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Final Oscar Picks 2023

BEST PICTUREAll Quiet on the Western FrontAvatar: The Way of WaterBabylonThe Banshees of InisherinElvisEverything Everywhere All at OnceThe FabelmansTÁRTop Gun: MaverickWomen Talking Dark Horse: Triangle of SadnessLong Shot: The WhaleTotal Shock: RRR The skinny: It’s a little funny to me … Continue reading

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The Best TV Performances of 2022

Ensemble in a Comedy Series Abbott ElementaryMany comedies take a while to find their footing and figure out the balance of their ensembles. Not Abbott. It joins a rare club – whose members include Arrested Development and Brooklyn Nine-Nine – … Continue reading

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The Best TV Shows of 2022, Part 2

COMEDY SHOWS & SPECIALS Documentary Now! (IFC)One of the only shows on the air that feels like it’s tailor-made to my overlapping nerdy interests. Documentary Now! continues to deliver spot-on absurdist parodies of obscure documentaries, solely because IFC’s parent company … Continue reading

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The Best TV Shows of 2022, Part 1

If you thought we had hit “Peak TV” (a term coined by executive John Landgraf nearly a decade ago), you were wrong. With 600-plus scripted shows airing in 2022, there was absolutely no way to keep up. But I still … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: January 2023

I wanted to take a new approach for this column in 2023. There’s just way too much out there, and even last year I was still dropping way too many suggestions. This year, it’s all about curation. I’m still focusing … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: December 2022

This will be the last post in this format. Look for a more carefully curated version of this column coming next month! FILMSTop PicksThe Banshees of Inisherin – HBO Max 12/13Glass Onion – Netflix 12/23Top Gun: Maverick – Paramount+ 12/22Three … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: November 2022

FILMSTop PicksDevil in a Blue Dress – Hulu 11/1Little Woods – HBO Max 11/1Top Five – Paramount+ 11/1Nope – Peacock 11/18 Other Recommendations2 Days in the Valley – Prime and Paramount+ 11/110 Things I Hate About You – Prime 1/128 … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: October 2022

FILMSTop PicksJacob’s Ladder – Paramount+ 10/1Jennifer’s Body – Prime and Paramount+ 10/1The Skin I Live In – Hulu 10/1Tremors – Peacock 10/1The Witch – HBO Max 10/1It’s spooky season, so I’ve highlighted some excellent horror movies. Jennifer’s Body and Tremors … Continue reading

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TV Recap: Sept. 11-17, 2022

NEW SHOWSThe Handmaid’s Tale“Morning” (B-) / season premiere“Ballet” (A)The show has no more tricks up its sleeve, and Elisabeth Moss’s performance is no longer among the best on TV. I’m a little tired of the literal hand-wringing from June about … Continue reading

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Emmy Predictions 2022: Comedy and Variety

COMEDY SERIESAbbott Elementary (ABC)Barry (HBO)Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)Hacks (HBO Max)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime)Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)Ted Lasso (AppleTV+)What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Will win: Abbott ElementaryCould win: Ted LassoShould win: BarryShould have been nominated: Reservation … Continue reading

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