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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a new kind of superhero in dreamy apocalyptic...

There are hardly any colors at all in Fast Color, at least at first; just the drab grays and browns of a sun-blasted droughtland. “I guess everybody always thinks they’re living through the end of the world,” an overly-friendly stranger says to Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) as they sit side by side at a diner, as…

Adam Driver and Keri Russell bring sexy if uneven smolder to...

About midway through Burn This, dancer-turned-choreographer Anna talks about a piece she’s been working on, “a pas de deux for two couples”; “pas de quatre,” her boyfriend counters, half-absentmindedly. It’s a throwaway moment, but a corrective worth putting to the perception of the play itself; nearly all the press for the current Broadway revival focuses…

E.L. James’ The Mister is so much worse than Fifty Shades:...

Thanks to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, E.L. James has become synonymous with generically titillating BDSM, a style that could be described as “domination for beginners.” That the author has written a new book called The Mister should give anyone familiar with her work a pretty clear idea of what to expect from it…

Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo get weird on LSD: EW review

Turn on, tune in, and drop out with the summery pop psychedelia of LSD, the acronymous supergroup comprising British multi-talent Labrinth, chart-topping singer-songwriter Sia, and Grammy-winning cross-genre DJ/producer Diplo. Like Diplo’s first album with his band Major Lazer (Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do), the 10-track LSD isn’t afraid to get weird. “Welcome to the…

Rooney Mara gives the gospels a feminist spin in Mary Magdalene:...

If there was ever a figure from the New Testament deserving of reconsideration, it’s Mary Magdalene. For centuries, Jesus Christ’s lone female apostle was painted by the church as a “fallen woman” – her narrative was taken from her by Pope Gregory in the sixth century. Since then, both history and Hollywood have been slow…

Hulu’s generous, profound Ramy is a must-see new sitcom: EW review

It’s a typical day in a typical American life. Ramy (Ramy Youssef) is another twentysomething working at one of those tech start-ups that will own the future or disappear tomorrow. Dating’s a struggle. He kinda has commitment issues, he literally believes in God, and he must be the only dude in New Jersey who doesn’t…

Double Shot at Love is a wacky Jersey Shore spin-off done right: EW...

And why not just fill a big house with attractive goofballs making terrible decisions for our entertainment? MTV’s Double Shot at Love With DJ Pauly D and Vinny (debuting Thursday at 8 p.m. ET) sends two Jersey Shore lifers to Los Angeles, for some reason, where they share a bedroom, for some reason, in a…

Elisabeth Moss’ Her Smell tells half a story of rock life: EW...

Is the only kind of true artist a tortured one? And is it the pain that makes it art? In a music industry littered with terrible losses and cautionary tales, that still seems like a question worth asking. Though it’s not one that filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Phillip, Queen of Earth) seems especially…

The new Hellboy is snarky, gory, and bland: EW review

I’ve always been fascinated with the human eyeball. It’s a very complicated organ, you know. And the new Hellboy offers prime viewing opportunities for we retinal enthusiasts. The very first shot features a bird slurping eye-whites from an unlucky corpse. It’s a prologue set in the Dark Ages, 517 A.D., not an era known for…

Susan Choi gives a gonzo literary performance with Trust Exercise: EW...

It feels strange to say that Susan Choi — finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, lauded novelist for decades — is at last having her moment. But then, she’s never produced a book like Trust Exercise before: a gonzo literary performance one could mistake for a magic trick, duping its readers with glee before leaving them…
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