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“Clipped,” Reviewed: A Romp Back Through an N.B.A. Racism Scandal

One upshot of the current glut of streaming platforms is a flood of programming to fill them: something for every…

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A Succession Battle Over America’s Largest Ren Faire

There are few filmmakers more curious about the emotional lives of the elderly than the wunderkind documentarian Lance Oppenheim. In…

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Jerrod Carmichael Finds the Outer Limits of Confessional Comedy

In 2015, the comic Jerrod Carmichael co-created and starred in an NBC sitcom called “The Carmichael Show.” Shot in front…

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“The Contestant” Is More Than a Cautionary Tale

Tomoaki Hamatsu became one of the world’s first reality-TV stars when, as an aspiring comedian in his early twenties, he…

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