Glen Weldon

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HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' Is Halting, Never Catches Fire

Friday, May 18, 2018

Director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani makes changes big and small to Ray Bradbury's dystopian tale. They help it resonate with our current moment — but make it even more bluntly polemical.

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'Solo' Makes The Jump To Light-Speed ... Eventually

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds.

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Grim 'N' Gritty Is Out, Glib 'N' Smarmy Is In: 'Deadpool 2'

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ryan Reynolds once again assays the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. No fourth wall is safe.

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NPR's Summer Movie Guide: 27 Films Coming Your Way

Monday, May 14, 2018

As ever, the Summer Movie Season is dominated by sequels and special effects. But if you're prepared to look for them, you'll find some smaller, quirkier films flying beneath the radar.

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New 'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Is Something We Hope You'll Really Like

Friday, May 11, 2018

Amazon's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is no lifeless retread — it captures the anarchic, slightly sardonic tone of the original, and delivers solid gags that stand on their own.

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Free Comic Book Day 2018: A Guide To The Best Bets And The Best Avoided

Thursday, May 03, 2018

For the 10th year in a row, NPR's Glen Weldon reviews the 52 free comic books you'll be able to pick up in comics shops across the nation on Saturday, May 5th.

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OK, Let's Talk About The Ending Of 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Monday, April 30, 2018

This post contains spoilery speculation (and term-coinage) about the ending of the record-breaking film, and what it means for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You were warned.

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Space-Hopping 'Avengers: Infinity War' Raises The Stakes To Infinity — And Beyond

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from bedazzling his space-glove and performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar (good) and unfamiliar (less good).

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Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This week, Action Comics becomes the first American comic book to reach #1000, though that numbering comes with an asterisk. More important: the return of Superman's red trunks — and yellow belt.

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Here's What You Need To Know About Infinity Stones Before The New Avengers Movie

Monday, April 16, 2018

They're the major MacGuffins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but there's a lot of them, and you need a scorecard to keep track of which does what. We're here for you.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Antiques Roadshow'

Friday, April 13, 2018

To talk about the PBS institution that celebrates used crap and how much it may or may not be worth, we're joined by the host of NPR's Bullseye — and lifelong used-crap devotee — Jesse Thorn.

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Will Robinson, Meet Danger; Danger, Will Robinson: The 'Lost In Space' Reboot

Friday, April 13, 2018

Netflix's remake of the campy 1960s series is everything that show was not: dark, suspenseful, with great-looking special effects. It gets a bit repetitive, but it's worth sticking with.

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'Legion,' Season 2: Welcome Back To The Weirdest Corner Of The Marvel Universe

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Showrunner Noah Hawley's defiantly trippy and visually stunning not-quite-a-superhero series returns to FX for a second season. Critic Glen Weldon says there's real substance beneath all that style.

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In The Final Season Of 'The Americans,' Sleeper Agents Get A Wake-Up Call

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We review, with as few spoilers as possible, the beginning of the end of FX's starkly intimate series about: 1. Spycraft, 2. Marriage, 3. The 1980s and 4. Wigs.

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Arcade Firewall: 'Ready Player One' REALLY Loves The '80s

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. The nostalgia gets a bit overwhelming — and, frankly, sad — but the visuals are compelling.

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In His Own Words: HBO's Intimate, Astonishing 'Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling'

Monday, March 26, 2018

Judd Apatow directs a documentary about the life, comedy and spirituality of his late friend and mentor. The two-night HBO event is built around excerpts from the comedian's revealing diaries.

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'Pacific Rim Uprising' Serves Up Another Helping Of Mech And Cheese

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Guillermo Del Toro isn't in the directing chair for this return to the world he built in 2013's Pacific Rim, but that film's most gleefully goofy qualities remain.

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Before 'Love, Simon': Coming Out And Coming-Of-Age At The Movies

Monday, March 19, 2018

Love, Simon is only the latest in a surprisingly long line of films that have explored what it's like to come out in high school. Here's some of the smaller, quirkier films that paved the way.

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A Gay Teen Romance, Sealed With A Peck: 'Love, Simon'

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Come for the rom-com elements, familiar and dutiful though they are. Stay for the film's sensitive, specific and closely observed coming-out storyline, which feels new — and important.

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Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

Friday, January 19, 2018

The website The Awl and its sister site The Hairpin are shutting down. The two sites always valued lively, thoughtful writing — even as the media landscape shifted around them.

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