Monday, October 19, 2020 - 12:09pm

For the past decade, Marvel superhero movies have dominated the international box office and changed the standard for American blockbusters and pop culture. That wild success has unfortunately also led to more than a few missteps, and “Helstrom” proves that even the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) can’t win them all. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 5:50pm

“All of this is true. Most of it happened.” The first words of “The Good Lord Bird” cue you into the hour-long premiere of the wildly entertaining and hardly believable story of John Brown (Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”), the man most Americans know as the abolitionist who led a violent raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859.

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 6:05pm

The horror genre is no stranger to television. Paranormal activity and true crime stories have been a time-honored TV tradition since “The Twilight Zone.” In a genre so well-trodden, it’s often difficult to find something fresh and genuine in addition to the gore we’ve become so accustomed to onscreen. However, “Monsterland” is able to accomplish the ultimate goal of horror: To make the audience feel everything it throws at them.

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 5:10pm

I am unsure how to accurately describe the full depth and breadth of the emotional rollercoaster that is “I Can See Your Voice.” Upon first glance, it may seem like the kind of mindless, meaningless program that is the derivative of a derivative of other game shows. But when viewers surrender themselves to the pure pointlessness of this Fox series, something else emerges: pure, unadulterated joy.

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 5:07pm

On a list of iconic movie villains, Nurse Ratched from the 1975 Academy Award-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” usually ranks near the top. Based on the 1962 novel by the same name, the film quickly became a beloved part of American pop culture, mostly because of Jack Nicholson’s charismatic portrayal of Randle McMurphy as he struggles against Nurse Ratched’s oppressive practices on her psychiatric ward. 

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:26pm

2020 has turned out to be one of those years that edgy millennials like to call “a complete dumpster fire.” It goes without saying that the pandemic has given the year a bad reputation, but in the United States, matters have only been made worse by police brutality, climate disaster and a looming election.

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 3:52pm

When news broke in 2018 that a well-connected cult leader and a former Hollywood star were indicted for sex trafficking and multiple other felony charges, a docuseries was almost guaranteed. With the recent explosion of the true-crime genre, it was only a matter of time before NXIVM became the country’s next morbid obsession.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 5:45pm

Over spring break, I spent the day at my grandparents’ house watching old shows from the 1960’s. I hadn’t seen many of them before and was excited to laugh at the fun fashion and the era’s simplistic, slapstick comedy. After a few episodes of “Bewitched” and “Green Acres,” the channel transitioned into that night’s marathon of “The Andy Griffith Show.” 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 3:39pm

If you ever say something and then find yourself thinking, “Was that racist?”, odds are, it probably was. That self-awareness of prejudice and microaggressions may seem reflexive to some in 2020, but in 1997, that may not have been the case for everyone. And it certainly isn’t for the characters of “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:47pm

OK, so the world right now is a pretty dark place to live in. Political uncertainty, a quickly deteriorating environment and the current outbreak of a deadly pandemic have made 2020 one of the scariest years in recent history. With so much chaos compacted into a short period of time, it’s not hard to resign oneself to a pessimistic view of the future.