Queer Eye tries on a new and inclusive look for season 2—and it’s quite flattering

In accordance with its own “change is good” philosophy, Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot got a makeover in its first season, tweaking its title along with expanding its focus and pool of subjects. The new “Fab Five”—Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Karamo Brown, and Antoni Porowski—now use their considerable…

The co-writer of In The Loop makes wealth look ridiculous in the gripping, uneven Succession

We’ve come a long way from The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous. Luxury, the likes of which we once fawned over, now rings a sour note in a society where wealth has become increasingly more concentrated. The conglomerates are converging, and the dream of achieving one’s own swimming pool of gold drifts further and…

Showtime’s docu-series The Fourth Estate is catnip for political news junkies

“It just never stops,” says one person. “It’s such crazypants bullshit,” another opines. A third sums up something anyone in this country could’ve said in the past year, when it comes to following the current vein of politics in America: “You get tired of saying ‘holy shit,’ because you’d be saying it every three…

A terrific Natalie Dormer ensures Picnic At Hanging Rock won’t vanish without a trace

Peter Weir’s 1975 film Picnic At Hanging Rock is a bewitching thing, “a film of haunting mystery and buried sexual hysteria,” as Roger Ebert put it. Buried is a key word there—much of what makes the film so haunting lingers beneath the surface, like a bare ankle glimpsed in a flash beneath a long, full skirt. You know…

Even with Michael B. Jordan in the lead, Fahrenheit 451 fails to generate much heat

The success of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation and ABC’s Roseanne revival would suggest that timeliness is next to godliness. The former has raked in the accolades with its deft, often merciless exploration of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian themes, while the latter scored the highest-rated sitcom premiere in years,…

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Warn Your Relatives: Hari Kondabolu's new special is best when it's at its simplest

Hari Kondabolu’s Netflix special Warn Your Relatives brims with the kind of incisive political comedy one can expect from Kondabolu, the star, creator, and executive director of the pop culture documentary The Problem With Apu. There are digs at Trump, and self-aware attempts to stop talking about Trump that end in,…

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 remains as difficult to watch as it is to resist

The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s adaptation of the eponymous Margaret Atwood novel, made for some of the best TV in 2017. Every bit as harrowing as its source material—in which the few fertile women left in the world are reduced to incubators by an oppressive, theocratic regime—Bruce Miller’s series was…