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Uncut Gems is the most uncomfortable, stress-inducing film I've maybe ever seen, and it's really, really good.

I had no preconceived notions about this film going in, except it's "supposed to be good" and stars Adam Sandler. It was an odd choice for my dad to want to see it, given he generally hates Sandler's movies. Luckily for him, the former SNL cast member's portrayal of Howard "Howie" Ratner is unlike anything audiences have ever seen him do before. It's not surprising that there is already Oscar buzz surrounding his performance.

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The Unashamed Colorism and Afro Latinx Erasure of Lin Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights”

The narrative that they cast "the best actors for the job" is rooted a flimsy excuse in white supremacy

In the Heights

Ever since Hamilton debuted, I have not known peace.

In 2016, the Broadway sensation won 11 Tonys and captured the hearts and imagination of theatre kids, older white people, and revisionist historians everywhere. Everyone was talking about Hamilton, and everyone was talking about its star and creator, Lin Manuel Miranda.

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In His New Netflix Special "Inside," Bo Burnham Is a Mess Just Like You

The comedian returns with a poignant comedy special made almost entirely by himself at his home during the pandemic.

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Content warning: This article contains brief mentions of suicide.

Bo Burnham's had a rough year.

The comedian-turned-filmmaker drives this point home less than two minutes into his new Netflix special, Bo Burnham: Inside. "Robert's been a little depressed," he sings with glossy AutoTune, referring to himself by his legal first name like a doctor delivering a prognosis to a patient's anxious family.

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Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Chloé Zhao's Nomadland is one of the most celebrated films of the year.

It's also one of the year's most disorienting films. It refuses easy answers or character judgments, leaving the viewer with an array of questions and, for some, an empty feeling that in no small way resembles the expansive, empty American landscapes that define the film's setting.

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Most Insane Revelations from the WeWork Documentary

Turns out WeWork and its CEO, Adam Neumann, were a mess long before their public implosion

With images like this ... what did we expect?

Hulu's new documentary on the rise and fall of WeWork focuses on its charismatic, egotistical founder and CEO Adam Neumann, who was ultimately the company's downfall.

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"Concrete Cowboy" Tells the Untold Story of Black Urban Cowboys

In a refreshing coming-of-age story, the unacknowledged Black cowboy subculture finds recognition

You can tell how Concrete Cowboy is going to end within 15 minutes of watching the film. In it, a troubled Black teenager, played by Caleb McLaughlin of Stranger Things, is sent to live with his estranged father for the summer.

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