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Here are the best TV shows, movies, books, comics, and music to read, watch, and listen to right now.

Past Lives is already one of the year’s best films

Cat Person, Brett Kavanaugh, Fair Play, and the anger of entitled men

Prince Harry’s Spare is a sad and self-indicting portrait of royalty on the brink

What Noah Baumbach’s White Noise is really about

Babylon’s debauched old Hollywood is about something much bigger

What gets lost when comedies go straight to streaming

Hulu’s Kindred solves the Handmaid’s Tale problem

Avatar: The Way of Water reminds us that blockbusters don’t have to look absolutely terrible

Vox’s 16 best books of 2022

Netflix’s Harry and Meghan docuseries brings nothing new to the table

Why is Hulu’s Fleishman Is in Trouble so boring?

It’s best you know nothing about the new greatest movie of all time

The 25 best movies of 2022

Of course Glass Onion is a blast. But it cuts deeper than Knives Out, too.

How Love Is Blind became a horror show

Unpacking Armageddon Time

Sex, death, and apocalypse meet in season 2 of The White Lotus

Cormac McCarthy’s two new novels are deliberately frustrating

House of the Dragon season finale: The dragons come home to roost

The existence of the last slave transport ship was denied. A new documentary reveals the truth.

The Banshees of Inisherin is great — and even better if you know the history behind it

Lea Michele in Funny Girl: Yes, she is that good

House of the Dragon’s tense, awkward family reunion

Tár demands — and deserves — your full attention

Celeste Ng is back with a dark parable of America’s history of child removal

Triangle of Sadness might be the meanest film of the year. Its director is an optimist.

Every movie right now, from Amsterdam to Glass Onion, stars a million A-listers

Riotsville, U.S.A. is a window onto the bizarre beginnings of police militarization

House of the Dragon gives us a time jump, a season reset, and two horrible childbirths

The buzziest fall movies have something in common

Inside Darren Aronofsky’s messy movie The Whale is something wise about religious trauma

House of the Dragon’s green dress signals a major series turning point

In Ducks, Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant goes bleak and desolate

What the film Women Talking loses (and preserves) from the 2018 novel

Nona the Ninth features dogs, lesbians, necromantic battles, increasing levels of Catholicism

House of the Dragon’s moral lesson of the week: Sex is always political

The summer of swirly, googly, bombastic, over-the-top movies

What Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal says about us

The new A League of Their Own TV show honors — and departs from — the original

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: Power means letting female heroes take up space