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Triangle of Sadness: Why You Need to Have Faith

Pearl: A Perfectly Cromulent Horror Movie

Emily in Paris Redux: Sell the House Sell the Car Sell the Kids Find Someone Else Forget It I'm Never Coming Back

‘Bullet Train’ and The Empty World

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles: The Best-Written, Most Boring Movie Ever Made

Nope: The Forest for the Trees

‘Barbarian’: Building a Mystery

‘It’s Called Manslaughter’: Cliff Booth and Solid Character Work

Feature Creep and Star Wars: Force Whatnow?

‘Hellraiser’ 2022: Selfless, Cold, and Composed

‘The Old Man’ and Why the Rug Pull is Bullshit

‘House of the Dragon’: Let’s (Not) Do the Time Jump Again

‘Velvet Was the Night’ and The Case of the Obvious MacGuffin

'Avenue 5' and Overplaying Your Hand

Top Gun: The Black Mirror

'The Rings of Power': These Go to Eleven

The Surprising Subtlety of 'Industry'

No Hugging, No Learning: “Better Call Saul” and a Lack of Good Guys

Let’s (Not) Do the Time Warp Again: Origin Stories

The Sticky Horrors of ‘Peaky Blinders’

The Gray Man: Everything T/K

‘Daisy Jones and The Six’: You're So Vain

‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ and Pulling Your Punches

‘Stranger Things’ and The Case of The Too Many Side Quests

‘The Bear’ and How to Not Exposition

‘Barry’ and The Sociopaths Next Door

'Downton Abbey: The New Era' and Villain Decay

‘X’ and the Horrors of Mortality

Jennifer’s Body: Low Shoulder For the Win

Russian Doll Season 2: The Desperation’s Gone

The Exhausting Mrs. Maisel

Hold Onto Your Hat: Miller’s Crossing and How to Do Symbolism

‘Inventing Anna’ and One Easy Trick

‘Ozark’ and The Making of the Sausage

‘The Batman’: The Ensmallening of Batman

The Lazy Writer’s Guide to Vaguely-Defined Evil International Organizations

Atlanta: The Most Subtle Horror Movie of All Time

‘The French Dispatch’: Selfless, Cold, and Composed

‘Fresh’: Levels to It, You and I Know

The Abyss: An Ending that Shouldn't Exist

Opening Credits That Do the Work

‘The Gilded Age’: Bare Necessity Writing

The Most Important Episode of ‘The Sopranos’

‘Yellowjackets’: All Knaves, No Knights

'And Just Like That': How the Hella Rich Live

The Greatest Scene in the MCU: The ‘Winter Soldier’ Elevator Fight

Dazed and Confused: Getting High School Right

Emily in Paris: Postcards with No Edge

The Sound of Music: The Real Story's in the Details

The Boomer Logic of ‘Lord of the Rings'

Matrix: Resurrections and a Terminal Case of Sequelitis

Aliens: Explaining Show Don’t Tell