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Film

‘Crimson Peak’ Retrospective: Del Toro’s Hallmark Fantasy Comes to Netflix

Ultimately, “Crimson Peak” is working within a distinct genre: a contemporary fairy tale told through a horror lens, with equal parts Gothic melodrama and gruesome violence.

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Film

‘Promising Young Woman’ Review: Hardly a Feminist Pièce de Résistance

“Promising Young Woman” failed to deliver on all counts — offering only a reductive and tonally incoherent narrative with a harmful message around violence, survival and justice.

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Arts

Hidden Gems Series: ‘Raised by Wolves’

It’s “Alien” meets “Westworld” meets “Battlestar Galactica,” with a hint of “Game of Thrones”

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Arts

Portrait of an Artist: Chris Salvaterra '90

Chris Salvaterra ‘90, who got his start in film production after studying English at Harvard College, now oversees many of HBO's projects as Vice President for Drama Series, crafting the channel’s slate of shows.

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Arts

Arts Vanity: Why 'Jennifer's Body' Should be in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies of the Last 100 Years

Sure, “Citizen Kane” is a perfectly good movie. Fine. But, as Jennifer would say, “move-on-dot-org, Needy, it’s over.” It’s “Jennifer’s Body”’s turn now.

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Arts

'I Hate Suzie': A Grim, Chaotic (And Hilarious) Takedown of Celebrity Culture

While at times the litany of characters can be hard to track, “I Hate Suzie” is worth pausing for, even if it takes a moment to get your bearings.

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Arts

'Grand Army, Coming to Enlist You'? In New Show, Netflix Toes the Line

“Grand Army” strives for no-looking-away realism throughout its first season, making the show at once mesmerizing and hard to watch.

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Arts

What the Hell Happened: Justin Bieber's 'Holy' Video

Justin Bieber has entered his God phase, but he also loves fossil fuels.

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Books

'That’s How A Horror Movie Starts': Lucia LoTempio Imagines It Bad in 'Hot With the Bad Things'

From the book’s first line, LoTempio adeptly juxtaposes the reality of violence with its distortion in pop culture.

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Arts

Shows To Watch If ‘Normal People’ Destroyed You

If you finished “Normal People” and were not fine, here are some shows that can help take your mind off of that uncertain ending, Connell’s chain, or the dreamy Italian sequences — minus the awful boyfriend, of course.

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Arts

In Its Premiere, ‘Mrs. America’ is the Phyllis Schlafly Nostalgia Piece Nobody Needs

“Mrs. America” is impressively acted and designed. Its competence, however, can’t save it from the filmmakers’ alienating eagerness to find the likable qualities in Schlafly, ignoring the real damage she did.

Arts

Career Retrospective: Fiona Apple

In the two and a half decades since she released her debut album, Apple has become a pop music legend despite rejecting celebrity culture and avoiding the spotlight.

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Arts

‘Tiger King’: The Too-Crazy-To-Be-True Cure For Quarantine Boredom

With much of the country stuck inside, Exotic, his larger-than-life crew of misfit employees, and his charismatic rivals offer exactly what viewers are looking for: an immersive world that, despite being nonfiction, is even more unbelievable than the one we live in.

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Arts

‘I Am Not Okay with This’ is a Charming, Binge-Worthy Take on the Paranormal Teen Trope

“I Am Not Okay with This” avoids becoming a stale imitation thanks to its stylized worldbuilding and vibrant performances, which combine to addicting effect.

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