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  1. close reads
    The Good Place Doesn’t Need a Love StoryRemember when Eleanor and Chidi were just friends?
  2. movie review
    The Story of Clemency Plays Out on Alfre Woodard’s FaceHere is an actor in full command of her skills. That she won’t be considered for an Oscar is a travesty.
  3. tv review
    Avenue 5 Isn’t Great Yet, But It Could BeArmando Iannucci’s new future-set space comedy, starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad, isn’t without its flaws, but at least they’re intriguing flaws.
  4. vulture lists
    Every Brad Pitt Movie, RankedA closer look at the Oscar-nominated actor’s body of work.
  5. the gold rush
    The Oscars? Still So White.It’s difficult to see this year’s nominees as a result of anything other than the Academy’s continuing and glaring shortcomings.
  6. spoilers
    You Season Two Ends With an Arch, Revelatory TwistLove Quinn is a perfect mirror for Joe.
  7. the lost canon
    Juano Hernández Should Have Been a Hollywood LegendAn Afro-Latino actor, he remains curiously absent in reexaminations of black identity throughout film history.
  8. chat room
    Regina King Would ‘Absolutely’ Sign Up for Watchmen Season TwoBut only if it’s “at least comparable to this first season, which is going to be really hard to do.”
  9. what were the 2010s?
    What Did We Just Watch?A 257-show guide to Prestige, Peak, and every other kind of TV from the past decade.
  10. tv review
    You Season Two Is a Dark DelightThe gloriously deranged series returns on Netflix to explore the effects of violent masculinity and deconstruct the “Cool Girl.”
  11. movie review
    Black Christmas Is Bloody Holiday FunDirector Sophia Takal and co-writer April Wolfe are behind this reboot of a cult classic.
  12. spoilers
    Damon Lindelof Knows Exactly What Happens After Watchmen’s Cliff-hanger Finale“It didn’t feel that ambiguous to me.”
  13. overnights
    Watchmen Finale Recap: A Most Worthy AdversaryAngela Abar’s origin story reaches its culmination — or does it?
  14. what were the 2010s?
    Every Movie of the 2010s, RankedOur critics pored over 5,279 of the decade’s films. Here’s the best, worst, and mehst.
  15. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: FateThe season’s penultimate episode gives us some time-tripping insight into Angela and Doctor Manhattan’s complicated, unfortunately doomed love story.
  16. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: Hero’s JourneyWe get new insight into Angela’s past, Vietnam’s history as the 51st state, and the whereabouts of the most powerful being in the universe.
  17. movie review
    Queen & Slim Bursts With Style, But It Can’t Live on Beauty AloneMelina Matsoukas’s movie asks: In a country that is built on black suffering, is it not radical to capture joy wherever you can?
  18. spoilers
    Who Is Hooded Justice? Watchmen Has a Stunning Answer.Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson talks Hooded Justice, generational trauma, and the show’s best episode yet.
  19. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: … and Justice for AllThe series’ bold reimagining of one of Watchmen’s most mysterious figures is a truly singular episode of television.
  20. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: Mirror UniverseA graceful, moving episode gives us a peek behind the mask and into the lonely life of Looking Glass.
  21. tv review
    Dollface Is a Frothy Feminist Comedy in Search of Deeper MeaningThe Kat Dennings–led Hulu series tries to speak to millennial women’s concerns but ends up talking down to them.
  22. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: Looks Like We Have Ourselves a ReckoningA series of prickly confrontations charts the weight and ripple effects of the legacies our characters have inherited.
  23. movie review
    Doctor Sleep Is a Horror Film of Messy PleasuresMike Flanagan’s spiritual sequel to The Shining is elevated by great performances. But King’s and Kubrick’s legacies loom large.
  24. movies
    The Movies We Loved in 2019Including Bong Joon Ho’s acid black comedy, Brad Pitt in space, and the gentle Pain and Glory.
  25. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: The Great BeyondA new antagonist for Angela appears, and she is carrying some baggage.
  26. movie review
    Harriet Can’t Conjure the Humanity of Its Iconic LeadKasi Lemmons’s film, starring Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, brings up a lot of questions about the purpose of slavery epics.
  27. overnights
    Watchmen Recap: The White NightViolence isn’t just felt but inherited in Watchmen, passed down to transform all those in its wake.
  28. tv review
    Mrs. Fletcher Has a Great Kathryn Hahn Performance, But Not Much ElseHahn is mesmerizing in this HBO miniseries about an empty nester’s sexual reawakening, but the rest struggles to match its star’s appeal.
  29. tv review
    Modern Love Is All Heart, No SoulIn Amazon’s anthology adaptation of the New York Times column, love is vacuum-sealed from the murkier dynamics that shape our lives.
  30. overnights
    Watchmen Series-Premiere Recap: Watch Over This BoyWelcome to a brave new world.
  31. movie review
    In Maleficent 2, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer Lose Out to CGI FlowersThe main allure of this movie is the chance to watch its two powerhouses vamp across the screen. Why won’t Disney let us live?
  32. animation
    What Comes After Samurai Jack? A Caveman, a Dinosaur, and Absolutely No TalkingGenndy Tartakovsky on why Primal is his most audacious gambit yet.
  33. tv review
    Batwoman Is a Lifeless Adaptation in Search of a HeroThe new CW series finds Kate Kane lost in the shadow of her Caped Crusader cousin.
  34. tv review
    Mixed-ish Is Still Finding ItselfThe Black-ish spinoff aims for warm-hearted wit but lands somewhere more in the realm of cloying bluntness.
  35. movie review
    In Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez Proves the Power of the Movie StarLorene Scafaria’s glittering crime spectacle revolves around Lopez’s magnetic performance.
  36. movie review
    A Sentimental It Chapter Two Needed More PennywiseAndy Muschietti’s second movie lacks the horror and gravitas of its predecessor.
  37. movie review
    Don’t Let Go Reveals the Limits of Color-blind Casting and WritingIt is as if Hollywood believes that blackness can be shrugged off, exorcised from the lives of characters.
  38. south side
    South Side’s Showrunners Talk Tapping Into Chicago’s Funny SideBashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle want to see “more joy, more being funny as hell” in stories about the oft-maligned city.
  39. tv review
    This Way Up Is an Amiable But Aimless Exploration of RecoveryThe British series starring Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan is at its best when facing ugly emotions rather than hiding them with humor.
  40. movie review
    Ready or Not Is a Brutal Evisceration of Marriage and the RichFor all the blood and mayhem, it is Samara Weaving’s guttural scream that forces us to bear witness to the horrors of institutions.
  41. tv review
    Why Women Kill’s Consideration of Women’s Anger Is Fun, But HollowThe new multi-timeline series from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) has a great Ginnifer Goodwin performance, but not a strong point of view.
  42. close reads
    Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson Was Elementary’s Humanistic HeartThrough her performance in the CBS procedural, Liu crafted a layered study in empathy that suggests second acts are possible in life.
  43. q&a
    Jason Blum Still Wants to Release The HuntThe Blumhouse Productions founder talks color-blind casting, Hollywood’s future, and why he’d make The Hunt again.
  44. finales
    Let’s Talk About the Elementary Series FinaleThe CBS procedural went out pulling at viewers’ heartstrings with a surprising but manipulative twist.
  45. movie review
    The Kitchen Is an Empty Paean to Girl PowerThe late-‘70s crime flick doesn’t live up to the promise of its premise — or its cast.
  46. spoilers
    Let’s Talk About Legion’s Strangely Moving Series FinaleNoah Hawley’s feast of the senses didn’t always work, but it ends on a note of beautiful melancholy.
  47. chat room
    Niecy Nash on the Claws Finale and Why Desna Is a ‘Strip-Mall Superhero’“How long can you run around in skintight jumpsuits, you know?”
  48. close reads
    What Does It Mean for a Rape Scene to Be ‘Done Well’?After watching the brutal sexual violence in The Nightingale, I started to think about what we can learn from classic Hollywood depictions of rape.
  49. movie review
    What Are We to Make of Skin, Another Redemption Tale About Neo-Nazis?Jamie Bell’s performance is downright volcanic in this imperfect story of learned hatred.
  50. movie review
    The Summer’s Best Thriller Is a Movie About Home-Invading AlligatorsA film about murderous, hurricane-rattled reptiles grants us one of the season’s most memorable horror heroines.
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