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Mrs. March is a Hitchcock-meets-Highsmith novel about a woman behaving badly

The irony of movies about taking charge of your life

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has become a true crime doc

After a lost pandemic year, live theater is back

Ask a Book Critic: Help me love reading again

Gaming culture is toxic. A major lawsuit might finally change it.

The power and peril of documentaries in a skeptical culture

August’s most exciting movies

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, HBO’s The White Lotus, and the existential terror of right now

How Gossip Girl broke the fantasy of being the world’s most special girl

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Why it’s so hard to make CGI skin look real

One Good Thing: Clear eyes, full hearts, please watch Friday Night Lights on Netflix

The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it.

The new Pursuit of Love TV show means it’s time to remember the Mitfords

The magic, sex, and violence of the 14th-century poem behind The Green Knight

Why Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic gymnastic women’s team finals

Why LeVar Burton’s Jeopardy! quest feels so meaningful

The Simone Biles scoring controversy, explained

How to become an Olympic sport

M. Night Shyamalan returns with Old, a floppy but haunting thriller about aging

The surprising past, unlikely present, and uncertain future of Christmas in July

Pop music made conspicuous consumption cool

Why Netflix is getting into games

Why Nicolas Cage endures

The new Anthony Bourdain doc is ethically thorny but worth watching

The new Space Jam is apocalyptic horror

One Good Thing: A true crime book about the problems with true crime books

The great American cool

Ask a book critic: What’s a good summer read with a Wonder Years feel?

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Why won’t American radio play more K-pop?

BTS was supposed to usher in the K-pop invasion. Where is it?

Black Widow gives the character a soul — several years too late

Black Widow’s post-credits scene sets the table for Florence Pugh and the MCU

Whitney Houston’s story shows the danger of being America’s sweetheart

Why America embraced Whitney Houston, and how it destroyed her.

Did anyone actually want more Gossip Girl?

Why the original Zola Twitter thread worked so well

The 25 best movies of 2021 (so far)

Movies like Summer of Soul can reclaim America’s important buried history

It’s incredibly hard to get a rape conviction. Bill Cosby’s release makes it feel pointless.

The surprisingly political history of K-pop

The fascinating, horrifying history behind Steven Soderbergh’s new heist movie