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Yes, Apple is basically banning sex and violence from its streaming service—just like it said it would Yes, Apple is basically banning sex and violence from its streaming service—just like it said it would

A new article in The Wall Street Journal is outlining’s Apple’s plan for its fancy new streaming service, and everyone is making fun of the tech giant as a result. It sounds moralizing, paternalistic, and as watered down and neutered as TV can be—even compared to CBS. What it’s not, however, is surprising.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls loses the book’s gothic tone, but gains ’80s-movie magic The House With A Clock In Its Walls loses the book’s gothic tone, but gains ’80s-movie magic

The young-adult books of John Bellairs were, above all else, a way for the late author to indulge in his fondness for gothic mystery. Through nearly all of his 15 YA novels, the author installed regal cemeteries, ornate mansions, ancient tomes, and unnatural mist, all in service of eerie supernatural goings-on. These…

The Sinner reveals its secrets in a satisfying if predictable season finale The Sinner reveals its secrets in a satisfying if predictable season finale

It went to some very dark places. There was murder, kidnapping, arson, abuse, blackmail, and lots of very unpleasant therapy. The season finale of The Sinner answered questions, but it left one unanswered: Does Elisha Henig have the most unsettling thousand-yard stare of any kid on TV, or just one of the most?

60 minutes proving De La Soul is one of hip-hop’s greats—but its legacy is in danger 60 minutes proving De La Soul is one of hip-hop’s greats—but its legacy is in danger

De La Soul is one of the most culturally significant and musically influential hip-hop groups from the late ’80s and ’90s, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the current digital realm of music that actually gets listened to. That’s because, by and large, De La Soul isn’t there. Thanks to a messy thicket of legal…

Nicole Holofcener on Ben Mendelsohn, Catherine Keener, and saying “ugh” to superhero films Nicole Holofcener on Ben Mendelsohn, Catherine Keener, and saying “ugh” to superhero films

Nicole Holofcener first gained attention in 1996 for her powerful comic drama Walking And Talking, a film that also provided one of the first starring roles for her longtime collaborator Catherine Keener. Since then, she’s continued to follow her muse of small, intimate stories about troubled middle- to upper-class…

Sing-alongs and bare asses: Nostalgia ruled at this year’s Riot Fest Sing-alongs and bare asses: Nostalgia ruled at this year’s Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2018 was an oddly muted affair. No big reunions or “one time only” performances of the kind that have so thrilled festivalgoers in times past, like Jawbreaker getting back together last year or L7 in 2015. Instead, there was a comforting procession of longtime stalwarts (Bouncing Souls, Andrew W.K.) and…

The 2018 Beyond Fest lineup looks positively chilling, in a good way The 2018 Beyond Fest lineup looks positively chilling, in a good way

We’re big fans of genre film festivals here at The A.V. Club. Fantastic Fest, Cinepocalypse, The Overlook Film Festival—there are too many to attend them all, but we do our best. So when we say the lineup for Beyond Fest has us pretty excited, please know we’re not just filling column inches. This shit is lit.

Smashing Pumpkins unveil details of new album, plus a damn catchy song Smashing Pumpkins unveil details of new album, plus a damn catchy song

The world is a vampire, sent to drain / the Smashing Pumpkins, of songs that don’t sound the same So what do we get, for our pain? / Fulfilled desires, for new tracks that kinda bang [contort your pronunciation so that it works, the way 2 Chainz would]

Murphy Brown's creator hopes Trump can't resist tweeting about the revival Murphy Brown's creator hopes Trump can't resist tweeting about the revival

When the revival of CBS newsroom comedy Murphy Brown was first announced at the beginning of this year, we opined that it was the rare sitcom that would actually feel timely and relevant in the era of “fake news” cries and Trump’s reckless war of words against the media. Obviously, its creator agrees.

Norm Macdonald finally gets it right in the apology for his apology Norm Macdonald finally gets it right in the apology for his apology

Once again, the third time appears to be the charm when it comes to just saying some words about a controversial topic without making it sound like something everyone else at Thanksgiving dinner would just silently, awkwardly cringe at without wanting to acknowledge.

Right before the finale, The Sinner solves one of its two biggest mysteries Right before the finale, The Sinner solves one of its two biggest mysteries

In the universe of season two of The Sinner, everyone is either hiding something, or grieving, or stumbling past an even bigger mystery hiding just below the surface of everyday life—and often all three. Frankly, the town of Keller is lucky its citizens aren’t all wearing tinfoil hats or filling Xanax prescriptions by…

The new American Horror Story combines seasons 1 and 3—here’s a refresher on what happened The new American Horror Story combines seasons 1 and 3—here’s a refresher on what happened

Ryan Murphy’s unnecessarily grandiose visions of a wholly interconnected American Horror Story universe have come to pass: The new season, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, will bring together the first and third seasons of the show for a new story that ties together those respective storylines. Like many people, you…

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