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‘This Is Us’ Has Some Mixed Messages About Parenting in “Career Days”

This Is Us is in danger of presenting parenthood as a zero sum game.

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The Forecast Is Unsettling in ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’

Not all musicals present a slap-happy world.

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Norman Lear Reboots ‘One Day at a Time’ For a New Generation on Netflix

“It was a good piece of my life,” Lear says of the sitcom, which was part of a number of forward-looking series — including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude” — that made the writer-producer a force in television.

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If You Haven’t Seen ‘His Girl Friday’, Consider Your Life Wasted So Far

Walter Burns (Cary Grant) and Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell): a love-hate story no matter how you cast it.

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‘Gilmore Girls’ “Spring” Shows Lorelai Moving Forward, Rory Falling Down

"Spring" reverses much of Rory and Logan’s character growth in favor of an ill-advised affair.

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Fellini’s ‘Roma’ and the Polysemic Surreal

Fellini’s films are haunted by an absence, a pervading sense of loss, a mourning for the unattainable, and yet imbued with an effervescent sense of fun as well.

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Painful Humor and Euphoric Pleasure In ‘Punch-Drunk Love’

Anderson's quirky film is reinvention in the purest sense, free of commercial pressure.

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The Totemic Mother and Father of ‘The Squid and the Whale

Our parents loom over us, first literally and then figuratively, for the entirety of our existence.

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In ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Coming of Age Becomes a Wonderful Adventure

Set against a magical backdrop in the New Zealand bush, Hunt for the Wilderpeople offers a perfect balance of silly and lovely that makes it an irresistible adventure.

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There’s No Real “Détente” In the Finale of ‘Divorce’

Divorce reaches anything but detente in its fitfully moving, but ultimately sour and reticent, finale.

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“Winter” Offers a Solid Launch for ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’

Despite some hitches, "Winter" offers an great re-introduction into the Gilmore world.

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‘(Another) Party’, Another Episode That Touches Greatness and Frustration in (Almost) Equal Measure

This episode has some of the very best things that the show's capable, with some truly graceful little detours; ultimately, it reveals its fundamental faults.

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Bryan Cranston Struggles With Vulgar Sensibilities in ‘Why Him?’

Director John Hamburg’s holiday comedy is stuck between bawdy farce and syrupy feel-gooder.

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The Surprisingly Entertaining, Eccentric ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Screeching her way to another successful performance, Meryl Streep makes Florence Foster Jenkins much more than the traditional historic biopic.

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High School Angst With an Edge: An Interview With Hailee Steinfeld

In her last few weeks as a teenager, Hailee Steinfeld talks about making The Edge of Seventeen and navigating her young acting career.

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They Don’t Make ‘em Like ‘La La Land’, Anymore

Peppy, smart, and almost intolerably romantic, this is the finest movie musical since John Carney's Once.

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“Church” Is the Most Awkward and Odd Episode of ‘Divorce’ Yet

Divorce suffers from an identity crisis as it shuffles towards its finale.

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To the Sound of Music: Interview With ‘La La Land’s Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz

In the thick of Awards season, director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz talk about their dazzling film, La La Land.

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Convoluted “Weaponized Soul” Does Not Play Fair With the Viewer

No, Max Landis! You can't do that!

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How Britain Won the War: Two Propaganda Classics on Blu-ray

Leslie Howard's Pimpernel Smith and Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger's One of Our Aircraft Is Missing take opposite approaches to credibility

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