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Masks, Vax Cards and an Army of Orphans: Behind the Scenes of NBC’s ‘Annie Live!’ Dress Rehearsal

For audience members checking in at the final dress rehearsal of NBC’s “Annie Live!” on Dec. 1, there was an additional stop along the usual security gauntlet. Between the airport-style metal detectors and the YONDR phone sequestration, everyone was required to show ID and proof of vaccination and was given a color-coordinated mask to... go to Article >

‘You Won’t Be Alone’ Review: A Shape-Shifting Witch Learns What It Means to Be Human in Creative Art-Horror Offering

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The villagers refer to her as Old Maid Maria, invoking the witch’s name as a way to make children behave. But the Wolf-Eateress — or Volkojatka, as the superstitious peasants call this shape-shifting witch — is more than just a scary story in “You... read more

Will Forte Brings Back Anti-Mask, Anti-Vax MacGruber for ‘SNL’

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Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Will Forte made his hosting debut this week, reviving his beloved character MacGruber. It turns out, though, that MacGruber has been taken in by the anti-vax crowd. The first MacGruber sketch of the night... read more

‘Sharp Stick’ Review: Lena Dunham’s Third Major Act Is Her First Disappointment

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For a decade, Lena Dunham has kept more than busy, executive producing TV series like “Camping” and “Generation” and putting out her memoir. Yet she’s been notably selective about her main slate of projects, and “Sharp Stick,” which premiered... read more

‘Dual’ Review: Downer Dark Comedy Imagines the Pros and Cons of Being Cloned

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Turns out, it is easier to create a human clone than it is to destroy one. Or so goes writer-director Riley Stearns’ morbidly satirical, grimly absurd parallel version of the world as we know it. In “Dual,” for those who have themselves copied,... read more

‘The Territory’ Review: Indigenous Brazilians Stand Their Ground in an Urgent Environmental Docu-Thriller

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Dual forces of climate change and cultural genocide overlap to devastating effect in “The Territory,” threatening not just a native community but a wider ecosystem — and cheered on by the actively hostile powers that be. Riveting and despairing in... read more

‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ Review: Emma Thompson Gets In Touch With Her Sensual Side in a Gripping Two-Hander

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In the opening sequence of Sophie Hyde’s riveting “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” a suave young man (Daryl McCormack) steps out of an ice cream parlor, catches a mint candy in his mouth, and swings around a street pole like a hipster Gene Kelly.... read more

‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’ Unpacks a Toxic Legend: TV Review

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Deep into W. Kamau Bell’s new four-part documentary, “We Need to Talk About Cosby,” panelists are asked to describe who Bill Cosby is, as if to a person who had never heard of him before. Does one lead with his phenomenal career successes as a... read more

‘Nanny’ Review: An Immigrant Mother Separated From Her Child Fears the Worst

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Aisha didn’t move to New York City to raise some other mother’s kids. She moved there with the intention of bringing her young son over from Senegal. In order to pay his way, however, Aisha must do as so many undocumented women have in the Big... read more

Adele FaceTimes With Forgiving Fans After Las Vegas Residency Postponement

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While Adele and her reps have not commented publicly about the abrupt postponement of her Las Vegas residency beyond her initial announcement and a follow-up thank-you tweet to fans, the singer FaceTimed with multiple would-be concertgoers in the... read more

Sundance Winner Francisca Alegria Bows Feature Debut ‘The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future’ at Fest

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Five years after her lauded short “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye” won Sundance’s short film jury award in international fiction, Chile’s Francisca Alegria is bowing her feature debut on Jan. 23 at the Park City, Utah, fest. In “The... read more

‘Plaza Catedral,’ ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ Deal With Violence Inflicted Upon Youth in Latin America

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Mexico’s Tatiana Huezo and Abner Benaim of Panama, whose respective dramas, “Prayers for the Stolen” and “Plaza Catedral,” made the coveted shortlist in the Oscars’ international feature category, have quite a few things in common. Both have... read more