Angel and Lil Papi's love story shines in an uneven but important Pose

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While Pose is doing so many things well in its second season, it also occasionally suffers from its tonal dissonance. Take, for example, one of the central storylines in “Butterfly/Cocoon”: Elektra accidentally kills one of her clients at the Hellfire Club by leaving him tied up, unsupervised, and on drugs. It isn’t,…

In its second season premiere, Pose expertly blends the personal with the political

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Pose begins its second season in 1990 in a graveyard of nameless, endless tombs. It’s a striking visual representation of the way the world tried to strip HIV-positive people of their humanity, punishing and isolating them even in death. It’s a grand statement, but it’s also an intensely personal one, because we are…

In its finale, Charmed refocuses on its strengths by centering the sisters' emotions

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The final stretch of Charmed’s first season has reiterated exactly what the show does well. It has been a bumpy first season, the show often dropping some of its best stories in favor of a more traditional Monster Of The Week supernatural drama structure. And some of those short-term narratives have worked, but a lot…

The Good Fight's new Michael Sheen character is a surprising misfire for the show

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Halfway through “The One Inspired by Roy Cohn,” Cush Jumbo as Luca Quinn delivers a lengthy, gripping, emotionally potent monologue to her small infant son, splayed next to her, unable of course to understand a word she’s saying. She talks through her options, through unnerved confusion about how drawn to motherhood…

Broad City tackles a devastating breakup in one of the series' most emotional episodes

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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer don’t get to flex their dramatic acting skills very often on Broad City. The madcap style of this comedy means that they’re most often giving over-the-top comedic performances. That’s not to say that there isn’t nuance in their performances from week to week. Both women have proven time…

Documentary Now! paints a detailed picture of an egotistical, deranged filmmaker with "Searching for Mr. Larson"

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“Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter From the Far Side” is less about satirizing the documentary upon which it is based—Dear Mr. Watterson, about the creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes—and more about interrogating the very idea of a male, super-fan documentarian. It’s a painstaking account of one man’s…

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