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Netflix’s Shadow and Bone is a muddled, joyless checklist of fantasy tropes

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone is a muddled, joyless checklist of fantasy tropes

The new Netflix series Shadow and Bone, which lumbers into the world on April 23, draws instant comparisons to the giant upon whose shoulders it stands. One of the streaming network’s more anticipated recent releases, it’s an adaptation of the Grishaverse, a bestselling young adult fantasy series of novels by Leigh Bardugo based loosely on…
The new Netflix docuseries about history’s biggest art heist is weirdly dull

The new Netflix docuseries about history’s biggest art heist is weirdly dull

Let me say at the outset: I love art. I think we should take care of it. Don’t steal art, please. But I must confess I also love art heists. They take two elements that seem diametrically opposed — fancy museums and gritty criminal underworlds — and slam them into each other. I love the…
One Good Thing: Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia is so much more than a Gilmore Girls rip-off

One Good Thing: Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia is so much more than a Gilmore...

“Is this show awful?” I wondered aloud after watching the second episode of Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia. I had been skeptical of the series, whose premise (at first blush) seemed to be “What if Lorelai Gilmore was a con artist, but the rest of Gilmore Girls was largely the same?” and whose mere existence seemed…
Netflix’s The White Tiger takes on Slumdog Millionaire, but it doesn’t stop there

Netflix’s The White Tiger takes on Slumdog Millionaire, but it doesn’t stop there

Comparisons between Netflix’s The White Tiger and Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire were always going to be inevitable — poor boy in India makes good, becomes rich — but lest you miss the similarities, The White Tiger makes sure you can’t. Speaking of the poverty into which he was born, our narrator Balram…
Netflix’s Death to 2020 rehashes jokes we all spent the last 12 months making

Netflix’s Death to 2020 rehashes jokes we all spent the last 12 months making

In the opening moments of Netflix’s new comedy special Death to 2020, Samuel L. Jackson, playing a jaded veteran reporter named Dash Bracket, asks the fictional filmmakers what their fictional documentary is for. The offscreen interviewers never answer the question, and that lack of clarity sums up this hour-long parody. A mockumentary “year in review”…
Netflix’s new Regency drama Bridgerton is as shallow as the aristocrats it skewers

Netflix’s new Regency drama Bridgerton is as shallow as the aristocrats it skewers

As a huge fan of historical romance, I once longed for Netflix to make a lush, extravagant, twisty series in the vein of the books I loved. But now that it’s actually gone ahead and made one, I’ve found that I have to eat my words. Bridgerton, Shonda Rimes’s first collaboration with Netflix, promises a…
Netflix’s new musical The Prom won’t solve small-town bigotry. But it’ll have fun trying.

Netflix’s new musical The Prom won’t solve small-town bigotry. But it’ll have fun trying.

Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical The Prom has a lot to live up to. The musical garnered a devoted audience and critical acclaim over its short run, as well as seven Tony nominations. And while it didn’t actually win anything, its glitzy tongue-in-cheek showbiz narrative about two girlfriends fighting to…
The real love interest in Netflix’s Operation Christmas Drop is the US military

The real love interest in Netflix’s Operation Christmas Drop is the US military

The days leading up to Thanksgiving usually mean an onslaught of Christmas movies to binge-watch while sitting on the couch and sipping peppermint hot chocolate. So when Operation Christmas Drop, a movie set on a military base on Guam, dropped on Netflix, I received a text message from my enraged sister: “This was still released?!…
One Good Thing: Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit makes chess mesmerizing. Really!

One Good Thing: Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit makes chess mesmerizing. Really!

One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations series. In each edition, we’ll tell you about something from the world of culture that we think you should check out. Chess shouldn’t be all that interesting to watch on screen, for probably obvious reasons. The game involves a lot of people sitting and staring at a board, moving…
R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Grand Army Recaps

R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Grand Army Recaps

As Joey and Grace do their thing, we’re introduced to three more members of Grand Army’s ensemble cast: Dominique, aka Dom (Odley Jean), and her friends Tamika (Brittany Adebumola) and Sonia (Naiya Ortiz). We learn several facts in succession: Dom’s friends pay her to do their hair, Dom has a crush who barely knows she…

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