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  1. theater review
    Why We Gather: Three Shows As Three MeetingsWhere We Stand, Darling Grenadine, and Fragments, Lists & Lacunae all bring the audience into the production.
  2. movie review
    The Photograph Is an Imperfect DelightThe romantic drama is undoubtedly elevated by LaKeith Stanfield, who has proved over his short career that he has tremendous range.
  3. movie review
    There’s No Need to Watch More Than the Trailer for Fantasy IslandThe horror adaptation of a cheeseball Aaron Spelling affair from the late ’70s is wretchedly unenjoyable.
  4. opera review
    Opera Review: Great Voices and Coked-Up Staging in the Met’s AgrippinaJoyce DiDonato leads a cast that’s directed at a frantic pace.
  5. song review
    Billie Eilish and James Bond Are a Perfect Marriage“No Time to Die” is possibly the quietest Bond song ever, and one of the few times you get to hear Eilish raise her voice to a shout.
  6. tv review
    High Fidelity Is a Great Cover of the OriginalThe similarities between Hulu’s take on the Nick Hornby novel and 2000 film are unmistakable, but its changes to the source push it in new directions.
  7. movie review
    To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Almost Argues Itself Out of RomanceIn the sequel to Netflix’s hit 2018 teen rom-com, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo explore what comes after the happily ever after.
  8. movie review
    In Sonic the Hedgehog, It’s Like Golden-Era Jim Carrey Never Left UsThe movie is fine, but the villain’s a delight.
  9. performance
    Put a Mustache on It: Working Out the Genre-Bending in NateTwo critics try to get at the core of Natalie Palamides’s comedy-theater-clowning-drag hybrid.
  10. movie review
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire Is a Grand, Capital-R RomanceCeline Sciamma’s lesbian period film starts off as a story about looking, but its heart lies in less obvious, more suggestive cinematic elements.
  11. theater review
    Ruth Negga’s Hamlet Is a Sweet Prince—But It’s Not a Good NightAlas.
  12. theater review
    House Plant Brightens Up the RoomA light surreal comedy starring Ugo Chukwu at NYTW.
  13. tv review
    Locke & Key Can’t Unlock Its Most Intriguing ThemesNetflix’s lightweight adaptation of the Joe Hill horror comic fails its own ideas about memory and grief.
  14. books
    The Best New Novel Was Written 90 Years AgoAn unearthed book by the Harlem Renaissance’s Claude McKay is a modern masterpiece.
  15. theater review
    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Is Odd & Sexless & Flat & TiredAnd generally not what we want from the movie or its musical adaptation.
  16. movie review
    Birds of Prey Tries to Figure Out a Post-Joker Harley QuinnThe latest outing for Margot Robbie’s comic-book anti-heroine has a lot of ideas and less of a sense of what to do with them.
  17. super bowl 2020
    For 15 Minutes, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez United the MassesThe message was loud.
  18. album review
    Kesha’s High Road Is the Freest She’s Ever SoundedKesha has crafted her most upbeat, free-spirited batch of songs in almost a decade.
  19. art
    Jerry Saltz on Robert Andy Coombs’s Taboo-Breaking PhotosIn his work, you can see crescendos of pleasure, helplessness, and fear.
  20. theater review
    Zora Howard’s Stew Remixes the PotboilerA play that takes place mostly in the kitchen.
  21. theater review
    How Do You Solve a Problem Like Medea?Simon Stone rewrites Euripides, and Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne star.
  22. radio vulture
    Taylor Swift Finally Invites You Into Her Narrative on Miss AmericanaMiss Americana peels away some of Taylor Swift’s complexities to reveal even more complexities.
  23. tv review
    Star Trek: Picard Stumbles Over Its Own LegacyPatrick Stewart is as great as ever in the series’s title role, but the show around him is struggling to live up to the standards of its predecessor.
  24. sundance 2020
    Promising Young Woman Is an Incendiary Revenge Movie With a Sugar-Sweet ShellCarey Mulligan is outrageously great as a Me Too vigilante in an unsettling first film from Emerald Fennell.
  25. tv review
    In the End, BoJack Horseman Is So Much More Than BoJack HorsemanOn of TV’s best anti-heroes gets a fitting farewell that stretches far beyond the concerns of one single, flawed equine male.
  26. sundance 2020
    Miranda July Returns with What Might Be Her Best Film YetBefore Kajillionaire debuted at Sundance, it was tempting to think July’s style of filmmaking had gone out of … well, style.
  27. grammys 2020
    The Grammys Can’t Go On Like ThisThe show needed to be caustic and political, but calamity had other plans.
  28. sundance 2020
    There’s Nothing Funny About Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Performance in DownhillThe remake of Force Majeure (starring the Veep actress alongside Will Ferrell) sounds like a fake movie. But it’s real, and genuinely unnerving.
  29. sundance 2020
    Never Rarely Sometimes Always, an Everyday Thriller About Obtaining an AbortionIn Eliza Hittman’s new movie, state restrictions turn a teenager’s attempt to end an unwanted pregnancy into a perilous journey.
  30. sundance 2020
    The Assistant Is the First Great Movie About Me TooKitty Green’s film about a day in the life of a young woman at a Weinstein-like company is a spare, searing story of abuse and complicity.
  31. sundance 2020
    Into the Deep Chronicles the Monstrousness of Danish Inventor Peter MadsenEmma Sullivan began filming her documentary one year before he murdered and dismembered journalist Kim Wall.
  32. theater review
    Scary Stuff: Paris and The Woman in BlackOn a proscenium at the Atlantic, and in the McKittrick Hotel.
  33. going solo
    Hayley Williams’s Solo Debut Was Worth the 15-Year WaitI would’ve guessed the Paramore front woman’s first solo single would be a full-tilt pop-radio assault. I’m happy I was wrong.
  34. theater review
    The Sparkle and Glow of Grand HorizonsStarring national treasures Jane Alexander and James Cromwell, not to mention Michael Urie’s contortionist reactions.
  35. movie review
    The Gentlemen Is a Throwback Crime Caper With Some Throwback RacismGuy Ritchie’s latest has a host of stars — like Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant — and little else.
  36. theater review
    A Soldier’s Play Is a Procedural With BiteDavid Alan Grier’s performance “has size and precision, monstrosity and humanity.”
  37. tv review
    The Goop Lab Is Less Goop-y Than You Might ThinkSorry to break the news, but it’s hard to seriously hate on the Netflix series inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand.
  38. theater review
    A Timon of Athens for the Age of Peter Thiel“We know what the wealthy do when they feel cheated and insulted.”
  39. theater reviews
    Just Talk But Sometimes More: The Conversationalists and The Truth Has ChangedThe pleasures, and pitfalls, of pure narration theater.
  40. album review
    Mac Miller Leaves Us His Most Compelling Artistic Statement on CirclesHis posthumous album is a stab at the caliber of songwriting achieved by titans of the form.
  41. tv review
    We’re Lucky to Have Little AmericaThe new Apple TV+ anthology series about the immigrant experience in America is a small, modest show that packs a big emotional punch.
  42. movie review
    The Story of Clemency Plays Out on Alfre Woodard’s FaceHere is an actor in full command of her skills. That she won’t be considered for an Oscar is a travesty.
  43. tv review
    Avenue 5 Isn’t Great Yet, But It Could BeArmando Iannucci’s new future-set space comedy, starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad, isn’t without its flaws, but at least they’re intriguing flaws.
  44. movie review
    Weathering With You Is a Teen Romance for the Age of Climate ChangeMakoto Shinkai, the director of Your Name, is back with another magical realist anime love story.
  45. theater review
    My Name Is Lucy Barton Comes to Broadway As a Glum, Gray DudThis adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s novel is a dull lesson in the difference between what’s needed on the page and on the stage.
  46. movie review
    Dolittle Is Anti-CinemaYou go into this thing expecting silly insouciance and walk away from it questioning reality.
  47. movie review
    The World Didn’t Need Another Bad Boys MovieThe new Bad Boys is probably a wash, but it ends so well that I now find myself not entirely opposed to the idea of a fourth one.
  48. movie review
    I Lost My Body Is Both Genuinely Sweet and Thoroughly TwistedAt least one good thing came out of the 2020 Oscar nominations: recognition for a left-field animated gem.
  49. theater review
    What’s Over the Top at the Under the Radar Festival?Plus Richard Maxwell’s Queens Row, at the Kitchen.
  50. movie review
    Like a Boss Is a Fascinatingly Unfunny Movie with an Incredibly Funny CastWhat even is this thing?
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