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Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Top 8 Film and TV of 2020

It’s been a long, grim year for film and television — too grim to merit a whole top ten list. In its place I give you — with the proviso that no, I have not seen First Cow — my top eight shows and movies of 2020. 8. The Third…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 10: ‘Something Unforgivable’ Review

“What about tomorrow, Jimmy?” Kim asks when her husband, under cover of tempting her with a luxurious afternoon of hookey, tries to keep her indoors and out of any potential harm’s way. “What about the next day, and the day after that? Jimmy, what about next week?” Life in the…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 9 ‘Bad Choice Road’ Review

So much of Better Call Saul is about trying to wield power without leaving fingerprints. The narcos and their stateside operations have incredible wealth, but the merest hint of it might get them crushed by the DEA. Mike Ehrmantraut is a deadly shot, but every bullet makes a body someone…

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Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 8 ‘Bagman’ Review

“Bagman” looks and feels like something out of Blood Simple or No Country for Old Men, a taut but decompressed Southwestern thriller with minimal plot, striking scenery, and few moving pieces. Its colors, however, are in a league of their own. The dry reddish-brown of scrub brush and creosote. The…

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Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 7 ‘JMM’ Review

JMM. James Morgan McGill. Justice Matters Most. Just Make Money. The monogram on the briefcase Kim bought Jimmy to inaugurate his return to practicing law has had an unusually wide-ranging life for a simple set of initials. Like Jimmy himself, it’s constantly being reinvented for the sake of convenience, of…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 6 ‘Wexler v. Goodman’ Review

“Wexler v. Goodman” is dominated by empty spaces. The abandoned factory where Nacho waits for Gus, pale light filtering through its few unpapered window panes. The clear blue sky around a cornered Lalo Salamanca’s hand as he drops his keys out of his car. Like the green screen Jimmy’s frequent…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 5: ‘Dedicado a Max’ Review

Can you have it both ways? Can bad deeds build a good world? Can you cash a big bank’s paycheck and still look out for the little guy in your spare time? This week’s Better Call Saul gets its teeth deep into the questions that have propelled it and its…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 4: ‘Namaste’ Review

If anything defines Better Call Saul, it’s work. In any given episode you can bank on extended sequences of Mike, Kim, Jimmy, and/or Nacho putting in the hours to pull off some elaborate stunt or grueling legal procedure, underpinning every one of the show’s flashier moments with a ground-level view…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 3: ‘The Guy for This’ Review

It begins with an ant. As Alpine yodeling band Jodlerklub Bärgblüemli Schattdorf’s ‘Jänzigrat-Jüz’ (say that five times fast) plays, the insect scuttles toward the towering wreckage of the ice cream cone Saul (Bob Odenkirk) dropped at the end of last week’s episode. In the space of a few minutes the…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 2: ‘50%’ Review

“Nacho Varga,” says cartel capo Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) with an admiring grin, “You are a badass.” Guy’s got a point. Watching Nacho (Michael Mando) leap between rooftops and dodge a DEA strike team by the skin of his teeth to recover a trove of crystal meth is as anxiously…

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Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 1: ‘The Magic Man’ Review

Something’s eating Kim Wexler. You can see it in the way actress Rhea Seehorn pauses mid-sentence, searching for the words to communicate what begins as simple discomfort with her boyfriend Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) new career as legal bottom feeder Saul Goodman without lashing out at him directly. “I can’t see…

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