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  1. movie review
    Comedies End With Weddings, But After the Wedding Is No ComedyBart Freundlich’s family drama hasn’t been well-received, but tearjerkers rarely have this kind of stuffing.
  2. theater review
    Theater Review: The Unreal Land of Make BelieveBess Wohl’s play about childhood and its ripple effects.
  3. movie review
    Cold Case Hammarskjöld Presents a Conspiracy You’ll Want to BelieveThis tricked-up documentary about a suspicious 1961 plane crash in Zambia reminds you that conspiracy theories make for great yarns.
  4. movie review
    Brace Yourself for the Devastating Documentary One Child NationNanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s first-person film chronicles China’s one-child policy in infuriating, tragic, grisly detail.
  5. theater review
    Theater Review: A Coriolanus Amid the WreckageAfter the apocalypse in Central Park.
  6. tv review
    Succession Season Two Is Merciless, Cruel, and Better Than EverThe barbarian capitalists of the Roy clan are back. And so is Succession’s acid-bath viciousness.
  7. movie review
    In The Nightingale, There’s No Escaping the Rankness of Male DepravityThe Babadook director returns with a graphically violent, Australian-frontier revenge thriller.
  8. music
    The Black Clown Plays to the Crowd in the Best Possible WaysA controlled explosion of joy and rage that meets desires audiences didn’t even know they had.
  9. movie review
    The Horror Is Real in the Syrian Doc For SamaThe film doesn’t feel like raw footage — it has been carefully shaped, with a bit of movie-­ish suspense during the final hours.
  10. theater review
    Theater Review: Moulin Rouge! Is Broadway’s Biggest Karaoke Night“It commits single-mindedly to stuffing in as many additional hit tracks as possible.”
  11. review
    In the Surreal Horror Movie Luz, the Devil Is in the 16mmIf Tilman Singer’s low-budget haunt had been a play, I’d probably have walked out, but as a film I found it eerie enough to stay rooted.
  12. movie review
    Practice The Art of Self-Defense Against This MovieRiley Stearns’s anti-macho black comedy is cringeworthy in a good way, and hilarious in a not-good way.
  13. tv review
    Big Little Lies Was Plagued by Messy Drama on Both Sides of the CameraBut Meryl was great.
  14. movie review
    The Lion King Is an Unusually Good Nature Documentary. Is That What We Wanted?Technically speaking, it’s a marvel. But having entered the photorealistic realm, the mood of the movie has changed.
  15. theater review
    Theater Review: Halley Feiffer’s Moscow Moscow Is, Like, LOL, Whatevs, ChekhovHalley Feiffer’s reinterpretation of Three Sisters in modern-day
  16. theater review
    Theater Review: The Rolling Stone Goes for Big Feelings Over RigorIntensity of emotion can’t quite mask the weaknesses.
  17. movie review
    Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers Is a Debut Film to WatchWhat the director does better than almost anyone I can think of is dramatize the illusory nature of control.
  18. movie review
    Sword of Trust Is an Ambling Comedy of Manners and Conspiracy TheoriesMarc Maron is excellent as he navigates the disorienting effects of a post-truth world.
  19. movie review
    Spider-Man: Far From Home Delivers a Single, Scary, Brilliant Answer to EndgameSay what you will about Marvel, but the people at the top are frighteningly in tune with what its audience wants.
  20. movie review
    Ari Aster’s Midsommar Is an Ambitious, Blurry Horror TripThe Hereditary director seems sure of only one thing: that he wants to make you feel as if your head is being sawed off.
  21. movie review
    Ophelia: The Female Gaze Is Strong in This OneDaisy Ridley makes a fine, modern heroine, but it’s Naomi Watts who goes big and waltzes away with the movie.
  22. theater reviews
    In the Green and We’re Only Alive… Are Two More Bursts of Musical-Theater EnergyTwo more from this summer’s group of invigorating new musicals.
  23. movie review
    Yesterday Has a Fun Premise, But Doesn’t Know What to Do With ItOnly the first half of Danny Boyle’s Beatles fantasy-comedy works.
  24. album review
    Lil Nas X’s Post-‘Old Town Road’ EP Is a MessThe project feels if not rushed, then fascinatingly flubbed.
  25. theater review
    Theater Review: The Influence of Anxiety in A Strange LoopMichael R. Jackson’s new musical is inspired, in part, by the experience of sharing the name of a very famous person.
  26. movie review
    Shaft Review: Another Lame, Mismatched Buddy Action ComedyIt’s so aggressively puerile and phallocentric (big swinging dicks, big guns) it could be taken as a parody.
  27. theater review
    Theater Review: The Secret Life of Bees Becomes Its Platonic SelfSue Monk Kidd’s novel becomes a musical, beautifully.
  28. movie review
    Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die Is a Heavy-Footed Zombie ComedyIt’s not unenjoyable but not quite enjoyable, either.
  29. theater review
    Theater Review: In the Park, the Warring Wits of Much Ado About NothingShakespeare in the Park’s latest production.
  30. remembrances
    “Honey, you shouldn’t be showing that to anyone:” Why Pauline Kael Was My CriticHer writing always seemed like a journey, an elevated form of thinking out loud.
  31. movie review
    Brian De Palma’s Domino Is a Better Thriller Than MostUnderfunded, sketchily written, and heavily cut, the film still puts its contemporaries to shame.
  32. movie review
    Dark Phoenix Takes the X-Men to Space, With Middling ResultsSophie Turner floats above an uninspired Jean Grey saga.
  33. theater reviews
    Theater Reviews: Limited Young Lives in Nomad Motel and an Adapted Little WomenA pair of plays (one all new, one adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s novel) about young people finding their way in the world.
  34. movie review
    Rocketman Tries to Levitate Its Audience, But It Falls Flat InsteadThe Elton John biopic has unusual dramatic heft for a jukebox musical, but that’s a big curve on which to grade.
  35. movie review
    Godzilla Is Back. What an Unholy Mess.Godzilla: King of the Monsters is visual noise. It makes “The Battle of Winterfell” look like a model of clarity.
  36. theater review
    Theater: Imperfection and Sincerity in Frankie & Johnny Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon bring emotional intelligence and hopeful silliness to a far-from-perfect play.
  37. theater review
    Theater Review: The Well-Scrubbed Drama of Something CleanThe evening’s strength lies in the interplay between Kathryn Erbe and Christopher Livingston.
  38. movie review
    Booksmart Is a Goddamn Delight, and a Major Moment in the Teen Movie CanonIn the Olivia Wilde–directed comedy, a new archetype of late-2010s teendom takes shape.
  39. movie review
    Brightburn Is Gory, Creepy, and ObviousBut Elizabeth Banks is, as usual, very good and un-gimmicky.
  40. movie review
    A Movie like Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin Isn’t Shot — It’s GeneratedIt’s set inside a matrix where the real and digital worlds are indistinguishable.
  41. theater review
    Theater Review: Continuity, Where Little Hollywood Crises Face Big Global OnesDiva behavior and props that shatter, on the set of a film about climate change.
  42. movie review
    Trial by Fire Is Painstakingly Well Made and Murderously Hard to Sit ThroughLaura Dern stars as Elizabeth Gilbert, one of the few people who questioned Cameron Todd Willingham’s death sentence in Texas.
  43. theater review
    Theater: Octet, by Dave Malloy, Takes Flight on 8-Bit WingsThe Great Comet writer returns.
  44. theater review
    Theater Review: Mac Beth Has a Gap at Its CenterReinterpreted Shakespeare that doesn’t quite connect.
  45. theater review
    Theater Review: Happy Talk Is a Satire Full of Empty CaloriesJesse Eisenberg’s play is a maudlin mess until it turns into a horrific one.
  46. whitney biennial
    The New Whitney Biennial Made Me See Art History in a New WayThis show demonstrates unmistakably that subject matter is just as important as form.
  47. movie review
    John Wick 3 Is Bloated, Pretentious, and Too Stylish for Its Own GoodThe movie should by rights be a “Wow!” But it feels self-conscious, with long waits between its few dazzling fights.
  48. movie review
    The Souvenir Is Sometimes Formless, But Always FascinatingAt her best, writer-director Joanna Hogg convinces you that incoherence is the only honest way to tell a story with any emotional complexity.
  49. theater review
    Theater Review: Blood Without Guts in Curse of the Starving ClassThe play goes all out; this production pulls it back.
  50. an actor's journey
    It’s High Time Dennis Quaid Played a Horror-Movie PsychoSkip A Dog’s Journey and see The Intruder instead.
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