Glen Weldon

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'The LEGO Batman Movie' Drags The Caped Crusader Out Of The Shadows (Again)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

In The LEGO Batman Movie, the Dark Knight ... lightens up. NPR critic Glen Weldon says it's only the latest example of the character cycling through phases of darkness and light.

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A Rigorously Objective Ranking Of The 28 Songs Of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Season Two

Friday, February 03, 2017

It is a daunting task to definitively rank, with icy precision, the songs featured in the ratings-challenged but critically adored CW series. But we do it anyway, because journalism.

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'Santa Clarita Diet': A Visceral Netflix Comedy Fleshes Out Suburban Angst

Friday, February 03, 2017

Drew Barrymore and (especially) Timothy Olyphant deliver full-blooded performances as a married pair of realtors struggling to make ends meat.

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'Powerless': A Workplace Comedy For The Superhero Era

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

"Where does he get those wonderful toys?" NBC's new sitcom, set among the lab techs who unwittingly act as Batman's R & D team, supplies a familiar — but clever — answer.

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7 Pieces Of Unsolicited Advice For Those Rebooting 'Queer Eye'

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Netflix announced it will bring back the wildly-popular-until-it-wasn't Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for eight episodes. Production will start in the spring. We have notes. (Note #1: Don't.)

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2017 Oscar Nominations: 'La La Land' Dominates, 'Moonlight' Shines

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The 2017 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. La La Land, as widely predicted, racked up the most, while Moonlight made a strong showing, as did Hell or High Water.

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'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Is All About Olaf

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Unlike the 2004 Jim Carrey film, the Netflix series nails the darkly whimsical tone of the children's books on which it's based; Neil Patrick Harris is a big reason for that.

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Jacket Required: With The Return Of 'The Ray,' Superhero Fashion Gets Layered

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DC Comics' The Ray is back on comics shelves today. His distinctive, jacket-over-tights costume design was all the rage among the superhero set in the '90s. Are those bad old days back?

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'Love Is Love' Comics Anthology Offers Raw Expressions of Grief, Rage — And Defiance

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The comics industry has come together to produce an anthology of stories, memoir, and stand-alone imagery reacting to this summer's mass shooting at an Orlando gay club.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 25: 'A Blimp! Unorthodox, But Diabolical!'

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders lived up to its title, bringing back Adam West and Burt Ward to portray the Dynamic Duo as they did on the classic 1960s Batman series.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 24: Bill Hader Lists Streets On 'Documentary Now'

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hader channels the late monologuist Spalding Gray in the third episode of Documentary Now!'s second season. But — crucially — that's not all he does.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 23: Gosling's Lou-Costello-Take In 'The Nice Guys'

Friday, December 23, 2016

In Shane Black's louche, stylish, violent comedy, the sight of a dead body sends P.I. Holland March (Ryan Gosling) into silent hysterics.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 22: 'Bojack' Runs Silent, Runs Deep

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A largely wordless, underwater episode of the Netflix series Bojack Horseman refocused attention on the show's masterful character design — and its pathos.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 21: In 'Arrival,' The Aliens Talk In Circles

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In Denis Villeneuve's meditative science fiction film, language assumes a literal shape.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 20: The View From The Red Keep

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

In the finale of its sixth season, Game of Thrones sprung a trap, as two members of the ruling family watched from afar. Their reactions ... differed sharply.

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Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Podcast Episodes Of 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Need some podcasts to listen to on your way home for the holidays? We recommend 19 specific episodes of (non-NPR) shows that dropped in 2016.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 19: In 'La La Land,' Wait For The Kick

Monday, December 19, 2016

The song "Someone in the Crowd" from Damien Chazelle's musical ode to Hollywood contains a moment that perfectly captures the film's theme.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 18: The Moment The Penny Drops In 'Fleabag'

Sunday, December 18, 2016

No, The Guinea Pig Is Not The Penny: Phoebe Waller-Bridge's six-episode comedy series ended on a shattering — yet hugely satisfying — note.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 17: The 'Hell or High Water' Diner Scene

Saturday, December 17, 2016

In the smart, surprising Western/heist film, Texas Rangers Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Parker (Gil Birmingham) stop for a memorable meal.

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Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 16: The 'Stranger Things' Christmas-Light Ouija Wall

Friday, December 16, 2016

Nothing picks up a drab living room — and puts a charming seasonal twist on communing with the spirit world — than the festive wall art featured in the Netflix series.

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