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Michelle Obama makes decency great again in her memoir Becoming: EW review

Allow Michelle Obama to clear the air. She doesn’t intend to ever run for office. She believes our current president is a “misogynist” whose racist rhetoric put her “family’s safety at risk.” She fears the impact of the president’s recklessness on the country she loves. “I’ve lain awake at night, fuming over what’s come to…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a fantastical film with too much story...

There might not be a more gorgeous-looking movie this year than Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Nearly every moment is visually ravishing — from the weird, wondrous creatures and sumptuous costumes to the fog-banked spires and cobblestones of 1920s London and Paris, all strewn with the dazzling fairy dust of J.K. Rowling’s singular imagination.…

King Kong comes to Broadway with a breathtaking puppet in a mediocre musical: EW...

There’s a new leading man on Broadway — tall and impressive, with a towering presence and expressive eyes. He just happens to be a primate… and also a puppet. The new King Kong musical, which opens Thursday at the Broadway Theatre, has taken a long journey to get to New York — not unlike the creature…

Nazis, zombies — Overlord is a giddy B-movie blast: EW review

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a funny-wonderful pop fantasy: EW review

We gave it a B+ We’re lousy with nostalgia-baiting TV revivals, but She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is something special. The new Netflix series (debuting Nov. 13) updates the ’80s swordtech cartoon into a heroically right-now parable about empowered women teamworking against terror. The result is a funny-wonderful pop fantasy animated like disco fireworks, fun…

Here and Now is a bleary, boring misstep for Sarah Jessica Parker: EW review

In order to be at least halfway decent, day-in-the-life movies must reconcile with a certain fact: Most days in most lives are very, very dull. In Here and Now (originally titled Blue Night), Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Vivienne, a successful touring singer who’s so isolated from her family and friends that she’s forced to bear the terrible news…

Tahereh Mafi soars to new heights with ‘A Very Large Expanse of Sea’: EW review

Shirin is angry — and as a 16-year-old Muslim navigating a post-9/11 America, she has reason to be. Her immigrant parents relocate each year for a better job and better school district, forcing her to start over. That also means repeatedly acclimating to a new group of peers and teachers, waves of Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric…

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms needs more dancing: EW review

Every Christmas when we were growing up, our beloved great aunt gave us all new nutcrackers. Her generous consistency caused a minor population crisis, the house overcrowded with tiny wooden men brandishing Yuletide chompers. Thus do I consider myself the target demographic for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s new holiday fantasy. Short version…

Netflix celebrates Orson Welles with two movies: EW review

The English literary critic and author Cyril Connolly once famously wrote: “Whom the Gods wish to destroy they first call promising.” Orson Welles knew firsthand and better than anyone that the cruelest fate one could suffer was being called a genius at a young age. He suffered the stinging backhand of Hollywood as harshly as…

This is Us season 3 needs to stop trying so hard to make us...

Family, amirite? Everyone knows that the people we love the most are the ones who can — and usually do — drive us crazier than anyone else on earth. It’s inexplicable and irrational, but it’s one of life’s many cosmic truths. With all this said, I have a confession to make: Lately, This is Us is…

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‘New Yorker’ cover celebrates the 100+ women coming to Congress

Though it's (generally) been a bad time for the United States, it's also been a golden age for New Yorker covers. The magazine's November 19 cover, however, celebrates one recent, joyous victory: the more than 100 women who were elected to Congress on Tuesday. Instead of letting Trump dominate the cover yet again, women, specifically…

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