV+ documentary.
  35. album review
    Brandy Remains a True RarityThis year, the singer known as the “vocal Bible” steps out from under the dark clouds that long plagued her career.
  36. podcast review
    The Michelle Obama Podcast Is the Comfort Food You’d ExpectA closer look at the former First Lady’s new series.
  37. movie review
    The Burnt Orange Heresy Is Light on Thrills, Heavy on Beautiful ThingsClaes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki star in a suspenseless noir that’s worth watching mainly for how luxurious everyone and everything in it is.
  38. song review
    Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ Is Hall of Fame FilthA torrent of horny one-liners that restores the feeling of sneaking and listening to rap songs with X-rated lyrics as a kid.
  39. movie review
    An American Pickle Is a Two-Man Show, and Both Men Are Seth RogenSeth Rogen stars opposite himself in this HBO Max original movie about a Brooklyn man united with his pickled great-grandfather.
  40. movie review
    She Dies Tomorrow Is One of the Scariest Films I’ve Seen in a Long WhileIt’s about more than a pandemic, but it is also about a pandemic.
  41. visual album review
    Beyoncé’s Black Is King Does Everything It Needs ToThe richness of the Black experience is the point. There’s almost too much excellence to keep track of.
  42. the inside track
    Dominic Fike Still Has a Lot to LearnWith lines like “I hope I get Me Too’d,” from “Cancel Me,” the breakout alt-rapper only muddies the statement he’s trying to make.
  43. book review
    Caste Offers a New Word for Injustice in America, Not a New Way of ThinkingIn Isabel Wilkerson’s book, caste replaces racism as the most accurate term to describe the inequities of American society.
  44. underground gourmet quick bite
    To Placate Cuomo, Botanica Bar Adds Sourdough Pizza to Its MenuFor years, the dive bar’s customers got by on peanuts.
  45. song review
    Billie Eilish’s Future Is in Good HandsHer new single suggests the O’Connell siblings have made good use of the quiet time.
  46. podcast review
    It’s Illuminating to Hear a Podcaster Talk About Cam NewtonThe Cam Chronicles explores the impossible expectations the NFL star faced — and helped create.
  47. album review
    folklore Isn’t a Return to Taylor Swift’s Roots, But Somewhere She’s Never BeenHer stories here are more purposeful, if a little less personal.
  48. 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.
  49. the inside track
    Taylor Swift and Bon Iver Find Perfect Harmony on ‘exile’This isn’t the indie record that’s much cooler than hers. This is what she makes after she’s listened to that record.
  50. movie review
    Dave Franco’s The Rental Needs an EndingDid [redacted] really have to [redacted] so [redacted]?
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