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Jimmy and Gretchen set a nice wedding date on You're The Worst Jimmy and Gretchen set a nice wedding date on You're The Worst

After last week’s riff on 90s films, You’re The Worst returns with a “standard” episode, one that prominently features the main ensemble, wacky adventures, some good ol’ sexual content, and, yes, plenty of jokes. “The Pin In My Grenade,” written by Philippe Iujvidin and directed by Stephen Falk, reaffirms Jimmy and…

You're The Worst takes a trip way, way back to the 1990s for its final season premiere You're The Worst takes a trip way, way back to the 1990s for its final season premiere

It’s summer 1997. Aspiring filmmaker Jake (Morgan Krantz) works at a run-of-the-mill video store where he stews in frustration because customers don’t share his obscure taste. He’s lonely, prematurely embittered, and, worst of all, his existential rut has become a permanent state. He longs for someone, anyone, to…

Boys’-weekend cringefest Tyrel puts Jason Mitchell through the microaggression ringer Boys’-weekend cringefest Tyrel puts Jason Mitchell through the microaggression ringer

Sebastián Silva’s Tyrel puts an existential spin on the time-honored tradition of “a guy’s weekend” by providing a menacing edge to superficially safe situations. Tyler (Mudbound’s Jason Mitchell), wishing to escape the stress of his girlfriend’s family, joins his friend Johnny (Christopher Abbott) for a birthday…

The Little Drummer Girl stumbles as it moves the final pieces into place The Little Drummer Girl stumbles as it moves the final pieces into place

Any way you slice it, “Episode 5” suffers under the sheer weight of what it’s expected to accomplish within the macro narrative. Claire Wilson’s script immerses Charlie in two Palestinian training camps, where she’s potentially radicalized after witnessing the violence they face, as well as further Kurtz’s…

In The Little Drummer Girl, love always finds a way In The Little Drummer Girl, love always finds a way

In “Episode 4,” The Little Drummer Girl essentially lays all its cards out on the proverbial table. It reveals most of its secrets, clarifies character motivations, and explicates the emotional subtext all in one episode. It’s the part of the spy story in which the double agent finally consummates her contentious…

Bodies and bloods mix in The Little Drummer Girl's finest hour Bodies and bloods mix in The Little Drummer Girl's finest hour

“When I first came to Europe, do you know what surprised me the most? Nobody cares. Nobody cares.”

In a more focused Little Drummer Girl, Charlie enters the theater of the real In a more focused Little Drummer Girl, Charlie enters the theater of the real

Early in “Episode 2,” Charlie, Rachel, and Rose step outside Kurtz’s luxury Grecian villa for a smoke break. Kurtz and Shimon have interrogated Charlie about her troubled home life, featuring a con man father, a desperate alcoholic mother, and sustained rebellions with the stage and leftist politics. Charlie and…

The fiction must match the reality in The Little Drummer Girl premiere The fiction must match the reality in The Little Drummer Girl premiere

“I pray you, do not fall in love with me / For I am falser than vows made in wine”

The wonderful Shirkers reclaims a lost film by chronicling its rollicking DIY production The wonderful Shirkers reclaims a lost film by chronicling its rollicking DIY production

The do-it-yourself ethic that drove numerous underground artists in the tail end of the 20th century had as much to do with determination as it did with self-sufficiency. Though certainly ideological—especially in an anti-corporate 1980s punk context—and often financially necessitated, DIY was still rooted in the…

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