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Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take ...
 
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Critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon both loved the late-60s British sci-fi series "The Prisoner" in their formative years, but they haven't seen it in a long time and they're not at all sure how it will play in a 21st century rife with with "alternative facts" and militant individualism at the expense of social responsibility. One thing is certain: Run-DMC were clearly influenced by the vocal patterns of Patrick McGoohan, and that malicious weather balloon is still eerie as hell. Wait, that ...
 
A movie podcast that isn't just a bunch of straight white dudes. Comedian Ify Nwadiwe is joined by film producer Drea Clark and film critic Alonso Duralde for a fast, funny, flight through film. Maximum Film! is news, reviews and in-depth insight, beamed directly into your ears every week.
 
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There are new, (mostly) more accurate dinosaurs to squeal over in Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth and reportedly final film of the Jurassic film franchise. In this episode from our friends at NPR's Short Wave, get to know them a little more with help from Riley Black, a paleontologist and author of the book The Last Days of the Dinosaurs.…
 
With Australian writer and pop culture aficionado Maria Lewis in tow, the gang gets some glitz in their eyes, marvels at some really tricky old-age makeup, and takes in some history with a big grain of diamond crystal salt. What’s Good Alonso – Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Drea - Vegas, baby! (kinda) Maria - Reebok Alien Stompers High-Tops…
 
Alex and Gina reveal the top-rated series of the year up to this point, according to fans on IMDb. They dive deep into why these new shows are worth watching and discuss the returning series that continue to impress viewers again and again. Here's the official list of the Top New Series of 2022, So Far And the Top Returning Series of 2022, So Far A…
 
The new film Marcel The Shell With Shoes On tells the story of a tiny shell who searches for his long-lost family. He's voiced by Jenny Slate and rendered using stop-motion animation. Based on a series of viral YouTube shorts, the feature-length movie is directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, who also appears on-screen as a filmmaker who discovers and in…
 
We finally, really did it. We made the dinosaurs, we messed with the dinosaurs, we released the dinosaurs, we auctioned off the dinosaurs, and now we’re gathering the dinosaurs back up. Also, there are locusts. Confused? That’s Jurassic World Dominion, baby! Our expert guest is Steven Ray Morris, who hosts the See Jurassic Right podcast (in additio…
 
This week Alex, Gina, and Jeff recommend three very different movies for whatever mood you’re in. If you need a jolt of energy, we’ve got the historical epic ‘RRR,’ in theaters or streaming on Netflix. If you’re feeling introspective, go with the feature-length adaptation of the YouTube phenomenon ‘Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,’ now in theaters. …
 
The legacy of Elvis Presley is often reduced to gaudy iconography and tales of excess: the white jumpsuit, Las Vegas, drugs. So what happens when director Baz Luhrmann takes on the man, the myth, the legend? You get the dizzying biopic Elvis. Austin Butler stars as "the King of Rock and Roll," and Tom Hanks plays Elvis' shady longtime manager Colon…
 
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