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TV Review: Documentary Now! Season 3 Presents Another Festival of Uproarious Mockumentaries

The Pitch: The third season (or 52nd, if you’re looking within the show’s universe) of IFC’s Documentary Now! sees host Helen Mirren introducing a new crop of bold, probing documentaries about the human condition. “Batshit Valley” (Pts. 1 & 2) is a double-length take on Wild Wild Country, in which a town is terrorized by a mysterious sex

Album Review: Overkill Continue Winning Streak with The Wings of War

The Lowdown: New Jersey’s premiere thrash metal outfit Overkill don’t mess with their sound much. Like a prehistoric crocodile, they’re evolutionarily perfect in every era because they only do a handful of things but do so with tactical precision. They thrash, they bash, then they exit without a fuss. It’s no surprise, then, that their

Album Review: Mercury Rev Shine a Welcome Light on Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

The Lowdown: Mercury Rev have played gently with other people’s material before, picking material from the likes of John Lennon, David Bowie, and Nico that best suited their blissed-out psychedelics. Working with a full album originally recorded by Bobbie Gentry is another matter entirely. While they wisely left the wispy voice of frontman Jonathan Donahue

TV Review: PEN15 Looks Back at Millennial Teendom With a Wickedly Funny Eye

The Pitch: It’s the year 2000, a time filled not with the jetpacks and flying cars promised in decades past, but instead gel pens, dial-up Internet, and the crushing anxiety of 21st-century adolescence. For 13-year-old best friends Anna (Anna Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine), two awkward outcasts entering the pubescent gauntlet of seventh grade, it’s one

Film Review: What Men Want Flips the Script and Finds Mixed Results

The Pitch: A gender-flipped reimagining of the 2000 Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt vehicle What Women Want, What Men Want doesn’t borrow much more than the original film’s core premise. Taraji P. Henson plays Ali Davis, a successful sports agent who’s continually locked out of career advancement thanks to the boys-club attitude at her office. Frustrated, she

TV Review: Tom Hanks Helps Conan O’Brien Kill Time with His New Half-Hour Format

The times are changing, and Conan O’Brien is changing with them. In the age of YouTube, where most talk shows are more frequently consumed in digestible chunks on streaming the next morning, the 25-year late-night veteran is shaking things up after a three-month hiatus with a retooled version of Conan on TBS, which premiered last

Classic Album Review: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion Remains a Watery Wonderland

In our original review of Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, published 10 years ago this month, there’s a line in the first paragraph that stands out now for its half-correctness: “Still, no matter how amazing or confusing any of the group’s back catalog may be, it will henceforth be Merriweather Post Pavilion that will stand