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    Mr. Robot Recap: Squeeze My HandAs Elliot re-enters the deep end of hacker terrorists and global crises, he suddenly has another person on his hands.
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    Mr. Robot Season-Premiere Recap: No ExitAfter an extended break, the series returns for its final season with a streamlined narrative and a return to its emotional core.
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    Lodge 49 Wants to Be the ‘Least Aspirational Show on TV’In the era of Peak TV, AMC’s beloved cult show stands out by being quiet.
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    The Time Is Right to Rediscover RubiconThe short-lived 2010 AMC series, newly streaming after years of unavailability, may be the most paranoid show of the decade.
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    Catch-22 Finale Recap: … And ReleaseThe miniseries nails the most pivotal scene of Joseph Heller’s novel, then makes a confounding departure from the source in its final moments.
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    Catch-22 Recap: Balls in the AirYossarian’s mental state finally starts to crumble in a shit-hits-the-fan episode that packs in much of the novel’s darkest material.
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    Catch-22 Recap: Last Sane Man on BaseThe first George Clooney–directed episode features the miniseries’ first truly thrilling aerial sequence — and some major breaks from the novel.
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    Catch-22 Recap: When Your Number’s Up, Your Number’s UpChristopher Abbott excels at tapping into Yossarian’s moral complexity, but the series’ tonal confusion is starting to undermine the character.
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    Catch-22 Recap: Afraid But Not AshamedAs the mission count ticks upward, Yossarian does everything in his power short of going AWOL to keep from flying back up into the sky.
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    Catch-22 Premiere Recap: Straighten Up and Fly RightThe Hulu miniseries kicks off with some familiar moments from Joseph Heller’s classic novel, presented with an unfamiliar sort of tidiness.
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    High Maintenance and the Aspirational Kindness of The GuyHe’s a testament to thoughtful living through the sheer act of treating strangers with basic decency.
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    Every High Maintenance Episode, RankedFrom the web series to the HBO show, High Maintenance has told a ton of worthwhile stories.
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    The 15 Actors Nominated by the Academy for Their Very First PerformancesOnly 15 actors have been nominated for their first-ever acting performances. What, if anything, do they have in common?
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    How a 1970s Jeff Goldblum Film Predicted the Current Journalism CrisisJoan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines will be eerily familiar to any journalist or writer working today.
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    Let’s Talk About the Bonkers Twist in SerenityThe sun-drenched neo-noir starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway leans into its own madness so hard, it’s difficult not to be impressed.
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    The Good Place Season Finale Recap: Memories You May Have ForgottenThe show ends the season by hitting yet another reset button, to diminishing returns.
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    In Praise of Corporate’s Refreshingly Pessimistic ComedyThe Comedy Central satire is a hilarious beacon for anyone who worries their cynicism is misguided or paranoid.
  18. deep dives
    How Barry Jenkins Brought the Experience of Reading James Baldwin to the ScreenThe Moonlight director on the challenges and rewards of adapting If Beale Street Could Talk.
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    Catch Up On Lisbeth Salander Before Girl in the Spider’s WebAhead of Spider’s Web, in theaters this week, we’re breaking down the previous entries in the Millennium series.
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    The Deuce Season Finale Recap: No Fixing This WorldIn one of the best illustrations of David Simon’s humanist worldview, the triple effects of money, power, and desire conspire to damage and divide.
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    The Deuce Recap: Moments of BeingLori makes a decision about her career that has ripple effects.
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    The Deuce Recap: Breaking the ChainVincent considers a different sort of life while Officer Flanagan makes some awful choices.
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    The Deuce Recap: The Beasts Run WildCandy experiences some of the highs and lows of guerrilla filmmaking as her film directorial career kicks into gear.
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    The Deuce Recap: It All Belongs to HimRebellion and discontent ripples through the female characters throughout the show, while Abby confronts the moral compromises of her arrangement.
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    Claire Denis on Zadie Smith’s High Life Exit: ‘We Were So Opposed on Every Idea’“She was beautiful and half from the Caribbean, and I thought yes! I was impressed by that.”
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    The Deuce Recap: Who Lights the Match?An unexpected death leads to some reflection on who’s to blame.
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    The Deuce Recap: Proud of Our PerversionsLori goes to L.A. as C.C. starts to realize his control won’t last forever.
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    The Deuce Recap: The Protection They DeserveCandy gets ambitious and Lori starts to imagine a life without C.C. in an episode focusing the series’ women.
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    The Deuce Season Premiere Recap: Bound for GloryThe second-season premiere catches up with our cast of characters in the changing New York of 1977.
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    Revisiting the Nick Hornby Cinematic UniverseLove him or hate him, Hornby has remained a consistent voice in film for the better part of the new millennium.
  31. close reads
    GLOW’s Radical Message About Problematic ArtWhat season two says about the fine line between empowerment and exploitation.
  32. vulture lists
    Every Gus Van Sant Movie, RankedFrom Good Will Hunting to great Van Sant.
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    The Biggest Clues About Renee’s True Purpose on The AmericansIs Stan Beeman’s wife actually a Russian spy?
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    Every Paul Schrader Movie, RankedAhead of First Reformed, we evaluate Schrader’s filmography, from Dog Eat Dog to The Canyons.
  35. How Cedric the Entertainer Ended Up in One of the Year’s Most Serious MoviesWe talk to the comedian about starring in First Reformed, Paul Schrader’s latest, and the hijinks on the set of The Last O.G.
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    If You Like BoJack Horseman, Don’t Miss BrockmireFive reasons to watch Hank Azaria’s hilarious and moving IFC comedy.
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    How 2001: A Space Odyssey Has Influenced Pop Culture, 50 Years Later2001 casts an enormous shadow on the last half-century of pop culture, influencing everything from sci-fi films to special effects to soundtracks.
  38. Every Aardman Animations Movie, RankedIn honor of the studio’s latest film, Early Man, we look back at its groundbreaking animated films, including Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.
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    High Maintenance Recap: When You’re Here, You’re Family“Scromple” is a rare look at the private life of the Guy.
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    High Maintenance Recap: Off the PathIs High Maintenance taking the piss out of millennials just a bit?
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    High Maintenance Recap: Exhale Peace“Namaste” examines the sideways world of New York real estate.
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    High Maintenance Recap: Everyone Deserves a Platform“Fagin” affectionately rides the line between compassion and sarcasm.
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    High Maintenance Season-Premiere Recap: Phantasmagoria of DespairThe beauty of High Maintenance is its depiction of a humane urban community, even amid tragedy.
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    Mr. Robot Season Finale Recap: Learning to LiveDespite some bumps, Mr. Robot’s third season has been a creative resurgence.
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    Mr. Robot Recap: Stage 3The season’s penultimate episode is an ungainly mess.
  46. close reads
    When Cheers Became Cheers: An Appreciation of ‘Endless Slumper’“Endless Slumper” illustrated why Cheers was destined to be an all-time great sitcom.
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    Mr. Robot Recap: These Old MemoriesAn unusually sentimental episode that earns its shift in tone.
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    Mr. Robot Recap: Moment of TruthIn the aftermath of the Dark Army’s attack, there’s no guarantee that the good guys will ever win.
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    Mr. Robot Recap: Point of FailureWhiterose has everyone chasing each other in a maze of her own creation.
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    Mr. Robot Recap: Contingency PlansLet’s talk about the long take in this episode.
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