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  1. streaming theater review
    Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Is Muted in Grief and Unmuted on ZoomIn What Do We Need to Talk About?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. album review
    Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters Is the Album She Deserved to Make All AlongThe singer-songwriter has had a breakthrough.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. podcasts
    Floodlines Is the Right Podcast for This MomentThe Atlantic’s new series focuses on the government’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. movie review
    Seriously, Why Is Vin Diesel a Star?In his latest movie Bloodshot, Diesel is like an unfinished statue, hulking and aggressively bland.
  23. song review
    Bob Dylan’s New JFK Assassination Epic Couldn’t Be More PrescientThe Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Dylan in 2016 remains in good hands.
  24. album review
    Dua Lipa’s Here to StayFuture Nostalgia is one of the best pop albums of the young year.
  25. movie review
    Crip Camp Is a Transcendent Celebration of Activist CultureIt’s a shame this Netflix movie can’t be seen with a large, boisterous audience. It’ll make you want to dance and light up a joint.
  26. 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.
  27. movie review
    The Way Back Will Make You Believe Ben Affleck’s Best Roles Are Yet to ComeAffleck is uncomfortably great in a movie that’s more about emotional repression than basketball.
  28. movie review
    Birds of Prey Gives Us a Post-Joker Harley QuinnOne thing Margot Robbie’s comic-book anti-heroine is not is a natural member of the girl-power battalion.
  29. the heaviside layer
    A Few Thoughts on Watching Cats AloneWe are all now the cats of Cats, prowling in the shadows of our tattered culture, reliving memories in the ruined theaters of our minds.
  30. movie review
    Swallow Is About the Horrors of a Body in IsolationIn a time when we’re forced to experience new movies from the questionable comforts of our homes, Haley Bennett’s role as a woman undone hits hard.
  31. radio vulture
    ‘Donald Glover Presents’ Only Makes Him Even More of an EnigmaWas this thing supposed to come out or not?
  32. movie review
    The Hunt Is a Gleeful Exploitation Flick Ruined by Delusions of RelevanceBetty Gilpin is a delight, but this would-be satire is too incoherent to merit the controversy it drummed up.
  33. movie review
    Lost Girls Is an Anti-Police ProceduralThe Netflix film will make you rethink your need for a certain kind of closure in a world that has so little of it.
  34. tv review
    Even Outside the Park, Westworld Gonna WestworldThe most frustratingly not-quite-there show on TV remains structurally bold, visually arresting, and woefully predisposed to turn subtext into text.
  35. theater review
    If You’re Leaving the House, Head West to TumachoPlus, 72 Miles to Go …
  36. album review
    Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake Should Have the Competition Taking NotesHe’s a rare rap star in a rare lane.
  37. movie review
    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.
  38. theater review
    Every Day a Little Death: Endlings and Unknown SoldierA pair of plays that (very differently) evoke the ultimate.
  39. 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.
  40. radio vulture
    Why Shouldn’t Megan Thee Stallion Take What’s Hers?The idea that it’s too soon for Megan Thee Stallion to want a more fair deal is a fault in our own thinking, not hers.
  41. theater review
    That’s Really Mom Up There: Suicide Forest and SKiNFoLKTwo plays involving very present mothers.
  42. theater review
    Girl From the North Country Has No Direction HomeOpportunity blown; so much told and not shown.
  43. movie review
    Sorry We Missed You: Ken Loach’s Take on the Gig Economy Should Infuriate YouHe is perhaps Britain’s foremost cinematic chronicler of working-class angst and quotidian humanism.
  44. album review
    Bad Bunny Is Breaking All the Rules, and It’s a Thrill to WatchYHLQMDLG is an expression of Bad Bunny’s freedom both in the title and the music.
  45. tv review
    Better Things Season 4 Is a Rare and Precious GiftPamela Adlon’s nervy, magnificent series makes almost every other American TV show, even excellent ones, seem formulaic and timid in comparison.
  46. song review
    Lady Gaga’s Message Remains Clear on ‘Stupid Love’: Just DanceGaga knows her audience too well.
  47. movie review
    Wendy Takes a Children’s Classic Into Art-House NeverlandBenh Zeitlin’s follow-up to Beasts of the Southern Wild is a soggy riff on Peter Pan.
  48. theater review
    Lifeboats and Lifelines: Two Musicals Make the Case for Not Giving Up’We’re Gonna Die’ and ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown.’
  49. movie review
    Elisabeth Moss Makes The Invisible Man Worth SeeingThis reboot is better with concepts than execution, but Moss is tremendous as a woman being stalked by her unseen abusive spouse.
  50. theater review
    Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. Is the Real ThingRipped not from the headlines but straight from life.
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