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Sony Pictures Classics

Through voyeuristic peeks, aided by a perfect mise en scène of immaculately-set tables with Nutella and juicy fruit, our senses become fully entranced and a part of their reality.

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“This play is written for white people and they will be the audience,” Rankine said. “I can’t show the worst of them.”

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A24

The film’s depiction of technology use among teens verges on anxiety-inducing, but even more importantly, it’s insightful to how our addiction to our screens transforms school, already a center for boredom, into a mindless pit of mundaneness.

What unfolds after the initial chapters is an empty tale, a meaningless love triangle in which one of the members is dead, superimposed over the backdrop of communist Albania during the twilight of the Hoxha years.

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Domino Recording Company

They proved to me that I could make something. I just needed to start.

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Focus Features

“Phantom Thread” is a dark, moving drama peppered with moments of subtle hilarity that ring true of Paul Thomas Anderson’s unorthodox sense of humor.

Blending a series of genres from the traditional French chanson to the (at the time) increasingly popular rock and funk, he created a style of music that was unprecedented and unique — accompanied by lyrics that were clever, dark and sensual.

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Tinderbox Poetry Journal

In these poems, many of which code-switch between English and Chinese, language is the most powerful force, for both harm and healing.

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StudioCanal

The first “Paddington” was quietly dropped in Jan. 2015, and as an animated film released during the first weeks of the new year, the smart bet was that it was going to be awful.

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The CW

“Black Lightning” is not just your typical superhero story highlighting a young, suave renegade, fictionally fighting to save the girl, defeating the evil villain or starring in crossovers with other superheroes.

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Domino Recording Company

Each song is its own room, fully furnished, and while every room is consistent aesthetically with the last, they all offer the listener a new discovery, a new chaise lounge to dance on and a new framed photo to gawk at.

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Daily Photo

While neither piece was quite as humorous as one would expect, both were impactful displays by student musicians as they learn to play comedic music. This brought both pieces to moments of pure beauty along with occasional moments of confusion.

The new year doesn’t always have to be the starting line.

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FX

The show is less of a criminal investigation and more of a deep, powerful drama.

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HBO

Originally, I had no opposition to “Game of Thrones.” If anything, it just didn’t seem like my type of show. It didn’t bother me at first. It was just irrelevant.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

“12 Strong” doesn’t have much to say on its subject, and it chooses to recount its true story without embellishment or serious contemplation of the future.

Some of these are deep cuts from the Food Network universe, but I was only allowed to watch Food Network, HGTV and PBS Kids until age 12 so they’re pretty fresh in my mind.