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TV OT: 'Licorice Pizza,' 'The Beatles: Get Back' and 'The Waltons' serve up nostalgia over Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving weekend is theoretically all about family. Yet in terms of entertainment options -- to consume with them or as a means of escaping them -- the prevailing theme this year is heavily tilted toward nostalgia. → Read More

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'Hawkeye' misses the mark with an opening aimed at introducing Kate Bishop

Marvel might have reached into its quiver once too often with "Hawkeye," at least based on the first two episodes, which offer a slow start tilted more toward the character of Kate Bishop than the titular Clint Barton. Amusing in places, this holiday-themed series makes jokes about trick arrows, but it's going to need a few more tricks up its sleeve. → Read More

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'True Story' lets Kevin Hart show off his serious side in a close-to-home role

Kevin Hart stays close to his comfort zone in one respect in "True Story" -- playing a wealthy and famous comedian -- while stretching in another, in a dark drama of cascading stakes and consequences. Also producing the Netflix limited series with "Narcos'" Eric Newman, Hart delivers a crisp and compelling drama that, at seven episodes, avoids the mistake of prolonging the act beyond its weight. → Read More

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'House of Gucci' doesn't make the most out of its stylish accessories

"House of Gucci" takes a seemingly can't-miss combination of talent and material and produces what feels like the knockoff version of a really grand drama. Lady Gaga and Adam Driver bring buzz to director Ridley Scott's dive into the dysfunctional family behind the fashion empire, but in a movie that doesn't rise to the level of delicious trash, winding up largely defined by its stylish… → Read More

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'Cowboy Bebop' and 'The Wheel of Time' dully add to streaming's quest for attention

Streaming services continue to roll out expensive series based on presold concepts, with two prime examples this weekend: "Cowboy Bebop," Netflix's live-action spin on a popular anime show; and "The Wheel of Time." → Read More

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With 'Tick, Tick ... Boom!' and 'Encanto,' Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't throwing away his movie shots

Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing his shots, and in 2021, the creator of "Hamilton" has been getting a whole lot of them. → Read More

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'King Richard' puts Will Smith on center court as Venus and Serena's dad

Stage parents seldom fare well in movies and TV, but "King Richard" bucks that trend, placing Will Smith on center court in an overwhelmingly flattering portrait of tennis patriarch Richard Williams. Smith aces the performance, which is the main attribute in elevating the story above the standard sports-movie conventions. → Read More

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'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' calls back to the original while adding a teenage twist

In a directorial father-son baton pass from Ivan Reitman to Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is undeniably nostalgic and fairly sweet, while who-ya-gonna-calling directly back to the 1984 original. And yet with its focus on teenage heirs to that legacy, the movie simultaneously feels as much like the Disney Channel version of "Ghostbusters" as a long-delayed sequel. → Read More

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'Tiger King 2' isn't grr-reat

If you're feeling nostalgic for the the early days of the pandemic for some reason or eager to see what Joe Exotic is up to, the five-episode season of "Tiger King 2" is streaming now on Netflix. → Read More

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'The Sex Lives of College Girls' enrolls another female quartet in a coming-of-age comedy

HBO has a storied history with female quartets, from "Sex and the City" to "Girls." Yet "The Sex Lives of College Girls" carves out its own niche with a distinct voice and plenty of very funny material, capturing four young women from diverse backgrounds thrown together as roommates while coming of age as first-year college students. → Read More

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'The Power of the Dog' stars Benedict Cumberbatch in a tense slow-burn western

"The Power of the Dog" is such a delicately constructed movie as to almost defy the ability to review it without saying too much. Keeping the audience off balance, writer-director Jane Campion creates a slow, ominous build around the fine performances toward a satisfying conclusion that nicely pays off on the slow-canter ride. → Read More

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'Mayor of Kingstown' stars Jeremy Renner in a drama that misses the target

"Mayor of Kingstown" looks like a premium drama on paper, but the wafer-thin series that emerges feels destined to become a footnote as the other streaming show that Jeremy Renner starred in the same month Disney+ introduced "Hawkeye." Despite reuniting Renner with "Wind River" director Taylor Sheridan, this Paramount+ launch simply misses the target. → Read More

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TV OT: 'The Shrink Next Door' shows how streaming lets funny people get serious

There's a long history of comedic actors -- cinematic clowns, for lack of a better term -- yearning to get serious. Through the years Bill Murray, Robin Williams and others all took on dramatic movie roles, in sometimes-jarring fashion for their fans. → Read More

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'Mayor Pete' offers a fly-on-the-wall view of Pete Buttigieg's long-shot campaign

Pete Buttigieg is such a smooth political operator that even the fly-on-the-wall access to his 2020 presidential run granted the makers of "Mayor Pete" only produces so much insight into his historic campaign. Mostly, the documentary premiering on Amazon serves as a social-studies lesson in how campaigns operate, with the most candid moments coming from those other than the candidate. → Read More

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'Home Sweet Home Alone' weakly revives the kid fantasy (again) for Disney+

"Home Sweet Home Alone" is a very odd duck -- a movie that basically replicates the three-decades-old "Home Alone" template, but in a way that feels slightly weird and ill-conceived. Dropping on Disney+ in connection with the streaming service's two-year anniversary, it's a reminder that not all well-known intellectual property ought to be let out of the house. → Read More

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'Belfast' and 'Passing' join the Oscar race by looking back in black and white

Welcome to movie-awards season, as two films arriving this week, "Belfast" and "Passing," look back to the past through the lustrous filter of glorious black and white -- the former seeing Ireland's tumult in the 1960s via the eyes of a child, the latter America's racial history in Harlem during the 1920s. → Read More

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'Clifford the Big Red Dog' isn't a very good boy in a live-action version

"Clifford the Big Red Dog" is a big boy, but not a particularly good one, in a live-action adventure that reminds us, again, that for all the wonders that computer animation can conjure on screen, nothing quite beats a real live dog. → Read More

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'Supergirl' flies into the sunset with a showdown, wedding and funeral in its series finale

The two-hour series finale that aired Nov. 9 threw everything at the show in terms of satisfying its fans. The list of moments included the return of original cast members, a wedding, a funeral, a musical duet, and a pretty massive superhero fight. → Read More

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'Eternals' highlights the limits elite directors face with Marvel, 'Star Wars' and DC movies

Chloé Zhao was riding about as high as a director can coming off a pair of critically acclaimed independent-style darlings, "The Rider" and "Nomadland," earning an Oscar for the latter. Yet the prevailing sense among critics and many movie-goers that she couldn't completely tame "Eternals," Marvel's latest phase of its superhero universe, renews questions about the tradeoffs for prestige… → Read More

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Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot go for the green in 'Red Notice'

"Red Notice" has the polished feel of something concocted in a lab for maximum social-media attention (Dwayne Johnson! Ryan Reynolds! Gal Gadot!), then pieced together Frankenstein-style from parts of other movies. Yet the net effect is mildly enjoyable, creating a throwback caper film that showcases its stars doing what they do best, or rather for which they're best known. → Read More