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The Downton Abbey Crew Exits the Roaring 20s With a Flourish

Though the Downton Abbey TV series had legions of fans during its six-season run, you don’t have to be one of them to enjoy Downton Abbey: A New Era, the second film to spin off from the show. Set in ..

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The New Top Gun Is So Much Better Than the First One

It no longer matters whether you like or dislike Tom Cruise: no matter how good he looks in his ultra-moisturized, deal-with-the-devil skin, his ship has sailed not just into the waters of middle age,..

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HBO Max’s The Time Traveler’s Wife Is a Multiverse of Badness

One day at work, a 28-year-old librarian meets the 20-year-old woman who will become his wife. The thing is, she already knows him—knows that they will fall in love, marry, spend many happy years toge..

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Hulu’s Conversations With Friends Breathes Fresh Life Into Sally Rooney’s Best Novel

So much has been said about Sally Rooney, in the mainstream press as well as in literary circles, that it can feel as though she’s been part of the discussion forever. Whether you consider the 31-year..

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Two Former Mr. Darcys Delight in Netflix Espionage Caper Operation Mincemeat

Even the most imaginative spy novelist couldn’t have made it up: In 1943 a motley group of British operatives created an elaborate false identity for a corpse, which they then sent awash on a beach in..

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Happening Is a Grim But Timely Warning from 1960s France

In Audrey Diwan’s tense and quietly radical film Happening, Anne, a bright young student in early 1960s France, discovers she’s pregnant. The law, as the doctor who breaks the news tells her, “is unsp..

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Is Extravagant, Messy, and Over-the-Top Crazy

Even though Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are now generally made by either big-name directors or young upstarts with an indie hit under their belt, it’s still hard to discern auteurist fingerprints..

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The Sneering Documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe Reveals More About Us Than the Star

In 1982, Los Angeles District Attorney John Van de Kamp reopened the case of Marilyn Monroe’s death, which had long been considered a “probable suicide”—only to close it a few months later, reaffirmin..

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Viola Davis’ Finding Me Is a Story of a Woman Who Has Always Fought for More

Viola Davis has always been a great actress. She was great before she won an Oscar (for her supporting role in Denzel Washington’s 2016 film version of August Wilson’s Fences), and even before her ear..

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April Is Packed With Prestige Dramas. Watch The Baby Instead

If you’ve been overwhelmed by the deluge of important-sounding new shows this past month, take heart—it isn’t just you. The deadline for Emmy submissions is May 12, and with so many platforms vying fo..