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Review: The Batman

The movie's whole idea seems to be that if Batman truly wanted to make Gotham a better place, he'd find some other way to do it, perhaps involving politics.

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Futures

The new "Futures" exhibition at the Smithsonian showcases inventions that have shaped the world we live in now and ones that will transform the world in the years to come.

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Revenge at All Costs

The Iranian metal band Confess was charged with blasphemy and anti-government propaganda in 2015, before fleeing to Norway. Their latest album documents this experience.

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Unmask

The lightweight mesh face covering fulfills the requirements of public health orders while doing nothing to prevent the wearer from sucking in all the oxygen she desires.

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The Wheel of Time

Looked at one way, it's a lesser Game of Thrones. Looked at another, it's a show about governance and social power in the absence of contemporary governmental institutions.

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Wordle

The game is a wholesome, brief distraction—in an ideal world, exactly what social media would exist for.

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This Is Us

Randall's actions hint at the dark side of people who are just trying to make things better for everyone—regardless of whether their victims want the help.

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Arcane

The show details friction between the privileged innovators of a steampunk city and the impoverished slums underneath it.

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Trade Talks

A new podcast reminds us that even complicated macroeconomic issues can be fruitfully reduced to the sum of individual action.

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Dune

Director Denis Villeneuve managed to turn a book about a feudal fight over a desert planet into a film enjoyable for both casual audiences and superfans alike.

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The Eternals

The film is suffused with the patronizing notion that good superheroes are benign despots who know what's best for the rest of us.

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Foundation

The TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic trilogy is still fundamentally about the ways in which politics and objective truth inevitably clash.

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Loki

Even the most powerful cosmic demigod can be foiled by the even-more-powerful machinations of bureaucracy.

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