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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. movie review
    Lucky Grandma Is a Rorschach Test Comedy-ThrillerTsai Chin’s transfixing lead performance is the main reason the film works so well.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. radio vulture
    Country Music Was Designed for a Bad Year Like ThisLucinda Williams, the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, and Steve Earle have each released albums that speak to the stress of being alive right now.
  12. movie review
    The Trip to Greece Is the Final, Most Despairing Trip Film YetAmid all the decadent food and Michael Caine impressions, the four-part series has always had a darker edge.
  13. movie review
    Scoob! Is the Kind of Kids Movie That Features Jokes About TinderThe Scooby-Doo reboot, bumped from theaters to on demand, attempts to update the mystery-solving franchise with superheroes and internet jokes.
  14. book review
    What’s the Deal With Eels?A new book examines what we know about the mysterious creature, and a lot more that we do not.
  15. streaming theater review
    Molly Sweeney Returns: A Dark Play Brightens the ScreenBrian Friel’s triple intertwined monologues, in a streamed revival of the 2011 production at the Irish Rep.
  16. movie review
    Capone Features Tom Hardy at His Most MaximalistThe Al Capone biopic may not be the comeback story that director Josh Trank needed, but it has a truly batshit performance from Tom Hardy.
  17. album review
    Petals for Armor Feels Like Meeting Hayley Williams for the First TimeSometimes a change of setting and a bit of personal upheaval are a recipe for a breakthrough.
  18. podcasts
    Hair Metal, the CIA, and a Cold War Plot: Wind of Change Is a Thrilling RideDid American spies write a Scorpions song?
  19. radio vulture
    Thank God We Still Have MusicRespect is owed to the artists releasing vital new work this spring without any immediate prospect of a tour to back it up.
  20. streaming theater review
    The Online By Jeeves Is Lousy, and Still Reminded Me How Much I Miss TheaterIt made me realize I’ve even missed the eat-your-spinach parts of being a critic.
  21. movie review
    Driveways, Starring the Late Brian Dennehy, Is Quietly ShatteringCo-starring Hong Chau, it’s a fragile flower of a film that works on you in sly, mysterious ways.
  22. tv review
    Dead to Me Is Even Wilder in Season TwoI mean that in a good way.
  23. movie review
    Spaceship Earth Casts a Sympathetic Lens on a Much-Ridiculed Failed UtopiaMatt Wolf’s very entertaining documentary about Biosphere 2 sets out to liberate its architects and participants from their fate as a punch line.
  24. podcasts
    Oh, Hello: The P’dcast Is Just About PerfectTurns out, George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon are great at podcasting.
  25. movie review
    Michelle Obama Doc Becoming Is a Guarded Look at Life After the White HouseThe new film, part of the Obamas’ deal with Netflix, shows the former First Lady reveling in the freedom to not engage.
  26. radio vulture
    What More Is There for Drake to Do?It might be a mistake, 14 years in, to expect an artist who built a very lucrative thing for himself to keep mucking with the formula.
  27. movie review
    Bull Is So Much More Than a Coming-of-Age ClichéThe story of a 14-year-old girl’s attempt to escape her homelife by apprenticing with an ex–bull rider is more stoic than it sounds.
  28. movie review
    You’ll Want to Give a Hug to Netflix’s The Half of ItAlice Wu’s teen rom-com is yet another take on Cyrano, but that’s not what makes it special.
  29. streaming theater review
    Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Is Muted in Grief and Unmuted on ZoomIn What Do We Need to Talk About?
  30. classical music
    Revisiting Franz Schubert, a Poet of SolitudeFew composers have ever rendered loneliness as lovingly as he did or surrounded it in such a halo of compassion.
  31. movie review
    Our Mothers Digs Up Guatemala’s Painful PastCésar Diaz’s drama about the aftermath of the nation’s civil war feels a bit like shards from a larger mosaic, but that somehow fits its subject.
  32. song review
    Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion Just Brought Back the Lost Art of a Killer RemixIt’s so rare in this era for a remix to feel like an event and not just a few new words plopped onto an existing song.
  33. movie review
    Bad Education Gives Hugh Jackman One of His Greatest Dramatic RolesCory Finley’s sly dissection of a Long Island embezzlement scandal — premiering on HBO — plays to its leading man’s theatrical strengths.
  34. movie review
    New Braveheart Sequel Brings You More Angus Macfadyen and a Lot Less BloodTwenty-five years after Mel Gibson yelled “freeeeeedommm,” director Richard Gray brings Robert the Bruce back.
  35. album review
    Rina Sawayama’s Debut Album Might Make You See the 2000s Much DifferentlySawayama is an exercise in making pop out of not-so-popular 2000s nostalgia.
  36. quarantuning
    The Rolling Stones Have Arrived Right on TimeMick and Keith didn’t write “Living in a Ghost Town” about the current crisis, but astute poets can smell a bad time coming.
  37. close reads
    I Read Woody Allen’s Memoir So You Don’t Have ToFirst off, there are two short passages that will forever change the way I think about him. I cannot unread, unhear, unknow them. I wish I could.
  38. tv review
    The New Prince Tribute Concert Is a Must-Watch Now More Than EverLet’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, airing Tuesday night on CBS, is both a new special and a reminder of how live music used to feel.
  39. movie review
    You Could Watch Beastie Boys Story, But Really, Why Not Just Read Their Book?Spike Jonze’s Apple TV+ documentary, featuring Mike D and Ad-Rock, is a surprisingly staid act of fan service.
  40. movie review
    Selah and the Spades Is a Mesmerizing Portrait of a Prep School Queen BeeLovie Simone plays a high school senior reluctant to relinquish her position of power in Tayarisha Poe’s new movie, now streaming on Amazon.
  41. album review
    Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters Is the Album She Deserved to Make All AlongThe singer-songwriter has had a breakthrough.
  42. movie review
    The Lighthouse Is About the Horror of Roommates in IsolationMermaids, hallucinations, bodily fluids — in Robert Eggers’s movie, the most frightening thing of all is having to share your space with someone.
  43. theater review
    A Play for Your Ears Only: Heather Christian’s Prime: A Practical BreviaryAn audio-only play (but not exactly a radio drama) for our particular time.
  44. podcasts
    Floodlines Is the Right Podcast for This MomentThe Atlantic’s new series focuses on the government’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
  45. movie review
    Sea Fever Is Eerily Timely, But Also Just Plain EerieThere is a scary monster, but this Irish horror indie is mostly about disease and quarantine.
  46. movie review
    Trolls World Tour Is an Anti-Rockist Variation on Infinity WarThis time, Thanos is a hard rocker with magic guitar strings and an anti-synth agenda.
  47. tv review
    I Worried The Good Fight’s New Season Would Feel Out of Touch. I Was Wrong.How does a show so uncannily attuned to our current moment function with a massive chasm between it and our new reality? As it turns out, very well.
  48. movie review
    In The Other Lamb, Misandry Is a Survival InstinctGiven all the godly males who’ve been steering their flocks toward certain doom, the film has a special resonance in the spring of 2020.
  49. album review
    The Weeknd and Partynextdoor’s Dirtbag R&B Is Hard to BeatTwo of our finest R&B villains are at it again on After Hours and Partymobile.
  50. movie review
    Seriously, Why Is Vin Diesel a Star?In his latest movie Bloodshot, Diesel is like an unfinished statue, hulking and aggressively bland.
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