Category Archives: Culture

Too real: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is visceral glimpse at a possible future

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Near the end of episode three of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s a flashback scene of a protest where police officers open fire on the crowd. In…

Out of this world: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ has found a successful formula

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the guiding principle of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the sequel to Marvel’s 2014 surprise hit space…

Second acts: After six seasons, ‘Veep’ still delivers

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “Veep” first premiered on HBO, Washington insiders howled at how much the political sitcom about a fictional vice president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, mirrored real…

‘Steel Magnolias’: The hearts of the south

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For these ladies, beauty is more than skin deep. In a town where you don’t leave the house without full hair and make-up, and Lycra…

Slow burn: ‘The Americans’ takes its time as it readies for its final act

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was holding off reviewing the new season of “The Americans” until things got more exciting, but at nearly the halfway point, I’m readjusting my expectations….

Dream state: In season 8, ’Archer’ blows up its status quo yet again

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adam Reed is not one to rest on his laurels. Most showrunners, at eight seasons into a successful and beloved series, would be content to repeat…

Adult situations: In its final season, ‘Girls’ grows up

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with “Girls.” The HBO sitcom is a challenging piece of entertainment. Its characters are mostly unlikeable and sometimes unrelatable, its…

Stand up guy: ‘Crashing’ is a pleasant, if familiar, sitcom

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent By now, TV audiences are familiar with the autobiographical standup-comic sitcom. “Seinfeld,” “Louie,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Master of None,” “Mulaney” — it’s been done to death….

Punching down: Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ is a rare miss for Marvel

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was going to try to finish the entire season of “Iron Fist” before writing this review, but after several episodes, I’m unsure when or if…

Finding the humanity in ‘Sweeney Todd’

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS The dark and rainy streets of London make the perfect setting for Stephen Sondheim’s haunting tale of revenge, “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet…