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  1. movie review
    The Dirt Is a Parody of a Parody of a Music BiopicThere’s no getting around it, so you may as well go in prepared: The Dirt opens with female ejaculation.
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    Dragged Across Concrete Is Your Basic, Boneheaded Right-Wing Action MovieAnd nearly three hours long.
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    Us Doesn’t Live Up to Get Out, But It Shows the Promise of Jordan PeeleThe director’s second feature isn’t as trim or impish in its satire as his marvelous debut, but it’s the most inspiring kind of miss.
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    Theater Review: A Temptations Bio-Musical and What Coulda BeenAin’t Too Proud: unbeatable songs and not much drama.
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    Theater Review: Suzan-Lori Parks’s White Noise Is Sneakily, Subtly RadicalWith the amazing Daveed Diggs at its center.
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    The Hummingbird Project Is Just Passable, But See It for Alexander SkarsgårdMost of The Hummingbird Project is Jesse Eisenberg grimacing over his stomach and talking very fast.
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    The Mustang: A Slightly Formulaic Horse Drama With Great Human PerformancesThe phrase “I have to see a man about a horse” takes on new and inspirational meaning here.
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    Not Even Keira Knightley Can Save the Emotionally Constipated The AftermathWhich is a shame, because these old-fashioned romantic dramas are dying out on the big screen.
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    Zombie Epic Kingdom Is Remarkable and ResonantThis South Korean series, currently streaming on Netflix, is a disturbing parable about a society with a death wish.
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    Theater Review: Can Kiss Me, Kate Survive a 2019 Gaze?Kelli O’Hara is nearly superhuman, and the highs in the show are very high. But you can’t get away from that script.
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    Nancy Drew Proves Adaptable Again, in a Haunted-House Throwback Kind of WayNancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase won’t set the world on fire, and it probably won’t start any major new movie franchises. But it doesn’t need to.
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    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.
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    The Dystopian Future of Juice WRLD’s Death Race for LoveThe world these records depict is forbidding.
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    Lil Peep Documentary Is a Deeply Affecting Character Study of the Late RapperEverybody’s Everything arrives at some kind of truth about the risks and rewards of an artist with seemingly no boundaries.
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    Theater Review: Be More Chill Does High-School Drama With Knowing WickednessA story that casts a realistic eye on the cruelties of youth, and on the way graduating from high school doesn’t mean the end of our insecurities.
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    Theater Review: Restrained Power in If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka“There’s a disturbing, powerful play hiding inside Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, but it hasn’t worked its way out yet.”
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    Jordan Peele’s Us Is a Messy, Chilling Descent Into the American NightmareLupita Nyong’o is astounding in the director’s distinct follow-up to Get Out.
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    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.
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    The Kid Is an Old West Adventure Refashioned As a Grotesque NightmareIn The Kid, Chris Pratt is alarmingly convincing as a screaming, relentless, over-the-top lunatic.
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    Review Roundup: At St. Ann’s, The B-Side Gives Voice to Forgotten MenPlus two well-intentioned misses.
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    Captain Marvel Is Spotty, But See It for Brie LarsonHer Captain Marvel is a goddess emitting her own light — an astral version of Liberty at the battlements, sublime and terrifying.
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    Theater Review: Surface Tension by the Pool, in Jeremy O. Harris’s “Daddy”Louche life in Beverly Hills.
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    Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria Bell Remake Works Best When It’s a Little MessyThe movie is most successful when it’s least definite, when the conversations are full of awkward holes and the relationships are in flux.
  24. album review
    Solange Is Creating a Beautiful WorldHer purpose seems to be to envision the peace and order the real world lacks.
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    Dev Patel Shows His Range in The Wedding GuestMichael Winterbottom’s thriller finds Patel in a broody, sexy role — a departure from his typically fresh-faced, nice-guy performances.
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    Mapplethorpe Is, Somehow, a Shock-Free BiopicAfter the rousing but sanitized-for-PG-13 Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, get ready for a PG-13-at-heart portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe.
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    Woman at War Is an Offbeat Dramedy About an Environmental ActivistBenedikt Erlingsson could have told this tale grimly — it’s grim stuff. But he has a wild card.
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    Theater Review: Does Superhero Get Off the Ground?Theater Review: Does Superhero Get Off the Ground?
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mannered Directing DebutPerhaps too mannered for its own good — it’s unquestionably nice and well-intentioned, but lacking momentum.
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    On Lil Pump’s Harverd Dropout, the Best Songs Are the Most DepravedThe picture that Harverd Dropout paints, though, even accounting for poetic license, seems scary.
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    Theater Review: Creepers in Wonderland, in Alice by HeartShe’s late, apparently, for a very important date.
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    Theater Review: The Tightly Packed Power of Marys Seacole“An act of remembrance for the unremembered … a fierce, complex eulogy.”
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    Theater Review: Hurricane Diane, a Tragicomedy of Eco-CollapseA climate-saving tale that somehow reaches from ancient Greece to the housewives of Monmouth County, New Jersey.
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    Cancer Drama Paddleton Is Embarrassingly Bad — Until the Stunning EndingIt’s a pity the first hour needs to be endured.
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Is Curiously ElegiacFor some, it’ll be a moving conclusion to an epic series. For others, it’ll be one less kids’ franchise to worry about.
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    Greta Is a Rare Miss From Neil JordanThis rote psycho-horror flick has zero subtext and twists you can see limping toward you like the zombie tropes they are.
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    Christian Petzold’s Transit Is Confounding, But CompellingOnce the bitterly ironic vision of this slow-motion mistaken-identity farce takes hold, it eats into the mind.
  38. theater review
    Theater Review: Discovery and Rediscovery in By the Way, Meet Vera StarkAn overlooked (imagined) actress stands in for hundreds of lost Hollywood stories.
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    Theater Review: Fiasco Theater’s Lo-fi Reconstruction of Merrily We Roll AlongHow does it happen? Where is the moment?
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    Fighting With My Family Is a Charming Underdog Story — and Amazing WWE PRIt’s just clear-eyed enough about the absurdities of a life in wrestling to have some grip to it.
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    Pamela Adlon’s Better Things Returns Stronger Than EverEven when the characters are making a mess of things, it’s a pleasure to watch because so much care and thought have gone into each frame and line.
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    Birds of Passage Is a KnockoutIt’s part ethnographic documentary, part The Godfather.
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    Theater Review: The Tasteful Goodness of Sea Wall and A LifeJake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge do some tear-jerking at the Public.
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    Alita: Battle Angel Is Ungainly, Hokey, and … Kinda CharmingThe only reason any of this works at all is Rosa Salazar and, I hate to say it, those goddamned big eyes.
  45. album review
    Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Almost Ranks As Florida Georgia Line’s Best AlbumIf only they’d edited it down a bit.
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    Isn’t It Romantic Is the Inception of Rom-Coms (…Sort Of)It nestles a playfully meta rom-com satire inside what appears to be another rom-com — and suggests that, maybe, such movies still have their place.
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    Happy Death Day 2 U Is a Madcap Sequel That Goes to Unexpected PlacesStalk-and-kill movies bear some resemblance to classic farces, but none have taken the similarities as far as Happy Death Day and its sequel.
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    Theater Review: Rage and Love Times 3, in 2 Strindberg Classics and The LightRevivals of Mies Julie and The Dance of Death, plus Loy A. Webb’s new play.
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    The Gospel of Eureka Is Meditative and Fabulous in Equal MeasureThe doc explores Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a Bible Belt destination where religion and queerness have become intertwined in fascinating ways.
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    Horror Noire Is a Lively, Essential History LessonShudder’s new documentary about the history of black people in the horror genre is a powerful reclamation project.
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