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Here are the best TV shows, movies, books, comics, and music to read, watch, and listen to right now.

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

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

The new Anthony Bourdain doc is ethically thorny but worth watching

The new Space Jam is apocalyptic horror

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

Did anyone actually want more Gossip Girl?

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

Zola is a slick, seedy Florida odyssey

Is F9 the best blockbuster ever? No. Is it absolutely perfect? You bet.

Without Rose Byrne, the ’80s aerobics drama Physical would be unwatchable

Luca is a Pixar fable about sea monsters, friendship, and pasta

The Handmaid’s Tale invites its viewers to Joe Biden’s Gilead

The Other Black Girl is a pulpy, joyous thrill ride of a book

Loki gives Marvel’s beloved villain a charming second chance

Japanese Breakfast isn’t the artist she used to be

A Quiet Place Part II takes a good premise and extends it

The empty comfort of Friends: The Reunion

There’s no good reason for Cruella to exist. If you can get past that, it’s pretty fun.

Master of None season 3 is an artfully filmed disappointment

The long-awaited In the Heights movie is electrifying and perfectly timed

Why Mare of Easttown’s latest episode is its biggest yet

What went wrong with The Woman in the Window?

One Good Thing: The gorgeous horror movie St. Maud finds religious ecstasy in self-destruction

The Underground Railroad is a towering series about the ways slavery still infects America

Rachel Cusk’s lovely, vicious Second Place seethes with the desires of a woman on the verge

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone is a muddled, joyless checklist of fantasy tropes

Breaking down the 2021 Best Picture nominees

Minari is America

The new rom-com Together Together explores the romance of platonic friendship

Why Best Picture nominee Sound of Metal resonates

Promising Young Woman’s explosive ending and Best Picture chances, explained

Can Mark Wahlberg have it all?

Mank is the most-nominated film at the Oscars. Should it win Best Picture?

Sanjena Sathian’s Gold Diggers is a playful social satire with teeth

It’s astounding that HBO’s new docuseries Exterminate All the Brutes even exists

Helen Oyeyemi’s unsettling new novel Peaces starts weird and gets weirder

The new Netflix docuseries about history’s biggest art heist is weirdly dull

Idris Elba stars in Concrete Cowboy, about the Black urban cowboys of Philadelphia

Americans believe in work. WeWork preyed on that instinct.

Godzilla vs. Kong is full of holes but fun as hell

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