Benediction review: An operatic portrait of postwar devastation
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Benediction review: An operatic portrait of postwar devastation

In the final act of director Terence Davies’ achingly beautiful new film Benediction, a son asks his father, “Why do you hate the modern world?” The father responds, “Because it’s younger than I am.” It is a wry, observant, and delicately funny response, but it also speaks to a sense of disconnection — namely, the Read more

Night Sky review: A sci-fi mystery that looks down, not up
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Night Sky review: A sci-fi mystery that looks down, not up

In many ways, Night Sky feels deeply indebted to past sci-fi TV hits like Lost and even Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot. The eight-episode first season of the new Amazon Prime sci-fi drama is full of strange technological devices, secret organizations, hidden motivations, and overarching conspiracies. By purposefully littering its story with so many mysteries and Read more

Conversations with Friends review: A tedious romantic drama
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Conversations with Friends review: A tedious romantic drama

It’s very obvious what the makers of Conversations with Friends are hoping will happen with it. The new drama is Hulu’s second limited series adaptation of a Sally Rooney novel and is coming just a little over two years after Normal People, which was based on Rooney’s beloved 2018 book of the same name, premiered Read more

Montana Story’s Haley Lu Richardson discusses the gripping new drama
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Montana Story’s Haley Lu Richardson discusses the gripping new drama

Montana Story is a quiet and measured film, but there are intense, messy emotions bubbling beneath its surface. Written and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the film centers on the turbulent relationship between a pair of estranged siblings, Erin (Haley Lu Richardson) and Cal (Owen Teague), who find themselves unexpectedly reunited on their Read more

The Essex Serpent review: A visually ravishing gothic melodrama
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The Essex Serpent review: A visually ravishing gothic melodrama

The Essex Serpent is a strange show. The Apple TV+ series’ title and logline suggest that it’s about a small English town that becomes the target of a mythical sea creature, and that element is certainly a part of The Essex Serpent. The series’ eerie opening scene even goes so far as to suggest that Read more

Hacks season 2 review: Taking the show on the road
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Hacks season 2 review: Taking the show on the road

When Hacks premiered on HBO Max in May 2021, no one quite knew what to expect from the series. Created by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky, the show charts the relationship that grows between a legendary female stand-up comedian (Jean Smart’s Deborah Vance) and a young comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder’s Ava Daniels) Read more

The Staircase review: A crime drama that loses its footing
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The Staircase review: A crime drama that loses its footing

The Staircase is a true-crime thriller that does not tell the true story behind the crime at the center of its plot. That’s because the crime in question remains shrouded in mystery. The case’s details continue to plague and nag at the minds of true-crime fanatics everywhere, and forum sites like Reddit are filled with Read more

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Anaïs in Love’s director, star on making 2022’s best rom-com

Anaïs in Love is not your typical romantic comedy. In fact, some people may not even see it as one. The film, which marks writer-director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s feature directorial debut, tells a breathless and charming story about one woman whose restless pursuit of joy leads her to seek out the female partner of a man Read more

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Anaïs in Love review: A breezy summer romance

Anaïs in Love is a film about a woman constantly in motion. Its opening scene follows its young heroine, Anaïs (played by Anaïs Demoustier), as she rushes through Paris to get back to the apartment where her exasperated landlord waits. Once there, Anaïs has no time for instructions on how to install a fire alarm Read more

Shining Girls review: Crimes of the past (and future)
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Shining Girls review: Crimes of the past (and future)

Shining Girls may look and move like a traditional serial killer drama, but it’s far from just another straightforward mystery series. The new Apple TV+ original centers on Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss), a woman who survived an attack by the show’s mysterious serial killer, as she sets out to finally solve the mystery behind the Read more