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Pretending to Be Famous in The Sims |

Often, the appeal in playing The Sims is watching humanoids navigate barely exaggerated scenarios inspired by your own life: finding a job, finding love, and, with luck, living to see old age. Major game-play...

Don’t Let Naysayers Ruin Dining Out on Valentine’s Day |

In the Times’ “What to Cook this Week” newsletter last Sunday, subscribers were greeted by a bit of subtle Valentine’s Day editorializing from Sam Sifton: “Of course we have recipes for that night, and...

Starring Steve Buscemi as God, “Miracle Workers” Is Sappy, Juvenile, and Sharp All at...

After death, it seems, fortunate mortals ascend to a plane of celestial mediocrity. “Congratulations on your completely random entry into Heaven,” a functionary says on “Miracle Workers” (TBS), where the pearly gates resemble an...

The Evolution of Red-Carpet Politics |

A history of the red carpet, from Aeschylus to Joan Rivers. It’s been a drama-filled year for the Academy Awards, from the saga surrounding Kevin Hart’s withdrawal as host to complaints about cutting categories from...

Review: “Birds of Passage,” the Tragic Story of an Indigenous Colombian Family’s Involvement in...

The Colombian film “Birds of Passage,” directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, is an ethnographic thriller—a drama set in rural northern Colombia, centered on one indigenous group, the Wayuu, and based on the...

It’s Too Late for the Grammys to Redeem Themselves |

On Sunday night, the Grammy Awards’ identity crisis entered a penitent “cool dad” phase. Last year, Neil Portnow, the longtime president of the Recording Academy, which produces the awards, put his foot in his...

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