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HBO’s ‘Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union’: TV Review

Peter Kunhardt's three-part documentary examines Barack Obama's rise to the presidency and the role race played in shaping his political identity, achievements and legacy.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Chief TV Critic Daniel Fienberg Picks the Best TV of 2021 (So Far)

Favorites from the first half of the year include Barry Jenkins' latest opus, a delicious double dose of Jean  Smart and a Netflix docuseries about food and the Black diaspora.

Disney+’s ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’: TV Review

Disney+'s YA adaptation is a tale of gifted orphans learning they have a special purpose, featuring Tony Hale, Kristen Schaal and Ryan Hurst in supporting roles.

‘Ascension’: Film Review | Tribeca 2021

Jessica Kingdon's observational documentary looks at the contemporary Chinese economy, focusing on the blue-collar workers, middle-class consumers and wealthy hedonists fueling this modified version…

‘TV’s Top 5’: ‘Blindspotting’ Co-Creator on Bringing the Acclaimed Movie to TV

Welcome to Episode 125 of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the…

Rose Byrne in Apple TV+’s ‘Physical’: TV Review

The actress plays a San Diego housewife on an unexpected journey to becoming an aerobics instructing superstar in this '80s-set dramedy series.

FXX’s ‘Dave’ Season 2: TV Review

Dave Burd and Jeff Schaffer's FXX comedy, with its stealthy blend of low-brow Lil Dicky-related hijinks and surprisingly thoughtful undercurrents, returns for its second season.

AMC’s ‘Kevin Can F**k Himself’: TV Review

'Schitt's Creek' favorite Annie Murphy toplines a dramedy about the inner turmoil of a multi-cam-sitcom wife in a single-cam world.

‘All These Sons’: Film Review | Tribeca 2021

'Minding the Gap' director Bing Liu and Joshua Altman helm the latest documentary to look at community responses to gun violence in Chicago.

‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’: Film Review | Tribeca 2021

Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville tackles chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain's complicated life and tragic death in two-hour documentary form.

Starz’s ‘Blindspotting’: TV Review

Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs pick up the story from their 2018 Oakland-set film with Jasmine Cephas Jones' character now the primary focus.

‘TV’s Top 5’: How Marvel’s ‘Loki’ Was Influenced by ‘Rick and Morty’

Welcome to Episode 124 of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the…

Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ Part 2: TV Review

Omar Sy returns for five more episodes of heists, Parisian style and revenge in this story of a master criminal inspired by Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin character.