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What Didn’t Work in Season 43 of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>
The opening sketch of Saturday Night Live’s 43rd season finale epitomized the show’s direction this year. It was chock-full of celebrity guests, with Alec Baldwin in his usual ...
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The New Hollywood <em>Speed Racer</em> Didn’t See Coming
The opening seven minutes of the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer are the definition of sensory overload. The audience processes a colossal amount of storytelling at once, as our hero, ...
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<i>Westworld</i> and the Question of Immortality
Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. David Sims: Westworld’s first season was largely focused ...
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Netflix’s Jeffrey Tambor Conundrum
Jeffrey Tambor was officially fired from Amazon’s critically acclaimed, award-winning show Transparent in February, after the company’s investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct made against him by his ...
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Remembering the Cinematic Prowess of Anne V. Coates
The art of film editing is arguably the most unheralded, most crucial part of filmmaking—a craft that can rescue a difficult production process, reshape a tortured performance, or ...
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<em>Revenge</em> Is a Shocking and Subversive Piece of Horror
The first 15 minutes of Revenge could easily double as a garish Bacardi ad or a car commercial. The colors are dialed up to maximum saturation, the soundtrack ...
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<em>Tully</em> Is a Daring, and Baffling, Look at Motherhood
“Mom, what’s wrong with your body?” cries Emmy (Maddie Dixon-Poirier) as her mother, Marlo (Charlize Theron), flops into a chair at the breakfast table. Marlo just had her ...
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‘Infinity War’ and the Point of Comic-Book Deaths
This article contains major spoilers about the end of Avengers: Infinity War. The old adage in superhero comics used to be that any character could come back to ...
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The Secret Star of John Mulaney’s <em>Kid Gorgeous</em>
“I love to play venues where if the guy who built the venue could see me on stage, he would be a little bit bummed about it,” says ...
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<em>Let the Sunshine In</em> Is a Very French Romantic Comedy
2018 in film has already seen its fair share of spine-tingling horror: Think of the blind alien beasts of A Quiet Place or the psychedelic, sinister “Shimmer” of ...
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