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Funny Girl

Watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

The first half of the new series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now on Amazon Video as part of their free “pilot season,” is pretty much what you’d expect from a venture by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The production design is fantastic, the talking is fast, the characters are cartoonish, and what plot there is…

Here Be Monsters

At the movies: Logan and Kong: Skull Island.

          Logan, the final appearance of the first great character of the superhero era, which opened on March 3rd, has made no bones about its conscious uncoupling from the increasingly expansive X-Men cinematic universe from whence it came. It has been marketed as something of the second coming of the Peckinpah…

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The Crazy Ones

Watching Legion on FX and Detroiters on Comedy Central

Someone is playing a trick on David Haller (Dan Stevens), the lead of Noah Hawley’s new FX series Legion, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. It could be the sinister agents of the semi-governmental organization cryptically referred to as Division Three, who tell him he’s insane. It could be the kooky spiritual therapists at a…

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California Dreamin’

Picking the Oscars

This is the time of year when art becomes competitive, when the stakes are high and the impact is real, and little gold statues handed out Sunday night aren’t snobbery to be scoffed at but magic amulets that can change the course of careers or, for some films, be all the difference at the box…

Heaven Forbid

Watching The Young Pope on HBO

It took The Young Pope three episodes to settle on one, but the title sequence of Paolo Sorrentino’s new HBO drama, which concluded Monday night, may well have been the greatest in television history. As Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower” pulses in the background, Jude Law’s title character strolls, in slow motion,…