Some bold, baffling reveals place DuckTales in unpredictable and questionable territory


I’m not… entirely sure that the team who wrote, animated, and produced “McMystery At McDuck McManor” realize how truly bizarre this episode it. (Colleen Evanson, who penned the script to one of the show’s weaker outputs, helms this one as well.) DuckTales, in any incarnation–comic series, old TV show, new TV show–is…

Laura Dern brings a filmmaker’s painful memories to life in HBO’s devastating The Tale


Four days after The Tale premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Larry Nassar faced his final legal fate. “Topical” wasn’t a strong enough word for how the film looked, adjacent to the current events it seemed to be processing, dramatizing, making cathartic in real time. Here, after all, was a portrait of a…

An explosive ending throws an otherwise engrossing Handmaid's Tale off balance


It’s an odd war that Serena Joy and June wage in “First Blood,” an often excellent but ultimately baffling hour of The Handmaid’s Tale. It begins when Serena Joy, scared and guilty, literally removes the wall that separates her from the woman carrying “her” baby, giving her a chance to see it on an ultrasound monitor.…