CULTURE

Hulu’s Shrill is a quietly tender portrayal of learning how to love yourself

Shrill, the new Hulu series based on the 2016 memoir by Lindy West, is anything but shrill. It’s a quiet, gentle show, suffused with a kind of tender restraint. In this world, a dinner at a strip club becomes a low-key conversation over hushed music about the importance of grooming and how good the shrimp is. An abortion is over and done with in a single nervous, intimate montage. Against the warm grays of Shrill’s color palette, our heroine’s candy-striped pink dresses glow like scoops of sorbet.

The first full trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin had so many hurdles to overcome

Until now, the teaser trailers for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, out May 24, have been greeted by audiences with a lot of wincing and a side of curiosity. The first teaser, which debuted in October, contained a lot of pomp but very few glimpses of the verisimilitude (and copious CGI magic) we’ve come to expect from Disney’s live-action spectacles so far (see: Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book). It mainly showed off a lot of sand and rock.

Captain Marvel’s cat Goose, explained

By now, with 11 years of Marvel movies behind us, it should be a given that nothing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is what it appears to be. Rocket isn’t actually a raccoon. Objects like the Tesseract and the Aether are actually powerful Infinity Stones. The Winter Soldier is actually Bucky Barnes — and he’s responsible for the deaths of Tony Stark’s parents. Ego the Living Planet is actually Star-Lord’s dad, who wants to kill his son and his friends.