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  1. close read
    The 1619 Project’s Standout Episode Resonates With Infuriating TimelinessA six-episode adaptation of the sprawling New York Times effort can’t help but feel scattered, but “Capitalism” is honed to a sharply incisive point.
  2. movie review
    Knock at the Cabin Is M. Night Shyamalan’s Best Film Since The VillageAnchored by an incredible Dave Bautista performance, it’s a triumphant return to the sincerity and confidence of the director’s early work.
  3. movie review
    Filmmaking at the Speed of Life in One Fine MorningIn Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest, emotions emerge organically from the unfussy drama onscreen.
  4. movie review
    The Numbing Spectacle of Infinity PoolWhat I did on my summer vacation (watched myself get executed).
  5. tv review
    Shrinking Desperately Wants You to Like ItThe new Apple TV+ comedy starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford is as needy as its protagonist.
  6. album review
    Sam Smith Toes the Line on GloriaThe singer’s new album is sharp, occasionally cringe-y, and full of heartfelt schmaltz.
  7. tv review
    Poker Face Shows Its HandRian Johnson’s murder anti-mystery is direct, sturdy, and radically uninterested in catching viewers by surprise.
  8. theater review
    The Appointment Is a Fetal Fantasia on National ThemesWhere the unborn sing, dance, and do crowd work.
  9. movie review
    Skinamarink Isn’t Like Other Horror MoviesKyle Edward Ball’s viral indie sensation has an analog aesthetic but was very much born from the internet.
  10. movie review
    It’s Time to See The Conformist AgainBertolucci’s masterpiece is back in a glorious new 4K restoration.
  11. theater review
    When Online Drama Begets Stage DramaSeven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner and Your Sexts Are Shit will have you wondering, yet again, about being extremely online.
  12. movie review
    Plane GoodPlane is a movie for your lizard brain — the part of you that craves basic sensations. The part that expresses itself in grunts.
  13. movie review
    ‘Our Fear Empowers Others. No Bears.’Jafar Panahi’s latest film is one of his most powerful.
  14. tv review
    The Last of Us Will Invade Your PsycheThe HBO video-game adaptation is a reminder of how effective postapocalyptic storytelling can be no matter how well trod the territory.
  15. movie review
    The Pale Blue Eye Is Grisly, Grim, and Surprisingly MovingChristian Bale and Harry Melling are pretty terrific in Scott Cooper’s atmospheric murder mystery.
  16. movie review
    M3gan Is Good Enough for JanuaryThis horror comedy may have gone viral thanks to its Olsen-faced murder machine, but it’s Allison Williams who makes it watchable.
  17. opera review
    The Met’s New Fedora Is Almost Luxe, Almost Enough“David McVicar’s new production for the Metropolitan Opera gets partway to the right degree of too much.”
  18. movie review
    The Knives Out Sequel Is Bigger and Better Than the OriginalRian Johnson’s Glass Onion is more precisely designed, sitting with its characters rather than immediately showing off their decay.
  19. book review
    What Their Psychiatrists Won’t Tell YouIn Rachel Aviv’s book Strangers to Ourselves, personal narratives of mental illness take primacy over institutions’.
  20. movie review
    Living Communes with the Past to Honor a Kurosawa Classic“What if Ikiru, but British?” doesn’t sound like it should work, but it totally does.
  21. theater review
    Two Kings, Not Much Pleasure: The CollaborationWarhol and Basquiat, painted by numbers.
  22. podcast review
    The Evaporated Takes Us Into a Sociological MysteryTokyo Vice’s Jake Adelstein explores the Japanese phenomenon of disappearing yourself.
  23. theater review
    King Lear, But Rent Controlled: Between Riverside and CrazyA very New York tale of eviction and inheritance.
  24. theater review
    Putting the Unsaid at the Center: The Far Country and Des MoinesLloyd Suh and Denis Johnson, in very different ways, try to let the audience fill in the blank spaces.
  25. movie review
    Avatar: The Way of Water Is James Cameron’s Most Personal FilmIt’s also, as you might suspect, spectacular.
  26. theater review
    What’s to Discuss, Old Friends? Merrily We Roll Along Is Back.Maria Friedman’s revival, starring Jonathan Groff and Daniel Radcliffe, makes the grade.
  27. album review
    SZA Wants It AllSOS processes loss and success and pain and desire from the middle of millions of ogling eyes.
  28. theater review
    Well, Nobody’s Perfect: Some Like It Hot on BroadwayAn adaptation that has everything going for it except heat.
  29. movie review
    Empire of Light Is Somber, Static, and ShallowStarring Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, and Colin Firth, Sam Mendes’s film about mental illness and racism in early ’80s England is wan and lifeless.
  30. theater review
    Adrienne Kennedy Goes Big: Ohio State Murders on BroadwayAudra McDonald performing Adrienne Kennedy is almost everything a production needs. Almost.
  31. theater review
    I Am, I Said (I Guess): A Beautiful NoiseIf you can experience a dopamine hit from singing along to “Sweet Caroline” anywhere in America, why is this even happening in the Broadhurst?
  32. theater review
    Ain’t No Mo’ Takes a Jubilantly Unrespectable Flight to BroadwayJordan E. Cooper’s satire doesn’t button up in a bigger venue.
  33. comedy review
    Matt Rogers Makes the Yuletide GayThe comedian’s special, Have You Heard of Christmas?, is the gift that keeps on giving.
  34. book review
    Kathy Acker Wanted EverythingEat Your Mind, a new biography of the writer and punk feminist icon, is both maddening and compulsively readable.
  35. theater review
    KPOP Offers a Not-Actually-All-Access PassA musical about making it big feels neutered by its own backstage process.
  36. movie review
    Devotion Tells a Quieter Kind of War StoryJonathan Majors and Glen Powell shine in J.D. Dillard’s Korean War Movie
  37. movie review
    Disney Doesn’t Know What to Do With Strange WorldIf only this environmentally focused adventure featuring a queer Black teenager were as audacious as its themes.
  38. movie review
    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Is an Incendiary Portrait of Art and ActivismNan Goldin takes on the Sackler family in this sweeping documentary.
  39. opera review
    The Hours Comes to Roiling Vocal LifeMichael Cunningham’s novel comes to the Metropolitan Opera’s stage.
  40. theater review
    A Christmas Carol, Heavy on the NightmaresJefferson Mays plays 50 characters, starting with Marley and Scrooge.
  41. music review
    Memory Play, With Cello: Michael Gordon’s Travel Guide to Nicaragua“The beauty of this score lies in its refusal of big gestures and its preference for the telling detail.”
  42. movie review
    The Inspection Is Both Incomplete and Full of PromiseA young gay man enlists in the Marines and endures brutal hazing in this autobiographical film from Elegance Bratton.
  43. movie review
    Disenchanted Can’t Conjure the Magic of the OriginalThe title tells you how you’re going to feel after you watch it.
  44. movie review
    Bones and All Is Curiously BloodlessEven though, as a cannibal road-movie romance, it technically has a lot of blood in it.
  45. movie review
    The Menu Is Deliciously MeanRalph Fiennes is a celebrity chef from hell in a film that feels like an unhinged sibling to The Bear.
  46. theater review
    In & Juliet, Verona Goes Pop!Power pop as empowerment, Renaissance Division.
  47. theater review
    Downstate, at the Limits of EmpathyIn Bruce Norris’s play about registered sex offenders, the characters are humanized but not quite forgiven.
  48. comedy review
    Mike Birbiglia’s Existential ExercisesIn his Broadway show The Old Man and the Pool, the comedian dives into the anxieties of aging.
  49. movie review
    The Son Is So Bad, You May Question Whether You Actually Liked The FatherThe new film from The Father director Florian Zeller, starring Hugh Jackman as a parent unsure of what to do about his child’s depression, is a mess.
  50. comedy review
    Lil Rel Howery Is So Happy to Be HereI Said It. Y’all Thinking It. isn’t a special about genre-defining narrative precision. It’s about feeling very, very good.
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