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The Grinch brings a fresh revamp to the green Christmas meanie:...

You have met him in a book, you have seen him on a screen; in musicals and Seussical and Jim Carrey scary green. Would a heart be three sizes too small to say we do not need another Grinch at all? (Maybe, though not nearly as annoying as an all-rhyming movie review.) The latest animated…

Widows is an all-star bonanza that never quite finds its tone:...

It’s not clear exactly what kind of movie(s) Widows wants to be: feminist heist thriller? Sprawling political saga? Bare-knuckled gangster noir? Steve McQueen’s latest is so stuffed with stars, styles, and big ideas, it’s almost impossible not to admire what he’s going for. But the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave and Shame can only throw so…

‘Creed II’ is no ‘Creed’, but that’s okay: Review

In some ways, Creed II feels like a regression from its predecessor, a step back into the shadows of the Rocky franchise.  Where 2015's Creed used that legacy to forge something new, Creed II leans hard on Rocky nostalgia, rehashing Rocky IV's Creed vs. Drago fight through their sons.  It's a premise that smells more…

Broadway’s new musical The Prom is filled with heart: EW review

We gave it a B+ Cue the corsages and limos! The Prom has arrived on Broadway. Well, actually, in this new musical, Broadway arrives at a prom located in the heart of Indiana. The story follows theater veterans Dee Dee and Barry (Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas), who’ve just delivered yet another misfire to the…

The Clovehitch Killer is an artful, nail-biting Bible Belt thriller: EW review

Horror films have frequently employed the trope of the killer next door, the seemingly perfect neighbor who charms your mom but still harbors a deadly secret only you can see. Duncan Skiles’ stylish and intimate feature directorial debut, The Clovehitch Killer, extends that sense of helplessness to your own home: What if the killer was…

In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen brothers revisit the...

Presented as a Western anthology of six short genre-tweaking tales, Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs feels, not surprisingly, a bit scattershot and episodic. Bankrolled by Netflix, whose deep pockets allow for just this sort of quirky experimentation, the film is a decidedly mixed bag. Two of the chapters stand with some…

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

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...

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.…

‘Return of the Obra Dinn’ reinvents the murder mystery game: Review

Lucas Pope sure knows how to undersell his games — which, by all accounts, continue to push the limit of what we can expect from the medium. The one-man powerhouse first exploded onto the scene with his wildly popular and morally existential bureaucratic puzzle game Papers, Please. Five years later, he's released the equally undefinable…

King Kong comes to Broadway with a breathtaking puppet in a...

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…
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