Critic’s notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going Out Fighting. So Will Its Audience.

The arguments over HBO’s dark fantasy made it the signature show of an era when no one agrees on anything.
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Critic’s Notebook: I Ignored ‘Game of Thrones’ for 8 Years. Then Inhaled It in 5 Weeks.

For more than 70 hours, Wesley Morris caught up with the dragons, beheadings and brinkmanship before the series finale. Here’s what he learned.
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Heavenly or Hellish? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season

Adventurous directors and galvanizing performances made for unexpected — and very welcome — departures on what once felt like the Staid White Way.
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The MCU Master Plan That Endgame Critics Are Missing

This article contains full spoilers regarding the events of Avengers: Endgame and previous Marvel movies, as well as speculation about the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Be sure to read our Avengers: Endgame review.

With Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has just concluded its Infinity Saga, a 22-movie-long epic spanning 10 years that is one of the most impressive cinematic achievements of the modern movie era. It succeeded in successfully, tragically and honestly (depending who you ask) bringing to the close the stories of longtime heroes Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff and seemingly Steve Rogers, while also setting up an optimistic future for Earth and the heroes who protect it. And after more than a decade of tightly wound storytelling and continued payoffs to (mostly) carefully laid plot threads, I’m a bit surprised more people aren’t giving the masterminds behind the MCU more credit.

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Critic’s Notebook: #MeToo Is All Too Real. But to Better Understand It, Turn to Fiction.

A recent wave of remarkably various books reminds us of the kind of touchy ethical explorations the novel makes possible.
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Books News: She Pulled Her Debut Book When Critics Found It Racist. Now She Plans to Publish.

Amélie Wen Zhao canceled the June publication of her young adult novel, “Blood Heir,” after claims that it had insensitive depictions of slavery. Then she decided the critics were wrong.
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Westbrook rejects critics after series loss

Russell Westbrook dismissed the critics during his media session to end the Thunder’s season.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Gentleman Jack’ Finds a Swaggering Woman in Want of a Wife

Suranne Jones is a force of nature in a rollicking HBO period piece, created by Sally Wainwright.
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Critic’s Pick: Celestial Visions on the Met Roof

High above Manhattan, Alicja Kwade’s planetary sculpture captures the music of the spheres.
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Kim Kardashian hits back at critics of her law studies

Kim Kardashian West has issued a lengthy response to trolls who have made fun of her decision to study law.
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Critic’s Notebook: It’s a Crumbling Road to Despair. Can New York Fix the B.Q.E.?

There are a number of promising plans to repair the detested Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But solving the problem will take an act of collective will.
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Adams: Rodgers wants his play to silence critics

As Aaron Rodgers’ leadership has once again come into question this offseason, Packers teammate Davante Adams believes his quarterback wants to shut everyone up with his play.
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The Shed Opens: What Our Critics Think

Soundtrack of America, “Reich Richter Pärt” and work by Trisha Donnelly were on offer during the arts center’s inaugural weekend.
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Critic’s Notebook: Agnès Varda: The Filmmaker as Rigorous Friend

Putting herself onscreen, the director, who died Friday at 90, suggested that making movies could be a communal act of looking and feeling.
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Critic’s Notebook: Nine Concerts in Seven Days at the World’s Most Famous Concert Hall

Carnegie Hall manages to present the vast sprawl of the classical field in the 21st century better than almost anywhere else.
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critic’s notebook: Two Flamenco Divas, Two Kinds of Showmanship

Sara Baras’s show is like a pop diva’s concert. Soledad Barrio’s is bare bones — with nothing to hide behind, nothing to get in the way.
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Critic’s Notebook: At New York City Ballet, Progress but Not Equality

Wendy Whelan has been chosen to run City Ballet with Jonathan Stafford, but her professional title is missing a prefix, as in co-artistic director.
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Critic’s Notebook: New York Has a Public Housing Problem. Does London Have an Answer?

After listening to residents, Hackney upgraded its council estates with sleek new apartments, mixing subsidized and market-rate tenants.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: The Grand, Exhausting Life of Pamela Adlon’s ‘Better Things’

The impressionistic family comedy on FX captures the labor of love better than ever in its third season.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Man You Can Bait with a Skit

Wounded by a “Saturday Night Live” spoof, President Trump reacts with part heavy-handed threat, part celebrity ego.
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Critic’s Notebook: Who Can Split-Screen Trump?

The Democratic race may be, in part, a shadow contest over who can steal the TV president’s spotlight.
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Political TV’s Protagonist, Now Has to Share the Spotlight

The State of the Union address suggested that America’s political drama was becoming an ensemble, not a one-man show anymore.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Sundance Film Festival Comes Through (Again!)

With “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “Clemency” and more, this year’s festival had plenty of good and even great movies if not a consensus favorite.
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Critic’s Notebook: How ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and ‘The Boondocks’ Kept Us Laughing at R. Kelly

In the early 2000s, it was easier to mock the singer than wrestle with his alleged crimes. The documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” makes that difficult now.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ Does Not Say What Donald Trump Thinks It Does

The president’s appropriation of the show’s tagline and imagery suggests he doesn’t know what happened to the wall — or what it really means.
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10 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2019

A Frida Kahlo show. A live “Great Gatsby” marathon. “Fleabag” takes the stage. Here are some of our most anticipated events of the early new year.
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Critic’s Notebook: What It’s Like to Be a Female Movie Critic in the #MeToo Era

For Manohla Dargis, who spent a lifetime loving movies, ordinary, unremarkable sexism was so much harder to glide over. And it deserves outrage too.
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Bandersnatch: The critics’ verdicts on Black Mirror’s interactive adventure

Some say the Netflix show’s interactive episode is a masterpiece, some say it’s a mis-step.
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Sam Fender revealed as Brits Critics’ Choice winner

Sam Fender has been named the winner of the Brits Critics’ Choice award for 2019 – an achievement which comes after a phenomenal year of sold-out shows, a major label signing, and a little support from Elton John.
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Times Critics Discuss the Year in Books, From Triumphs to Disappointments

The Times’s staff critics talk with each other about the wide variety of reading they did in 2018.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Brits Critics’ Choice award nominees revealed

Up-and-coming music stars Mahalia, Lewis Capaldi and Sam Fender have been announced as the shortlisted artists for the Brits Critics’ Choice award for next year.
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Critic’s Pick: ‘The Favourite’ Review: Scheming for Power in a Kinky Palace Triangle

Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, turns 18th-century royal intrigue into sublime and ridiculous comedy.
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Critic’s Notebook: Paula Jones, Reconsidered

Twenty years after Bill Clinton was impeached, “The Clinton Affair” and “Slow Burn” put the women who accused him of sexual misconduct in a new light.
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Critic’s Notebook: The End of Endings

How endless sequels, boundless TV revivals and self-perpetuating social media feeds are robbing us of closure.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Is an Intimate Epic

HBO’s newest series is a faithful rendering of the story by Elena Ferrante and a counterpoint to cable drama’s testosterone-driven past.
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Critic’s Pick: Meet Warhol, Again, in This Brilliant Whitney Show

A sweeping retrospective shows a personal side of the Pop master — his hopes, fears, faith — and reasserts his power for a new generation.
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Critic’s Notebook: Hip-Hop Rivalries Aren’t New. But the Battlefields Have Changed.

Tensions between the most prominent figures of rap were once confined to music. The social media era demands another approach.
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Critic’s Notebook: Fox News and Trump Reboot a Fearmongering TV Drama From 2014

In the last midterms, specious stories about immigration and terror were in heavy fall rotation. It looks like we’re experiencing a rerun.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Chicago Is Changing Theater, One Storefront at a Time

Can tiny companies thrive in the shadow of major institutions? In this theater-mad city, the question may actually run the other way.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Better Call Saul’ Is Great TV. Well, Part of It Is.

The Season 4 finale reached a long-promised milestone for a “Breaking Bad” prequel that’s part moral investigation, part Easter-egg factory.
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Critic’s Notebook: In ‘A Star Is Born,’ Lady Gaga Pits Pop Against Authenticity

The movie reflects a battle that’s played out in her own career, between the perceived ephemerality of pop and the assumed durability of “real” music.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Only Hollywood Abuser I Want to Hear From Is a Horse

In a TV season filled with very special #MeToo episodes, a few standout shows like “BoJack Horseman” commit to telling a bigger story.
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The Cry: What the critics made of every parent’s nightmare

BBC One’s new Sunday night drama, featuring Jenna Coleman, has many guessing what exactly is going on.
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Critic’s Notebook: A High-Stakes Hearing Raises Two Voices, One Quiet, One Loud

The political and gender divide in America played out on TV not just in what Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh said, but how they said it.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’

I went to as many Instagramable “museums,” “factories” and “mansions” as I could. They nearly broke me.
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Round Table: The Nobel Prize in Literature Takes This Year Off. Our Critics Don’t.

With the 2018 prize postponed by scandal, The Times’s staff book critics discuss the award’s history and influence — and whom they would give it to this year if they could.
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BBC thriller Killing Eve gets thumbs up from critics

The BBC spy thriller, written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is already a huge hit in the US.
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Critic’s notebook: The Best New Social Thriller Is a Podcast

“Adventures in New America” and “The Horror of Dolores Roach” take fiction podcasts to new heights with mash-ups of horror, comedy and social commentary.
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Russia: Google removes Putin critic’s ads from YouTube

Ads by Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, are removed from YouTube ahead of local elections.
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Google pulls Putin critic’s ads from YouTube

Google has removed YouTube advertisements by Russian anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny ahead of regional elections in the country.
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Critic’s Notebok: At the Telluride Film Festival, the Past Isn’t Safe at All

At this year’s edition, the movies looked ahead (to the Oscars) and back into history, none better than Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical “Roma.”
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Justin Bieber’s Fiancée Hailey Baldwin Is Ignoring Critics’ ‘Negativity’ About Their Romance

Hailey Baldwin is too blessed to be stressed!

I’m beyond excited,” the 21-year-old model and Drop the Mic, who is engaged to marry Justin Bieber, told Australia’s Stellar magazine, in an interview published on Saturday.

Baldwin also went on to share that she’s not letting herself get too caught up in what the haters have to say about her relationship with the “Sorry” singer, 25.

“I don’t think it’s affected me really. I have learned to just try my best to ignore the negativity at this time so that I can enjoy this season of my life,” she remarked.

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RELATED: Hailey Baldwin Cuddles Up to ‘Absolute Best Friend’ Justin Bieber & Shows Off Ring in New Photo

The couple got engaged during a romantic vacation to the Bahamas on July 7 and confirmed the exciting news on social media two days after the proposal.

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Bieber wrote in the caption. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.”

Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!

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Though the couple have barely spent a day apart since getting engaged, they recently decided to push back their wedding plans, according to a source close to Bieber and Baldwin

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“It was getting quite intense and they realized they want to enjoy being engaged for a while…It’s not like they need to rush — they are both so young,” the source continued, adding, “They aren’t slowing things down though because they are unsure if they want to marry; they definitely want to get married.”


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Critic’s Notebook: In a Hometown Send-Off, Aretha Franklin Belongs to Everyone

The gospel church, the pop public, the city of Detroit: The “Queen of Soul” was part of them all, but they didn’t define her singular gifts.
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Bodyguard: What the critics say about new BBC drama

Bodyguard debuted on BBC One with a peak of 6.9 million viewers.
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump’s Reality TV Supreme Court Rollout, Slick and Substance-Free

President Trump has spent considerable time behaving like a reality-show character, but on Monday night, he stepped into the producer’s role.
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Critic’s Notebook: Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharks!

A New York Aquarium pavilion, with 115 marine species, finally opens this weekend, and the overall effect makes it more of a visible, welcoming presence and neighbor.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Critic Sells Books Down by the Seashore

A bookstore in the village of Wigtown, Scotland, allows people to run the shop while renting an apartment upstairs. A book critic for The Times recently took his turn at the till.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Save ‘The Conners’ From Roseanne

Maybe the troubled “Roseanne” revival should have just ended. But if it won’t, here are some ways it could get better.
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Critic’s Notebook: Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It’s a Potent Spectacle.

An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture captures what Oprah Winfrey and her TV show have meant.
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Critic’s Notebook: Images of the Border Crises Speak Louder Than ‘Womp Womp’

On cable TV and social media, the separation of parents from their children provoked empathy and exposed the emptiness of trolling.
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Critic’s Notebook: In ‘The Americans’ Finale, the Deepest Cuts Don’t Leave a Mark

The finale, like the series, raised questions of who deserved sympathy and why. As always, the answer was complicated.
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13 Reasons Why: Season two is ‘unnecessary’, critics say

The second series premiered on Netflix on Friday.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade

In its aggressively ambitious second season, the FX series was like a rapper obsessed with his own brilliance. The show became cinema.
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Critic’s Notebook: Michelle Wolf Did Her Job. It’s the Correspondents’ Dinner That Is the Problem.

Don’t hire a political comic, then renounce her when she does political comedy.
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Kathy Griffin Nails The Hypocrisy Of Critics Calling On Michelle Wolf To Apologize

“So journalists are willing to demand that a comic hired to roast people apologize but they aren’t willing to demand that Trump or his staff apologize to people?” the comedian tweeted.
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Josh Rosen takes on the NFL … and his critics

In an exclusive interview, the would-be franchise QB goes deep on the NCAA, contemplates the fate of the planet and answers the critics who think he’s radioactive.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Stormy Daniels Out-Trumped Trump

In a “60 Minutes” interview, the pornographic film star was blunt and unapologetic. That might remind you of someone.
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Critic’s Notebook: With James Levine Fired, Should We Rethink Maestro Worship?

The fate of Mr. Levine at the Metropolitan Opera may be an opportunity to consider the vast, almost mystical power granted to conductors.
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Corden slams ‘snobby’ Peter Rabbit film critics

James Corden has hit out at “snobby” critics who claim Beatrix Potter would not have liked the newly released live action Peter Rabbit film.
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Trump told to mute Twitter critics, not block them, by New York judge

A judge says the US president should mute, not block, Twitter users at a hearing in New York.
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#MeToo, Harvey Weinstein and Awkward TV: Our Critics Talk Oscars

In a wide-ranging discussion, our critics examine how the Academy Awards were actually in tune with these polarizing times.
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Critic’s Notebook: Embracing Fashion, Saggers to Sequins, at the Winter Games

This time around, the theatricality and flamboyance that were once frowned upon or ridiculed have been embraced.
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Jennifer Lawrence hits back at dress critics

Jennifer Lawrence says the criticism is a “distraction” from real issues women face.
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Critic’s Notebook: Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction

This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Aging Pride’ Challenges the Cult of Youth

An exhibition at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna explores shifting attitudes toward beauty and age as populations grow older.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Rise of the Social Media Fembot

The female cyborg has long been a pop culture fixation, but now feminized tech is all around us, with a true blurring of reality and fantasy.
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What did the critics think of Black Panther?

Marvel’s first black superhero film is nearly here – and early reactions bode well.
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Critic’s Notebook: Céline, Hedi Slimane, and the Grown-Up Woman

The most disruptive designer of his generation is back. But what will it mean for the legions of women who once found their power clothing at Céline?
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Proud Mary’ has a ‘Proud Mary’ Problem

Movies misuse music all the time. The Taraji P. Henson vehicle “Proud Mary” misuses it hilariously.
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Critic’s Notebook: Half-Measures Won’t Erase the Painful Past of Our Monuments

The city says leave three of four existing monuments. Our critic says that may not heal old wounds.
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12 Fashion Moments You Probably Missed at Critics’ Choice Awards 2018

ESC: Fashion Moments You Missed, Yara ShahidiThere are just some things you just can’t catch on an award show red carpet.
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Critic’s Notebook: How HQ Trivia Became the Best Worst Thing on the Internet

Despite a glut of glitches and questions bordering on the ridiculous, the game taps into our universal feeling of being aggrieved.
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Critic’s Choice: The 8 Best Watches of 2017

From the thousands of timepieces released this year, WSJ’s horological expert Michael Clerizo picks the best investments—including a surprising collaboration that (spoiler alert) involves a C.F. Martin guitar.
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Critic’s Notebook: In Jackson, Feeling the Blows, the Bullets and the Tears

The new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum refuses to sugarcoat history. Fine art museums have a lot to learn from the example.
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Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?
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Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers …)

Within the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

The latest film in the sci-fi saga gets glowing reviews ahead of its European premiere in London.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

The Times’s critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Critic’s Notebook: Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings?

Our critic reflects on the legacy of the revered Metropolitan Opera conductor, who has been suspended by the company after sexual abuse accusations.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘Wonder,’ the Movie, Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On

The film version of a book often has an unfair advantage. But R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel offers much more than meets the eye.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why Plays About Sexual Assault Are Too Murky for Our Own Good

He-said, she-said ambiguities are certainly dramatic. But they also ignore hard truths that we need to hear right now.
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Critic’s Notebook: Who We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Weinstein

After Annabella Sciorra told her story about Harvey Weinstein, I watched her work again — and wondered what might have been.
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Critic’s Notebook: Franken and Trump, Hiding Behind Their ‘Jokes’

Men get away with bad behavior under the guise of show business in both comedy and politics. Too often, women are just the material.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Void at the Heart of ‘Gurlitt: Status Report’

Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of inherited art, hidden for decades, is finally on view in two exhibitions. But bringing it into the light can’t dispel his ghost.
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Critic’s Notebook: What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance

An exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris looks at 2,000 years of Christians in the Arab World. It has a message for France — and for us all.
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Critic’s Notebook: On ‘The Good Doctor,’ the Anti-Antihero Is In

A decade after the rude genius of “House,” ABC’s sentimental hit drama focuses on the “care” part of health care.
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Critic’s Notebook: Louis C.K. and Hollywood’s Canon of Creeps

In his new film “I Love You, Daddy,” the comic surveys male pathologies, nods at Woody Allen and reaffirms cinema’s long history of exploiting women.
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Critic’s Notebook: President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews

The president styles himself a fighter, but when it comes to television, he prefers allies who help mold his image like “The Apprentice” once did.
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Critic’s Notebook: How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women

To some, assessing an artist’s work in light of his biography is blasphemous. But it’s time to do away with the idea that they’re separate.
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Critic’s Notebook: George Clooney’s Awkward White Guilt in ‘Suburbicon’

In his directorial projects, it seems that dignified is the only way Mr. Clooney wants to imagine black people.
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Thor out of five: Marvel’s latest has critics raving

Chris Hemsworth is back as superhero Thor in what one critic describes as “a comedy with blockbuster spectacle”.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter

The Obamas have chosen Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald: one established artist, one on her way.
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Critic’s Notebook: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. But Hollywood Still Has a Problem.

Women helped build the movie industry, but it has long been a male-dominated enterprise that systematically treats women — as a class — as inferior.
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Blade Runner 2049: What are the critics saying?

Critics have had a first peak at the new Blade Runner – and they’ve “seen things you people wouldn’t believe”.
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Fashion Review: ‘Why You’d Want to Do That Is Beyond Me’: London Fashion Week Faces Down Its Critics

Shows by Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu and Hussein Chalayan took on — or didn’t — the rapidly changing world outside.
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Critic’s Notebook: Best Pictures, Maybe, but Telluride Is Not About Oscars

The film festival has become a showcase for ambitious mainstream filmmaking, like new work from Guillermo del Toro and Greta Gerwig.
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We Haven’t Seen That Before: A Critics’ Conversation About ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’

James Poniewozik and Manohla Dargis talk about “Twin Peaks: The Return,” which was much more than a simple sequel series.
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PSNI hired cyber firm to unmask Twitter critics

The Police Service of Northern Ireland hired a private cybersecurity firm to investigate alleged Twitter accounts of officers mocking senior management.
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Critic’s Notebook: Pop Star Egos Are Pushed Aside at Wacky, Socially Aware MTV V.M.A.s

The show, hosted by Katy Perry, started off with lighthearted tweaks of pop perfectionism, then turned to more serious issues.
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Critic’s Notebook: 10 Days at the Salzburg Festival, Music’s Disneyland

The venerable festival, the center of classical music each summer, ends its first season under Markus Hinterhäuser, viewed as a change agent.
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What do the critics make of Channel 4’s Bake Off?

Viewers have a week to wait before The Great Bake Off returns. But will the wait be worth it?
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump Is Wrong if He Thinks Symphonies Are Superior

When the president bragged about the superiority of Western culture in a speech in Warsaw, he pressed a sore spot for our chief classical critic.
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Critic’s Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only

The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.
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Critic’s Notebook: In These Orchestras, Youth Meets Musical Beauty

Spending time with the National Youth Orchestras of the United States and China, a critic finds that magical moments become almost commonplace.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Sanrio Makes Anti-Capitalism Adorable, and Profitable

In the shadow of Hello Kitty, its famously cute emblem of consumerism, this company has created a more rebellious genre of heroes in Aggretsuko and Gudetama.
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Critic’s Notebook: In France, Melania Trump Flies the Fashion Flag of Friendship

A wardrobe in red, white and blue signified a new stage in the first lady’s relationship with political image making.
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Critic’s Notebook: Real New York Shows From Raf Simons and Todd Snyder

A Belgian innovator and an Iowa-born traditionalist see to it that New York Fashion Week: Men’s honors its setting.
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Critic’s Notebook: At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

The Ninth, and its “Ode to Joy” finale, were featured in a concert in front of world leaders on Friday, but the work’s meaning is far from clear.
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Critic’s Take: Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think

In school, the poet Matthew Zapruder writes, we are taught that poetry is inherently “difficult.” Focusing on one interesting word can change that.
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Critic’s Notebook: When Fan Fiction and Reality Collide

The topsy-turvy power dynamics of internet culture are on display in “FANtasies,” a new fan-fiction-inspired web series.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Think About Bill Cosby and ‘The Cosby Show’

What to do with our fondness for the show is profoundly difficult — especially for African-Americans. Mr. Cosby knows what his work means, and he used it during the trial.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Look of the French Election

Marine Le Pen used costume to cast herself as the mother of France, and Emmanuel Macron’s sober suit was modified as his poll numbers shifted.
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Critic’s Notebook: In Conservative Prime Time, It’s Now Fox and Enemies

After a personnel upheaval, the Fox News Channel’s new evening lineup is not so much pro-Trump as it is anti-anti-Trump.
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Variety TV Critics Discuss the Legacy and Impact of ‘Girls’ (Part 1)

When “Girls” premiered in April 2012, it was almost all that the TV aficionado community could talk about, and it made a giant splash in pop culture, too. Nearly everyone had a strong take on the show Lena Dunham created. Below, Part 1 of Variety’s TV critics’ reflections on the show’s legacy and impact — and why… Read more »

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Twitter forces US to drop demand for Trump critic’s details

A government agency wanted the identity of a Trump critic, but has withdrawn their request.
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review Roundup: What the Critics Are Saying

“Ghost in the Shell” — the polychromatic, Westernized live-action reboot of Masamune Shirow’s cult manga series of the same name — opens wide this weekend. Although Rupert Sanders’ remake has been slammed for its controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson in the film’s (originally Japanese) headlining role, critics have begun to roll out their reviews — and the… Read more »

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Legion’ and the Rise of Surreality TV

A new breed of television shows fits right in with the current environment of fake news, gaslighting and contested objectivity.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Wheelchair on Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress.

Some people are calling Sam Gold’s “The Glass Menagerie” manipulative. I call it vital theater.
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Critic’s Notebook: The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch

The New Directors/New Film Series opens on Wednesday with the joyful “Patti Cake$ ,” one of several features by talented but little-known artists.
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Chrissy Teigen Shuts Down Mom-Shaming Critics: ‘Imagine Being This Miserable’

Chrissy Teigen is not here for mom-shaming.

The outspoken model and mother to 10-month-old daughter Luna hit back at critics who made negative comments about her baby girl.

“Imagine being this miserable. We are fine, thanks,” Teigen, 31, tweeted on Friday, along with a screenshot of the comments.

“Some people are just hell bent on being the f–king worst,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

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The cookbook author and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model recently revealed her bouts with postpartum depression in a essay for Glamour‘s April cover story, in which she wrote about how her life changed after she and husband John Legend welcomed little Luna. PEOPLE had an exclusive first look at the story Monday.

“Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me,” she wrote.

“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: ‘Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom,’ ” she said.

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For more on how John Legend balances fame, family and first-time fatherhood, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

The model mom credits her husband John Legend for his unwavering support with helping her through. “He’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving and understanding as he seems,” she wrote.

“It’s a difficult thing to be a new father and for my wife to be a new mother,” Legend told PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“ advances the level of partnership you share. It’s exciting to see how we as a couple grow together and learn how to react to the challenges and the joys.”


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Critic’s Notebook: Sean Spicer’s Briefings, Cringe TV for an Audience of One

Millions tune in to watch the White House press secretary spin for President Trump. But the real story is what he can’t say and how he doesn’t say it.
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Emma Watson Fires Back At Critics Of Her Vanity Fair Shoot

Emma Watson on Sunday responded to critics who said she strayed from her feminist roots when she posed for a revealing photo in Vanity Fair.

In a recent shoot for the magazine, the 26-year-old “Beauty and the Beast” star appears in a white crocheted jacket with no shirt or bra. The pictures, shot by fashion photographer Tim Walker, sparked backlash across social media and from some media outlets.

Watson told Reuters that she’s simply confused by some of the flak she’s received. “It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is of what feminism is,” she said.

“Feminism is about giving women choice,” she went on. “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”

“I’m confused. Most people are confused… I’m always just kind of quietly stunned,” the former “Harry Potter” star added.

Along with the criticism, though, came plenty of support for the photo shoot. 

For her part, Watson enjoyed the photo shoot, calling it “incredibly artistic.”

“I was so thrilled with how kind of interesting and beautiful the photographs [were],” she said. 

Watson has long been an advocate for women’s rights, teaming with the United Nations as a Women Goodwill Ambassador and working on the HeForShe campaign.

“Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters on March 17.

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Adele has a message for ‘Shrek dress’ critics

Adele has slated critics who said the outfit she wore to the Grammys made her look like Princess Fiona from Shrek.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Escape Your Political Bubble for a Clearer View

Want to see how the other half live-tweets? The technology that insulated you will now free you.
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Critic’s Notebook: How to Fix the Met: Connect Art to Life

The Metropolitan Museum of Art must start by mixing things up — periods, functions, cultures. It also must hire a more diverse staff, and react to the times.
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Yeezy Season 5 Reviews Are in: Why Critics Are Praising Kanye West’s Latest Collection

Kanye West, Blond HairIt’s New York Fashion Week, and the living’s Yeezy.
Hours ago, Kanye West unveiled Yeezy Season Five, his fifth design collaboration with Adidas that (according to critics) is…

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Critic’s Notebook: #GrammysSoWhite Came to Life. Will the Awards Face Its Race Problem?

Beyoncé lost the three major categories for album and song to Adele, who praised “Lemonade” in her own acceptance speech.
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Critic’s Notebook: Women Rule Halftime. Can Lady Gaga Make It Rock Again?

Since 2011, female pop stars like Beyoncé, Madonna and Katy Perry have dominated the big game’s halftime spectacle. Lady Gaga is this year’s headliner.
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Critic’s Notebook: Fashion Statement: Dissent on the Runway

At the men’s wear shows in New York, Billy Reid revives the beats, Steve Aoki goes punk, and other designers comment on the recent executive order.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Training Day’ and ‘A.P.B.,’ Where the Rogue Cop Rules

These new shows depict urban America as a hellscape that needs a results-oriented boor to break regulations, crack skulls and restore order.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read

The George Orwell dystopian novel is a best seller because so much of what it describes can be seen in the early statements and actions of the Trump administration.
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Critic’s Notebook: Wonderful Runway Shows From Two American Designers in Paris

Thom Browne and Rick Owens lead the charge. Solid shows from Hermès and Berluti leave our critic momentarily longing to be ultrarich.
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Critic’s Notebook: Mr. Reality TV Goes to Washington

On Inauguration Day, news broadcasters seemed unnerved by the prospect President Donald J. Trump would remain as combative as he had been while the host of “The Apprentice.”
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T2 Trainspotting: Critics praise film sequel

Critics broadly praise T2 Trainspotting, but many note it will not have the same impact as the original.
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Trainspotting sequel wins over critics

Trainspotting’s long-awaited sequel T2 has won over most critics’ hearts, but expectations were far from great.
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Critic’s Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Twitter and the Art of His Deal

President-elect Donald J. Trump has always been hooked on recognition. More than ever, tweeting has given him a fitting outlet.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Clothes Defined Michelle Obama

No one understood the role of fashion, and the potential uses of its power, better than the first lady.
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Critic’s Notebook: Donald Trump and the State of Conflict

At a news conference, his language is the language of pre-emptive strikes and confrontation — competing, hitting, winning. And the whole world is his stage.
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Why Apple’s Critics Are Right This Time

Almost since the birth of Apple, critics have declared it was headed in the wrong direction. Today, the most pressing example is Apple’s seeming struggle to execute on its vision for artificial intelligence, writes Christopher Mims.
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National Society of Film Critics: ‘Moonlight’ best picture

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has voted “Moonlight” the best picture of 2016.
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Critic’s Notebook: Presidential Portraits: Staring History in the Face

The National Portrait Gallery, which is displaying a series of such pictures, will soon show a 1989 studio photograph of a self-confident 40-something Donald J. Trump.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘The Man in the High Castle’: An Alternative America Hits Home

The series, which returns with its second season on Friday, has a new relevance in a postelection United States.
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Bryce Dallas Howard Models $240 Topshop Dress at 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards

22nd Critics' Choice Awards, Arrivals, Bryce Dallas HowardBryce Dallas Howard looked like a million bucks at the 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards.
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Cutouts, Deep V’s and Other Sexy Trends From the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards

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Justin Timberlake, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Kevin Hart and More to Present at 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards

Justin Timberlake, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Kevin HartThe 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards is right around the corner, and in preparation for the big day, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association have…

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Brit Awards reveals Critics’ Choice nominees

The Brit Awards has revealed the three nominees in next year’s Critics’ Choice category, marking the prize’s 10th anniversary.
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Musical set for Oscars after critics’ picks

Musical La La Land has scored the most film nominations by the US Broadcast Film Critics Association, picking up 12 nods.
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