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Review: Rage and the Renaissance in Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

Douglas is Hannah Gadsby’s second Netflix comedy special and takes audiences through adventures in the dog park, the High Renaissance in art, and, most importantly, through frustration and rage. In June 2018, Netflix unleashed Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette to its global audience, and viewers were immediately arrested by her genre-bending approach to comedy. The Australian comedian …

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‘My Brilliant Friend’ Review: Brutality Comes to Naples in Episode 6, Joined by Pier Paolo Pasolini

In “Rage,” the sun has set on the short but potent romance of Nino Sarratore (Francesco Serpico) and Lila Caracci (Gaia Girace). Director Saverio Costanzo is back after handing the camera to Alice Rohrwacher for the past two weeks spent in Ischia, but the transition is seamless. Costanzo appropriately sets the last moments of happiness …

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‘Westworld’ Review: Episode 6 Puts Two Powerful Women on Opposite Tracks — Spoilers

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 3, Episode 6, “Decoherence.”] An eye-rolling tease and a sigh of relief define Episode 6, “Decoherence” — a drawn-out hour of due diligence on behalf of writers Suzanne Wrubel and Lisa Joy, where characters do what they must to set up what’s next while slogging through the …

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‘The Midnight Gospel’ Review: ‘Adventure Time’ Creator’s Astonishing New Netflix Show

The small miracle of “Adventure Time” in its earliest season came from creator Pendleton Ward’s ability to juggle ingredients that shouldn’t work so well together. The show was silly and profound in equal measures, treating that balance as the ultimate yin and yang. “The Midnight Gospel” brings that same notion to ambitious new heights, shedding …

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‘Outlander’ Review: A Format Twist Tells the Tale of a Hanged Man in Episode 8

Roger Mackenzie (Richard Rankin), and his treatment in the televised world of “Outlander” has been controversial among fans, but the show has been working for weeks now towards a huge emotional payoff that came to fruition with Sunday night’s “Famous Last Words.” By hitting viewers over the head just how important Roger’s voice is — …

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‘Insecure’ Review: Issa Rae’s Comedy Returns as a Quietly Groundbreaking Snapshot of Black LA Life

“I don’t fuck with Molly anymore.” Those are the first words said by Issa Dee, played by co-creator and star Issa Rae, in the beginning of Season 4 of HBO’s “Insecure.” She’s talking, of course, about her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), one half of an inseparable pair that goes way back. If you’ve kept …

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Series Finale Review: After Five Years, the Rose Family Gets Their ‘Happy Ending’

[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for the “Schitt’s Creek” series finale, “Happy Ending.”] Since 2015, “Schitt’s Creek” has been one of the most charming shows on television. While that may not sound like strong praise in terms of genuine quality humor — instead, perhaps, it sounds like acknowledgment that the show is just as …

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‘My Brilliant Friend’ Review: Episode 4 Sets the Stage for a Love Triangle, Italian Style

Trigger alert: To those for whom the exquisite pain of first unrequited love still scalds, Episode 4 of this season of “My Brilliant Friend,” titled “The Kiss,” could freshen those wounds. It’s an effective juxtaposition to experience Lenu’s (Margherita Mazzucco) internal torment — over learning that the broodingly handsome and cocksure Nino Sarratore (Francesco Serpico) …