The first episode of Waco introduces David Koresh, happy-go-lucky cult leader

In the first of its six episodes, Waco quickly gets busy re-drawing historical lines between the good guys and the bad ones—a strange move considering how steeped in confusion and contradiction the story of the Branch Davidians is. Presumably we’ll get to some more nuance later, but at the outset we’re introduced to…

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In the first of its six episodes, Waco quickly gets busy re-drawing historical lines between the good guys and the bad ones—a strange move considering how steeped in confusion and contradiction the story of the Branch Davidians is. Presumably we’ll get to some more nuance later, but at the outset we’re introduced to…

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The Final Year is both a love letter and gut punch to the Obama presidency

As it did to many things, the election of Donald Trump transformed The Final Year from what should have been a triumph into a tragedy. The documentary follows—and frequently lionizes—three Obama officials throughout 2016, and frequently feels like it was intended as a well-deserved victory lap. Secretary Of State John…

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As it did to many things, the election of Donald Trump transformed The Final Year from what should have been a triumph into a tragedy. The documentary follows—and frequently lionizes—three Obama officials throughout 2016, and frequently feels like it was intended as a well-deserved victory lap. Secretary Of State John…

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The key to a successful Netflix movie: Make it a TV show (and put “fucking” in the title)

It takes the same amount of time to “binge” the great new Netflix series The End Of The Fucking World as it does to just “watch” The Last Jedi. The British show’s eight episodes each clock in just shy of 22 minutes, including credit and opening sequences. End tells a considerably simpler story than any Star Wars

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It takes the same amount of time to “binge” the great new Netflix series The End Of The Fucking World as it does to just “watch” The Last Jedi. The British show’s eight episodes each clock in just shy of 22 minutes, including credit and opening sequences. End tells a considerably simpler story than any Star Wars

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White House bans personal cell phones, which is sure to solve all of its problems

In a move that seems like swabbing the deck of the Titanic with a paper towel, the White House has decided to ban the use of personal cell phones by staffers and guests. In a statement today, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the…

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In a move that seems like swabbing the deck of the Titanic with a paper towel, the White House has decided to ban the use of personal cell phones by staffers and guests. In a statement today, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the…

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Won’t the real Slim Shady please grow up?

Eminem is not very good at his job anymore, and he’s spent an inordinate amount of time in the last decade trying to convince himself and everybody else that he’s actually better than ever. It’s a big part of his narrative nowadays, and it gets boring fast: The haters are always hating him, and the criticism really…

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Eminem is not very good at his job anymore, and he’s spent an inordinate amount of time in the last decade trying to convince himself and everybody else that he’s actually better than ever. It’s a big part of his narrative nowadays, and it gets boring fast: The haters are always hating him, and the criticism really…

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The gorgeously humane Quest documents a tumultuous decade in one family’s life

There’s no real attempt at a thesis or story arc in Quest, Jonathan Olshefski’s long-in-the-making documentary about a decade in the life of a black family in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. It’s bookended, with subtle political overtones, by the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections, but there’s nothing as…

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There’s no real attempt at a thesis or story arc in Quest, Jonathan Olshefski’s long-in-the-making documentary about a decade in the life of a black family in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. It’s bookended, with subtle political overtones, by the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections, but there’s nothing as…

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Sufjan Stevens pays tribute to disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding the only way he knows how

I’m conflicted about this surprise new Sufjan Stevens song, “Tonya Harding,” which he just released today. On the one hand, it’s got all of the Sufjan-y stuff that I love: that gorgeous voice, melancholy strings, and a sense of sympathetic specificity that he’s so great at. On the other hand, the subject herself—an…

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I’m conflicted about this surprise new Sufjan Stevens song, “Tonya Harding,” which he just released today. On the one hand, it’s got all of the Sufjan-y stuff that I love: that gorgeous voice, melancholy strings, and a sense of sympathetic specificity that he’s so great at. On the other hand, the subject herself—an…

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