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Caroline A. Tsai

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‘thank u, next’ is a Brutally Kind Diss Track

Grande puts a new spin on that tradition by lifting the veil and dropping names. She doesn’t want to be excluded from that narrative. She wants to write it herself.

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In ‘First Man,’ Triumph for White Male Dreams

When you only care about the First Man, it seems, there’s no room for anyone else.

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Unpopular Opinion: Saturday Night Live, Kavanaugh, and Who Gets to Laugh

A joke has power. It matters who’s in on it, and who’s outside of it.

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The Start of Something New

There are few films that can unite a generation as ubiquitously as “High School Musical.”

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In ‘The Incendiaries,’ Radical Religion and Romance Collide

At 210 pages, “The Incendiaries” is a compact novel, but Kwon packs it with sublime detail and fully fleshed-out characters, whose richly imagined inner lives lend their intricate story a haunted depth.

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'Support the Girls' a Big-Hearted Dramedy

A tacky breastaurant becomes the unlikely site of solidarity and sisterhood.

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‘Providence’ Destined for Mediocrity

Kepnes’s novel, which is inspired by and often directly alludes to “The Dunwich Horror,” comes as an ersatz replication of Lovecraft’s delicately wrought horror fiction.

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'Ocean's 8' Steals the Jewels—But Not the Show

"Ocean's 8" is a 3D-printed zirconium model of what it could have been: Exciting, but just not the real thing.

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‘Hot Summer Nights’ Is a Surprisingly Conventional Teen Melodrama

“Hot Summer Nights” has the makings of a promising drama, but it's obviously imagined by an adult who wants to sit with the cool kids.

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From Cannes: ‘Euforia’ Misplaces Humor, Undercuts Tragedy

Italian director Valeria Golino turns her film into a bloodless pseudo-comedy that handles its very serious subjects with flippant, misplaced humor.

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From Cannes: ‘Manbiki Kazoku’ (‘Shoplifters’) A Heartbreaking Look at Family

Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda gently teases out the truth, until the Shibata family reveals the dark secrets that bind them together.

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From Cannes: ‘Un Couteau dans le Coeur’ (‘Knife + Heart’) Takes Little Death to Fatal Extremes

“Un Couteau dans le Coeur” tries to achieve some semblance of self-awareness, a sly wink at its own garish kitsch in neon lettering. But unlike Anne’s pornography, the film never reaches its—ahem—climax.

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From Cannes: ‘Zimna wojna’ (‘Cold War’) a Bleak Love Story

Without seeming resolute or preachy, Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is a clarion call for the enduring power of love in a bleak time.

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From Cannes: ‘Under the Silver Lake’ a Psychedelic, Pedantic Story of Los Angeles Folklore

Mitchell’s imagery simmers evocatively, refreshingly trippy—though it all seems to gesture at a statement that he hasn’t clarified, even to himself, like a string of blissed-out, drug-addled musings he scribbled while half-asleep.

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From Cannes: Han Flies ‘Solo’ in New Star Wars Spin-Off

Han Solo is the hero who wants to be the anti-hero, the pilot who wants to fly solo but secretly needs a fleet.