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Young Lando, ubiquitous dinos, and the winners and losers of the Super Bowl LII commercials

There’s no real surprise to Super Bowl advertising anymore. The biggest, most star-studded commercials debut online days before Super Bowl Sunday, the result of an accelerated hype machine and the declining fortunes of broadcast TV. By kickoff last night, you could already stream Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman’s …

One Day At A Time makes the case for–and against—serialization in back-to-back standout episodes

As a remake of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking, topical series, Netflix’s One Day At A Time wades into all kinds of hot-button issues, from immigration to LGBTQ rights—many of which are, fittingly enough, hashed out around the dinner table. But the series, developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, never…

Ever dream this man? He could be the key to decrypting this season of The X-Files

Something weird happens at the top of tonight’s episode of The X-Files. Well, a lot of weird things happen. It’s an episode of The X-Files, after all. But after the FaceTime message from beyond the grave, the sudden interruption of Mulder and Scully’s lazy night in, and the table-flipping shootout with a Ramones…

Will Three Billboards get swept to victory on a wave of righteous anger or drown in its backlash?

If there were any doubts remaining that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the most divisive film of last year that got mostly glowing reviews, Sunday night’s Golden Globes—or, perhaps more accurately, the response to them on Twitter—decisively dispelled them. The backlash against Martin McDonagh’s gabby…

The key to a successful Netflix movie: Make it a TV show (and put "fucking" in the title)

It takes the same amount of time to “binge” the great new Netflix series The End Of The Fucking World as it does to just “watch” The Last Jedi. The British show’s eight episodes each clock in just shy of 22 minutes, including credit and opening sequences. End tells a considerably simpler story than any Star Wars…

Looking for the performance of the year? Watch 2 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Here is a very partial roster of people who were wonderful on TV in 2017: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Coon, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Sarah Gadon, Aubrey Plaza, Issa Rae, Rachel Bloom, Viola Davis, Pamela Adlon, Ted Danson, Alexis Bledel, Allison Janney,…

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The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya examine failure and cultural punchlines from different angles

The Disaster Artist opens with a series of celebrity talking heads attempting to explain their delight and obsession with the cult movie The Room. Their affection is real, but so is the subtext for anyone already familiar with The Room and its bizarre writer-director Tommy Wiseau: These people are expressing…

Take note, Hollywood: TV did right by its female superheroes this week, and was better for it  

The women of the DC and Marvel universes have gotten short shrift on the big screen. Yes, Wonder Woman was better than we could have hoped for, and Gal Gadot continued to kick all kinds of ass in Justice League. But Wonder Woman is the only female character in that team-up movie who’s not a love interest or a mother,…