Season 1, Episode 5, “Partings”

Morfydd Clark Photo: Prime Video When we first landed on the shores of The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power, the kingdoms of Middle-earth were in a state of isolation. The Elves watched over Middle-earth, particularly the Southlanders, while Númenor thrived on the sea. But inside those kingdoms, resentment stirred. In the South, … Read more

You can’t go home again—but you can Return To Monkey Island

Image: Devolver Digital Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? I end up writing about … Read more

Allison Janney Attains Action Star Status

(From left) Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett in Anna Foerster’s LouPhoto: Netflix In Lou, it’s flat-out fun to see Allison Janney get to make her own version of Taken and Nobody. And she plays the vengeful, flawed savior role with just as much no-nonsense determination, rigorous gusto, and grizzled grit as Liam Neeson and Bob … Read more

Lena Dunham Nails YA Adaptation

Andrew Scott and Bella Ramsey star in Lena Dunham’s Catherine Called BirdyPhoto: Prime Video For those of you who have given up on Lena Dunham, no one can say you don’t have your reasons. Whether it’s because her groundbreaking HBO series, Girls, ended in 2017, or she’s been suffering through a bout of creative stagnation, … Read more

Season 1, Episode 6, “Just Jen”

Tatiana Maslany Photo: Courtesy of Marvel Studios Well, they faked us out, didn’t they? After a tantalizing glimpse at Daredevil’s new helmet in the last episode, this episode has not even a hint of Matt Murdock. That’s a risky game to play with Marvel fans, but the show is, at least, self aware that it’s … Read more

Netflix limited series feels stagnant

Thai Cave RescuePhoto: Netflix There’s something about a kid in a well. Even if you don’t have registered memory of the 1987 “Baby Jessica” ordeal— with its endless CNN coverage, commentary from President Reagan, a Pulitzer for photography for the rescue coverage, an ABC movie starring Beau Bridges, and the Regis and Kathie Lee interview—somebody … Read more

A review of Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson in Meet Cute

Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson in Meet CuteImage: MKI Distribution Services / Peacock The first day at any “introduction to screenwriting” class worth its salt hammers one thing home: your story won’t connect with an audience if your lead characters don’t want anything. Yes, yes, rules are made to be broken, and experimental art is … Read more