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  1. movie review
    An American Pickle Is a Two-Man Show, and Both Men Are Seth RogenSeth Rogen stars opposite himself in this HBO Max original movie about a Brooklyn man united with his pickled great-grandfather.
  2. movie review
    She Dies Tomorrow Is One of the Scariest Films I’ve Seen in a Long WhileIt’s about more than a pandemic, but it is also about a pandemic.
  3. visual album review
    Beyoncé’s Black Is King Does Everything It Needs ToThe richness of the Black experience is the point. There’s almost too much excellence to keep track of.
  4. the inside track
    Dominic Fike Still Has a Lot to LearnWith lines like “I hope I get Me Too’d,” from “Cancel Me,” the breakout alt-rapper only muddies the statement he’s trying to make.
  5. book review
    Caste Offers a New Word for Injustice in America, Not a New Way of ThinkingIn Isabel Wilkerson’s book, caste replaces racism as the most accurate term to describe the inequities of American society.
  6. song review
    Billie Eilish’s Future Is in Good HandsHer new single suggests the O’Connell siblings have made good use of the quiet time.
  7. podcast review
    It’s Illuminating to Hear a Podcaster Talk About Cam NewtonThe Cam Chronicles explores the impossible expectations the NFL star faced — and helped create.
  8. album review
    folklore Isn’t a Return to Taylor Swift’s Roots, But Somewhere She’s Never BeenHer stories here are more purposeful, if a little less personal.
  9. book review
    Zadie Smith’s Intimations Makes a Joyful Case for InconsistencyIn every essay, there is a moment when Smith revises herself or catches herself in a mistake.
  10. the inside track
    Taylor Swift and Bon Iver Find Perfect Harmony on ‘exile’This isn’t the indie record that’s much cooler than hers. This is what she makes after she’s listened to that record.
  11. movie review
    Dave Franco’s The Rental Needs an EndingDid [redacted] really have to [redacted] so [redacted]?
  12. theater review
    This Sceptered Dial: Richard II on the RadioShakespeare in the Park in your headphones.
  13. album review
    The Chicks Scorch the Earth on GaslighterIt is the kind of pop-country killer some people have been haranguing Taylor Swift for ever since 1989.
  14. movie review
    Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Is the Next-Best Thing to Going Out to a BarRemember bars? The Ross brothers’ boozy hybrid of a movie is a sensational elegy to a local one that never really existed.
  15. movie review
    Greyhound Proves Tom Hanks Is the Ultimate Navy GeekHe’s the captain, now and forever.
  16. movie review
    In Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, Capitalism Continues to Divide and ConquerWhat you register in the 19th-century frontier drama is what’s absent: a sense of community, of a shared enterprise.
  17. art
    These Two Last Suppers Are My Quarantine ObsessionComparing two masterpiece treatments made just 50 years apart: one revolutionary and prevailing, the other genius and forgotten.
  18. album review
    Pop Smoke’s Story Might Always End With a Glaring Question MarkThe main artist feels profoundly missing on his posthumous debut album.
  19. movie review
    Netflix’s The Old Guard Is BreathtakingOnce you watch it, you’ll wish every superhero movie were this good.
  20. movie review
    Palm Springs Is Thoroughly Charming and Unexpectedly TimelyThe time-loop rom-com skims past many of the genre’s obligatory beats in order to get to less explored territory.
  21. movie review
    In The Truth, a Great Director FaltersCatherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke star in Cannes winner Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest.
  22. podcast review
    Slow Burn: David Duke Is a Scorching Look at White Supremacy in AmericaThe new season follows the sinister prescience of the former Klansman’s political career.
  23. vulture recommends
    Sasha Geffen’s Glitter Up the Dark Is an Essential Companion to the Year’s MusicYou’ll devour Glitter Up the Dark with eyes wide and mind racing, drawing connections to whatever music you listen to.
  24. radio vulture
    Welcome to the ‘New’ Kanye NarrativeToday Kanye West released his first formal artistic statement of the pandemic and the nationwide movement for racial justice.
  25. album review
    Bob Dylan Is Still the Voice of a GenerationThe only difference is he speaks for more than just one now.
  26. the inside track
    Arca & Sophie’s ‘La Chíqui’ Pushes Pop Music Further Into the FutureThe producers team up after circling each other for years.
  27. let em stay mad
    It Wouldn’t Be ‘The Chicks’ If Their Comeback Didn’t Piss Off Some PeopleOnce again, “the Chicks” find themselves on the pulse of the times.
  28. movie review
    Jon Stewart’s New Comedy Irresistible Feels Shockingly Out of StepThe former Daily Show host enlists Steve Carell and Rose Byrne for a political farce that suggests he’s not up for satirizing our moment.
  29. movie review
    You’ll Want to Sing Along to Will Ferrell’s Glorious EurovisionThis comedy about the Eurovision Song Contest might be the most emotionally engaging movie the actor has ever made.
  30. the inside track
    Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘I Know the End’ Has the Catharsis You’ve Been CravingFeaturing Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Conor Oberst, Nick Zinner, Tomberlin, Blake Mills … everyone?
  31. book review
    After Months Spent Inside, The Great Indoors Is Uncannily RelevantFrom microbes to building design, Emily Anthes’s new book explores the science of indoor living.
  32. video game review
    The Last of Us Part II Plays a Dark, Cynical TrickThe game wants players to wrestle with extreme violence, perhaps a little bit too much.
  33. movie review
    I Should Have Skipped You Should Have LeftIt might have worked as drama. But as horror, it’s a disaster.
  34. movie review
    Artemis Fowl and the Death of the Fantasy YA FranchiseThe long-delayed adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s hit series, now streaming on Disney+, is more baffling relic of the past than movie.
  35. movie review
    Da 5 Bloods Is Spike Lee’s Agit-Prop Action MovieAs a stirring, deliriously referential treatise on race, American history, and black patriotism, it’s one of Lee’s greatest works.
  36. movie review
    The King of Staten Island Returns Pete Davidson to AnonymityJudd Apatow’s dramedy is loosely based on the SNL star — a kind of thought experiment about what his life would be like if he never found comedy.
  37. album review
    Run the Jewels 4 Is Exactly What America Needs to Hear Right NowKiller Mike and El-P have landed on the pulse of spring 2020.
  38. movie review
    Be Water Is a Sports Doc with Righteous RageIn fact, it doesn’t feel like a sports doc at all. You walk away convinced that Bruce Lee was an artist more than anything else.
  39. movie review
    Netflix’s Last Days of American Crime Is a Ghastly, Unimaginative MessThe relentless action orgy is somehow both too much and not enough.
  40. movie review
    Shirley Is a Woozy Portrait of an Underappreciated WriterElisabeth Moss is terrific, as usual, in this dizzying film about The Haunting of Hill House author Shirley Jackson — now available on Hulu and VOD.
  41. album review
    Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Crash-Landed Right When It Was Needed MostIt’s the hard reset Fame/The Fame Monster fans have been waiting for.
  42. movie review
    The Vast of Night Makes Retro Sci-Fi Feel Startlingly FreshOne of the year’s great movie discoveries — a 1950s-set directorial debut about a possible alien encounter — is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
  43. movie review
    The High Note Is a Mostly Forgettable Hollywood Fairy TaleIn the end, Tracee Ellis Ross’s Grace Davis feels like a diva in search of real characterization.
  44. movie review
    Netflix’s I’m No Longer Here Is a Lovely Tale of Music, Migration, and LossFrom the director of Los Espookys, it’s a heartbreaking drama about a cumbia-obsessed teen’s journey from Mexico to New York.
  45. movie review
    On the Record Is Imperfect, Provocative, and Utterly NecessaryThe documentary detailing accusations of sexual assault against Russell Simmons proves to be a compelling and uneven work of the Me Too era.
  46. art
    This Is the Saddest Picture I Have Ever SeenSandro Botticelli’s La Derelitta, a 15th-century tableau of hopelessness, feels especially resonant right now.
  47. movie review
    Lucky Grandma Is a Rorschach Test Comedy-ThrillerTsai Chin’s transfixing lead performance is the main reason the film works so well.
  48. movie review
    The Lovebirds Is a Staunchly Average Streaming Rom-ComThe Netflix movie is designed to be watched while performing a menial task — folding the laundry or washing dishes — in quarantine.
  49. movie review
    The Painter and the Thief Is a Sexy, Strange Not-Quite-Love StoryAn artist finds a muse in the man who stole her work in this arresting documentary, now on Hulu, VOD, and in theaters.
  50. song review
    Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ Is a Win for EveryoneThis song will be huge not just because it’s Gaga in peak dance-pop form with chart assassin Ariana Grande in tow.
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