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  2. close read
    The Sax Man’s Tribute to Reservation Dogs’ Lost BoyThe season-two finale’s closing Tim Cappello performance is both a sly wink and a poignant eulogy.
  3. tv review
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  4. you let this prick in?
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  5. emmys 2022
    The Emmys Really Tried Some ThingsLike TV itself, the Emmys were a little too much too fast. But within that chaos were some unexpected, truly sublime moments.
  6. predictions
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  7. darling we’re worried
    Where Were You When Harry Styles (Allegedly) Spit on Chris Pine?And will we ever get to the bottom of the most important mystery of our time?
  8. movie review
    Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. Could Use Your PrayersThe best thing about this limp satire is Regina Hall’s performance.
  9. fall preview
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  10. tv review
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  11. close read
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  12. let’s do it again
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  13. a long talk
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  14. spoilers
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  15. whodunnit
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  16. wexler watch
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  20. buffering
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  21. life after roe
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  22. finales
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  23. emmy insider
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  25. chat room
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  26. finales
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  27. close read
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  28. trial tribulations
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  29. cruise control
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  30. summer preview
    Stranger Things 4 Has Big Blockbuster EnergyThe Netflix smash was once a TV show that paid homage to films released decades ago. This season, it’s threatening to become a series of those films.
  31. close read
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  32. chat room
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  33. movie review
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  34. tv review
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  35. tv review
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  36. tv review
    The Staircase Defies ExpectationsA seminal true-crime story takes on new dimension in a scripted series that proves there’s still more to say about Michael and Kathleen Peterson.
  37. spoilers
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  38. tv review
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  39. finales
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  40. tv review
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  41. scene report
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  42. let’s do it again
    An Emergency Discussion of Blade Runner 2049 in 2022What a five-year-old movie can tell us about the future of franchises and whether movies are moving backward.
  43. tv review
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  44. citizen saul
    A Deep Dive Into Better Call Saul’s Colorful Cold OpenCo-creator and writer Peter Gould and director Michael Morris break down the Easter egg–packed scene that kicks off the final season in style.
  45. delayed gratification
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  46. chat room
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  47. q&a
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  48. close read
    This Week’s Atlanta Insists That Attention Must Be Paid“The Big Payback” makes a case for reparations and a case for how much small details can matter.
  49. tv review
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  50. oscars 2022
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