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  1. album review
    On Plastic Hearts, Miley Cyrus Finally Owns a SoundBeneath the studded leather and early MTV rock fan service, Plastic Hearts is a reckoning.
  2. movie review
    It’s the Uncozy Parts of Happiest Season That Make It InterestingThe Kristen Stewart-Mackenzie Davis Christmas rom-com is at its best when it acknowledges the cruelty underscoring its holiday hijinks.
  3. tv review
    Saved by the Bell Reemerges As a Self-Aware Satirical DelightA send-up of the original show and white privilege, the new Peacock series is much smarter than you may have assumed.
  4. movie review
    Hillbilly Elegy Is Not the Fun Kind of BadThe Amy Adams and Glenn Close–led adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir says more about an idea of prestige cinema than it does the white working class.
  5. movie review
    The Croods 2 Isn’t Nearly As Fun As Just Repeatedly Saying ‘The Croods’ Out LoudParty on, Croods!
  6. album review
    Megan Thee Stallion Can Do Better Than GoodGood News is a grab bag, full of reasons to love Meg but also areas where she could use a little more refinement.
  7. tv review
    The Flight Attendant Is a Goofy-Sad Escapist Caper for Our TimesIt feels odd to call a thriller a romp, but that’s about where this snappy, Kaley Cuoco–starring HBO Max series lands.
  8. verzuz
    The Gucci Mane-Jeezy Verzuz Did Not Let Sleeping Dogs LieTrap’s deities battled it out at Magic City.
  9. the inside track
    Megan Thee Stallion Murders the Narrative on ‘Shots Fired’And gets the last laugh while doing it.
  10. movie review
    Sarah Paulson’s a Terror in Tasteful Mom Garb in the Hulu Thriller RunOne of the takeaways of 2020: Don’t let Sarah Paulson give you medical treatments.
  11. theater review
    The Best Online Staging of Chekhov’s The Seagull Is in The Sims. Really.“We were giddy.”
  12. movie review
    The Climb Is the Opposite of a BromanceIt’s a very funny movie about some very serious things.
  13. movie review
    The Santa Action Flick Fatman Is Too Enamored of Its Own ConceptOkay, okay, we get it. It’s got Mel Gibson playing angry Santa Claus.
  14. movie review
    Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan Have a Sexy, Empty Romance in AmmoniteThe pair’s period courtship doesn’t have to be Portrait of a Lady on Fire — but it doesn’t have to feel so hollow, either.
  15. mariah said it’s time
    Holidays Are Canceled, But Holiday Music Never Dies, BabyThe rules that used to govern mankind seem bent and broken. As such, let’s talk about Christmas.
  16. movie review
    Freaky Is the Sweetest Body-Swap Slasher Comedy You’ll See This YearThe new film from Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton is clever about horror conventions, but its biggest surprise is its streak of sincerity.
  17. video games
    PlayStation 5 Argues That Games Don’t Need to ChangeSony’s new console isn’t too big of a leap forward — at least not yet.
  18. movie review
    Kevin Costner and Diane Lane Give the Elegiac Let Him Go Its PowerAnd then a fire-breathing Lesley Manville steals it from them.
  19. album review
    Positions Flirts With Greatness But Isn’t Ready to CommitWhile Ariana Grande’s latest album is expertly constructed and pleasant, the formula is starting to feel a little safe.
  20. movie review
    Netflix’s His House Is Terrifying on Just About Every LevelSocial thrillers are way better when they can actually scare the bejesus out of you.
  21. movie review
    The Craft: Legacy Is Progressive, Positive, and Tragically DullThe ’90s teen-witch classic gets a 2020 overhaul that leaves it feeling too woke for … conflict?
  22. movie review
    Netflix’s Over the Moon Is Visually Exquisite and (Sometimes) Quite MovingIt’s a fairy-tale about loss that becomes a boisterous techno-sci-fi extravaganza.
  23. movie review
    On the Rocks Is a Light Comedy About Some Heavy FeelingsRashida Jones and Bill Murray are a daughter and dad who turn up some repressed familial pain in Sofia Coppola’s new film, streaming on Apple TV+.
  24. song review
    Ariana Grande’s Run as Commander-in-Chief of the Charts Is Likely Safe“Positions” swings like rap music but it’s also light, breezy, and short; that versatility should aid it on the Hot 100.
  25. movie review
    The Witches Contains the Most Extra Anne Hathaway Performance of All TimeI wouldn’t say it’s good, but it’s definitely big.
  26. tv review
    The Great How to With John Wilson Defies ExpectationIt’s incredibly poignant with a surprising number of dicks.
  27. movie review
    We Should Be Glad Borat Still ExistsHe might be a fake, but we’re still real, and that should be cause for concern.
  28. tv review
    The Frigid Allure of The UndoingWelcome to your next HBO obsession.
  29. theater review
    Circle Jerk’s Theatrical Erudition Includes a Dose of The O.C.A streaming production that doesn’t feel stripped-down.
  30. movie review
    Martin Eden Might Be the Best Film of the YearLuca Marinelli stars in a loose, agonizingly beautiful adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel.
  31. movie review
    Honest Thief Is Dadsploitation in a Minor KeyYes, Liam Neeson is getting too old for this shit, but at least this movie realizes it.
  32. movie review
    American Utopia Speaks to the Recent Past and, Even More, the PresentIn a way, even the Spike Lee–directed version of David Byrne’s Broadway show, streaming on HBO, allows us to “leave our homes.”
  33. movie review
    Did I See The War With Grandpa? I Don’t Remember.Paycheck De Niro is back, baby.
  34. movie review
    In the Extraordinary Doc Time, a Family Chronicles Two Decades of IncarcerationGarrett Bradley’s remarkable film folds together years of home-movie footage to provide a glimpse into activist Fox Rich’s fight for her family.
  35. movie review
    Hubie Halloween Lets Adam Sandler Be Adam Sandler AgainRejoice! The weird voice is back.
  36. movie review
    The Forty-Year-Old Version Isn’t the Quirky Underdog Comedy It Might Sound LikeGet past the goofy premise and Radha Blank’s debut, headed to Netflix, is about the frustrations of being a Black creator in a white theater scene.
  37. radio vulture
    We’re No Closer to Knowing Jay ElectronicaPerhaps that is by design.
  38. review
    Mortality Plays: Two Live Performances in New York Look Steadily at DeathLive, in-person performances are springing up everywhere.
  39. movie review
    Possessor Is a Spectacularly Violent Sci-Fi Thriller From David Cronenberg’s SonBrandon Cronenberg claims more territory on behalf of Canadian sci-fi and horror in his second film.
  40. movie review
    The Antenna Mixes Body Horror, Building Horror, and Political AllegoryThis is one deeply creepy movie.
  41. album review
    What’s Left of America for Sufjan Stevens to Dream About?The nation’s triumphs have always been undercut by a grisly capacity for violence, one that’s as present in Sufjan’s states albums as The Ascension.
  42. movie review
    Save Yourselves! Is a Small, Charming Comedy About the ApocalypseSunita Mani and John Reynolds bicker and mull their way through an alien invasion.
  43. movie review
    Ava Didn’t Have to Be a CatastropheHow do you screw up a movie in which Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and John Malkovich face off against each other?
  44. movie review
    Enola Holmes Is Millie Bobby Brown’s Show, and She Owns ItSherlock Holmes has a teenage sister, and she’s hilarious.
  45. movie review
    Miranda July Returns with What Might Be Her Best Film YetBefore Kajillionaire, it was tempting to think July’s style of filmmaking had gone out of … well, style.
  46. movie review
    Netflix’s The Devil All the Time Is a Sadistic SlogChoose Your Own Adventure, but for generational trauma.
  47. movie review
    Jude Law and Carrie Coon Are Gorgeously Dysfunctional in The NestIn the new film from the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene, a family slowly implodes after moving into a crumbling house in the U.K. countryside.
  48. streaming theater review
    Almost the Real Miracle: Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, Streaming From the Old VicIt feels a little like … theater!
  49. tv review
    PEN15 Goes Deeper in Season 2Maya Erskine’s and Anna Konkle’s adolescent alter egos are still hilarious, but this time around they’re also going to break your heart.
  50. tv review
    Challenger: The Final Flight Unpacks a Moment of American Hope and HeartbreakIn revisiting the tragedy of 1986’s space shuttle explosion, the new Netflix docuseries draws out some compelling parallels to our present.
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