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Ali Barthwell

Ali Barthwell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 5 (TV, 2018) It's gonna be one of those seasons. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
C 58% Rise: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The audience doesn't get the chance to discover the students' strengths along with the characters...The way Rise unfolds now, there's no tension and no release. Events just happen one after the other.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
4/5 100% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 4 (TV, 2017-2018) You almost had me, Emmy- and Academy Award-winning actress, Viola Davis. You almost had me thinking that this would be a relatively simple and stripped-down episode of HTGAWM. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 83% Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2017-2018) What is Empire without a big, bad Lucious Lyon? Pretty good, actually.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Empire: Season 3 - Strange Bedfellows (TV Episode) Oh, someone is definitely getting shot by the end of this season.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Empire: Season 3 - Play On (TV Episode) With the last-minute ridiculous shootout and addition of megababe Nia Long, this episode is fun and clips along with a few preposterous songs. It's pretty damn close to what Empire should be in a perfect world.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Empire: Season 3 - Sound & Fury (TV Episode) When she stops her spree, Lucious holds her head in his hands and they kiss and almost start another type of bangin'. She stops herself before they go too far and she walks out, leaving Lucious in her wreckage. Welcome back, Empire.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Empire: Season 3 - A Furnace for Your Foe (TV Episode) This winter finale is a treat and we get actual plot development and reveals and schemezzzz.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 100% Empire: Season 3 - The Unkindest Cut (TV Episode) Every now and then... the show will hit it out of the park. It's like Empire suddenly got a full night of sleep and had an açaí-smoothie bowl before showing up to work instead of snorting a packet of Emergen-C like it usually does.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Empire: Season 3 - What We May Be (TV Episode) After dinner, Phylicia says that she can tell why Angelo admires Cookie, but if she hurts her only son, she will destroy her. A success as far as any first meeting with a significant other's mom goes!‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 60% Empire: Season 3 - Chimes at Midnight (TV Episode) This episode is all about Empire getting "hacked" by a "hacker" who "hacks" into their private server.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
B+ 82% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) It was a full-on zombie movie with the bleakest cliffhanger in Game of Thrones history. The ending of this episode was so mind-blowingly dreadful that it hadn't even occurred to me as a possibility.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
B+ 92% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) "The Queen's Justice" had some fantastic moments of wit and heart but the structure and pacing didn't do it any favors.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - It's War (TV Episode) I don't know how this... show did it. After a season of twists and turns that grew more unbelievable and more boring each week, my God, I am thrilled.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - Go Cry Somewhere Else (TV Episode) This episode definitely did not trick me, but it was full of twists and turns that surprised and thrilled me.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - Not Everything's About Annalise (TV Episode) Sometimes I feel like I'm being tricked by How to Get Away With Murder. There are moments when I don't know if what I'm watching is actually a good show, or if I'm just mesmerized by Viola Davis and her eyes.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - Is Someone Really Dead? (TV Episode) This week on How to Get Away With Muuuuurrrddderrr, Annalise is back on the case and we still don't know WHAT IS UP with Michaela's house guest, but we really do.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 100% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - It's About Frank (TV Episode) Thank you, God, for all the hairstyles Annalise wears in this episode. It provides a sense of realism to show how many haircuts and protective styles a black woman will try out in her life.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 100% Empire: Season 3 - What Remains Is Bestial (TV Episode) This week, Empire decided to not just make Lucious an antihero, but also make him straight-up garbage. He's acting more unreasonable than ever and this is a man who murdered someone in the pilot.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 100% Empire: Season 3 - Sin That Amends (TV Episode) Empire, I love you and your newfound focus this season (despite the inexplicable flashbacks to teenage Cookie and Lucious), but I don't know if you're the right show to take on police brutality and the trauma of the black community.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 83% Empire: Season 3 - Light in Darkness (TV Episode) Cookie, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is on Swift Stream. Empire! Praise be! This episode is ah-mah-zing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 100% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - Don't Tell Annalise (TV Episode) It's another wild episode of How to Get Away With Murder and it features the return of Eve, played by the statuesque Famke Janssen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 80% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 3 - Always Bet Black (TV Episode) I'm ready to pick up recapping this wonderful show with the best office workwear on television. I'm eyeing those sheath dresses, Annalise!‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
A- 94% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Fortunately for viewers, Netflix and Marvel's Luke Cage is more authentically black; a love letter to the black body and the black community opening with iconic images of Harlem projected on the titular character's back.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
3/5 78% Empire: Season 2 - Past Is Prologue (TV Episode) Damn you, Empire, for actually surprising me and giving us an emotional season finale.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
5/5 86% Empire: Season 2 - Rise by Sin (TV Episode) They've done it... This is the perfect Empire episode. FIVE STARS. Somehow, the writers have managed to pick up damn near every random story line they wrote and dropped this season.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
4/5 100% Empire: Season 2 - The Lyon Who Cried Wolf (TV Episode) The time has come for the question we didn't dare ask: Has Empire righted itself? After all the nonsense of the beginning of this season... is Empire steering itself back on course to being an actual good show.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
4/5 67% Empire: Season 2 - More Than Kin (TV Episode) Because of her quick thinking and general fabulousness, the board proposes that Lucious and Cookie run Empire as co-CEOs. Lucious accepts. I can't wait to see what the logo looks like next week.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 80% Empire: Season 2 - Time Shall Unfold (TV Episode) When Empire strips everything down and deals with the particulars of running a music company, it really shines.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 92% Empire: Season 2 - The Tameness of a Wolf (TV Episode) At least someone on Empire is finally addressing the light-skinned supremacy on this show.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 64% Empire: Season 2 - A Rose by Any Other Name (TV Episode) Everyone is trying to sabotage everyone else, except for when family is the most important thing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 94% Empire: Season 2 - Death Will Have His Day (TV Episode) Taraji starts working on her second Golden Globe and delivers a touching monologue about having a miscarriage. It's the first real emotional moment of the episode. The second is Andre breaking down as he packs up the baby's room.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
5/5 76% Empire: Season 2 - Et Tu, Brute? (TV Episode) This might be a controversial opinion, but "Et Tu, Brute?" is what Empire should be: a nighttime soap of the highest order.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 73% Empire: Season 2 - My Bad Parts (TV Episode) Are two kidnappings too many for a single season of Empire? Yes.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/5 50% Empire: Season 2 - True Love Never (TV Episode) What is this I see before me? Complex-character moments? Continued storylines? Logical plot development?... This is what I want from Empire. It wasn't perfect, but hot damn, it was good.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/5 71% Empire: Season 2 - A High Hope for a Low Heaven (TV Episode) Scenes zipped by almost impossibly fast without much substance. Most of the episode was people standing across from each other reciting exposition.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
5/5 87% Empire: Season 2 - Be True (TV Episode) This episode was flipping tremendous.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/5 85% Empire: Season 2 - Poor Yorick (TV Episode) This show is what I see when I close my eyes at night to dream.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 100% Empire: Season 2 - Without a Country (TV Episode) This episode was light on plot and new develop- I'M JUST KIDDING. LUDACRIS WAS IN THIS EPISODE. Guys. I love Ludacris.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 87% Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2016) This episode wasn't so much of a thrill ride as expert table-setting and reminders of the damage these people are capable of doing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015