The dead-eyed new Lion King painfully illustrates the difference between cinema and video games

For a generation of children, the sight of lion prince Simba watching his father, Mufasa, die in a wildebeest stampede in 1994’s The Lion King represented a first encounter with mortality. Disney’s animators render the moment with a terrible poignancy that can stay with a person for the rest of their life. Mufasa…

Three major goodbyes on this week's Riverdale, and none of them for the show's toughest loss

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Two days ago, on his Instagram account, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced that this week’s episode was the last that Luke Perry shot prior to his shocking passing. (Cast members Madelaine Petsch, Gina Gershon, and Ashleigh Murray all dutifully responded with broken-heart emojis.) The rational TV…

Infiltrating a cult turns out to be pretty tricky business on a Riverdale flush with bad choices

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Riverdale is a show about teens who look like they’re in their twenties acting like they’re in their thirties and forties. That applies to their romantic and sexual lives, and this playacted maturity also regularly extends to their amateur extracurricular pursuits. This episode’s two main prongs — Jughead and Archie’s…

As Riverdale turns fifty, the more things change, the more they stay the same

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This week marks Riverdale’s fiftieth episode, a milestone the show nods to through F.P.’s fiftieth birthday party. It’s a time for reflection and summing-up, for taking inventory and speechmaking. The newly reunited Jones clan receives a State of the Family address from Jughead near the tail end of this hour, in which…