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  2. best of 2021
    The Best Movies of 2021Snapshots of moviegoing in the year in-person cinema returned with a vengeance.
  3. best of 2021
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  12. profile
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  21. the art of ending things
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  22. movie review
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  23. movie review
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  24. overnights
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  25. endings
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  26. movie review
    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.
  27. movie review
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  28. best of 2020
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  30. best of 2020
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  31. overnights
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  32. movie review
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  33. movie review
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  34. movie review
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  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. honey
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  39. 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.
  40. emmys 2020
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  41. chat room
    Alfre Woodard Discusses Police Violence and the Ending of ClemencyHer film about state-sanctioned violence has one of the most striking endings of any film in the past few years.
  42. 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.
  43. filmmaking
    Looking Back at Watchmen’s Most Extraordinary Episode With Its DirectorDirector Stephen Williams breaks down the delicate balance of technical ambition and emotional clarity that led to “This Extraordinary Being.”
  44. 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.
  45. friday night movie club
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  46. tv review
    Lower Decks Is Fun, But Star Trek Is Suffering an Identity CrisisFor all its raucous pleasures, the new animated series maintains an ironic posture at odds with what made this franchise great.
  47. master class
    What Beyoncé Tells Us Without Saying a WordA close read of nine formative images tell a complicated story about the artist’s politics.
  48. reading the stars
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  49. movie review
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    Miss Juneteenth Is a Gently Beautiful Film Worth CelebratingThe emotionally realized mother-daughter story is a testament to Nicole Beharie’s prowess as an actress.
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