Displaying all articles tagged:

Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. podcasts
    Is the Wellness Industry a Scam? The Dream Thinks It Knows the Answer.The podcast’s second season investigates a booming subculture.
  6. tv review
    The New Pope Lives in The Young Pope’s ShadowJohn Malkovich is great as the Vatican’s newest tenant, but Pius XIII’s presence looms over the season despite his being unconscious for much of it.
  7. tv review
    HBO’s The Outsider Keeps You Guessing, and Guessing, and GuessingRichard Price’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2018 crime thriller weaves a tangled, unruly web of questions it doesn’t seem inclined to answer.
  8. tv review
    Welcome to TV’s Cheer-ocracyThe one-two punch of USA’s Dare Me and Netflix’s Cheer proves that cheerleading can inspire multiple great — and wildly different — series.
  9. tv review
    Soundtrack Is the Opposite of an EarwormA bold but very wobbly Netflix family drama is hampered by a melancholy tone that’s at odds with its flights of musical fancy.
  10. tv review
    You Season Two Is a Dark DelightThe gloriously deranged series returns on Netflix to explore the effects of violent masculinity and deconstruct the “Cool Girl.”
  11. podcasts
    Richard’s Famous Food Podcast Is a Weird and Funny DelightThe sort-of food podcast is a refreshing ball of intense energy and eccentric ideas.
  12. tv review
    The L Word Returns As the More Inclusive, Less Radical Generation QShowtime’s revival of the early-2000s series feels less daring and more familiar than its predecessor, and that’s its own form of achievement.
  13. tv review
    Truth Be Told Tells an Underwhelming Crime TaleThe Apple TV+ series starring Octavia Spencer as a true-crime podcaster sounds great on paper, but is a classic case of prestige-TV overreach.
  14. movie review
    In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Rich White Bigots Get Their ComeuppanceMacabre as it is, there’s something comfy about the universe of this ensemble whodunit.
  15. movie review
    Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman Is His Most Satisfying Film in DecadesThe director has made his most stylishly daring movie: one that is pointedly sapped of style.
  16. tv review
    Servant Is Extremely Silly, and Extremely WatchableThe M. Night Shyamalan–produced Apple TV+ thriller is overwrought, overacted, and withholding, and yet I just kept watching.
  17. podcasts
    Dolly Parton’s America Examines the Woman Behind the IconThe WNYC podcast goes deep into the Dollyverse.
  18. theater reviews
    The Understated Charms of The Underlying Chris, and a High-Decibel CrucibleWill Eno, produced quietly, and Arthur Miller, not.
  19. tv review
    Dollface Is a Frothy Feminist Comedy in Search of Deeper MeaningThe Kat Dennings–led Hulu series tries to speak to millennial women’s concerns but ends up talking down to them.
  20. tv review
    High School Musical Swallows Itself WholeThe Disney+ original High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is as absurdly referential as its convoluted title suggests.
  21. tv review
    For All Mankind Is Lost in SpaceApple TV+’s alternate-history space-race drama struggles to live up to the promise of its premise.
  22. tv review
    His Dark Materials Is a Gorgeous Adaptation in Need of a PurposeHBO’s imagining of Philip Pullman’s book trilogy boasts unabashedly lovely visuals, strong performances, and seemingly no idea what to do with either.
  23. podcasts
    Moonface Is the Kind of Fiction Podcast That Stays With YouStarring Joel Kim Booster, the vivid new series is a remarkable addition to the genre.
  24. tv review
    Dickinson Is a Different, Better Kind of Origin StoryThe new Apple TV+ comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld is the sexy, queer, goth coming-of-age tale of your surrealist dreams.
  25. tv review
    The Morning Show Wants You to WatchThe Apple TV+ series is eager to draw you in and be taken seriously. For the most part, it succeeds.
  26. movie review
    Dolemite Is My Name Gives Eddie Murphy a Second ActThe writers of Ed Wood provide the actor with his best material in years.
  27. tv review
    Modern Love Is All Heart, No SoulIn Amazon’s anthology adaptation of the New York Times column, love is vacuum-sealed from the murkier dynamics that shape our lives.
  28. movie review
    In Maleficent 2, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer Lose Out to CGI FlowersThe main allure of this movie is the chance to watch its two powerhouses vamp across the screen. Why won’t Disney let us live?
  29. movie review
    Not Even Lupita Nyong’o and her Ukulele Can Save Little MonstersThe zombie movie, now streaming on Hulu, is an unhinged horror-comedy that never quite settles in.
  30. movie review
    In The King, Timothée Chalamet’s Emo Angst Is UnderwhelmingDavid Michôd’s Netflix movie is a dull morality play — with one exception: a Plantagenet Jack Reacher moment.
  31. movie review
    Pain and Glory Is the Most Emotionally Naked Movie Pedro Almodóvar Has Ever MadeIt’s not quite autobiographical, but a fictional alter ego story, a vessel through which the director can confess his doubts and regrets.
  32. movie review
    Natalie Portman Gives an Astronomically Intense Performance in Lucy in the SkyEven when we don’t know what the hell is going on in Noah Hawley’s astronaut epic, Portman is a blast.
  33. movie review
    Judy Is More Interested In The Tragedy Of Judy Garland Than Her HumanityBut that’s not going to get in the way of Renée Zellweger’s award season.
  34. movie review
    In Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, the Meek Are Absolutely ScrewedIs The Laundromat a poor man’s The Big Short? I would say it’s a heavily mortgaged middle-class man’s The Big Short, and that’s not such a bad thing.
  35. movie review
    The Death of Dick Long Is a Delirious Symphony of StupiditySwiss Army Man co-director Daniel Scheinert returns to Sundance with a more modest effort that’s still plenty weird in its own right.
  36. movie review
    Downton Abbey Cordially Invites You to Fall in Love With It AgainThe movie is basically a bigger, grander episode of the TV show. In a good way.
  37. movie review
    Rambo: Last Blood and the Limits of the Macho-Male FantasyNo, I don’t know why I had high hopes for Sylvester Stallone’s latest.
  38. movie review
    Ad Astra Is Mostly Brad Pitt and Nothing ButJames Gray, even more successfully than in Two Lovers and The Lost City of Z, steeps you in his protagonist’s psyche.
  39. movie review
    It’s Between Two Ferns, for Crying Out LoudShoddiness is built into its philosophy, and things like production value, sharp scripting, and delicate acting would only degrade the project.
  40. movie review
    Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro Made Me Feel Dirty. I Can’t Wait to See It Again.Loro shows how Silvio Berlusconi created a reality-distortion field around him. Sound familiar?
  41. movie review
    In Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez Proves the Power of the Movie StarLorene Scafaria’s glittering crime spectacle revolves around Lopez’s magnetic performance.
  42. toronto film festival 2019
    The Goldfinch: When Adaptation Is Way Too ReverentThe movie is too artful to deserve outright rejection, but too arty to keep you from saying, “What did I just see?”
  43. toronto film festival 2019
    In the Brief, Sad Hope Gap, Annette Bening Gives a Fascinating PerformanceWilliam Nicholson’s autobiographical English drama, co-staring Bill Nighy, premiered at TIFF.
  44. movie review
    A Sentimental It Chapter Two Needed More PennywiseAndy Muschietti’s second movie lacks the horror and gravitas of its predecessor.
  45. album review
    Lana Del Rey Is Fully in the Driver’s Seat on Norman Fucking RockwellThe album is a series of gratifying pop-album inversions that succeed on the depth of imagination of Del Rey and producer Jack Antonoff.
  46. movie review
    Official Secrets Is a Low-key, Paranoid Procedural Drama Done WellPasty white men debate whether a Bush-era whistle-blower, Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), is a hero or a traitor.
  47. movie review
    Don’t Let Go Reveals the Limits of Color-blind Casting and WritingIt is as if Hollywood believes that blackness can be shrugged off, exorcised from the lives of characters.
  48. movie review
    Brittany Runs a Marathon Is a Conflicted Go-for-It MovieDirector Paul Downs Collaizo and star Jillian Bell dare to tell an emotionally convoluted story.
  49. movie review
    American Factory Gestures Toward the End of the Working World As We Know ItThe Obamas’ Netflix doc is an eye-opening prelude to the rise of machines.
  50. movie review
    Ready or Not Is a Brutal Evisceration of Marriage and the RichFor all the blood and mayhem, it is Samara Weaving’s guttural scream that forces us to bear witness to the horrors of institutions.
Load More