Lodge 49 review: AMC series is one of 2018's great new dramas thumbnail

Lodge 49 review: AMC series is one of 2018’s great new dramas

We gave it an A- There’s something so cruel about California’s beauty. A lot of somethings, actually: Sundappled beaches alongside skyrocketing housing costs, short miles gridlocking long hours into eternal rush hour, boom industries fading, culturally profound neighborhoods gentrifying, rains that won’t come, fires that will. AMC’s Lodge 49 is one of the brightest-looking shows on TV. […]

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‘God Friended Me’: TV Review

CBS’ latest bid for a faith-based audience has a muddled sense of social media and religion but, in Brandan Micheal Hall and Violett Beane, it may have some OK stars. Readings associated with the Jewish high holidays offer a helpful reminder that long before Joan of Arcadia and Wonderfalls and The Book of Daniel, God […]

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‘The Stylist’ book review: Rosie Nixon’s red carpet romp

The Stylist type Book Genre Novel publisher William Morrow pages 400 publication date 09/04/18 author Rosie Nixon We gave it a B- A young woman gets what seems to be once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity, only to discover that her boss is a demanding, untenable disaster. The story, particularly within the glamorous confines of fashion and Hollywood, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘A new peak in disgrace’…

Unhinged type Book genre Memoir publisher Gallery Books pages 330 publication date 08/14/18 author Omarosa Manigault Newman We gave it a D+ Omarosa Manigault Newman has a story to tell. It’s certainly not a wholly truthful one, nor — for those who’ve been paying attention — is it a particularly surprising one. But it’s the […]

Netflix's Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review: Sweet, easy WWII romance: EW review thumbnail

Netflix’s Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review: Sweet, easy WWII romance: EW review

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society type Movie genre Drama release date 08/10/18 performer Lily James, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay director Mike Newell distributor Netflix mpaa Unrated We gave it a B+ A movie as snug and sweet and congenitally British as a tea cozy, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie […]

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Broadway Review: ‘Straight White Men’ With Armie Hammer, Josh Charles

In “Straight White Men,” Young Jean Lee’s cutting but deeply humane satire about straight white male privilege and pain, Armie Hammer, Josh Charles and, in an especially heart-wrenching performance, Paul Schneider play three brothers with mid-life issues. In director Anna D. Shapiro’s super-smart production, the bros are first observed as they go through the family […]

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‘Incredibles 2’: Film Review

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson are back for the sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit about a family of superheroes forced to hide their powers. Along with the Toy Story trilogy, The Incredibles is one of the jewels in the crown that made Pixar the ne plus ultra of animation companies. But […]

Album Review: Father John Misty's 'God's Favorite Customer' thumbnail

Album Review: Father John Misty’s ‘God’s Favorite Customer’

Leonard Cohen is gone, so there’s not much competition: Father John Misty is rock’s most fabulous miserabilist. However much of a nihilistic joker he might have come off on last year’s polarizingly philosophical “Pure Comedy,” he wasn’t kidding around when he promised that its rapid-fire follow-up, “God’s Favorite Customer,” would be “a heartbreak album.” Not […]

'The Americans' Review: 'Jennings, Elizabeth' Brilliantly Keeps Viewers Teetering on the Edge of Chaos thumbnail

‘The Americans’ Review: ‘Jennings, Elizabeth’ Brilliantly Keeps Viewers Teetering on the Edge of Chaos

There is only one episode left of “Americans, The” and Episode 9 (aptly) leaves a lot to wrap up in a hurry. [Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Americans” Season 6, Episode 9, “Jennings, Elizabeth.”] It’s happening, people! This is not a drill: At the end of “Jennings, Elizabeth,” the title character […]

'Deadpool 2' Review: Like 'Logan' Goes Live-Action Looney Tunes thumbnail

‘Deadpool 2’ Review: Like ‘Logan’ Goes Live-Action Looney Tunes

Bigger and better… well, except for the nudity. Sequels can be a tough game to get right, and that’s never more the case than when the first film is a surprise success. What worked naturally the first time around is at risk of feeling forced and overly thought-out in a follow-up as filmmakers hope to […]