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  1. behind the seams
    The Tantalizing Failures of Irma VepOlivier Assayas’s remix of his own film is playful and wild, but it lacks what it needs to succeed: a true star performance.
  2. movie review
    The Sea Beast Plays Like an Old-fashioned Live-action AdventureNetflix’s latest animated film is so thoroughly immersive and tactile it might make you believe in sea monsters.
  3. theater review
    A Richard III Made Not So GloriousThe production works against the best qualities of its star, Danai Gurira.
  4. theater review
    A Near-Perfect Into the Woods, for a MomentSara Bareilles leads a cast without a weak link.
  5. movie review
    Claire Denis’s Brutal Both Sides of the Blade Cuts Through Grown-up DelusionsJuliette Binoche stars in Claire Denis’s movie about a couple given the perfect excuse to blow their lives up over a former friend and lover.
  6. movie review
    The Riveting Coming-of-Age Drama Murina Is Filmmaking of the Highest OrderCroatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s feature debut, which won an award at Cannes, heralds the arrival of a major new talent.
  7. movie review
    Thor: Love and Thunder Makes You Wonder If Marvel’s OkayThe gods, Asgardian and otherwise, must be crazy.
  8. theater review
    In White on White, an Anti-racism Conversation Turns Monstrous“When horror does finally arrive, it’s ecstatic and Cronenbergian and bizarre.”
  9. movie review
    The Princess’s Vain Requiem for the GirlbossThis dumb elevator-pitch gag of a Hulu movie has the aura of an intrusive thought.
  10. movie review
    Minions: The Rise of Gru Isn’t Smart Enough to Be Truly StupidInspired idiocy requires wit and invention, but the latest entry in the Despicable Me franchise doesn’t quite get there.
  11. theater review
    A Hamlet That May Have Been Nobler in the West EndRobert Icke’s production lost something on its way across the Atlantic.
  12. movie review
    Savoring Flux Gourmet’s Satire of Celebrity Performance ArtPeter Strickland’s art-world satire is funny, opulent, and filled with infinite sympathy when it comes to gastrointestinal distress.
  13. movie review
    There’s a Better Story The Black Phone Wishes It Could TellEthan Hawke and some excellent young actors are the real highlight of this horror movie from the director of Sinister.
  14. movie review
    Marcel the Shell With Shoes On Is the Gentlest of Gut PunchesIt’s the most unassuming of movies, but don’t be shocked if it leaves you an emotional wreck.
  15. movie review
    Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Might Be a Hazard to Your CorneasElvis is bloated, hectic, ridiculous, and utterly shameless in presenting Presley as a talent too beautiful for this earth. I liked it.
  16. theater review
    Strangers at My Table: Domestic Drama in Epiphany and ChainsA loose adaptation of The Dead, and a revival of largely forgotten 1909 London hit.
  17. theater review
    Will Arbery, Back in Texas With CorsicanaDeirdre O’Connell and Jamie Brewer star in the latest work from the Heroes of the Fourth Turning playwright.
  18. theater review
    Stroller-Size Theater: Josh Azouz’s Buggy BabyPlus, Beginning Days of True Jubilation at the New Ohio.
  19. movie review
    Cha Cha Real Smooth Grins and Goes NowhereYour tolerance for this movie will likely hinge on your tolerance for writer-director-producer-star Cooper Raiff as a cinematic presence.
  20. comedy review
    Joel Kim Booster Mocks (and Craves) RelatabilityIn Psychosexual, the comedian goes meta. But he’s still a hot gay comedy goof.
  21. theater review
    In The Orchard, Baryshnikov Co-Stars With a Robotic ArmDoes that thing get scale?
  22. honestly yes
    21 Savage Once Again Steals the Show on Drake’s ‘Jimmy Cooks’So you wanted rap on Honestly, Nevermind? Few can do it better right now than 21 Savage.
  23. movie review
    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Makes a Joyous Case on Behalf of Sex WorkEmma Thompson stars as a middle-aged widow trying to figure out whether sexual pleasure has passed her by in this generous drama debuting on Hulu.
  24. tv review
    Damn It, Players, You Got MeBehold, an esports mockumentary that improbably works despite the viewer’s utter ignorance of esports.
  25. movie review
    Chris Hemsworth’s Career-Best Performance Elevates Netflix’s SpiderheadTop Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski’s futuristic prison thriller is bizarre, thoughtful, and surprisingly funny.
  26. movie review
    The Problem With Lightyear Is Not the “Origin Story” It TellsHow do you make a good version of a movie that, in the context of the animated universe Pixar has created, sounds pretty bad?
  27. book review
    Ottessa Moshfegh Is Praying for UsThe author has been hailed as a high priestess of filth. Really, she wants to purify her readers.
  28. theater review
    Circle Jerk, Now in the FleshPlus a two-part art-world sitcom: Weekend at Barry’s/Lesbian Lighthouse.
  29. movie review
    The Savage and Catty Lost Illusions Only Looks Like a Stuffy Period PieceA remorselessly entertaining Balzac adaptation for our time.
  30. theater review
    The Bedwetter Is a Real Story About Pain and PeeSarah Silverman’s memoir-musical is flush with jokes and tween anxiety, but that set really has to go.
  31. movie review
    Hustle Is Pure Adam Sandler Wish FulfillmentSandler’s sincere performance helps sell this Netflix sports drama, which sometimes feels like a party the actor gave so he could meet his heroes.
  32. movie review
    The Jurassic World Trilogy Has Painted Itself Into a CornerThe only wow factor in Jurassic World: Dominion is the awesome depth of its failure.
  33. book review
    A Memoir of Prison Time, Delivered With a Note of ApologyIn Corrections in Ink, Keri Blakinger writes about the years of addiction and incarceration she lived through before becoming a reporter.
  34. movie review
    David Cronenberg Makes an Indifferent Return to Body HorrorViggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux are game, but the director’s heart (and his other body parts) just isn’t in Crimes of the Future.
  35. movie review
    Terence Davies’s Benediction Is an Anti-BiopicA formally daring, ultimately devastating look at the life of British poet Siegfried Sassoon.
  36. movie review
    Fire Island Is a Curiously Reluctant Romantic ComedyAll the best parts of Joel Kim Booster’s gay rom-com unfold outside its genre framing.
  37. theater review
    Dreaming Zenzile Makes Beautiful Music — If Not TheaterA Miriam Makeba bio-musical sounds better than it plays.
  38. theater review
    Drag Drag Revolution: Notes on Killing … Confuses Its Categories“While I like ontological mayhem as much as the next weird art freak, this is not that kind of generative confusion.”
  39. movie review
    Vengeance Is Mine, a Blast from an Unknown Past, Arrives in TheatersOriginally made in 1984, Michael Roemer’s riveting family drama is finally getting a theatrical release.
  40. summer preview
    Stranger Things 4 Has Big Blockbuster EnergyThe Netflix smash was once a TV show that paid homage to films released decades ago. This season, it’s threatening to become a series of those films.
  41. theater review
    Fat Ham Aims to Put the Ha in HamletToo too solid.
  42. viewing guide
    The Best and Worst of Love, Death & Robots Volume 3Netflix’s experimental animated series is back, serving up its signature blend of sci-fi, horror, and comedy.
  43. theater review
    Who Killed My Father: Elegy Saturated With ClichéÉdouard Louis’s memoir has been bizarrely and frustratingly staged.
  44. movie review
    I Regret to Inform You the Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers Movie Is Pretty GoodJohn Mulaney and Andy Samberg voice the animated chipmunks in a half-subversive riff on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  45. book review
    Either/Or Is a Coming-of-Age Story That Moves at the Speed of ThoughtEither/Or is a sequel to Elif Batuman’s campus novel The Idiot — and it reveals what she’s been up to this whole time.
  46. movie review
    Downton Abbey: A New Era Is Really the Same Old Downton AbbeyFor better and worse, the Crawleys are at it again.
  47. book review
    In These Novels of Tech Dystopia, Memories Belong to the CloudJennifer Egan’s The Candy House and Vauhini Vara’s The Immortal King Rao are two very different books with a troubling shared prediction.
  48. theater review
    In Exception to the Rule, Detention Is a Whole Other Class of PunishmentDave Harris’s play goes into an after-school penalty that’s not really intended to teach lessons.
  49. close read
    Tom Cruise’s Last StandThirty-six years after the original, Top Gun: Maverick eulogizes the actor’s entire career, and an America that may not exist anymore.
  50. tv review
    Angelyne Is the Total PackagePeacock’s miniseries about L.A.’s “Billboard Queen” is not just aware of the limitations of the biopic. It relishes disrupting them.
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