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  1. tv review
    Blown Away Is a Cozy Blanket Made of Hot, Molten GlassIn its second season, now on Netflix, the glassblowing-competition series offers the warmth you crave on a cold January day.
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    Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself Is a Bit of Truth and a Lot of NonsenseThe emotion in the oddly tearful mentalism-and-magic show is all manipulation, but there’s still quite a bit of loveliness to delight you.
  3. theater review
    It’s Theater-Festival Season, in a Year When Everything’s Avant-Garde AnywayThe January of the Weird has arrived.
  4. close reads
    The Key to Dickinson Season Two Is a Woman Named Lola MontezA legendary and scandalous figure from the 19th century is only a tiny part of the plot, but she plays a major role in the season’s central theme.
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    Seven Not-So-Dirty Reasons to Watch History of Swear WordsAlthough, truly, you don’t need our damn permission.
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    The Empty Spectacle of Wonder Woman 1984The disappointing sequel highlights not only the dire state of the live-action superhero genre, but the dire state of Hollywood filmmaking as a whole.
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    In Minari, a Korean Family Tries to Make a Home in the HeartlandSteven Yeun heads up a deceptively gentle immigrant drama set in rural Arkansas in the 1980s.
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    Bridgerton Is a Heady, Inviting Fantasy of Pleasure and True LoveThe Shondaland Netflix series will make you want to whisper obscene gossip, pop Champagne, and run giddily through a hedge maze.
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    The Stand Is Both Too Real and Too Unreal for 2020A new adaptation of the Stephen King novel may be more than you can handle at the end of this hideous year.
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    This Is an Ode to the Best Movie Ending of the YearOn the bittersweet pleasures of watching Mads Mikkelsen dance in 2020.
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    Bryan Cranston Makes Your Honor’s Crime Story Clichés CompellingThe performances elevate this Showtime series, but the focus on plot thickening gums up the works.
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    Netflix’s The Prom Isn’t the Party We Hoped ForLet’s just say, I think that there’s room in the universe for another attempt at putting this beloved and big-souled property on film.
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    Selena the Netflix Series Is Remarkably Uninterested in Selena the PersonIt’s infuriating, really.
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    Big Mouth Is Still Going Through ChangesBoth the series and its eighth-grade protagonists display a growing sense of self-awareness in a season that aims to hold itself to higher standards.
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    I’m Your Woman Brings a Character From the Margins of Crime Films to Its CenterThe Amazon Studios film, starring Rachel Brosnahan, seems aware of not only the genre’s masculine history but its novel possibilities.
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    Small Axe Is a RevelationSteve McQueen’s Lovers Rock is undoubtedly one of the most transfixing films of the year.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Big Sky is David E. Kelley LiteHis new ABC series is filled with mysteries, perhaps one too many.
  20. 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.
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    Industry Trades On Known QuantitiesAt this point, the new HBO drama feels defined more by its influences than its characters.
  22. 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.
  23. tv review
    Moonbase 8 Is the Best Space Show That Isn’t Set in SpaceAwesome show, great job, everyone.
  24. tv review
    The Mandalorian Is Back to Save Us AllOr at least distract us for 54 minutes.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
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    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.
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    The Frigid Allure of The UndoingWelcome to your next HBO obsession.
  30. 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.
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    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.
  32. reviews
    Even the Ghosts in This Show Are HotThe Haunting of Bly Manor is both horny and unsettling.
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    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.
  34. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  39. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  42. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Bill & Ted Face the Music Feels As Unstuck in Time As Its CharactersThat’s not a bad thing!
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