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“The Book of Boba Fett” Recap: ‘The Gathering Storm’

Ah, the last of the flashbacks.

We begin this episode once again in Boba Fett’s bacta tank, where he’s having another flashback that picks up right where we left off during his last one. On his bantha traveling from the scene of the Tusken Raiders’ destroyed camp, Fett locates Jabba’s (Fortuna’s) Palace and takes account of the situation from afar, realizing that some of Fortuna’s guards are patrolling the grounds.

As it’s starting to get late, Fett calls it a day and starts up a campfire that night. He enjoys some food with his bantha but is taken aback when he hears a few explosions popping off nearby. Traveling a bit to see what the fuss was about, he finds Fennec Shand lying on the ground, nearly dead.

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He straps her onto his bantha and they head off to the outskirts of Mos Eisley, where Fett finds a mod-parlor shop (which is responsible for creating the human-droid modifications like that of the teen gang from the last episode) to save her life. Running things much like a modern-day tattoo parlor, the owner of the shop finally agrees to work on Shand after Fett hands the artist a bag of coins.

Waking up at the campfire later that night, Shand glances down and sees her droid-abdomen for the first time and Fett explains what happened. He reveals that he knows who she is and agrees that she’s worth more alive than dead. Because she owes Fett for saving her life, she agrees to help him break into Jabba’s Palace and retrieve his ship, Slave 1.

The next day, the two set off for Jabba’s Palace on a reconnaissance mission, using Shand’s mini spy droid to take a look at the situation on the inside. Upon its return, the droid creates a hologram-like map of the inside of the palace, including where the guards are stationed. With this information revealing that tons of guards are patrolling inside, Fett decides that they’ll need to time it with the guards’ shifts in order to get to Slave 1.

Taking off on their mission, they enter Jabba’s Palace after Shand cuts open the metal bars of a tiny, open-air window on the side of the building at ground level. Once inside, they first encounter the kitchen, with two droids cutting up various vegetables and cooking food. Fett quickly takes out the smaller of the two droids, moving on to the larger one, who’s wielding six different knives, spinning them in an aggressive fashion very similar to that of General Grievous. Before Fett is able to get to him, Shand takes him out from behind.

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However, they’re not quite done in the kitchen just yet. They hear someone coming, so they hide on either side of the kitchen’s entryway while an extremely cute, little LEP Droid walks in and is wondering what’s going on. A quick droid, it runs around the kitchen and through smaller spaces to avoid Fett and Shand, who eventually corner him. They don’t kill him; instead, he turns himself off to avoid the situation altogether.

The two move on to the hangar holding Slave 1, which looks incredibly rusty, though a few Gamorrean Guards enter in behind them, forcing Fett and Shand to hide once again. They quickly take the guards out, but a horde of guards storm into the hangar, greatly outnumbering the two. They try to pick off the Pykes while moving closer to the ship; Fett is able to get into the cockpit while Shand stays behind and continues to take out the enemies.

Slave 1 turns on, though Fett is having a tough time maneuvering the ship out of the hangar and can’t get the door to the outside of the palace open. Shand hops onto the back ramp of the ship and fights from up there, with some of Fortuna’s men jumping up and onto the ramp to take her out. She’s able to fend them off while figuring out how to open the outside door, which she does by firing at a weight holding the door up. With that, the two are finally able to fly out of the hangar.

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After escaping Jabba’s Palace, they head over to the site of the Sarlacc pit, which Fett believes is holding his armor, obviously forgetting the fact that a bunch of Jawas stripped him of his gear. He flies the ship right on top of the pit in order to shine a light in and see better, but out of nowhere, the Sarlacc comes to life and tries to pull down the ship. The Sarlacc only lets go when Shand pushes a button to release a seismic charge into the pit—and what a throwback the sound of that charge was.

Now that the Sarlacc has been killed, Fett lands Slave 1 and heads into the pit in a deep search for his armor, though the only thing he comes up with is a thick layer of mucus from the inside of the Sarlacc. And with that, they head back to set up camp and end the night sitting by the fire. Shand asks Fett if he’s serious about starting his own “house” (collective) in Mos Espa, and he is, explaining how avoidable most of the jobs he took as a Bounty Hunter were. He invites her to join him in his new journey, and though she’s skeptical, Fett offers her loyalty (and money) to be his partner.

Back in the present day, Fett exits the bacta tank and is told that he is fully recharged, which means that we—as the audience—are now caught up on his backstory. Fresh out the tank, Fett takes on Mos Espa, making the rounds and stopping at Garsa Fwip’s cantina to show his face.

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While there, he watches on as a fight breaks out between Black Krrsantan and a few Trandoshans, simply because Krrsantan was annoyed by their rowdy behavior. Flinging them all across the room, he’s about to kill one of the Trandoshans when Fwip comes in and gives him a good talking to. However, it’s not completely good enough, as Krrsantan decides to bite one of their arms off before exiting the building. Things go back to normal almost immediately in the cantina, as Fwip says, “Hit it, Max,” which signals the band to resume playing, loose arm on the floor and all.

Fett follows Krrsantan outside and simply says, “Looks like you could use a job,” and judging by the timbre of his growl, it seems (I hope) that he’ll be joining the squad.

Fett and Shand meet with the three families who control Mos Espa: the Trandoshans, the Aqualish, and the Klatoonians, the latter of whom I didn’t realize resembled the Whos from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Fett discusses how they all need to join together as one force as the Pykes are clearly gearing up for some sort of war against him and the control of Mos Espa. Though they’re not sure if they want to create negative tension with the Pykes, they finally agree to remain neutral in the event that the Pykes want them to turn against Fett.

Afterward, Fett and Shand return to the palace and reflect on the meeting, agreeing that a war with the Pykes is definitely imminent and that they need to prepare. When Fett says that he’s lacking the muscle needed to take on a war like this, we hear the theme of The Mandalorian quietly play, possibly alluding to a Mando appearance for the next episode.

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Abbott Elementary Is For The Culture

They’re calling it “The Black Office.” If you haven’t already tuned into Abbott Elementary, then you are truly missing out on what already has the potential to be one of the greatest shows of the 2020s. A work-place comedy where a group of teachers are brought together in a Philadelphia Public School, these teachers are determined to help their students succeed with a few obstacles along the way. While that might be a bold statement considering the fact that we are only a few episodes in, we feel extremely confident in that statement for a couple of reasons.

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The first is cultural impact, and the primary word here is Twitter. Yes, Twitter. In the age of social media, how well a show does correlates with the conversation it generates on Twitter. The first show we saw this with was Scandal in the early 2010s. The ups, downs, twists, and turns were all heavily discussed and debated on the platform, with the series biggest fans calling themselves “The Gladiators.”

We wound up seeing this phenomenon again two years later when How To Get Away With Murder joined the ABC lineup alongside Scandal, and with future series such as Empire, Power, and Insecure. When a show has the ability to get the people going, you know that you have a heavy hitter on your hands.

And that’s what makes Abbott Elementary so different.

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All of those shows listed above had something in common—an element of drama. Thrilling, unexpected moments. Times where you would become downright enraged with certain characters and their awful decision making (I.E. Tariq St. Patrick and Molly Carter), but with Abbott Elementary that isn’t the case (at least so far). The series is nothing but laughter. Extreme laughter. Thinking about it when you wake up the next day laughter. 

Created by Quinta Brunson, the show stars Brunson as a second grade teacher at Abbott Elementary. Tyler James Williams, Janelle Williams, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walter, and Sheryl Lee Ralph also star, and the teachers band together for the greater good of the students. The pilot debuted in December to much fanfare, and that fanfare has increased with every episode thus far.

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The storylines have been captivating, the chemistry between has been amazing, each actor brings a different layer of depth to the show, and of course the show is hilarious.

Trust us when we say if you aren’t tuning in weekly, then you are missing out greatly.

You can catch Abbott Elementary on Tuesdays at 9pm EST on ABC, and streaming apps such as Hulu.

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Prime Video’s ‘As We See It’ Begs the Question: What Is “Normal”?

Ever combine pineapple juice, Sprite, cranberry juice, vodka, M&M’s, lime juice, and Fruity Pebbles with a pink sugar rim and a gummy bear garnish? Okay, yeah, don’t.

Director of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, Jason Katims’ new series, As We See It, features Harrison (Albert Rutecki), Jack (Rick Glassman), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien), who are three roommates on the Autism spectrum living together in an apartment.

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Harrison is the most introverted of the bunch, especially having trouble leaving the apartment because of loud noises, random encounters, and, most importantly: dogs. A good portion of the show is spent tracking him as he works to forge past his fear of walking down the street.

Jack is a computer genius who works at a publishing house, though he has trouble keeping his job because he doesn’t hold back in sharing that he’s smarter than everyone else in the room. Jack speaks his mind, not always taking other people’s feelings into account. He’s also probably the wittiest of the bunch, with some great one-liners that don’t even seem like they were meant to be funny.

Violet works at Arby’s—first as a cashier, though she’s quickly demoted to “sandwich technician” after she makes an inappropriate comment to a customer. Similar to Jack, Violet has less of a filter when it comes to speaking her mind, though she is also anxious to be more grown-up, so she’s determined to find the perfect boyfriend.

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Harrison, Jack, and Violet also share Mandy (Sosie Bacon), their aide, who works with them throughout each day and holds morning meetings to discuss their goals for the week. Extremely skilled at what she does, Mandy can push them towards their goals without pushing too much; through these close bonds, she’s able to see how they view the world and how the outside world views them. Being able to see both sides allows the audience to see that, on top of how much the world needs to walk around with a bit more compassion for people.

Though Harrison, Jack, and Violet have a few overlapping qualities, the most apparent of them all is their shared feeling of just wanting to fit in with everyone else. The word that gets thrown around the most in this show is that infamous one: “normal.”

Each character is told at various points that their differences are the best things about them, but most of the time, all they want is the opposite. In an effort to appear “normal” to someone he likes, Jack finally asks Mandy, “Is it obvious to everyone that I’m not normal?” He has felt different his whole life, and it seems clear that he’s sick of being told that it’s better not to be normal. When Mandy responds to Jack and says, “For what it’s worth, I think you are such a beautiful person that you shouldn’t have to hide who you are,” Jack is clearly stuck in an internal struggle and simply says, “That makes me want to throw up.”

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As a whole, As We See It gently blends drama and comedy to show a realistic perspective of what it’s like to navigate the world while being on the Autism spectrum. It focuses on remembering to celebrate the little wins, as each one is a vital part of the process of growing. Progress takes time, and over the course of the show, we’re able to see how much the characters have already moved forward with their goals.

At the beginning of the first episode, Jack expresses his intense desire to buy a Roomba. When he finally buys one and starts it up, the Roomba moves all across the floor, making its way through the living room until it finally hits a piece of furniture. Without hesitation, the Roomba immediately flips itself around and heads in another direction. I’d like to think that the Roomba was given that spotlight to say a little something about the characters in As We See It.

Each character is trucking along with their own goals until they hit a little something in their paths. Though it might jar them for a second, they don’t let it bog themselves down—they keep on moving.

As We See It premieres on Prime Video on January 21, with eight episodes in total.

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AppleTV+’s ‘The Afterparty’ Is a Genre Mixing Take On a Murder-Mystery

High School reunions are a, let’s say, eclectic mix of nostalgia, catching up, and, most definitely, awkwardness.

Oh God, the awkwardness.

So what happens when someone is killed at the afterparty of a high school reunion? In AppleTV+’s new comedy/murder-mystery series The Afterparty, we try to answer that very question.

The game is afoot.

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Created primarily by Christopher Miller along with his creative partner Phil Lord, “The Afterparty is a genre-defying series centered on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each episode explores a different character’s account of the fateful evening in question, all through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective.”

Featuring an incredible cast that includes Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ike Barinholtz, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, and Jamie Demetriou, The Afterparty doesn’t reinvent the murder-mystery genre by any means. Still, it does succeed at putting a hilarious spin on it.

The Afterparty tells most of the story in flashbacks with Tiffany Haddish’s Detective Danner interviewing the party’s attendees one by one. As mentioned in the official synopsis, every episode follows a different character as they recount the events of the reunion and the afterparty at Dave Franco’s character Xavier’s house.


The first three episodes follow Aniq, Brett (Ike Barinholtz), and Yasper (Ben Schwartz) as they run through the evening’s events—well, at least how they choose to remember them.

Aniq is attempting to win the heart of his high school crush Zoe (Zoë Chao), who is in the middle of an impending divorce with Brett. Meanwhile, Brett wants to persuade Zoe to call off the divorce and get back together.

And then there is Yasper, who simply wants to get pop superstar Xavier (Dave Franco) to “bless his track” so he can finally get his music career going.

Each episode embodies a different film or TV genre that, mostly, works. For example, Aniq’s episode serves as the introduction to the series, following all the standard arcs of a romantic comedy.

It is a little unfortunate that they decided to use this episode to introduce the series as it feels a little underserved compared to the other two episodes included in this review. It tries to juggle both the need to introduce the characters and parody romantic comedies and struggles to do so at times.


Where the show succeeds, though, is in its performances. 

Sam Richardson is fantastic as the awkward, nerdy guy Aniq whose day job is designing escape rooms, and who is still chasing his high school crush after all these years.

Ike Barinholtz is as good as ever as the over-the-top, tough guy who but who also is a surprisingly great Dad. His episode, a parody of action, noir films, was probably my favorite of the first three. Barinholtz couldn’t be having more fun as the dude living out his action fantasy recounting his evening to Detective Danner.

And as an unabashed of the Fast and Furious franchise, I couldn’t help but appreciate the recurring joke of Brett’s dedication to his “Family.”

In the episode centered around Schwartz’s Yasper, his talents for comedy and improv are on full display. His musical-centric episode, complete with songs that you’ll no doubt be singing after the credits roll, is most definitely another highlight for the show.


Tiffany Haddish also displays a great ability to balance off all her fellow actors very well, going from being fully engrossed in Aniq’s romantic comedy to straight-up struggling to get through Yasper’s musical numbers.

In many ways, she is used as an on-screen audience, complete with her own review of each story. She has an episode devoted to her later in the season, but she excels in her supporting role for now.


For fans of Christopher Miller’s earlier work, such as 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump Street, as well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the success of his latest entry into the “high school” movie/show world should come as no surprise. He and Phil Lord have a great eye for what can make these sorts of productions so fun to watch, and they definitely succeed with The Afterparty.

The first three episodes of The Afterparty premiere on AppleTV+ on January 28th, with a new episode releasing weekly until February 25th.

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The 15 Best Al Pacino Movies to Watch Right Now

He’s one of the most legendary and critically acclaimed actors of all time, Al Pacino has come to be regarded as among the very best in cinematic history. His filmography has some of the best films ever created, and a lot of those movies’ success has to do with Pacino’s performances in them.

From Scarface to Scent of a Woman, Pacino’s range is seemingly limitless and he has shown that he has the ability to play practically any character. Listing out his best films is nearly impossible but we took a shot at it anyway.

Here are our picks for the 15 Best Al Pacino movies you should watch right now.

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1. ‘Scarface’

Next to Michael Corleone, Pacino’s role as Tony Montana is certainly his most iconic. A favorite of cinematic aficionados and frat boys alike, Scarface follows the rise and fall of a Cuban refugee as he seeks to conquer the criminal underworld of Miami in the 1980s.

A remake of the 1932 film of the same, Scarface, while it was initially controversial and poorly received, has gone on to become regarded as one of the greatest gangster movies of all time.

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2. ‘The Godfather’

Speaking of gangster films, The Godfather is perhaps the best and most well-known of them all. Pacino portrays Michael, the son of Don Corleone, who initially wants nothing to do with the gangster life but realizes that this life wants everything to do with him.

Michael’s journey from war hero to the head of the Corleone crime family culminates in one of the most famous sequences in film history: the assassination of the Dons and Moe Greene.

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3. ‘The Godfather: Part II’

When someone says “sequel,” more than likely, they’ll also say “the original was better.” In the case of The Godfather: Part II, the opposite proved true.

A grand epic that serves as not only just a sequel but also a prequel, this film follows both a young Vito (Robert DeNiro) and Al Pacino’s Michael. Michael survives an assassination attempt, and in the wake of it, attempts to reassert control over the family and protect the business.

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4. ‘The Godfather Part III’

Now I wish I could say the same thing about Part III of The Godfather trilogy as I did about the second, but in this case, the film just isn’t on par with the other two. This isn’t Pacino’s fault, though, as he is as good as ever as an aging Michael Corleone, who is struggling with both personal and business issues and runs into conflict with The Vatican.

The movie was criticized for its convoluted plot and Sofia Coppola’s performance as Michael’s daughter Mary, but it was generally well-received.

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5. ‘Serpico’

Al Pacino might be best known for some of his gangster roles, but he plays one hell of a cop too. In Serpico, Pacino plays Frank Serpico, one of the few honest cops in 1970s New York City.

He fights criminals as much as he tries to uncover and put a stop to widespread corruption in the NYPD. The film is based on the true story of Frank Serpico, who helped blow the whistle on the corruption that plagued the real-life NYPD in the 1960s and 70s.

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6. ‘Dog Day Afternoon’

Another of Pacino’s earliest and best-known roles, Dog Day Afternoon, sees his character Sonny Wortzik (based on the real-life bank robber John Wojtowicz) attempt to rob a bank in Brooklyn to pay for his partner Leon’s sex reassignment surgery.

The film is based on a Life article titled “The Boys in the Bank,” which documented a bank robbery and hostage situation in 1972.

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7. ‘Carlito’s Way’

Carlito’s Way stars Pacino as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican criminal attempting to go straight and leave his life of crime behind. Directed by Brian De Palma, who also helmed Scarface, the movie is a classic crime drama film that also features great performances from actors like Sean Penn, John Leguizamo, Luiz Guzman, and Viggo Mortensen.

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8. ‘Scent of a Woman’

Scent of a Woman was one of the most well-received films of 1992 and earned Pacino an Academy Award for his role as an irritable, blind, medically retired Army lieutenant colonel. 

It was Pacino’s first and (so far) only win at the Academy Awards for acting, and if you watch this film, it’s easy to see why he won.

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9. ‘Heat’

One of, if not the greatest heist films ever made, Heat follows a crew of bank robbers as they terrorize Los Angeles in a quest for the almighty dollar.

Pacino portrays Lieutenant Vincent Hanna, the LAPD detective tasked with bringing down the criminals, who are led by Robert DeNiro’s character Neil McCauley.

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10. ‘Donnie Brasco’

Mob and gangster movies have a lot of places on this list, and Pacino has made a habit of dominating every scene in all those films.

In Donnie Brasco, based on the true story of FBI agent Joe Pistone who infiltrated one of the New York mafia families, Pacino plays “Lefty” Ruggiero, a mobster that takes a liking to Johnny Depp’s Donnie Brasco. He unknowingly helps Donnie infiltrate the mafia, eventually culminating in the FBI being able to do serious damage to the mob’s operations.

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11. ‘The Irishman’

The Irishman centers around Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro), a hitman that worked for the Bufalino Crime Family and other criminal organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa, the infamous labor leader who was also convicted for a variety of crimes in the 1960s and who allegedly had mob ties. The role earned Pacino another Academy Award nomination in 2019, but he would ultimately lose to Brad Pitt for Pitt’s role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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12. ‘Any Given Sunday’

In Any Given Sunday, Pacino plays Coach Tony D’Amato, the beleaguered leader of the Miami Sharks, a fictional football franchise in the Associated Football Franchises of America.

Throughout the film, he deals with the team’s owners, narcissistic quarterbacks and more as issues in his personal life continue to mount as well.

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13. ‘Insomnia’

Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia sees Pacino star alongside the legendary Robin Williams in a murder mystery thriller. Pacino plays a Los Angeles detective sent to a small Alaskan town to help solve the murder of a teenage girl.

Stuck in a town that is currently experiencing perpetual daylight, Pacino’s character struggles with insomnia and an Internal Affairs investigation into his ethics, all while attempting to stop the serial killer.

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14. ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

“Coffee is for closers.”

One of the most famous lines in movies was not said by Al Pacino but it helped cement this film in cinematic history.

Pacino plays a real estate firm’s top earner, Ricky Roma, who is not above manipulating those around him to stay on top of it all. His performance was so well received that he earned an Academy Award nomination that year.

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15. ‘…And Justice for All’

Another film for which Pacino got himself an Academy Award nomination, …And Justice For All had the actor playing a fiery defense attorney who defends a judge whom he hates in a rape trial.

Recognizing that his client is guilty of the horrific crime leads Pacino to declare that he can no longer defend him, culminating in him uttering the now-famous line: “You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They’re out of order!”

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The 20 Best Independent Films of All Time

Independent films are selected time and time again for Best Picture and cover a wide variety of genres, almost always on a niche, smaller level. Though they might not have the same wide scope as a blockbuster Spider-Man movie, independent films can certainly pop off and hit it big, making those watching forget that it’s actually a smaller, independent movie.

Films like Get Out and Parasite were both independent films, though they each received widespread acclaim, basically turning them into blockbuster hits. In no specific order, these next 20 films are a few of the greatest we’ve seen across our screens in recent years.

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1. “Moonlight”

Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, Moonlight follows the character of Chiron at three different stages of his life, as he works through various emotions and life events. This includes the struggles of growing up, his identity and sexuality, as well as the emotional abuse that he endured over the years.

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2. “Requiem For a Dream”

This classic psychological thriller stars Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, and Ellen Burstyn, as Requiem For a Dream is about drug addiction and how the different characters suffer from it. It’s a deep dive into how drugs affect people psychologically and lead them into various states of delusion.

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3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

A classic Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel has a stacked cast as many of his films do, including Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Tony Revolori. The storyline follows a mystery as the concierge of an extremely upscale hotel is framed for carrying out a murder.

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4. “Still Alice”

Based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name, Still Alice centers around Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), who is dealing with a sudden Alzheimer’s diagnosis at the age of 50 years old. The film deals with the progression of the disease and how Howland copes with the diagnosis and gets through daily life with her family.

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5. “Little Miss Sunshine”

This comedy follows Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover, a child who has recently qualified for a beauty pageant in California, and her family, who has to get her there via Volkswagen Bus as they live in New Mexico. While it’s a comedy, the film also touches on more serious notes, like addiction and suicide, making this film more of a tragicomedy.

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6. “Parasite”

This South Korean dark comedy film became an instant hit when it arrived in theaters; it also performed extremely well critically, as the film ended up taking home four Oscars, including Best Picture. After Ki-woo (Choi Woo-Shik), the daughter of a very poor family, ends up being hired as an English tutor for an extremely wealthy family, her entire family sets out to work for this new, wealthy family in order to make money.

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7. “Napoleon Dynamite”

This early-2000s classic stars Jon Heder as the namesake character as he navigates high school as an extremely quirky and awkward student. The film is a mish-mash of similar characters who are unusual in their own ways, like most of his family, Pedro, who decides to run for class president, and Deb, his friend who’s on the shyer side.

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8. “Pulp Fiction”

An absolutely iconic film starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction focuses on the crime scene in Los Angeles, going through multiple different stories within the area. The film is often considered one of Quentin Tarantino’s best, with its incredible dialogue and overall storyline.

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9. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

A winner of multiple awards, including the Best Actress Oscar for Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri centers around Mildred Hayes’s (McDormand) quest to find justice for her daughter’s rape and murder. Hayes decides to pay for three billboards to call out the police department for not being able to find who murdered her daughter, leading to an ongoing conflict between Hayes and Police Chief Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson).

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10. “12 Years a Slave”

12 Years a Slave follows the true story of Solomon Northup, who wrote the book of the same name about his experience as a slave in 1853. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, who was kidnapped and forced into slavery for 12 years even though he was a born-free African American.

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11. “At Eternity’s Gate”

Willem Dafoe puts on an incredible performance as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, which tracks the famed painter in his last years of life. The film goes into great detail by showing the process behind the specific paintings that van Gogh completed in those final years, as well as the extremely emotional side of the painter.

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12. “Election”

With Reese Witherspoon as the overachieving student, Tracy Enid Flick, Election follows her high school campaign for class president. One of her teachers, Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), decides to sabotage her run for president through various methods as he finds her to be an extremely annoying student.

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13. “The Wife”

Glenn Close leads as Joan Castleman, wife of Joseph Castleman (Jonathan Pryce), a famous writer who has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. This moment is the culmination of years of unspoken resentment on Joan’s end, as she’s the real one who deserves the award, given that she has been her husband’s ghostwriter for all of those years.

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14. “Get Out”

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a psychological horror film about Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), who spends time at his girlfriend, Rose Armitage’s (Allison Williams) house with her family. Things quickly take a turn for the worst as her family turns out to be casually racist and incredibly insane, with particularly odd things occurring around the house that just don’t add up.

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15. “Nomadland”

Nomadland took home a ton of wins at the 2021 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Director. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jessica Bruder, this film stars Frances McDormand as Fern, a modern-day nomad who travels across America working various jobs and musing about life.

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16. “Juno”

Elliot Page is Juno MacGuff in this coming-of-age film, which tells the story of MacGuff, who accidentally gets pregnant and decides to put her baby up for adoption. The story tracks her through her pregnancy and how she chooses who will be adopting her future child. Also starring in the film is Michael Cera, who plays Paulie Bleeker, her friend and the father of her child.

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17. “Good Will Hunting”

Matt Damon is Will Hunting in this independent film that has become quite the iconic movie over the years. The story follows Hunting (Matt Damon), who is secretly a genius yet works as a janitor. When he starts going to therapy under Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) as part of a legal agreement after getting in trouble for assaulting a police officer, things in his life start to turn around. Hunting begins working with a mathematics professor, and after that, he takes note of his life and figures out where to go from there.

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18. “Call Me By Your Name”

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in this coming-of-age film about two young men who meet in Italy and form a deep romantic relationship. Chalamet plays Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old student, while Hammer is Oliver, a college graduate student; the two meet as Oliver works as Perlman’s father’s assistant.

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19. “Lady Bird”

Lady Bird has quickly become a classic coming-of-age film, with Saoirse Ronan as the main character of Lady Bird, a disillusioned high school senior with a broken arm who has a tough relationship with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). The film follows Lady Bird at school as she experiences new things and looks ahead to what her future will be like, as she’s eager to finally get out of Sacramento.

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20. “Lost in Translation”

Bill Murray stars as Bob Harris, who heads to Tokyo to promote liquor, given that he used to be a famous actor. While there, he ponders his life as he’s not used to the culture in Japan, though he eventually meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a college graduate who quickly changes things. Though there’s a fairly large age gap, the two are able to connect and form a bond over their shared feelings of alienation in Tokyo.

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“The Book of Boba Fett”: ‘The Streets of Mos Espa’ Recap

For another 38-minute episode (sigh), this one sure packed a ton of storylines in it, as ‘The Streets of Mos Espa’ walks us through the more gritty parts of the city.

At Jabba’s (Boba Fett’s) palace, the 8D8 Droid is standing in front of a projected map, giving Fett and Fennec Shand some history regarding the areas that were previously under the protection of Jabba and Bib Fortuna. He notes that Fortuna had Mos Espa divvied up into three sections by three families: the city center was taken by the Trandoshans, the Aqualish had the worker’s district, and the Klatooinians controlled the upper sprawl and starport. Given this, 8D8 makes it known that the people of Mos Espa are waiting to see how Fett will lead the area.

Fett also reflects on their meeting with Mayor Mok Shaiz from the previous episode, where he denies sending the assassins to kill him. With this, Fett now believes that the Hutt Twins were behind the attack.

Interrupting this meeting, a local water monger and shop owner, Lortha Peel, comes by for an unscheduled visit, letting Fett know that a gang of local teenagers (who are half-human, half-robot) stole some of his water inventory from him. He begs Fett to get rid of them, and finally, he agrees to look into things.

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At night, Fett, Shand, and the Gamorrean Guards head into Mos Espa to track down the teens. Outside of the Peel’s shop, he finds the group of grungy kids hanging out and decides to confront them. Expecting them to lie about their stealing, one of the leaders of the crew, Drash (Sophia Thatcher), openly admits to stealing the water. She explains that Peel is charging an exorbitant amount for water, which Fett is surprised by.

After Drash tells him that there’s no work in the area to make the money to actually pay for the water, Fett suggests that she and her crew come work for him, which they agree to. Overhearing this, Peel comes rushing out of his shop and is outraged by it. Fett calls him out for charging too much for water and reimburses him for the gang’s stealing by paying him a more acceptable amount: 500 credits instead of 1300. After that, the gang follows Fett back to the palace on multicolored sand scooters that resemble Vespas. Or, if you’re a fan of the older Nickelodeon show, Zoey101, they basically look like the Jet-X.

In his medical pod, Fett has a quick flashback back at Kamino, watching his father fly away on Slave-1. In a more recent flashback, Fett is once again back with the Tusken Raiders, where he heads out on a Bantha to go to Mos Eisley and look for the Pykes. In the background, we get a quick glimpse into The Mandalorian as Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) walks by in the background with a few of her robots.

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Fett meets with Pyke Syndicate, where they talk about the protection arrangements in the Outer Rim. He’s expecting to receive payments from the Pyke, though he refuses to pay Fett as they’re already paying another party for protection: the Kintan Striders (the speeder bike gang). As the Pyke won’t budge, Fett tells him that he won’t be hearing from the striders anymore.

Upon his return, a billowing line of smoke clouds fill the air above the Tusken Raider camp, and upon further investigation, it turns out that the entire camp was burned down by the Kintan Striders. Their infamous symbol was painted onto one of the tents, and although Fett thought that he got his message across to them in last week’s episode, they decided to take revenge on him for his actions. With this, Fett departs the camp, though he’s brought back to the present day abruptly, as Black Krrsantan unloads him from his medical pod and throws him across the room.

The two fight in the medical pod room, with Fett making unsuccessful efforts to take the Wookiee down, as he’s basically unstoppable. The gang of teens come running into the room to assist him and are mostly unsuccessful, even though there are so many of them. However, they’re able to lead the Wookiee to the main room in the palace, getting him to stand over the trap door. At this point, Shand unlocks the trap door, though Black Krrsantan is able to hold on with one hand. She takes out her small knife and throws it at his hand, which finally traps him downstairs.

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With that fight concluded, the twin Hutts show up to apologize to Fett with a massive gift (that they forgot to wrap, might I add): a “baby” rancor, fit with a trainer, portrayed by Danny Trejo. The Hutts also reveal that the territory they thought was for them was actually promised to a different Syndicate by Mayor Mok Shaiz. With that, the Twins have decided to go back to Hutta (Nal Hutta), their planet, instead of vying for the territory on Tatooine.

The Gamorrean Guards bring out Black Krrsantan, who is handcuffed, and Fett offers him back to the Hutts if they renounce their claims to Jabba the Hutt’s land. They don’t care about what happens to the Wookiee, so Fett simply releases him back onto Tatooine.

The rancor is brought to the lower level of the palace; its eyes are masked, as the first person it sees will become its leader. Trejo’s character finally removes its mask and the rancor sees Fett, which he quickly becomes attached to.

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Fett, Shand, and the teenage gang head over to have another impromptu meeting with the Mayor, and the Mayor’s Twi’lek majordomo heads back to fetch him. However, he locks the door behind him; upon noticing this, Fett and Shand are able to break their way into the back room, though they find it completely empty.

Having to act quickly to catch the majordomo, the gang of teenagers take off on their sand scooters and begin to chase after him, who has taken off in a land speeder. They follow him through the cramped and crowded streets of Mos Espa constantly dodging droids, markets, and falling crates. It’s not a super-high-speed chase, as one can only go so fast through such small streets, though I feel like they could’ve been going a little faster just for the sake of action.

The gang is finally able to corner the majordomo after he crashes his landspeeder into a fruit market, filling his vehicle with exotic fruits. Fett catches up to them with his jetpack, landing right beside the landspeeder, and finally asks where the Mayor is. Apparently, he decided to take off with the Pykes.

Elsewhere in Mos Espa, dozens of Pykes arrive on a starliner. Shand believes that this is only the first wave of them and that there are more coming; a clear sign that they want to go to war.

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Euphoria’ Season 2

We all remember high school; it’s a strange time for everyone, as we all go through a variety of different firsts in our lives: First real relationship, first time going to parties, and the list goes on.

There exists the classic “High School” genre in TV and movies, one that in many ways has become beyond parody at this point. However, some productions still look to break through that mold, and one such show is Euphoria on HBO.

Based on an Israeli miniseries of the same name, Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate life and their experiences. The show deals with extremely heavy topics such as personal trauma, drug addiction, abuse, and issues with mental health, so much so that lead actress Zendaya felt compelled to issue a trigger warning prior to the second season’s premiere.

Season two premiered on January 9th to record-breaking numbers, with Warner Media reporting that over 2.5 million people tuning in across HBO and HBO Max.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into Euphoria, here’s everything you need to know about it and the new season.

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Euphoria‘s main character is Rue, played by Zendaya, who delivers an Emmy-Award-winning performance, taking home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2020.

Rue comes from a broken home and not only struggles with multiple mental disorders but a variety of drug addictions as well. When the show begins, she is leaving rehab and immediately heads to buy drugs from her dealer, Fezco.

Rue is still fighting her demons and her addiction in season two, taking a cocktail of drugs at a New Year’s Eve party that nearly kills her.

Rest of the Cast

HBO’s decision to round out the cast of Euphoria with largely unknown talent proved to be a smart one, as it, in essence, allow the audience to connect and grow with them, much like the characters do themselves. The entire cast is anchored by a superstar, Zendaya, but the rest of the up-and-comers lend a sense of authenticity to the show.

Sydney Sweeney is another rising star thanks in no small part to her role on Euphoria; however, she has been around Hollywood for a while. She’s appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale, Sharp Objects, Grey’s Anatomy, and The White Lotus. In addition, she also portrayed a member of the Manson Family in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The cast includes the daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, who portrays Lexi Howard. Actors like Angus cloud, Eric, Alexa Demie, Jacob Eloordi, and Barbie Ferreira help round out the cast as well.


One of the most notable cast members is Hunter Schafer, a trans woman who portrays Jules Vaughn. Schafer also helped serve as one of the writers for the special episode “Fuck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob,” in which her character was the main focus. Outside the show itself, Schafer is an LGBTQ+ activist who was also named by Time as one of the “100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.”


Reactions to season one of Euphoria were mostly positive, with many critics praising the acting, plot, and how it was able to tackle such delicate subject matter. Zendaya received perhaps the most praise, garnering many awards, including an Emmy. The show itself was showered with awards and nominations; everything from the Emmys, the Critics Choice Awards, and beyond showed Euphoria love.

It did receive some criticism for its, at times, clunky dialogue as well as its delivery by some of the cast.

Season 2 has just begun, but critics have been less than kind to it than its debut season. Reviews are generally favorable but have criticized its pace, characterization, and sexual content.


Euphoria provides a stark and unflinching look at this world, one that does not shy away from tragedy and the harshness of life.

New episodes of Euphoria drop every Sunday, and the entire series is available to stream now on HBO Max.

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The 20 Best Limited Series to Stream Now

Limited series have truly pulled ahead in the TV world over the past few years, with series like American Horror Story, When They See Us, and The Queen’s Gambit dominating the television scene. Though limited series are thought of more to be standalone shows, those that were meant to be one season but earned a few more can also be counted in this category, like Big Little Lies and Fargo. In no specific order, these next 20 are a few of the best that have come our way over the years.

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1. “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson”

Though everyone knows the story of O.J. Simpson pretty well at this point, the first installment in the American Crime Story anthology series goes deep into the behind-the-scenes aspect of things. Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown both give incredible performances as Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, respectively, with Paulson earning an Emmy for her performance. The series as a whole ended up taking 22 Emmy nominations, winning nine of them.

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2. “Watchmen”

Based on the DC comic book series of the same name, Watchmen is following in the footsteps of the 2009 movie that is also of the same name. Taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the series has a few different plots going on, with the two most notable becoming getting intertwined as they both involve Detective Angela Abar (Regina King). Abar is trying to eliminate a white supremacist group, but at the same time, she has to track down Doctor Manhattan, a human who left Earth and transformed into something much larger than purely human.

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3. “Mare of Easttown”

This limited series with Kate Winslet in the titular role of small-town detective Mare Sheehan saw enormous success, including 16 Emmy nominations. The story centers around Sheehan, who finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery after a teenage girl in town is murdered in a forest. At the same time, she’s trying to piece together whether or not it’s connected to the disappearances of a few other girls.

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4. “WandaVision”

WandaVision reunited Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in a genre-defying series about the two. Following them through various past decades, we see the couple evolve through a sitcom-series lens, though after some time, the two realize that a few odd things just aren’t adding up.

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5. “The Queen’s Gambit”

A massive hit, The Queen’s Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, a young orphan who learns chess from the janitor at her orphanage. After realizing that she has an incredible skill for the game, she practices more and more and is eventually adopted from the orphanage. She continues to play at her new home and later competes in the largest international competitions for chess. Having become addicted to pills while at the orphanage, the series also follows her battle with addiction. The story is based on Walter Tevis’s novel of the same name from 1983.

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6. “When They See Us”

When They See Us is based on the true story of five teenagers accused of raping a female jogger in Central Park in 1989. The series dives into the lives of the teenagers, who were all either Black or Hispanic, and their families as they process the events. It also includes their ultimate wrongful conviction after the real assailant ends up confessing later on.

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7. “American Horror Story: Coven”

Though there have been many seasons in the American Horror Story anthology series, Coven might be the most compelling of the bunch. The story follows a group of girls who attend a secret school for witches in New Orleans, which follows a very specific power structure. Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) runs everything at the school, as she doesn’t have a great relationship with her mother, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), who is the most powerful “Supreme” witch and should technically be running things. At the same time, the show cuts back to the late 1600s during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, eventually linking the two moments in time together. And if that’s not enough, there’s even a Stevie Nicks cameo in one of the episodes.

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8. “Chernobyl”

This series centers around the infamous Chernobyl disaster in 1986, which occurred in the Soviet Union. Chernobyl details not only the disaster itself, but also the risks and immense effort that came with the massive cleanup of the nuclear plant. Receiving 19 Emmy nominations, the series was a major success both critically and with audiences, as it highlighted the importance of information and the trust that we place in our leaders.

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9. “Big Little Lies”

With a stacked cast, the main plot of Big Little Lies revolves around Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), who has recently relocated to Monterey, California, to raise her son, Ziggy, alone. There, she meets a group of women from the school and becomes friends with them, including Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern). At the beginning of the series, we’re clued in to the fact that someone dies at the end, and the entire show is leading up to that moment. The series is based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty.

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10. “True Detective”: Season 1

Another anthology crime series, True Detective, received a vast amount of praise for its first season, which stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Harrelson is Detective Marty Hart, and McConaughey as Detective Rust Cohle, who work together to solve the murder of a former prostitute who was left with an odd symbol on her. The series follows the two almost 20 years later as another victim turns up in a similar fashion.

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11. “Olive Kitteridge”

Based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, this four-part series follows the namesake character Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand), a retired teacher, at four different times in her life. Though pretty cynical about most things, there’s a softer side to Olive, though it rarely comes out. Partially because of this, she ends up having a tough relationship with her son, Christopher, as he doesn’t really “get” her or understand that she means well. Richard Jenkins plays Olive’s husband, Henry, a pharmacist who’s basically the opposite of her.

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12. “I May Destroy You”

Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You is a powerful look into the life of a young woman, Arabella Essiedu, who is raped. Working as a writer, Essiedu is trying to build her life back up after her traumatic experience, and the series tracks her and her friends as they navigate their world.

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13. “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Though Feud was supposed to become an anthology series similar to that of American Horror Story, it ended up staying as a one-off limited series. Feud tells the story of the real relationship between Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) during the filming of their movie, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The two were fierce enemies, and when forced to work together, it was quite a lot to see—both on-screen and off.

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14. “Fargo”

Jumping off the Coen Brothers’ film, Fargo, this series of the same name also involves two detectives trying to solve murders, except this time, the officers are Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks). The two are searching for those responsible for a string of murders in the Minnesota area, which they believe two crime partners might have carried out.

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15. “The White Lotus”

The White Lotus tracks three groups of people as they embark on their stay at the White Lotus hotel in Hawaii, where someone dies, as noted in the beginning of the first episode. Going back in time prior to the death, the show focuses on each group as they have different yet connected experiences at the hotel.

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16. “Little Fires Everywhere”

Based on Celeste Ng’s novel, Little Fires Everywhere, this series follows a very affluent, dysfunctional family led by Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) and her unlikely and sometimes contentious friendship with a newcomer to town, Mia Warren, and her daughter.

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17. “The Act”

Joey King is Gypsy Rose Blanchard in this series based on the true story of her and her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard (Patricia Arquette), who abused her daughter by pretending that she had an illness. Dee Dee takes things to an extreme with her daughter, forcing her to use a wheelchair, and as Gypsy Rose gets older, she wants a larger separation between her and her mother, which causes major conflicts.

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18. “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Another absolutely incredible season of American Horror Story, Asylum is quite a bit darker than Coven, though it brings the same punch. Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) helps run a mental institution, which Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) decides to investigate as part of her job as a local journalist. However, while there, she’s taken into their custody and is forced to stay, which leads to a number of frightening and puzzling encounters.

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19. “Mrs. America”

Set in 1963, Mrs. America focuses on Phylis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett), who is a known opposer of the Equals Rights Amendment (ERA), which would grant women the same rights as men. At the same time, it pivots to where things are on the other side, following Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale), and Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman) in their fight to pass the ERA. The series was received extremely well, receiving 10 Emmy nominations, with Aduba winning for her portrayal of Chisholm.

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20. “Sharp Objects”

Starring Amy Adams as journalist Camille Preaker, Sharp Objects is about Preaker’s hometown, which she returns to in an effort to discover more details about two young girls being murdered there. However, being back in town forces her to be around her mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), who doesn’t help Preaker’s already delicate state as an alcoholic who was recently released from a psychiatric rehab facility.

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Culture Movies/TV

Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Injects New Life Into A Centuries-Old Story

While we all know that The Tragedy of Macbeth is based on Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, this film is a play. For anyone who knows the story of Macbeth well and has a deep care for its language, this film is exactly how you’d want it portrayed on screen. 

And by “anyone who knows the story of Macbeth well and has a deep care for its language,” I am speaking directly to my high school English teacher, who read the play to us in such a way that it made learning the story exciting and not as tough as others have described.

It seems like that’s the block for some people when it comes to Shakespeare: it seems boring, there are too many pages, the words don’t make sense, it’s too confusing, etc. And most of the time reading Shakespeare, that was the case for me. The Tragedy of Macbeth captures the essence of Macbeth but does so without clutter (or an impending test); it’s able to remove all of the distractions and allows you to focus on the story.

The background of each shot practically doesn’t matter: in expansive, blank rooms with minimal furniture. Our eyes and focus are on what’s most important: the characters and their words. The sharp contrast of shooting in black and white adds further to the ominous nature of things. Stark and serious, every sound seems to carry, from each character’s voice to simple drops of blood that become a drum beat. These elements allow the movie to feel like less of a film and more like a play, and it’s carried out so as not to feel outright.

And that’s without mentioning the acting.


Denzel Washington’s Macbeth is like no other, cast alongside Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth, who doesn’t hold back when it comes to advancing her husband’s role in Scotland. At first, Washington’s performance is sensitive and steadily becomes cold, calculating, and unforgiving as the plot moves forward. Washington and McDormand make a crafty team, though their deviousness is hidden at first by their charming and do-good way of living.

The three witches—all portrayed by Kathryn Hunter—are perfectly eerie, with the main witch contorting her body in such a way to further convey her sinister nature. Instead of casting three separate witches, the other two are first seen in the reflection of a small pond, as Joel Coen utilizes unique filming methods to showcase the trio in unfamiliar ways.


Corey Hawkins is fearless as Macduff; after suffering the loss of his entire family, he forges ahead and takes on Macbeth, leaving the king headless with nothing left but a dainty silver crown lying on the stone floor. At the moment of Macbeth’s demise, we realize how meaningless it all was—everything that had transpired was in pursuit of a crown that was so easily taken. Left on the ground, it looked as if it could be split with a simple stomp of the foot.

The crown ended up landing on the head of the rightful heir to the throne: Malcolm (Harry Melling), which makes the actions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seem almost extraneous. The crown was destined to land in the hands of Malcolm: if the two hadn’t become so invested in diverting the way of nature, none of this would have happened. But then again, we wouldn’t have the story of Macbeth.

The film is outstandingly beautiful to watch and equally to listen to, as Coen clearly went out of his way to perfect the tiny details that make Macbeth such a compelling story. From the dark lighting and cinematography to the language he chose to include, The Tragedy of Macbeth exemplifies how a story that’s almost 400 years old can be transformed into something completely new.

The Tragedy of Macbeth premieres on AppleTV+ on January 14.