A New Era, from Julian Fellowes

Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Laura Carmichael in Downton Abbey: A New EraImage: Ben Blackall / 2022 Focus Features LLC Rejoice, Downtonians! Downton Abbey: A New Era is a worthy entry in Julian Fellowes’ beloved franchise. You were right to be concerned, of course. The acclaimed TV drama’s first foray onto the big screen, 2019’s … Read more

Season 6, episode 6 “Ax And Grind”

Christopher Kelly and Rhea Seehorn in Better Call SaulPhoto: Greg Lewis / AMC / Sony Pictures Television Fans of Better Call Saul‘s predecessor have debated: Did Walter White really spend that series’ five seasons breaking bad, or did he simply finally find his way to his true self? Perhaps that question, considering the nuance Saul … Read more

What’s On TV, May 15-19: Conversations With Friends, Angelyne

Sasha Lane in Conversations With FriendsRose Leslie in The Time Traveler’s Wife AngelynePhoto: Go Bowe / Hulu; Macall B. Polay / HBO; Isabella Vosmikova / Peacock Welcome to What’s On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here’s what you need to watch from Sunday, May 15 to Thursday, May 19. All times are Eastern. [Note: … Read more

Keith Thomas’ Stephen King adaptation

Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong in FirestarterImage: Ken Woroner / Universal Pictures With any subsequent adaptation, the hope is that a story improves on the version that preceded it — or at least feels as though it’s offering up a unique vision, an additional layer that makes the new adaptation purposeful in its insistence … Read more

Rebel Wilson recycles her usual shtick

Sam Richardson and Rebel Wilson in Senior YearImage: Boris Martin / Netflix It doesn’t take long for Senior Year to lay out its outlandish premise, which is centered on a popular high schooler who awakens from a two-decade-long coma and, hoping to pick up right where she left off, strives to finish her senior year … Read more

Apple TV Plus’ The Essex Serpent pits faith against science

Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in The Essex SerpentPhoto: Apple TV + At the start of Apple TV + ‘s The Essex Serpent, Victorian wife Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes) is delivered from her husband, a brute who once, during sex, branded her with a red-hot poker on the neck (leaving an S-shaped scar). The sadist … Read more

On The Count Of Three review: Jerrod Carmichael’s bleak comedy

Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael in On The Count Of Three Image: Courtesy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut and star vehicle On The Count Of Threewhich revolves around a suicide pact made by two best friends, bears no resemblance to The Carmichael Show or his stand-up sets, even if he casually joked about … Read more

HBO and Steven Moffat adapt a time-travel tragedy

Rose Leslie and Theo James in The Time Traveler’s WifePhoto: Macall Polay / HBO There’s a certain sense of predestination to the idea of ​​Steven Moffat showrunning a TV version of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Moffat, after all, came to his post-Coupling career resurgence via a tenure on Doctor Who—Most notably his celebrated 2006 episode … Read more

Conversations With Friends is no Normal People

Alison Oliver in Conversations With FriendsPhoto: Go Bowe / Hulu Sally Rooney’s prose, self-effacingly simple as it may appear, is most alluring because of the complexity it can contain. In the first chapter of her novel, Conversations With Friends, her narrator, a young woman named Frances, sketches out her temperament for us in quick flashes. … Read more

Hacks hits the road in its pitch-perfect second season

Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder in HacksPhoto: Karen Ballard / HBO Max It’s hard to top the first season of Hacks, HBO Max’s acerbically funny series about two women (one Gen-Z, one boomer) navigating the male-dominated world of standup comedy. With a singular blend of caustic humor, incisive social commentary, and heartbreaking pathos — not … Read more