‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’ Review: Jason Segel’s Ambitious AMC Series Is More Grating Than Great

There are isolated moments of grandeur within “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” an eccentric new anthology series from creator and star Jason Segel. What feels like a wake-up call for anyone who’s been binge-watching TV too long (yes, hello, it is I, your diligent TV critic), the hourlong AMC drama begs its viewers to stop watching life

‘The Salt of Tears’ Review: Philippe Garrel’s Lighthearted Movie About a Terrible Person

It takes a few beats to get through the quaint setup in “The Salt of Tears” and recognize its protagonist is an asshole. That’s Luc (sullen newcomer Logann Antuofermo), the young aspiring cabinetmaker at the center of French director Philippe Garrel’s latest stab at generational angst and ill-fated love. Over the course of this spry

‘Babies’ Review: Clinical Netflix Doc Series About Toddlers Puts Academics Over Experiences

Babies can’t really talk. At least not in the way that documentary participants tend to. It’s an unfortunate fact that puts the Netflix series “Babies” at a bit of a disadvantage — making a six-part series about toddlers means that it’s impossible to get traditional input from its main subjects. What “Babies” chooses instead to

‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Review: A Sequel No One Needed Inside a Thriller No One Will Understand

Confusion is baked right into the title. Four years after “The Boy” scared up a few bucks at the box office, director William Brent Bell and screenwriter Stacey Menear return with a new vision of what fresh terrors said boy (he’s a doll, okay, why did no one just call this movie “The Doll” and

‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Season 5 Brings the Pain as the Saddest Show on TV Nears an End

We’ve entered the dark times on “Better Call Saul.” Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s prequel to “Breaking Bad” has always been one of the more heart-wrenching tragedies on television, but following his brother’s suicide and the permanent, embittering effect it had on Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), any hope for a happy ending has vanished. Nuanced

‘The Call of the Wild’ Review: It’s Not ‘Cats,’ But CGI Dogs Aren’t Much Better

Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild” is the OG of anthropomorphized adventure stories, transforming its St. Bernard-Scotch Collie mix into an engrossing protagonist without turning him into a primal cartoon. The epic 19th century tale of Buck, the domesticated pet who finds himself sold into the Yukon and battling life as a sled dog,

‘Duncanville’ Review: Amy Poehler’s Clever Fox Comedy Is Still Finding Its Footing

For the last three decades, Fox animated comedies have been modeled after the network’s biggest hit. So by now, we’ve seen dozens of “Simpsons” variations — where a working-class family faces fresh problems every week, and satirize certain trends or parody select pieces of pop culture while solving them. The classic sitcom structure (emphasis on

‘Cherish the Day’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s New Anthology Series Tackles the Complications of Love

As famed sociologist Hugh Mackay once said: “Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” That quote is a tidy summation of Ava DuVernay’s new anthology series “Cherish the Day,” which premieres February 11 on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. It relies on one of the oldest and

‘Kidding’ Season 2 Review: Jim Carrey’s Showtime Comedy Delivers on Its Ambitious Potential

The new season of “Kidding” is exactly the kind of Season 2 every show should strive for. Dave Holstein’s debut episodes offered an intriguing premise, imaginative storytelling, and strong performances (especially from star Jim Carrey), but the show’s morbid subject matter was overly emphasized by dark atmospherics and difficult tonal swings — a black comedy

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: J.J. Watt Charms, But Alec Baldwin’s Trump Impression Is Only Getting Worse

With kickoff mere hours away at the Super Bowl LIV, “Saturday Night Live” capitalized on the fervor of the big game the only way it knows how: with an athlete as host. The position is the one brand of “SNL” host that provides the most unknowns heading into an episode, as athletes aren’t necessarily performers.