Category: A & E

‘The Politician’ Season 2 Doesn’t Deserve Your Vote

Just nine months after its initial season release, Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” returned to Netflix to continue the creator’s $300 million creative partnership with the company that also produced the critical letdown “Hollywood.” Much of the show’s first season suffered from a severe identity crisis, which hindered both its satirical take on politics and the [...]

‘Love, Victor’ Refreshing, Yet Lacks True LGBTQ+ Representation

During this year’s Pride, much of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are stuck celebrating indoors instead of the usual parade-filled festivities. One way to celebrate, especially for college students a bit distanced from the drama that goes hand-in-hand with the high school experience, is to binge the brief yet sweet Hulu series “Love, Victor.” [...]

Ashe and Niall Horan Break Hearts With ‘Moral of the Story’

Ashe and Niall Horan collab with features of Ashe’s original album art from “Moral of the Story: Chapter 1.”/Courtesy of mom + pop music Ashlyn “Ashe” Willson has long been writing songs about life, love and heartbreak. I’ve loved Ashe and her songwriting genius for a few years now, but her most recent rework of [...]

Stewart’s Film Is Less ‘Irresistible,’ More Unsatisfying

Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) and Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) announce their campaign in front of the citizens of Deerlaken./Courtesy of Daniel McFadden/Focus Features Since stepping down as host of “The Daily Show” in 2015, Jon Stewart has kept a low profile, which is especially surprising in today’s political climate. So when I saw the news [...]

‘Dead to Me’ Season 2 Is Killer

There is no getting around it. Our world is in a pretty dire situation right now, as we grapple with a pandemic, police brutality and killer hornets. In times like these, movies and television showing people whose lives are in even more turmoil than ours can provide a weird sense of comfort. The second season [...]

‘Outer Banks’ Provides a Glimpse of the Summer We’re Craving

The Pogues hiding from government officials while trying to find the Royal Merchant gold./Courtesy of Netflix For most of us, going to the beach and spending time with friends is not in the cards right now (unless you live in Florida, in which case I would love to be in your shoes). But we’re holed [...]

Kaling’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Is Occasionally Problematic, But Entertaining

Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) with her two best friends Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor (Ramona Young) outside Sherman Oaks High School./Courtesy of Netflix While boasting POC representation and masterfully engineered subplots, the recently released Netflix original “Never Have I Ever” falls painfully short in its portrayal of immigrated Indians living in America.  The show follows an [...]

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

‘Indian Matchmaking’ Isn’t a Perfect Match, But Worth the Compromise

Shortly after the release of Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever,” which was recently renewed for a second season, Netflix debuts another original series highlighting the South Asian experience. Smriti Mundhra’s documentary “Indian Matchmaking” explores the arranged marriage process with top Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia at the center of the show’s exciting dates, nervous breakdowns [...]

‘The Last of Us Part II’: A Light in the Dark

Warning: This review contains spoilers. When I look out at the world, I see that it is ravaged by a pandemic, beset by tribalism and engrossed in violence and fear. You would think this sounds like our world, but it’s not — at least not in the same way. This is “The Last of Us,” [...]

‘Feel the Beat’ Misses the Right Note

Scrolling through Netflix yields a treasure trove of binge-worthy dance movies, some refreshing and some not so much. The vast majority of them, however, follow similar storylines revolving around a singular dancer who happens to find love while competing in a dance contest, or while performing in a musical. “Feel the Beat” checks both of [...]

In Samberg’s Triumphant ‘Palm Springs,’ Life Never Stops Stopping

  Ever since Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993, the concept of a time loop has been so exhausted in film that I had low expectations for “Palm Springs,” Andy Samberg’s recent attempt to follow in Murray’s iconic footsteps. However, much like Samberg himself, the film is bold, subversive and hilarious. Brilliantly headlined [...]

‘Shirley’ Unmasks the Real Monster: Toxic Masculinity

From “Mary Shelley” to “Colette,” recent years have seen a surge of movies particularly surrounding the lives of female authors. Longtime fans of these writers’ work will no doubt comprise a large part of the audience for these films, but there’s something universally intriguing about learning who the authors were off the page. Was the [...]

‘The Politician’ Season 2 Doesn’t Deserve Your Vote

Just nine months after its initial season release, Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” returned to Netflix to continue the creator’s $300 million creative partnership with the company that also produced the critical letdown “Hollywood.” Much of the show’s first season suffered from a severe identity crisis, which hindered both its satirical take on politics and the [...]

‘Love, Victor’ Refreshing, Yet Lacks True LGBTQ+ Representation

During this year’s Pride, much of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are stuck celebrating indoors instead of the usual parade-filled festivities. One way to celebrate, especially for college students a bit distanced from the drama that goes hand-in-hand with the high school experience, is to binge the brief yet sweet Hulu series “Love, Victor.” [...]

Ashe and Niall Horan Break Hearts With ‘Moral of the Story’

Ashe and Niall Horan collab with features of Ashe’s original album art from “Moral of the Story: Chapter 1.”/Courtesy of mom + pop music Ashlyn “Ashe” Willson has long been writing songs about life, love and heartbreak. I’ve loved Ashe and her songwriting genius for a few years now, but her most recent rework of [...]

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