Craig Mathieson

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71 ENTRIES Craig Mathieson is a television critic for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, an author, and the creator of the Binge-r streaming newsletter.



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Heirs unapparent: ‘Succession’

The HBO comedy-drama returns for another gleefully toxic season

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Streaming highlights: July 2019

Low-profile comedies ‘Flowers’, ‘Workin’ Moms’ and ‘Derry Girls’ beguile; ‘Veronica Mars’ revived; and Netflix and Marvel break up

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Streaming highlights: June 2019

‘Dark’ makes a wild return, ‘Good Omens’ approaches the apocalypse lightly, ‘City on a Hill’ moves beyond the crime genre’s prerequisites, and new ‘Black Mirror’

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Streaming highlights: May 2019

‘When They See Us’ and ‘Catch-22’ examine flawed institutions, ‘Dead to Me’ astutely studies the living, and ‘Fleabag’ makes a must-see return

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‘Veep’: No bad deed shall go punished

The sharp comedy bows out as Trump takes politics beyond satire

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Streaming highlights: April 2019

‘Special’ and ‘Bonding’ look askance at sexual mores, ‘Killing Eve’ returns, and Beyoncé brings ‘Homecoming’ to Netflix

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Game of Thrones: Season 8

HBO’s epic fantasy series reaches its martial conclusion

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Streaming highlights: March 2019

‘The OA’ amplifies the intrigue, Gregg Araki’s streaming debut ‘Now Apocalypse’, and the wealth porn of ‘Billions’ returns

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Streaming highlights: February 2019

Adolescent antiheroes in ‘Sex Education’ and ‘Pen15’, Eric Bana shines darkly in ‘Dirty John’, new ‘Counterpart’, and the irreverent charm of ‘Russian Doll’

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A bug in the code: ‘Russian Doll’

This existential comedy is 2019’s first must-see Netflix series

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ABC TV’s ‘The Cry’

This Scottish–Australian drama successfully subverts the missing-child genre

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Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful ‘Roma’

This Academy Award favourite elevates the domestic to the monumental

‘The Little Drummer Girl’: a masterclass in subterfuge

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‘The Little Drummer Girl’: a masterclass in subterfuge

‘Oldboy’ director Park Chan-wook takes on a le Carré spy drama, with genre-rattling results

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

For their Netflix debut, the Coen brothers return to the Western

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Orson Welles’s ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ and Morgan Neville’s ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’

The auteur’s messy mockumentary and the documentary that seeks to explain it are imperfect but better together