Review: Sacha Baron Cohen Is Back. Should We Care?

“Who Is America?” on Showtime reprises the comedian’s gotcha techniques at a time when people don’t need to be tricked into saying embarrassing things.
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TV Review: Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

Sacha Baron Cohen feels like the ultimate George W. Bush-era comedy star. The early-to-mid-2000s, after all, were when Baron Cohen enjoyed his high point of fame, when TV’s “Da Ali G Show” and the 2006 film “Borat,” a mocking journey through the heartland, made comic use of undercover documentation of what Americans are willing to […]

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Lovebox review – Pharrell and Childish Gambino preach resistance

Pharrell and Childish Gambino urge fans to fight Donald Trump while playing London’s Lovebox festival.
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Suleiman Mountain’

In the blue waiting room of an orphanage sits a Kyrgyz woman in a traditional head scarf, while in a nearby dormitory a young boy is awakened and told his mother has finally come to pick him up. As mother and son stride across the playground together, the other children envy his luck. But there’s […]

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Fashion Review: A Declaration of Independence at Valentino and Fendi

As the couture shows came to an end, there were fireworks of the most creative kind.
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‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid’ Review: A Visual Heritage Tour

San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial with treasures from the Prado and elsewhere.
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Fashion Review: Getting Out the Youth Vote at Maison Margiela and Armani

John Galliano defines millennial couture, while Giorgio Armani looks back and doesn’t entirely move forward.
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U.K. Theater Review: ‘Dusty’

Ashes to ashes, Dusty to Dusty. Almost 20 years after her death, the loss of Dusty Springfield still stings on these shores. Sniffles ring out at the end of Jonathan Harvey’s jukebox musical “Dusty,” as footage of the iconic songstress’s funeral spills across the stage. So when actress Katherine Kingsley reappears for a final encore, […]

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Review: ‘Sharp Objects’ Cuts Slow but Deep

Amy Adams is remarkable as a self-destructive reporter in a murder mystery that’s really an investigation into her own past.
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Escape Plan 2: Hades Review

When it comes to action movies, I’m the genre’s number one fan. Like seriously. I aspire to own everything involving Jackie Chan, I think The Running Man is underrated and believe that Inception doesn’t get enough praise. I even enjoyed the terrible Transformers films, sans The Last Knight because I have standards. The point is, I’m the target audience for anything with random explosions, long drawn out fight scenes, and actors who were popular in the ’80s. And yet, I still can’t find a reason to recommend Escape Plan 2: Hades.

Directed by Steven C. Miller, Escape Plan 2 reconnects with Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) and his security firm years after his exploits in the first film. No longer looking to escape-proof maximum-security prisons, his company now specializes in private military ops around the globe. At least, that’s what I think they’re doing; the film doesn’t really clarify this point, but it does open with Ray’s team trying to rescue female hostages from a terrorist group. Despite a botched mission early on, the company seems to be in good spirits. That is until one of Ray’s newer recruits, Shu Ren (Huang Xiaoming), is kidnapped while trying to protect his tech giant of a cousin, Yusheng.

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Crystal Swan’

At a time when the U.S. borders are being made as hostile as possible to migrants, stories of hopeful outsiders betting the farm on the American Dream hit hard and true in the heart — even one as outwardly oddball as “Crystal Swan,” freshman helmer Darya Zhuk’s spirited, bittersweet comedy about a restless Belarusian DJ […]

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Film Review: ‘Every Act of Life’

Few if any living playwrights have been as successful for as long as Terrence McNally. “Every Act of Life” provides a predictably starry, rather standard, but satisfying overview of a prodigious career that is still going full-steam as the writer nears his ninth decade. It may require posterity to deliver a film that really weighs […]

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Huawei MateBook X Pro review: China's MacBook Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: China's MacBook ProHuawei's MateBook X Pro is a powerful laptop with a superb display, but its webcam is flop.



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Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Now it's okay to talk to your TV

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Now it's okay to talk to your TVAmazon's Fire TV Cube combines the best of its Echo and Fire TV in a package that's a no-brainer for streamers and smart home owners alike.



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Film Review: Jon Hamm and Ed Helms in ‘Tag’

The game began when they were nine years old. Thirty-five years later, it’s still going strong as five lifelong friends dedicate one month each year to playing “tag,” the old grade-school classic most kids leave on the schoolyard— right around the time they stop believing that girls have “cooties.” If that sounds like the setup for […]

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Review: ‘The Last Defense’ Aims to Open Once-Shut Cases

This ABC docu-series, with Viola Davis as an executive producer, applies the true-crime formula to appeal the convictions of two death-row prisoners.
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Jurassic World Evolution Review

What could possibly go wrong when managing an island amusement park full of giant, man-eating monsters? Lots of things, though in this case they’re not the kind that lead to good gameplay. With so few interesting decisions and so much mundane busywork going on in Jurassic World Evolution, there is no need to, as Samuel L. Jackson once famously recommended, “hold onto your butts.”

Jeff Goldblum lends his recognizable-anywhere voice to some of the narration as Dr. Ian Malcolm, and he’s clearly having a lot of fun with the pronunciation of the islands’ names – just wait until you hear him say “Isla Matanceros” in the opening flyover cutscene – but otherwise it very much sounds like his first read-through of the script. Opposite him are a handful of Jurassic World actors, including Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, and then there’s someone voicing Chris Pratt’s character who doesn’t even seem to be making an attempt at impersonating him.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Review

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle brings together the worlds of BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY in a surprisingly approachable alternative to each of the games that it borrows from. Introducing a unique, but easy to understand fighting system supported by innovative tag mechanics, great characters, and the usual ArcSys flair that makes its games so striking.

As the name implies, BlazBlue leads the charge in Cross Tag Battle, but make no mistake, this is not a new entry in the BlazBlue series. Cross Tag Battle carves out its own identity by putting the focus on its 2v2 tag mechanics and simplifying some of the complexity that ArcSys games are known for.

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Album Review: Kanye West Writes a Song of Himself on ‘Ye’

On the rapper’s eighth studio album the focus isn’t on America but his all-encompassing self-absorption.
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Concert Review: Pink Reaches Full Altitude at Spectacular Forum Show

In the history of traveling pop music outings, there’s probably never been a better first 10 seconds of any tour than the opening of Pink’s current show. After a small eternity in which the audience is left gazing at a reddish curtain, increasingly indented as unknowable pieces of staging are pushed into place, it suddenly […]

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OnePlus 6 review: A killer smartphone at a killer price

OnePlus 6 review: A killer smartphone at a killer priceWhen it comes to Android smartphones, there’s Samsung’s Galaxy’s line of handsets, and a long list of also-rans. Take OnePlus, for example. For its latest trick, the OnePlus 6, OnePlus is pushing the envelope even further, stretching its phone’s display to a massive 6.3 inches, packing an improved camera and still maintaining OnePlus’s signature low price, $ 529 for a base model.



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Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl

Is “Beauty and the Beast” dated? A little bit, if only when pitted against contemporary ethics. As the original, animated version of the film unspooled at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night in a combination of screening and all-star live musical performance, it was clear that a few of the moral lessons imparted in 1991 seem […]

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'Detroit: Become Human' review: Strong characters make your choices matter

'Detroit: Become Human' review: Strong characters make your choices matter“Detroit: Become Human” is a game that wants all of your choices to matter. From how you reply to other characters, to the split-second decisions you make during a scuffle, to whether you peer into an open doorway, nearly every action you make in “Detroit” feels as though it would impact the game’s narrative and, eventually, its final outcome. It’s not a perfect game — I had problems with the controls at times and quick-time events that felt overwhelming— but this is easily the best title to date from developer Quantic Dream.



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Dark Sous Remastered Review

When we first reviewed Dark Souls in 2011 we gave it a 9.0 for Amazing. Here’s what we said about it then:

If you take the time to get under Dark Souls’ Skin and understand its twisted mindset, what you’ll find is one of the most absorbing, deepest, hardcore gaming experiences in existence. But it’s also brutally unforgiving and inaccessible, especially at first. If you play games just to be entertained, then Dark Souls isn’t for you. But if you’re at all interested in just how far a video game can go, how singular and focused it can be in its vision, Dark Souls is unmissable.Read our original Dark Souls review.

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TV Review: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Bring Their Own Style to Royal Wedding

On a gloriously sunny day, an American actress became the first Duchess of Sussex and the wife of a Prince of England. Rachel Meghan Markle and Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales wed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle before 600 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, and Idris Elba. The […]

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Album Review: Parquet Courts’ ‘Wide Awake!’

Parquet Courts’ lead singer Andrew Savage, one-half of the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas band’s two-headed leadership, is mad as hell. While on the opposite side of the stage, bandmate Austin Brown is getting wistful. That yin-and-yang of punk and funk – as Savage notes in the opening track to “Wide Awake!,” “Total Football:” “Collectivism and autonomy are not […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Asako I & II” (Netetemo Sametemo)

In enigmatic romance “Asako I & II,” the willful heroine can’t choose between two lovers who look exactly the same. Japanese independent director Ryusuke Hamaguchi uses this rather unlikely premise to explore the mysteries of the heart. Catapulted straight to the main competition in Cannes without prior participation at other sections, the helmer’s ninth work […]

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Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ Has More Slicing, Dicing and Swearing from Ryan Reynolds

This sequel to the 2016 R-rated superhero hit pokes fun at the genre while staying true to its conventions.
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Cannes Film Review: Marion Cotillard in ‘Angel Face’

Acting is pretending. Great acting is doing it in such a way that audiences forget the artifice and buy into the reality of the character completely. Not many are likely to mistake what Marion Cotillard does in “Angel Face” for great acting, as the glamorous French star gives a performance so phony it feels like […]

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Album Review: Beach House’s ‘7’

On their two 2015 albums “Depression Cherry” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” Baltimore-spawned duo Beach House had crafted their strain of dreampop to such perfection that it felt like there were few stones left to unturn. The duo felt that as well — they said of this album, “We wanted to rethink old methods and […]

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art review: ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met

A museum’s blockbuster welcomes the Vatican’s holy garments to New York — and genuflects at the altar of haute couture.
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Review: Taylor Swift, Armed for Battle, Takes on Foes and Her Old Self

The singer’s “Reputation” stadium tour sought to complete her transformation from warm pop superstar to something more coldblooded and bulletproof.
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Hot Docs Film Review: ‘Exit Music’

The original title for “Exit Music,” changed at the eleventh hour ahead of its world premiere in Hot Docs, was “How Do You Feel About Dying,” and you can see why the switch was made: “Dying” is not, as a rule, a word that packs ’em into the aisles. Yet that initial question, which can […]

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Film Review: ‘One Cut of the Dead’

Viewers get three films for the price of one in “One Cut for the Dead,” a terrific Japanese horror-comedy that proves there’s somewhere the zombie apocalypse movie hasn’t yet gone. Writer-director-editor Shinichiro Ueda’s cleverly conceived and executed debut feature opens with an unbroken 37-minute shot of monster mayhem before hitting the reset button and turning […]

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Review: City Ballet Salutes Jerome Robbins, a Master of 2 Realms

New York City Ballet’s gala showed Robbins’s Broadway and ballet sides with world premieres by Warren Carlyle and Justin Peck.
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Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze on Switch Review

When we first reviewed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U in 2014, we gave it a 9.0, for Amazing. Here’s what we said about it then:

“Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a great platformer full of tense sequences and tough levels. Boss battles are a huge highlight, and it’s packed with hard-to-find secrets and collectibles. Multiplayer could use some improvement, but I found myself laughing whenever my teammate and I wiped out on some of these unforgiving setups. But a rewarding sense of accomplishment stuck with me each time I overcame a new obstacle, and that feeling kept me going all the way to the end.”

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Film Review: ‘The Desert Bride’

It’s a wonderful thing to be proven wrong after declaring a little-known character actor to have had a once-in-a-career moment — when that unforeseen breakthrough merely paves the way for an unexpectedly fruitful career. So it is with Chile’s Paulina Garcia, whose vibrant late-career performance in 2013’s “Gloria” turned out to be a fixed bolt […]

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Chicago Theater Review: ‘Lettie’ at Victory Gardens Theater

“Lettie,” a family drama about a woman emerging from prison and addiction with a desire to reclaim the teenage kids who have barely seen her in seven years, is that rare play that manages to be both pessimistic and hopeful, with a central character simultaneously deeply sympathetic and infuriating.  Playwright Boo Killebrew, currently a writer […]

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Album Review: Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’

In “Pynk,” a single from Janelle Monae’s third full-length, “Dirty Computer,” she sings, “Pink beyond forest and thighs/ Pink like the secrets you hide, maybe.” Its video a bold celebration of lady parts, the spacious, percolating pop anthem is the closest Monae has come to decoding ciphers about her sexuality. (To that end, she recently […]

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Woman Posts Hilarious Review Of Eyeliner That ‘Didn’t Budge’ Despite Car Accident

“This product lasts and looks amazing through anything,” she said.
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Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Raises the Bar for Broadway Magic

J.K. Rowling’s ever-popular boy wizard is all grown up in this enthralling two-part play, directed with seamless magic by John Tiffany.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Night Eats the World’

Based on Pit Agarmen’s novel (a form in which this story doubtlessly worked better), Dominique Rocher’s feature debut “The Night Eats the World” focuses on an isolated guy’s boredom and loneliness after an outbreak of the flesh-eating undead leaves him trapped in a Parisian apartment building. The very definition of a well-made movie that nonetheless […]

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Nintendo Labo review: Fun and games with cardboard

Nintendo Labo review: Fun and games with cardboardWith Labo, Nintendo has created an imaginative, educational and impressive toy that's sure to win over your young gamer.



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Review: Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella

In a performance that reinvented the festival set, the pop star commanded the stage for nearly two hours, teaching history and sweating the details.
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‘God of War’ review: The first must-have game of 2018

‘God of War’ review: The first must-have game of 2018“God of War” is a triumph. Sony’s Santa Monica Studio, the team behind the latest entry in the series, deftly steered the franchise through its first over-the-top trilogy and off-shoots with seeming ease. The story of Kratos, a Spartan demigod and his quest for vengeance against the Greek gods who used him as a puppet in their twisted games, was always about making the player feel bigger, badder and more powerful through gory violence, massive set pieces and, yes, the occasional virtual sex act for the purpose of taking down the gods of Olympus.



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GE Explores Hybrid Deals, Spinoffs in Strategic Review

As its strategic review stretches into a ninth month, General Electric is exploring a public offering for one of its divisions and discussing hybrid deals with public companies to combine assets.
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Extinction Review

If you set out to pay homage to both Shadow of the Colossus and Attack On Titan, but never figured out how to truly capture what made either of them special, Extinction would be the result. That’s not to say there isn’t a decent amount of straightforward, excitingly-animated hack-and-slash enjoyment to be had – I just wish it had borrowed more of the atmosphere, variety, and sense of discovery from its muses.

The stars of the show are the Ravenii, towering ogres on the warpath to wipe out every last human for reasons that become clear across the roughly 12-hour campaign. They can only be killed with a blow to the back of the neck, which usually involves an acrobatic sequence of jumps and slashes to remove armor pieces and sever limbs.

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Review: Al Pacino Stars in HBO’s ‘Paterno,’ a Tragedy Without a Hero

Barry Levinson directed this film about the Penn State sex-abuse scandal and the downfall of the university’s legendary football coach, Joe Paterno.
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Apple iPad 6th-generation review: The tablet to buy

Apple iPad 6th-generation review: The tablet to buyApple's 6th-generation iPad is still the best tablet you can buy. Nothing comes close.



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The Paris Review Names a New Editor: Emily Nemens of The Southern Review

Ms. Nemens, a surprise choice, succeeds Lorin Stein, who left the prestigious literary quarterly last year after he was accused of sexual harassment.
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Review of battle-royale game 'Player Unknown: Battlegrounds' — this week's No. 1 app

Review of battle-royale game 'Player Unknown: Battlegrounds' — this week's No. 1 appFor the latest installment of David Pogue's Rated:App, a review of Player Unknown: Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG, a battle-royale game that's already popular on the PC and console.



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Review: In ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ an Old Story for (Yet Another) New Millennium

Led by the R&B hitmaker John Legend, NBC’s live, multicultural telecast of the early-1970s musical was a conceptual and artistic triumph.
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Art Review: Sally Mann’s Haunted South

“Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings” at the National Gallery of Art is a record of exploration — into her past, America’s history and photography’s.
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'Far Cry 5' review: Destruction and doomsday in America

'Far Cry 5' review: Destruction and doomsday in America'Far Cry 5' is a chaotic blast through the American West that's worth experiencing.



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‘Angels in America’ Review: Laughing at the Devil

Nathan Lane is the deliciously odious Roy Cohn in Marianne Elliott’s staging of the iconic Tony Kushner play.
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Review: An ‘Angels in America’ That Soars on the Breath of Life

Marianne Elliott’s London-born production of Tony Kushner’s masterwork is blazingly reimagined with a cast including Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield.
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Review of this week's No. 1 app: Human Anatomy Atlas 2018

Review of this week's No. 1 app: Human Anatomy Atlas 2018Yahoo Finance's David Pogue reviews Human Anatomy Atlas 2018, an app that gives you an interactive, incredibly detailed, medically accurate jaw-dropping 3-D view of the human body.



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Review: Wes Anderson’s Bleakly Beautiful ‘Isle of Dogs’

Set in a fantasy Japan, Mr. Anderson’s new movie tells a heroic story of abandoned dogs, voiced by Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber and others.
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Review: As James Levine Sues, the Met Opera Opens a New ‘Così’

A Mozart staging set in 1950s Coney Island had its premiere days after Mr. Levine was fired when an investigation found evidence of sexual misconduct.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter’

Although “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter” comes to us from director Jody Hill and actor/co-writer Danny McBride, the masterminds behind the exuberantly surly HBO sitcoms “Eastbound and Down” and “Vice Principals,” far too much of this wildly uneven Netflix-bound comedy (scheduled to launch July 6) plays less like a transgressive farce than an […]

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Film Review: ‘Shock Waves — Diary of My Mind’

The schoolroom drama genre is heavily populated with impassioned, benevolent literature teachers who don’t play by the book, looking on as young minds expand and flourish under their unusual instruction. But what if they get it wrong? What if the freeing of some minds spells danger for others? Such questions are raised — but never […]

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Art Review: 30 Must-See Artists at the Armory Show

Brave the winter weather for Piers 92/94 in Manhattan, and you’ll find a great mix of works from Cuba, Norway, the Netherlands and more.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: Impressive…and Infuriating

Samsung’s new phone looks great—and so do the photos it captures—but the software is a problem.
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U.S. Orders Qualcomm to Delay Meeting for Review of Broadcom Offer

The U.S. government ordered chipmaker Qualcomm to delay its shareholder meeting this week to give it more time to review rival Broadcom proposed $ 117 billion takeover of the chip maker.
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U.S. Orders Qualcomm to Delay Meeting for Review of Broadcom Offer

The U.S. government ordered chipmaker Qualcomm to delay its shareholder meeting this week to give it more time to review rival Broadcom proposed $ 117 billion takeover of the chip maker.
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Film Review: ‘Chef Flynn’

There’s a different, darker film lurking beneath the lusciously edible Food Network surface of “Chef Flynn,” and when director Cameron Yates lets it peek out from the gastroporn, like little chips of charcoal in a white chocolate mousse, you feel a slight jab in your gut. A largely celebratory portrait of one of the most […]

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Album Review: Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Rare Birds’

There are albums where you can make a sport of playing “spot the reference” — and then there are albums that practically dare you not to. “Rare Birds,” the latest from singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonathan Wilson — who played co-producer and Hollywood Babylon sherpa to Father John Misty and is also a guitarist in Roger Waters’ band — […]

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Fashion Review: Can You Wear Dior to the Demonstration?

Maison Margiela and Saint Laurent try to define a new look for a new world, and Lanvin falls flat.
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Review: A Brash Wunderkind, Now 37, Meets an August Ensemble

Gustavo Dudamel led the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in three programs of standards — and Ives’ adventurous Second Symphony.
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Fashion Review: Tommy Hilfiger Runs Out of Gas

The designer brought his final see-now/buy-now Gigi Hadid collaboration to Milan for a Formula One-themed extravaganza.
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Fashion Review: Playing It Safe Amid the Protests

Armani, Cavalli and Ferragamo sent out classic styles but Versace took a chance by pairing styles with matching scarves.
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‘Secret of Mana’ review: Can't capture that old-school magic

‘Secret of Mana’ review: Can't capture that old-school magicThe "Secret of Mana" remake does quite have what it takes to live up to its classic predecessor.



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Art Review: New Museum Triennial Looks Great, but Plays It Safe

You say you want a revolution? You won’t find it in “Songs for Sabotage,” which keeps its political voice low and its money on well-made art.
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Album Review: Lo Moon’s Self-Titled Debut

Some albums are like sleeper cells, living inconspicuously amid the general population until they’re activated by a subtle signal and gradually but seemingly suddenly burst into the open. The Velvet Underground’s moment didn’t truly arrive until the early 1980s; Big Star’s until the early 1990s. And thanks to fast-rising Los Angeles-based trio Lo Moon, now […]

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Fashion Review: At Gucci, Dressing for the Post-Human World

From Alessandro Michele’s cyborgs to Moschino’s aliens on earth and Alberta Ferretti’s female-centric universe, the future is riddling the runways.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘U – July 22’

Inasmuch as there could ever be a good time to premiere a film about the 2011 Utøya massacre, “U – July 22” arrives at a particularly tender, difficult moment. Unspooling at the Berlin Film Festival five days after the Parkland mass shooting in Florida, Erik Poppe’s appropriately agonizing single-take reconstruction of the right-wing terrorist attack […]

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Fashion Review: London Fashion Week Goes Over the Rainbow

Christopher Bailey exits Burberry, J.W. Anderson mixes genders and Simone Rocha ties it all up.
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Fashion Review: Calvin Klein’s Electrifying Popcorn Fashion Apocalypse

Finally, some clothes that make you sit up and stare.
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Fashion Review: Politics Comes to the New York Runways

Prabal Gurung addresses #MeToo, and Pyer Moss pays homage to black cowboys and their part in the history of the West.
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Fashion Review: Dressing for the Dow

The Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta gave the old American Stock Exchange building a whole new look.
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Art Review: He Made Them Glow: A Maverick’s Portraits Live On

Peter Hujar’s photographs of friends and lovers, at the Morgan Library & Museum, captured downtown Manhattan’s golden age before the emergence of AIDS.
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Rag & Bone RTW Fall 2018 Review

Rag & Bone’s fall lineup brought back details from its origins: men’s tailoring and military-inspired touches were combined with the brand’s “iconic Englishness” in the women’s wear. Men’s wear-inspired silhouettes were abundant, like a check-print blazer shirt paired with an unlined, tailored utility jacket and the brand’s latest women’s sneaker. The Rag & Bone girl’s focus remains on “iconic pieces” — a great morning coat, classic knits and athleticwear, like a royal blue puffy jacket.
For the men’s collection, Wainwright also continued to zero in on signature staples. Utility and military references such as wool peacoats blended well with the sportier elements, such as a blue tracksuit with red side stripes, and were augmented by the solid knit and denim offering.

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Review: A Conductor Delivers a Magnificent ‘Parsifal’ at the Met

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the company’s music director designate, brought his own strong take to Wagner’s profound, challenging and very long score.
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Apple HomePod Review: Super Sound, but Not Super Smart

Apple’s $ 350 smart speaker stands out from the pack with its dazzling acoustics, but Siri trails Alexa and Google Assistant in smarts.
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Hunt orders review of disciplining doctors after Bawa-Garba case

It comes after case of doctor struck off after death of six-year-old that has shaken medical profession.
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'Shadow of the Colossus' review: One of the best games ever made is reborn

'Shadow of the Colossus' review: One of the best games ever made is reborn'Shadow of the Colossus' as mesmerizing on the PS4 as ever. And with its improved graphics, it's easily one of the most beautiful games you can find.



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Vaginal mesh: England review into scale of harm

The audit will reveal how many women have suffered ill consequences from the controversial treatment.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘This Is Home’

There has been such a massive influx of Syria-themed documentaries in recent years that it could be easy for festival audiences and critics alike to feel, if not jaded, at least a little weary: The war and its ensuing refugee crisis may be the most urgent international humanitarian cause of our age, but hasn’t the […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’

Twenty years ago, Robin Williams approached director Gus Van Sant about developing irreverent Portland cartoonist John Callahan’s memoir, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” with the intention of playing its author — a quadriplegic skirt-chaser, wheelchair racer, born-again bastard, tactlessly un-P.C. disaster — in what sounds like it would have been a wild, […]

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Film Review: ‘Nostalgia’

Just as a laugh is generally bigger the longer its setup, so tears require even more preparation to be properly jerked — which is to say, we can’t be expected to weep for, or with, fictive folks we’ve hardly met. Yet that’s exactly what “Nostalgia” insists upon: This well-meaning dirge of grief introduces audiences to […]

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‘Last Defense: The Genius of Japanese Meiji Metalwork’ Review: Creativity Forged Anew

A simple installation bears beautiful witness to the mastery achieved in the Edo period and the creative resilience that followed in the Meiji Restoration.
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Review: ‘Hamilton’ Conquers London (King George Slays, Too)

The newcomer Jamael Westman steps out as a fully formed star in the title role of the triumphant London production of “Hamilton.”
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LA prosecutors review two Weinstein cases

Prosecutors in Los Angeles have confirmed they are reviewing two cases involving the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
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Film Review: ‘Hunting Season’

There’s a regal, rolling sense of great-outdoors scale to “Hunting Season,” a confident, clean-lined debut from Argentinian writer-director Natalia Garagiola, that only puts the internal shuttering of its young protagonist in starker relief. Hitting its emotional marks with mature clarity — if little in the way of surprise — this quietly bruised coming-of-age story sees […]

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Review: Christopher Plummer Dominates ‘All the Money in the World’

Mr. Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty, is magnetic in the film, which recounts the 1973 kidnapping of his grandson.
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‘All the Money in the World’ Review: Weighing a Young Life on the Balance Sheet

Ridley Scott’s film stars Christopher Plummer as the billionaire J. Paul Getty, asked to pay a ransom for his kidnapped grandson.
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Review: Mark Rylance Returns to Broadway as a Mad Monarch to Cherish

In Claire van Kampen’s strange, enchanting “Farinelli and the King,” from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, music hath charms to spare.
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Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

A radiant Guggenheim exhibition grounds the proto-Minimalist abstract paintings of Josef Albers in the geometric grandeur of Mesoamerican monuments.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Embraces the Magic and Mystery. Read Our Review.

With charm and wit, the latest “Star Wars” movie unites the past and present as it looks toward the future.
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J.Mendel Pre-Fall 2018 Review

“She’s kind of a nomad…a Polish, bohemian nomad,” designer Gilles Mendel spoke of Talitha Getty, the muse to his latest collection. While the iconic, free-spirit inspired the feel of his pre-fall collection, the color palette was prompted by Mark Rothko’s signature “Multiforms” works. “Coming here, to me, is like coming to the dressing room of the chicest girl in town,” Mendel mused. Inspired by the late Sixties and early Seventies, the collection looked glamorous and modern in Mendel’s DNA: pleated tulle overlay gowns, embroidered skirts and dresses and ruffled blouses.
Mendel enjoyed mixing unusual color combinations, plum with burnt orange, with his luxe and refined silhouettes. His best looks came in burnt velvet — a texture “so rich, that whatever you wear, you feel refined,” Mendel noted, like a vintage rose dress top with Seventies flared trousers or a floor-length gold gown with bishop sleeves. Luxurious, unfinished and reversible furs added to the beautiful and lavish feel of the collection. Overall, the contrast of Rothko’s work against a modern, bohemian spirit suited Mendel.

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Film Review: ‘Bullet Head’

Good intentions sometimes come in odd packages, and while one doesn’t doubt writer-director Paul Solet’s sincerity, “Bullet Head” makes his judgment questionable — a vaguely “Reservoir Dogs”-esque crime thriller is not, it turns out, the ideal vehicle in which to plead for humane treatment of actual dogs. Even without that earnest underlying agenda, this slick […]

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Marvel’s Runaways: “Kingdom” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Marvel’s Runaways opened up its story wide this week, introducing some big stakes and huge concepts to the mystery, placing everything under the shadow of a potential apocalypse.

Sorcery, power gloves, and telepathic dinosaurs are a comic book-y concepts to begin with, for sure, but this week’s chapter, “Kingdom,” gave us some elements that were far above the teens’ pay grade. For now, anyway. While Alex, Nico, and the rest attempt to sort through their here-and-now issues, a much larger world was hinted at with the introduction of Julian McMahon’s “Jonah” – a mysterious figure who, via (Bad Wigs, Thomas Guide!) flashback, kicked off this entire story when he offered Geoffrey millions for a garbage strip mall.

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House of Cards Production Suspended to “Review the Current Situation”

House of Cards Season 5UPDATE on Sunday, November 26: The hiatus for production on House of Cards will extend for at least another two weeks, when an update will be provided, The Hollywood Reporter said, quoting a…

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Review: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky

A four-performance run of the great choral work has been dedicated to the memory of the Russian baritone, a beloved Met artist who died on Wednesday.
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Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics

Concerns about the tactics used by some protesters prompted the Home Office review.
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The Book Review Podcast: O Pioneers!

Caroline Fraser talks about “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” and Tiya Miles discusses “The Dawn of Detroit.”
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Art Review: Stephen Shore’s MoMA Survey Shows a Restless Reformer as a Master of Photography

The Museum of Modern Art offers a commanding retrospective of five decades of Stephen Shore’s groundbreaking work.
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Review: A Boy’s Own Desire in ‘Call Me by Your Name’

In the latest movie from the Italian director Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love”), Armie Hammer plays a visiting student who falls for his host’s teenage son.
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: Not So Kosher

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s latest show features great one-liners, endearing performances and a visually opulent representation of New York in the nascent “Mad Men” era—but its Jewish milieu make no sense.
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Review: Will Gompertz on George Clooney’s Suburbicon ★★☆☆☆

Matt Damon and Julianne Moore star in the dark portrayal of 1950s suburbia.
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Art Review: David Hockney’s Life in Painting: Spare, Exuberant, Full

An artistic journey through six decades of painting sums up his achievements — and leaves you wanting more.
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Review: Nico Muhly’s ‘Marnie’ Brings Hitchcock Into the 21st Century

The opera, based on a 1961 novel and Hitchcock’s 1964 film about a traumatized woman who compulsively changes her identity, comes to the Met next season.
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Art Review: The Comedic Beauty of Laura Owens’s Work

At the Whitney, this artist’s superb midcareer survey and catalog highlight her art, life and times — and a world of possibility for painting.
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The Book Review Podcast: Kurt Andersen on Channeling President Trump

Andersen talks about “You Can’t Spell America Without Me”; Liza Mundy discusses “Code Girls”; and Maria Russo on the season’s children’s books.
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Album Review: Swift Is a 2017 Pop Machine on ‘Reputation,’ but at What Cost?

On her sneakily potent sixth album, the pop star shifts away from her signature melodies, engaging with the competition on its terms, not hers.
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Art Review: Michelangelo Is the Divine Star of the Must-See Show of the Season

The Metropolitan Museum’s show of 133 drawings by the Renaissance artist, the largest ever assembled, is a tour de genius — the evolution of Michelangelo as deity and brand.
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Art Review: Yayoi Kusama and the Amazing Polka-Dotted, Selfie-Made Journey to Greatness

The artist of “Infinity” rooms has become an Instagram darling. But two new gallery exhibitions in New York show that she’s much more than that — an almost frighteningly fertile talent.
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Stranger Things: “The Gate” Review

In the season finale of Stranger Things: Season 2, Eleven makes plans to finish what she started.
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The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It’s not surprising that NBC found a way to capitalize on the unexpected popularity of Tom Hanks’ breakout Saturday Night Live character, David S. Pumpkins. The network has a long, not necessarily proud history of taking amusing SNL sketches and stretching them them out into full-fledged movies. We should probably count ourselves lucky “Haunted Elevator” only spawned a half-hour animated special and not a feature-length project. Even so, it’s difficult to understand why anyone at the network thought The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special was something worth greenlighting.

Where the original sketch presented Pumpkins and his skeleton entourage as overzealous performers in a really lousy Tower of Terror-ripoff, this special re-imagines the trio as enchanted do-gooders tasked with saving Halloween through the power of… whatever it is they do. The goal seemed to be to combine the timeless charm of the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials with a dash of The Cat in the Hat and a spooky, self-aware flourish. On paper, that actually sounds like a pretty swell combination. But in order to pull it off, you really need a character with a bit more meat on the bones.

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Review: Onstage Jay-Z Forgoes Distractions, Drilling Down to the Message

At the opening of his “4:44” tour, Jay-Z showcased his effortless delivery and tried to translate the intimacy of that album’s themes to a large room.
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Review: Will Gompertz on Harry Styles’s Paris gig ★★★★☆

Will Gompertz has been to the One Direction singer’s Paris gig before the tour hits the UK.
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‘Stranger Things 2’ Review: Return to the Upside-Down

Netflix’s hit nostalgia trip is back, driven just as much by its characters as its creepiness.
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Stranger Things: “The Pollywog” Review

Dustin brings a new friend to school, while Eleven goes on an adventure of her own in the second episode of Stranger Things: Episode 2.
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Review: If You See One Opera This Year, Make It ‘The Exterminating Angel’

The composer Thomas Adès’s audacious new opera based on Luis Buñuel’s surreal 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” triumphed at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Returns, More Familiar but Still Fun

Did last year’s surprise nostalgia phenomenon need a sequel? Not really, but we’ll take it anyway.
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Kaspersky to Allow Review of Its Cybersecurity Software

Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm whose software U.S. officials suspect helped the Russian government spy on Americans, promised to make its source code available for an independent review.
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‘Only the Brave’ Review: A Family of Heroes

A harrowing dramatization of the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the 2013 fire near Yarnell, Ariz.
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Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ Reveals the Artist, Real and Intense

In a hybrid of concert and autobiography, Bruce Springsteen delivers a major statement about his life’s work — but also a major revision of it.
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Art Review: From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path

East (minus 3) meets West at the Guggenheim, in what Holland Cotter calls a “powerful, unmissable event” about a world we are still getting to know.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: A Classic Renewed With Soulful Beauty

The gift of life is explored in this sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
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Fashion Review: Eden in Extremis at Chanel and Alexander McQueen

Beauty in the shadow of tragedy from Karl Lagerfeld and Sarah Burton.
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Fashion Review: From Mars, That Dress Looks Awesome

New perspectives and experimentation at Valentino, Stella McCartney and Céline.
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Forza Motorsport 7 Review In Progress

My first day and a half with Forza Motorsport 7 was spent doing much the same as I’ve done with every previous instalment: attempting to move through the solo campaign while allowing myself to become occasionally distracted by experimenting with interesting new car and track combos (and with more cars and tracks than ever, there are plenty of those). Overall, it’s a fairly familiar experience thus far, and one that hasn’t deviated much from the time-tested loop established by genre kingpin Gran Turismo back in 1997. Beating opponents, winning credits, and injecting those credits back into the next race by buying better parts and collecting new cars are again the core concerns. In other words, I can confirm that this is definitely a Forza Motorsport game.

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Star Fox 2 Review

I was mesmerized by the pastel polygons of Star Fox 2. While abstract ships swirled in a stop-motion dance in front of me, I kept thinking this was one of the most beautiful games I’ve played all year. But where I saw art, others who stopped by to check out Star Fox 2 just saw a blur of awkwardly rotating triangles at about 10 frames a second. Setting aside my appreciation for game history and nostalgia, Star Fox 2 is kind of a hot mess.

Star Fox 2’s primitive 3D is so jarringly bad that Nintendo actually canceled it in 1995 before it came out because it didn’t look good alongside the groundbreaking 3D of the Nintendo 64. Its space battles, assembled from a handful of untextured polygons, barely run on the SNES hardware, or even on its new, exclusive home in the SNES Classic Edition. (Read our full SNES Classic Edition review.) But if you can stomach the terrible frame rate, it is playable – enough that I could beat it on Hard. Sometimes, it’s even enjoyable.

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Fashion Review: What Does a ‘Woke Woman’ Wear?

Designers at Dior and Saint Laurent have come up with two very different proposals.
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Review: Star Singers Lift a Muddled ‘Norma’ at the Metropolitan Opera

The greatness of a Bellini classic shines through a dimly lit new production.
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Fashion Review: In a Fragile City, London Fashion Week Keeps Calm and Carries On

A terror attack on the city subway was only the latest evidence of an uncertain world. But London’s designers just get on with it.
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Fashion Review: Rihanna and the Fashion X Games

The Fenty collection roared back into New York, Diane Von Furstenberg embraced the fringe, and Opening Ceremony took a dance break.
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Books News: Ian Buruma on a New Era at The New York Review of Books

Buruma has officially begun his tenure at the intellectual magazine, taking over from Robert Silvers, who died in March after having edited it since 1963.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectationsSamsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.



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Review: HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Works a Vibrant Hustle in the Naked City

You may be thinking of David Simon’s new series as That Porn Show, but it’s all about character and capitalism.
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Fashion Review: Tom Ford Exhumes the 1990s and It’s Almost Fabulous

New York Fashion Week begins with a history lesson. And it’s a surprising amount of fun.
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Destiny 2 Review in Progress

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re going to lose everything. Your vault? Gone. The tower? Left in ruin. Guardians? Executed. The opening of Destiny 2 is about taking it all away, kicking you and your favorite Destiny characters into the mud, and forcing you to scrape yourself off the pavement to face an unrelenting foe.

The situation we’re placed in during the opening mission not only motivated me from a story perspective, but it also gives both returning and new players a sensible reason to climb up the light level ranks, whether it’s for the first time or all over again. To challenge us on the way back to the top, Bungie’s developed a plethora of avenues in the early game that includes Public Events, Heroic Public Events, roaming world bosses, treasure chests, Lost Sectors, Adventure side-quests, patrols, planet specific challenges, Flashpoints, Vanguard missions, and of course, the campaign. Adding to that, there are also items scattered on each destination offering snippets of lore about the location, and gear sets you can acquire by turning in tokens earned from the above activities in exchange for reputation at that destination’s vendor.

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‘Soundtracks’ Review: Many Octaves of Meaning

The concept of sound as exhibited art may stretch some people’s notions of the form, but this show’s depths, while not always immediately apparent, are abundant and striking.
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Private Life of a Modern Woman’

It’s a moment we’ve witnessed in the movies a thousand times. Two people are fighting, one of them holding a gun, and when the other one tries to wrest it from him, they tussle a bit and the gun just…goes off. Boom! Like that. It’s an “accident” that has the cosmic convenience of killing somebody who… Read more »

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'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.



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art review: Weekend in Los Angeles: That Touch of Brazil

The Museum of Contemporary Art, in the shadow of new downtown arrivals, soars with the first American retrospective of Anna Maria Maiolino’s work.
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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Review

Even with its procedural maps, XCOM 2’s missions started feeling a little stale after a hundred hours or so. Enter War of The Chosen, a large-scale expansion which grafts on more than enough new variables to give that creeping sense of predictability a brutal beatdown.

Variety is War of the Chosen’s biggest strength, and its long list of changes was very successful at making me rethink my established tactics. There are several new mission types, including clever new spins on Alien Supply Raids and Retaliations (the latter finally includes armed resistance soldiers who help you fight off the attackers – a little too effectively sometimes), extracting captured XCOM soldiers, assassinating Advent generals who’ll flee to extraction points when you break concealment, evading ambushes, saving VIPs from zombie hordes, and more. Few of them rely on do-or-die turn-timers, which was a good call on Firaxis’ part. I don’t mind the occasional timed mission, but we have enough of those already.

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Film Review: ‘Polina’

One of the defining movie moments of the last 40 years — a sequence at once ridiculous, iconic, and enthralling — is the ballet-school audition climax of “Flashdance,” in which the aspiring dance superstar played by Jennifer Beals prances and struts and gyrates and, finally, break-dances to the synth-pop glory of Giorgio Moroder and Irene… Read more »

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With The Hand threatening New York, The Defenders find themselves backed into a corner.
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Art Review: Editta Sherman’s Long Reign as ‘The Duchess of Carnegie Hall’

Royalty photographs royalty in an exhibition of portraits by Ms. Sherman at the New-York Historical Society.
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Dark Nights: Metal #1 Review

Was there ever any doubt that Dark Nights: Metal would live up to the hype. Even ignoring the impressive track record writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo established during the New 52, the recent Dark Days prologue issues have already established this conflict as one of the most epic and intriguing cases in Batman’s career. But if neither of those things was enough to sell you on Metal before now, the actual contents of the first issue should do the trick.

Reading Metal #1 doesn’t exactly feel like a return to the New 52 Batman, even if the whole gang is back (including inker Jonathan Glapion and colorist FCO Plascencia). For one thing, the scope is much, much bigger this time around. The whole Justice League is involved, and the conflict is one that spans thousands of years and the full width and breadth of the multiverse. For another, the tone is more bombastic. The New 52 Batman series tended to be pretty dark, with every arc revolving around various existential threats to Gotham City and Batman repeatedly flirting with death. Even with the much higher stakes here, there’s a clear desire to emphasize the fun, over-the-top side of Batman’ adventures. The opening sequence makes that apparent enough, with the entire League participating in an epic showdown with Mongul. The craziness only continues from there. Metal reads like Snyder and Capullo are trying to craft a story that would appeal to their 10-year-old selves as much as their adult brains, and that balance works. Better than it has any right to, probably.

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Nidhogg 2 Review

Nidhogg 2’s exciting, tug-of-war style duels preserve the frantic fun and unpredictability that made the first game great, with a few twists. Its handful of new weapons help spice up matches in new and interesting ways and a larger selection of stages adds more physical variety to matches, even if its garish new coat of paint isn’t always easy on the eyes.

The emergent chaos, thrilling close-calls, and epic comebacks of the first Nidhogg still dominate every moment of action in Nidhogg 2. Two opponents face off in a tense head-to-head duel of wits and reflexes, attempting to slay the other with pinpoint precision and make it to the end of a multiscreen stage. Ten shiny new levels in single-player arcade mode, multiplayer quickmatches, or up to eight player tournaments also add more fun platforming obstacles to contend with mid-battle.

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Mrs. Hyde’

An offbeat, fizzy farce that goes a little flat by the end, Serge Bozon’s hot-ticket Locarno premiere “Mrs. Hyde” drinks no potion, but nonetheless demonstrates a split personality. Half enjoyable, half frustrating, the film’s (extremely) loose basis on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” would seem to provide… Read more »

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Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Dark Dark,’ Beguiling Tales of Women in Metamorphosis

In this short-story collection by Samantha Hunt, dreamlike images operate in service to feminist themes and earthbound ideas.
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Review: Frank Ocean Transmits Intimacy on a Grand Scale

In just his second concert in the United States in three years, Mr. Ocean seemed determined to hold the Panorama festival crowd’s attention in the most quiet way possible.
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