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  1. podcast review
    Serial Season 3 Is Ambitious, Addictive, and Completely DifferentThe hit podcast’s highly anticipated third season is off to a fantastic start.
  2. tv review
    The New Magnum P.I. Shows a Lot of PromiseThe CBS reboot’s pilot captures most of what made the original great.
  3. album review
    Noname’s New Album, Room 25, Is Evocative and ConfessionalHer songs are short and intimate, but they never seem slight.
  4. theater reviews
    Theater Reviews: A Vanya in Our English, and an Emperor Present But Not SeenRichard “Apple Family” Nelson brings his natural-language approach to Chekhov. Plus, a look at Haile Selassie’s last days in power.
  5. album review
    Finding Beauty in Low’s Unsettling Machine BluesTwenty-five years in, they’ve still got it.
  6. theater review
    On Collective Rage and Ironic DetachmentThe trouble with archness.
  7. album review
    Swamp Dogg’s New Album Is Deeply OddAnd sometimes brilliant, too.
  8. album review
    What Is Eminem Going to Do When He Runs Out of People to Blame?Apparently, everything is everyone else’s fault.
  9. venice film festival
    Suspiria Is a Bleak, Gorgeous, Radical Reimagining of Its PredecessorLuca Guadagnino’s gruesome reimagining has neither style nor substance in common with Dario Argento’s giallo classic, and it’s all the better for it.
  10. album review
    Troye Sivan’s Bloom Is a Joy to Listen ToOn it, he models a carefree gay masculinity the world works hard to condition out of young boys.
  11. movie review
    In Destination Wedding, Winona Ryder Meets an Incel and Sparks FlyThe movie feels like a ‘90s romantic comedy, and not just because its leads are like a time warp in and of themselves.
  12. tv review
    What Was the Point of Who Is America?It was sometimes brilliant, sometimes juvenile, and mostly existed to expose the rise in shamelessness.
  13. everything is alive
    The Everything Is Alive Podcast Brings Objects to Life in an Odd, Edifying WayThe show does some truly enjoyable things at just the right level of strange.
  14. tv review
    The Innocents Is a Supernatural Teen Love StoryBut you can also watch it for Scandinavian farm-to-table lifestyle porn.
  15. tv review
    Drew Michael’s HBO Special Will Make You Think About How Comedy WorksIt may not make you laugh, though.
  16. album review
    Mitski’s Be the Cowboy Is Devastatingly GoodIt improves on the stunning Puberty 2 by switching up the method.
  17. tv review
    Mayans M.C. Doesn’t Quite Measure Up to Its PredecessorKurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy follow-up is a show with its own personality and focus, though by no means a great one.
  18. movie review
    Hulu’s Crime + Punishment Is a Powerful Work of DocumentaryStephen Maing’s film about 12 NYPD whistle-blowers makes you angry and scared in equal measure.
  19. movie review
    Movie Review: Minding the Gap’s Kids Are Trapped by Their Own Past and PresentA documentary about skateboarders’ lives that leads back to their abusive upbringings.
  20. movie review
    Ethan Hawke’s Blaze Reconsiders an Unsung Country SongwriterMusician Ben Dickey and Alia Shawkat star in this fuzzy but moving biopic of Blaze Foley.
  21. theater review
    Theater Review: Pretty Woman and the Trouble With Onstage NostalgiaStrong performances in service of … what, exactly?
  22. movie review
    Glenn Close and The Wife Earn All of the Film’s Many Dramatic FireworksClose, Jonathan Pryce, a Nobel Prize, and a crumbling marriage: What more could you ask for?
  23. movie review
    Juliet, Naked Is Everything a Mainstream Rom-Com Should Be But No Longer IsIt has an irresistible premise: an increasingly intimate intercontinental relationship between a superfan’s idol and his own girlfriend.
  24. theater review
    Theater Review: Direct From Exit 9, It’s Gettin’ the Band Back TogetherJammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive.
  25. album review
    The Banquet of Trash Talk That Is Nicki Minaj’s QueenShe comes at pretty much everyone, but there’s more to the album than that.
  26. movie review
    A Prayer Before Dawn Is a Harrowing, Educational Prison DramaIt would make a great pick for a jailhouse movie night.
  27. movie review
    Crazy Rich Asians Is a Shiny, Affluence-Porn Rom-Com With a Big Immigrant HeartThe highly anticipated adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book has got just enough on its mind to temper its parade of bling.
  28. movie review
    Madeline’s Madeline Is a Confusing, Yet Thrilling, Coming-of-Age StoryJosephine Decker’s film about a young girl playing a cat in an improvisational theater piece functions as a metaphor.
  29. album review
    Travis Scott Made This Year’s Plushest Drug-Rap AlbumIt’s party rap for the FOMO generation.
  30. The Darkest Minds Is a Largely Incoherent Teen DystopiaIt’s hard to know what to care about in the adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s mutants-on-the-run YA novel.
  31. Night Comes On Is a Lovely, Inspiring Revenge MovieJordana Spiro is a real filmmaker.
  32. review
    Iggy Azalea’s Survive the Summer Isn’t Exactly Her ComebackBut it does start to put some distance between her and a very bad year.
  33. movie review
    Christopher Robin Is a Heartwarming, Dystopian Winnie the Pooh Fever DreamThe “live-action” sequel is a lovingly rendered, deeply sadistic guilt trip for grown-ups.
  34. movie review
    The Spy Who Dumped Me Is a Showcase for Kate McKinnon’s Peculiar GeniusShe fires off one-liner after one-liner, apparently indifferent to whether it lands or flies into the ether — there will always be another.
  35. The Miseducation of Cameron Post Is Promising, But Undone By Its ProtagonistDesiree Akhavan’s Sundance-winning coming-of-age film is a look at the backward world of gay-conversion therapy.
  36. living legends
    Janet Jackson’s Catalogue Is a Universe of Her Own CreationHer latest tour sees a singer with hits in four decades toying with the unspoken rules of how to carry her career into her 50s.
  37. audiobooks
    The Coming Storm Is Riveting, But Why Is It an Audiobook?In his latest project, Michael Lewis investigates America’s crisis of kleptocracy.
  38. movie review
    See Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood for More Than Just the DirtThe dirt is what you come for in Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary profile of the “pimp to the stars.” But what you get is deeper and more mysterious.
  39. movie review
    The Captain Uses a Farcical Set-up to Tell a Brutal StoryWith the structure of a classic mistaken-identity tale and the tone of a serial-killer film, it’s too bleak to laugh at and too absurd to cry over.
  40. Tom Cruise Suffers for You, Hard, in Mission: Impossible — FalloutHe heaves himself up a cliff after a helicopter crash that would have killed a lesser-paid actor.
  41. music review
    The Feel Good Mutant Soul of Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit ProseIt’s all upbeat ruminations on affection and excitement, where the last album fixated almost exhaustingly on rot.
  42. music review
    On Beast Mode 2, Future Hits Another Hot StreakAt his peak, it feels like melodies are just jumping out of his face.
  43. album review
    Drake Fails to Grow on ScorpionBoth sides of Scorpion needed to drop three or four songs and get a grip.
  44. music review
    Teyana Taylor Finally Gets Her Moment to Shine on K.T.S.E.Teyana’s record is almost too good for the glut of disconcerting Kanye press that preceded it.
  45. comedy
    The Lonely Island’s Big, Wonderfully Stupid, First Concert EverAt Clusterfest, the Lonely Island ran through all their biggest songs for a hilarious, super fun evening.
  46. Lean on Pete Is a Worthy Addition to the Tragic Horse Movie GenreAndrew Haigh’s film about a displaced teen and his horse overstays its welcome, but has plenty to say about care and neglect.
  47. Dogs Review Isle of DogsDo these dogs have a bone to pick with Wes Anderson’s latest film?
  48. Oscars Review: The Most Inspiring Broadcast, the Most Disappointing AwardsThis year, there was grace, positivity, and a slew of disappointing winners.
  49. Western Is an Empathetic Snapshot of an Obscure Corner of European LifeToni Erdmann director Maren Ade produced Valeska Grisebach’s culture-clash drama.
  50. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Is an Amazing Look at the Cost to Great ArtistsThe doc brings you into Jim Carrey’s head in a way that Man on the Moon didn’t.
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