TV & Movie

‘Cruel Summer’ Review: Season 1 Was Better Than Season 2

'Cruel Summer' Review: Season 1 Was Better Than Season 2

Limited series have become the equivalent of trial marriages for cable networks and streamers. When they don’t catch fire — or run hot initially only to smolder by season’s end –  they complete their self-contained stories and disappear into the void. (It’s technically not a cancellation!) But when the audience falls in love with a limited series, networks are more …

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‘The Witcher: Blood Origin Review: Henry Cavill-less Prequel

'The Witcher: Blood Origin Review: Henry Cavill-less Prequel

Fantasy series have a way of growing limbs rapidly. Aggressive expansion is understandable for a series like Netflix’s “The Witcher,” because after all, what’s the use of creating a vast narrative universe if you don’t actually explore it? So it can be hard to tell whether a fantasy spinoff series is a worthwhile journey that deepens appreciation of the original, …

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‘The Gilded Age’ Season 2 Review: HBO Drama Gets a Little Too Real

'The Gilded Age' Season 2 Review: HBO Drama Gets a Little Too Real

Amid a horrifying month in world news, it’s a relief to reenter the world of “The Gilded Age,” where problems are something to be gossiped about over lawn tennis in Newport. In Julian Fellowes’ opulent, HBO-funded take on 19th century New York, the recently concluded Civil War takes up a fraction of the real estate devoted to the Opera War, …

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‘Limitless With Chris Hemsworth’ Review: Disney Plus Health Series

‘Limitless With Chris Hemsworth’ Review: Disney Plus Health Series

Maybe what the streaming space really needed was “The Goop Lab” for boys. That’s among the thoughts provoked by “Limitless With Chris Hemsworth,” a new documentary series on Disney+. Here, Hemsworth — like his Marvel-movie stablemate Gwyneth Paltrow — evinces an interest in wellness, and pursues off-the-beaten-path methods to ensure his prolonged health. The “Thor” star describes his trepidation, excitement, …

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‘Starstruck’ Season 3 Review: HBO Max Comedy Returns In Full Force

'Starstruck' Season 3 Review: HBO Max Comedy Returns In Full Force

Engaging in a love affair with a movie star might fulfill your wildest fantasies if you happen to indulge in romantic daydreams about a glamorous life, but in the hilarious and heartfelt comedy “Starstruck,” Jessie (series writer/creator Rose Matafeo) has already been down that road. In the show’s first season, she finds herself in a string of meet-cutes with A-list …

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‘National Treasure: Edge of History’ Review: Disney+ Reboot

‘National Treasure: Edge of History’ Review: Disney+ Reboot

The joy of Disney’s “National Treasure” franchise lies in its precise balance of reverence and irreverence. For all the choreographed mayhem, cheeky ahistoricity, and gross mishandling of antiquities, the beloved 2004 film and its 2007 sequel are fundamentally in awe of history, respectful of legacy, and devoted to family.  Despite its sturdy plot mechanics, broad audience appeal and evergreen themes, …

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The Last Thing He Told Me: Jennifer Garner Carries Apple TV Adaptation

The Last Thing He Told Me: Jennifer Garner Carries Apple TV Adaptation

Jennifer Garner’s star turn came courtesy of “Alias,” the influential J.J. Abrams drama about Sydney Bristow, a grad student moonlighting as a sultry spy. Her agency? A sinister syndicate masquerading as a governmental skunkworks project, as Sydney and her colleagues toil unaware they’ve been working for the bad guys. The pilot opens on Sydney, battered and bloody after being captured …

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‘The Ark’ Review: SyFy’s Space Opera From Dean Devlin Is Joyless

'The Ark' Review: SyFy’s Space Opera From Dean Devlin Is Joyless

Space travel used to be romantic, both in real life and pop culture. These days, space travel is kind of a bummer. In the real world, rocketship rides are now most associated with billionaires, for whom such trips represent one small step for objectivism and one giant leap for their egos. Meanwhile, on television, NASA is getting spanked by Russia …

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‘Platonic’ Review: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne Star In Apple TV Series

‘Platonic’ Review: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne Star In Apple TV Series

The Apple TV+ comedy “Platonic” is a reunion of the 2014 movie “Neighbors” (and its 2016 sequel “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”), again pairing stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne with the writer and director Nicholas Stoller. But “Platonic” also models itself after another, more enduring classic: Nora Ephron’s “When Harry Met Sally,” a film explicitly referenced in the pilot of …

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