‘Three Billboards’ hurtles toward Oscar controversy

Coming off its Venice premiere in September (where it received a standing ovation), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017) received a flurry of early awards season buzz. Critics heaped their initial praise on its timely themes — violence against women, corrupt police and casual small-town racism — its gallows humor and its raw, mesmerizing performances, […]

Night gathers in ‘Game of Thrones’ season six premiere (A spoiler-free review!)

Season six of HBO’s smash hit series “Game of Thrones” (2011 – present) premiered on April 24 and opened with a recap of the previous season’s seminal moments. The recap makes for a harrowing montage, reminding the viewer of all the murder, rapes, battles and religious fanaticism that defined the last season, and drawing them back […]

Fifth season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ fails to impress

“Game of Thrones” (2011-present) returned on April 12 with an episode which largely emphasized exposition over action. The fifth season premiere seemed to serve mainly as a prologue for upcoming activity; the episode was aptly titled “The Wars to Come,” and focused more on building drama than actually showing it. Despite its slower pace and […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: ‘The Wars to Come’ sets stage for dramatic new season

“Game of Thrones” (2011-present) fans, the wait is finally over. Season 5 returned on April 12 with the episode “The Wars to Come.” It was a dark hour, but the show covered a lot of ground. To recap, the Daily Arts section is bringing you the best and the worst of the premiere. Warning: For viewers […]