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Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette Fox in Richard Linklater's adaptation of Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Wilson Webb/Annapurna Pictures hide caption

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'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Doesn't Live Up To The Book

In Maria Semple's novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Bernadette Fox is a wife and mother who mysteriously vanishes from her ordinary life in the middle of a personal crisis. Her daughter is left to piece together what happened. The new film adaptation is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette.

'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Doesn't Live Up To The Book

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Brian Cox plays Logan Roy, the patriarch of the powerful Roy family. Peter Kramer/HBO hide caption

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'Succession': Mogul Money, Mogul Problems

Of all the TV shows about monstrous rich people, the HBO series Succession might be one of the most cutting. It follows heartless media mega-mogul Logan Roy and his ruthless children as they try to outmaneuver each other. And while the family is awful, the show is great. And if you're not watching it, you're missing out on a lot of high-quality scheming.

'Succession': Mogul Money, Mogul Problems

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Kristen Bell returns to the titular role in the new season of Veronica Mars. Michael Desmond/Hulu hide caption

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'Veronica Mars' Returns With Melodrama And A New Mystery

Back in 2004, Veronica Mars was a high school student working for her private-eye father on the side. After three seasons on the air and a crowdfunded movie in 2014, Veronica is back. Now an adult and still a detective, Veronica tackles a fresh mystery in a set of new episodes available on Hulu. She still works with her father, she's still in love with reformed bad boy Logan Echolls, and she still has a one-liner for nearly every occasion.

'Veronica Mars' Returns With Melodrama And A New Mystery

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Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham joke, flex, and beat up bad guys in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Frank Masi/Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Hobbs & Shaw': Muscles! Wisecracks! Muscles! Car Chases! Muscles!

The new film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham. The two play their characters from the Fast & Furious franchise, spun off into a fresh adventure. They race a mechanically enhanced super soldier played by Idris Elba to recover a deadly virus before it can melt the entire population of the planet into a series of small puddles.

'Hobbs & Shaw': Muscles! Wisecracks! Muscles! Car Chases! Muscles!

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In The Farewell, Billi (Awkwafina) and her father Haiyan (Tzi Ma) return to China to visit Billi's sick grandmother. A24 hide caption

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In 'The Farewell', Awkwafina Grapples With A Family Secret

In The Farewell, Akwafina plays Billi, a young woman whose beloved grandmother back in China is diagnosed with lung cancer. The family decides not to tell the grandmother that she's got only months to live — a decision that Billi strongly disagrees with. The Farewell was written and directed by Lulu Wang based on a piece she did on This American Life.

In 'The Farewell', Awkwafina Grapples With A Family Secret

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Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Quentin Tarantino's film Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures Entertainment hide caption

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'Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood': Tarantino's Fairy Tale Turns Grim

Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood is writer-director Quentin Tarantino's ninth film. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fading western actor named Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his loyal stuntman Cliff Booth. It's set in the changing Hollywood of 1969, and in many ways, it's a breezy romp through studio backlots and makeup trailers — but hanging over every frame is the threat of violence, in the form of a very real historical tragedy — the brutal Manson family murders in the Hollywood Hills. It's glossy L.A. nostalgia laced with grisly violence — it's peak Tarantino, but does it work?

'Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood': Tarantino's Fairy Tale Turns Grim

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Queer Eye

Queer Eye is back for a fourth season, so we figured it'd be interesting to review our first impressions of the series, back when it premiered last year. We talk about the show's broader mission statement, the new Fab Five, and how thoroughly the world has changed since the first iteration of the show went off the air. (This episode originally aired on February 21, 2018.)

Queer Eye

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Alex Trebek on the set of the Jeopardy! Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament on April 17, 2010. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images hide caption

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'Jeopardy!'

Jeopardy! has been in the news a lot this year, both for James Holzhauer's historic championship run and for Alex Trebek's recent cancer diagnosis. But when we talked about the long-running game show last year, it was just an eternal juggernaut. (This episode originally aired July 11, 2018.)

'Jeopardy!'

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James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa, and JD McCrary plays Young Simba in Disney's remake of The Lion King. Disney Enterprises hide caption

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'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat

For the last few years, Disney has been turning its beloved animated films into live-action revamps . But this revamp isn't live-action — even though it looks like it is. The digital animation is ridiculously advanced, bringing Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa to eerie, ultra-realistic life. The voice cast is full of ringers — Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Beyoncé. But do the changes they make to the story — and the songs — improve on the original?

'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat

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The Metropolitan Opera's Rigoletto moves the setting from the sixteenth century to 1960 Las Vegas. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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We Visit The Metropolitan Opera

What has music, neon signs, classic cars, and Vegas gangsters in a dramatic story of love and death? Believe it or not, it's the Metropolitan Opera's production of Rigoletto, which we recently checked out in New York. Not only did we see the show, but we went backstage to see how they make the show happen.

We Visit The Metropolitan Opera

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