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Physical review: In Apple TV+ series, Rose Byrne makes you cringe at, and sympathise with, her aerobics guru character
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Physical review: In Apple TV+ series, Rose Byrne makes you cringe at, and sympathise with, her aerobics guru character

Put-upon suburban housewife and mom finds a calling that leads to a big business idea, translating into fame and fortune — it's a story that's been told before. In Physical, the new Apple TV+ series starring Rose Byrne, it gets the dark comedy/dramedy treatment.

Mare of Easttown review: Kate Winslet's HBO drama has a curious quality for a murder mystery — compassion
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Mare of Easttown review: Kate Winslet's HBO drama has a curious quality for a murder mystery — compassion

As a murder mystery — despite a few gratuitous red herrings — Mare of Easttown is taut and moody, in the league of the first seasons of Fargo and True Detective. As a study of people and a community, it is spare, melancholy — and haunting.

Shadow and Bone review: Netflix's slow-burning series crafts a meticulous and multi-layered world of adventure fantasy
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Shadow and Bone review: Netflix's slow-burning series crafts a meticulous and multi-layered world of adventure fantasy

Shadow and Bone is a thrilling introduction to the writer Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and expertly juggles multiple storylines across eight tightly edited episodes.

Netflix true crime docu Why Did You Kill Me? raises more questions about justice, vengeance and vigilantism than it answers
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Netflix true crime docu Why Did You Kill Me? raises more questions about justice, vengeance and vigilantism than it answers

The case the documentary explores is the 2006 murder of a 24-year-old Riverside, California, resident — Crystal Theobald — in a drive-by shooting near her home.

Them review: Amazon Studios' new anthology is a brutal, unrelenting American horror story
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Them review: Amazon Studios' new anthology is a brutal, unrelenting American horror story

Through its 10-episode run, the series — about 10 days in the life of a Black family who have just moved into the white neighbourhood of East Compton in 1950s California — keeps the horror at fever pitch.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel — Netflix's well-intentioned Elisa Lam docu makes some missteps
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Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel — Netflix's well-intentioned Elisa Lam docu makes some missteps

Netflix's Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, about the Elisa Lam case, is not the story you think it is. It's a human tragedy, not a paranormal mystery.

Snowpiercer season 2: An uneven premiere sets up Sean Bean's Mr Wilford as the new Big Bad
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Snowpiercer season 2: An uneven premiere sets up Sean Bean's Mr Wilford as the new Big Bad

The citizens of Snowpiercer have been to the brink: An all-out civil war led by the "tailies" against the oppressive caste system on the train has led to a fragile and inchoate democracy, but barely is the new system in force than there's a new threat to contend with.

His Dark Materials season 2 primer: Your guide to the characters, locations and artefacts that drive the BBC-HBO epic
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His Dark Materials season 2 primer: Your guide to the characters, locations and artefacts that drive the BBC-HBO epic

Season 2 of His Dark Materials brings 'The Subtle Knife', the second book from Philip Pullman's trilogy, to glorious onscreen life.

Truth Seekers review: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg's horror comedy series is a thoroughly enjoyable single-session binge
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Truth Seekers review: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg's horror comedy series is a thoroughly enjoyable single-session binge

Truth Seekers may not be rip-roaringly funny, but it does have a constant undercurrent of old-fashioned droll British humour retrofitted with some new-age sass.

The Undoing: Episode 2 introduces key departures from HBO series' source, and not entirely for the better
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The Undoing: Episode 2 introduces key departures from HBO series' source, and not entirely for the better

In Episode 2 of HBO's The Undoing, shocking revelations about her husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant) keep piling up for a stunned Grace (Nicole Kidman) over the course of a day.

The Undoing episode 1 recap: HBO's Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant thriller sets up murder mystery amid NYC's elite
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The Undoing episode 1 recap: HBO's Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant thriller sets up murder mystery amid NYC's elite

The Undoing's episode 1 only just takes us to the cusp of its central mystery, but Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's pairing works, as a comfortable, affectionate couple with their gentle grumblings and easy connection.

The Alienist season 2 review: Angel of Darkness is an unpretentious whodunit done thrillingly well
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The Alienist season 2 review: Angel of Darkness is an unpretentious whodunit done thrillingly well

New York City, 1897. Babies are being kidnapped, and turning up dead. Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) is joined by her friends, the alienist Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) and journalist John Moore (Luke Evans), in solving the grotesque crimes.

Lovecraft Country's unintended racial horror: How the HBO series uses Black trauma as narrative currency
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Lovecraft Country's unintended racial horror: How the HBO series uses Black trauma as narrative currency

Though Lovecraft Country has every flavour of creaturely nightmares, its biggest horror is the way it misuses historical woes and seems blind to its own perpetuation of damaging tropes

Netflix's Criminal: UK examines ideas of crime and punishment in a taut, riveting Season 2
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Netflix's Criminal: UK examines ideas of crime and punishment in a taut, riveting Season 2

There's no "chase", no gathering of evidence, no crime scene investigation, no exposition — all the tropes beloved of police procedurals — in Criminal: UK

Ratched review: Netflix series should shed its pretence of being a One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest prequel
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Ratched review: Netflix series should shed its pretence of being a One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest prequel

The Mildred Ratched of Netflix's Ratched has little in common with the Nurse Ratched of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest apart from her name, some personal facts, and vocation.

Lovecraft Country review: HBO's latest blends supernatural horror and real-world racism in a dramatic adaptation
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Lovecraft Country review: HBO's latest blends supernatural horror and real-world racism in a dramatic adaptation

While HBO's Lovecraft Country, which comes from the stable of Jordan Peele, JJ Abrams and Misha Green, gets many things right — the gorgeous frames, costumes and 'look'; Jonathan Majors as Atticus; the music — it seems to not have the same sense of dread and unease that ran through the source material, Matt Ruff's book.

Revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 23 years after its debut, there's nothing like Joss Whedon's pioneering TV series
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Revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 23 years after its debut, there's nothing like Joss Whedon's pioneering TV series

From our #RewindToUnwind series, an ode to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a look at what made it special when it released in 1997, and why it remains relevant, nearly two-and-a-half decades later.