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17 April 2018

The 2017 Critics’ Pick Award Winners: Cinema

By , , , and // Cinema

2017 was one of the greatest years of filmmaking we’ve ever seen. On one hand, that made finding enough brilliant nominees to fill each category of the Critics’ Pick Awards …

17 April 2018

The 2017 Critics’ Pick Award Winners: TV

By , , , and // TV

There’s too much TV for us to watch everything but we give it a hearty try and every year offer up our picks for what we thought stood out from …

06 December 2017

The Two Hadestowns

By // Music

Listening to Anaïs Mitchell’s gorgeous Hadestown recordings is the perfect way to spend a dark cold winter’s night. As of 2017, there are two recordings of Hadestown, a folk musical take …

21 July 2017

Soulpepper on 42nd Street: Of Human Bondage

By // Theatre (New York)

Soulpepper’s Of Human Bondage features a strong cast of talented actors, and some truly innovative staging. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to save the production from a tiresome story filled with …

05 July 2017

Soulpepper on 42nd Street: Kim’s Convenience

By // Theatre (New York)

Immigrants. Gentrification. Two subjects that are inescapable when living in New York City. Sometimes it’s easy for New Yorkers to think we have the monopoly on them (as we like …

08 March 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window

By // TV

The third story in A Series of Unfortunate Events is “The Wide Window” and it’s…fine. It is good at points, but never achieves any greatness. The pacing problems from “The …

26 February 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room

By // TV

A Series of Unfortunate Events continues to delight with “The Reptile Room”. While this adaptation of the second book of the series was fun, some pacing issues and gaps in …

02 February 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

By // TV

Other than Harry Potter, if there was a book series that dominated my childhood, it would have to be A Series of Unfortunate Events. The stories follow the Baudelaire orphans …

01 January 2017

The 2016 MyTV Award Nominees

By // TV

Television continues to outdo itself in terms of quality and, let’s be honest, quantity. We were treated with incredible show after incredible show this year. Some were new, some were …

25 November 2016

Must-See: The Handmaiden

By // Cinema

The Handmaiden is a tautly executed new thriller from Park Chan-wook.* Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, it tells the story of Sook-hee, a young woman who is hired to serve Lady …

14 October 2016

The Good Place Chapters 1-3

By // TV

The Good Place is an apt name for NBC’s new sitcom. The Great Place would a little too enthusiastic, but it’s certainly better than The So-So place. The Good Place …

23 September 2016

Season Four Premiere: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

By // TV

Since its premiere, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has consistently been one of the best ensemble comedies on network TV. Which made its decision to start Season 4 focusing on only two of …

25 June 2016

RIP Penny Dreadful

By // TV

Is it better for a show to announce it’s ending as far in as advance as it can so fans have time to come to terms with their impending loss? …

01 June 2016

Penny Dreadful: A Blade of Grass vs the World

By // TV

In the past two weeks, Penny Dreadful had one of its strongest episodes to date, and one of its weakest ones. “A Blade of Grass” was pure artistry, while “This …

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