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HBO’s ‘Spielberg’ doc is beautifully made, but boring

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” premiered on Netflix last month. The documentary feels, often, like we’re simply following Gaga around as she talks to herself, unaware of the camera’s presence. Sometimes it feels like an aimless but nonetheless aesthetically pleasing indie short. But throughout, the doc provides window after window into the titular megastar’s life that we haven’t really been privy to before. We all know about her rebranding with last year’s “Joanne,” the dissolution of her relationship with ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney and the terrifying reverence much of her fanbase directs toward her, painting her as a religious figure of...

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A breakdown of last week’s new albums

“Colors” is a well-crafted, poppy return to Beck’s goofier roots Unlike other surprise hits from 1990s alt-rockers (here’s looking at you, “Creep”), Beck’s massive 1994 track “Loser” is actually a pretty decent look into the artist’s discography; the hip-hop beat, loopy white-boy rap and countrified guitar lick are pretty hard to categorize. Beck has made his career out of contradictions and unpredictability. Earlier records took liberally from country, rock, pop and rap, not really caring about being taken seriously. He is a musical genius, to be sure, but one that doesn’t forget to have fun. His latest LP, “Colors,”...

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Relive your middle school glory days with ‘Big Mouth’

Ah, middle school. What a time to be alive! A time when we were at our most hilariously awkward, as puberty assaulted us like, well, a monster. Or, at least, that’s the idea of “Big Mouth,” a hilarious new animated comedy that hit Netflix Sept. 29. “Big Mouth” follows two friends, Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney), whose middle school misadventures are based on the tween years of Kroll and series co-creator Andrew Goldberg. Their once harmonious childhoods have been upended by none other than The Hormone Monster (also Kroll), who appears and encourages the boys...

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a poignant look at what makes us human

Science fiction stories tend to fall on the more epic side. Typically, a creator imagines a strange new world or future and sets their characters off on sweeping adventures, often with the fate of countless lives on the line. What makes Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic “Blade Runner” so special is its more personal, introspective storytelling. In it, humans have created Replicants, androids that mirror us in obvious physiological ways, making the perfect slaves. However, some Replicants begin to rebel against the system, escaping captivity and longing for a life of freedom. Harrison Ford plays Deckard, whose role as...

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‘Narcos’ is still magical realism that (almost) never disappoints

“Narcos” season three, episode one, “The Kingpin Strategy,” begins with Agent Javier Pena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who’s been through this all before, in an intimate conversation with his father. The older man pleads with his son not to put his life on the line in the name of the drug war again, knowing that he’s already made his decision. “So, Cali . . .” his father says, begrudgingly accepting his son’s choice. The younger Peña nods his agreement,.“Cali,” he says in a grave tone as the screen quickly fades to black. Just like that, a new season...

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