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Review: Tahereh Mafi’s A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a beautiful YA novel

Shirin is angry — and as a 16-year-old Muslim navigating a post-9/11 America, she has reason to be. Her immigrant parents relocate each year for a better job and better school district, forcing her to start over. That also means repeatedly acclimating to a new group of peers and teachers, waves of Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric […]

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Torch Song review: Michael Urie shines in Broadway revival

We gave it an A- In the exquisite new Broadway revival of Torch Song now open at New York’s Hayes Theater, Michael Urie establishes himself as a fearless and compelling leading man — delivering a master-class in physical comedy and dramatic authenticity that, in the play’s most gripping scenes, brings laughter and tears nearly simultaneously. […]

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Dr Phil season 17 review: A week inside daytime TV’s festival of human misery

The daytime TV ecosystem is made up of several key organisms. There’s “Pleasant Background Noise” (The Talk, The Real, The View); “Stuff You Watch While Home Sick on the Couch” (The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal); the “Cult of Judge Judy” (Judge Judy, Judge Judy wannabes), and so on. And of course, there […]

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The Conners review: Roseanne spinoff on ABC does a good job replicating the original

“Are we horrible for laughing?” asks Darlene (Sara Gilbert), early on in the series premiere of The Conners. She and her sister Becky (Alicia Goranson) are sitting in the familiar Conner kitchen, heavy with memories of their now-absent mother, and finding solace in dark humor, as this family has always done. “Laughing inappropriately,” replies Becky, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]