Articles tagged mystery

Maybe What’s Going on in ‘Get Out’ Is All in His Head

This film's horror could be satire of a fish-out-of-water situation; perhaps Chris is only imagining much of what he thinks is happening, and he's just overly anxious...

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‘Riverdale’ Gets Good By Embracing Its Campy, Gothic Aesthetic

Despite my initial dislike of the CW's Riverdale, this soapy teen drama slowly grew on me.

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‘Twin Peaks’: Flame Wars, Walk With Me

On 22 May, Twin Peaks returns; unfortunately, so does everything else that surrounds any significant pop culture text. This is how it will go.

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‘Sense8’: “Who Am I?” Puts Will and Whispers Front and Center

Despite the show's lingering issues with character development, "Who Am I?" adeptly sets the stakes for season two and provides plenty of intrigue.

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John Darnielle’s ‘Universal Harvester’ Holds a Mystery Within a Mystery

Universal Harvester isn't what it looks like, but part of the fun and force come in finding out what it really, maybe is.

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Is a Thorny, Thought-Provoking Reworking of the “Dead Girl” Trope

Netflix's 13 Reasons Why offers up a powerful, if problematic, spin on the teenage melodrama.

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‘The Leftovers’ “The Book of Kevin” Subverts Expectations in a Near-Perfect Episode

"The Book of Kevin" subverts its own narrative to offer a profound meditation on its own intelligent design.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Proves That Women Really Are Stronger Together

By revealing the ways in which society pits women against each other, Big Little Lies makes a case for radical solidarity.

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On ‘The Singing Detective’ and the Horrors of Tin Pan Alley

How Dennis Potter's 1986 BBC-TV masterpiece The Singing Detective still resonates in the new Golden Age of TV.

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A Breezy Visit With Arthur Conan Doyle and His Most Famous Creation

With Arthur and Sherlock, Michael Sims seeks to answer how Arthur Conan Doyle went from modestly successful physician to world-famous writer of detective stories.

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Spending the Night: Three Old Dark Houses Give Up Their Secrets

Chamber of Horrors, A Game of Death and Invisible Ghost bring '40s black and white thrillers to Blu-ray.

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This Will Be the Last Time You Hear from Me: John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester won’t shock you or stay with you for a long time, but like most found footage movies, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat along the way.

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‘Personal Shopper’ Dancing With the Camera

Maureen's (Kristen Stewart) ongoing dance with the camera seduces you, because it is, after all, a dance with you.

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‘Personal Shopper’, a Personal Ghost Story

Olivier Assayas' most recent production offers layered thematic content and a strong performance from Kristen Stewart.

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‘On the Nature of Daylight’: Arrival’s Gentle, Beating Heart

Max Richter's 'On the Nature of Daylight' signaled that as a new parent, I was going to have a relationship with Arrival's message.

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‘Before I Fall’ Can’t Break Free From Its Built-in YA Shackles

Before I Fall is more cinematically interesting than its contemporaries and boasts a solid lead performance from Zoey Deutch, but it's bogged down by teen-drama clichés.

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Lady-Killer: Exploring Coming-of-Age Through Horror in ‘Lady in White’

Lady in White is a patiently-crafted example of how setting and atmosphere can supersede character and action in a story.

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Red Gets Poisoned, but ‘The Blacklist’ Gets Better in “The Apothecary”

Decent writing, great casting, and a potential plot twist help The Blacklist recover some of its faded glory.

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‘Get Out’ Is a Fantastic Freak-Out

Jordan Peele's new movie mixes humor, horror, and satire to create vital social commentary.

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A Linguistics Revolution: ‘Arrival’ and the Politics of Language

After watching Arrival, the sci-fi technology we think about is not possible developments in the future, but rather, one of our most intimate and fundamental technologies: the technology of language.

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