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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.

Father Soldier Son review: An intimate, gut wrenching portrait of an American family, manhood, and a nation at war
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Father Soldier Son review: An intimate, gut wrenching portrait of an American family, manhood, and a nation at war

A New York Times documentary, Father Soldier Son spans 10 years in the lives of American soldier Barry Eisch and his sons Isaac and Joey.

The Luminaries review: Less Fate-fuelled epic, more period drama whodunit with a dash of the supernatural
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The Luminaries review: Less Fate-fuelled epic, more period drama whodunit with a dash of the supernatural

Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize in 2013. Now a BBC miniseries (airing in India on Netflix), the screen adaptation doesn't feel all that award-winning.

Row over publicity campaign for Sony LIV's Undekhi is past, but TV biz must quit shock tactics for marketing
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Row over publicity campaign for Sony LIV's Undekhi is past, but TV biz must quit shock tactics for marketing

An executive with a TV channel said that misfires such as with Undekhi's promotions point to the immense pressure marketing teams are under to come up with strategies that set a show apart from the proliferation of competition.

As Snowpiercer season 1 ends, recapping the main events and themes of Netflix's dystopian thriller
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As Snowpiercer season 1 ends, recapping the main events and themes of Netflix's dystopian thriller

Season one of Snowpiercer, the Netflix adaptation of French graphic novel Le Transperceneige (which also served as the inspiration for Bong Joon-ho's 2013 film) came to a nail-biting close on Monday.

Mafia review: ZEE5 thriller series is unable to rise above its confusing execution
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Mafia review: ZEE5 thriller series is unable to rise above its confusing execution

Mafia, directed by Birsa Dasgupta, relates the story of six estranged friends whose reunion turns into a nightmare when their past crimes threaten to overturn their present cushy lives.

I'll Be Gone In the Dark: HBO adaptation of Michelle McNamara's book could reflect best and worst of true crime genre
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I'll Be Gone In the Dark: HBO adaptation of Michelle McNamara's book could reflect best and worst of true crime genre

As much cautionary tale as public service, Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone In the Dark — on the hunt for the Golden State Killer — gets the docuseries treatment courtesy HBO

HBO's Perry Mason recasts crime-fighting hero in a way that's less Erle Stanley Gardner and more Raymond Chandler
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HBO's Perry Mason recasts crime-fighting hero in a way that's less Erle Stanley Gardner and more Raymond Chandler

In HBO's series, gone is Erle Stanley Gardner's suave courtroom saviour and in his place, we have a shabbier, down-on-his-luck Perry Mason, played by Matthew Rhys, making his living as a private eye in 1930s Los Angeles.