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Philosophy and fantasy blur as The Sinner threatens adult and infant alike

Philosophy and fantasy blur as The Sinner threatens adult and infant alike
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College is a time for experimentation. Be it styles, habits, or even entire belief systems, when you’re young and questioning everything, it only makes sense to try on a variety of different ideas and actions to see what fits. Most of us grow out of it (and into a more routine lifestyle and thought process) as we get older, but some...

Feb 14, 2020 at 10:00. 7 comments

In its second episode, The Sinner starts to get weird

In its second episode, The Sinner starts to get weird
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“Strange, isn’t it? That some letter should determine your fate?” Jamie Burns says this to his student, while she protests his undercutting of the college recommendation letter she wrote for herself, but it’s also a clear (and ominous) foreshadowing regarding the destruction Jamie wreaked in his own life by inviting Nick Haas back into...

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Feb 07, 2020. 5 comments

The Sinner season-three premiere wrecks Matt Bomer and Chris Messina

The Sinner season-three premiere wrecks Matt Bomer and Chris Messina
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One of the most compelling elements of The Sinner has always been how it kicked off each season’s murder-mystery-conspiracy plotline with an inciting incident that seems almost incomprehensible from a logical standpoint. Season one had Jessica Biel’s easygoing housewife suddenly snap and stab a stranger for no discernible reason; season...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Nov 14, 2019. 22 comments

Our actor of the decade Carrie Coon tells all about The Leftovers, David Fincher, and more

Our actor of the decade Carrie Coon tells all about The Leftovers, David Fincher, and more

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them about.

The actor: When we started discussing names here at The A.V. Club for our favorite actors of the decade, one immediately jumped to mind: Carrie Coon. It’s not just because Coon is an immensely talented performer, one who has...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Oct 18, 2019. 2 comments

Chris Messina turns menacing in The Sinner’s season 3 trailer

Chris Messina turns menacing in The Sinner’s season 3 trailer

As previously announced , season three of the Jessica Biel-produced USA suspense drama The Sinner will star Matt Bomer and Chris Messina as former college pals who get caught up in a local conspiracy. TV Line reports that “Matt Bomer’s Jamie is the upstanding local resident at the center of it all” when he gets into a tragic car accident in upstate New York, “while Messina plays...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Aug 03, 2019. 4 comments

Chris Messina joins the cast of The Sinner for season 3

Chris Messina joins the cast of The Sinner for season 3

Good news for Danny Castellano fans: Veteran of several TV series Chris Messina (not just The Mindy Project, but The Newsroom, Damages, Six Feet Under) heads back to the small screen after his successful turn as Detective Richard Willis in HBO’s prestige mini-series Sharp Objects. TV Line announces that Messina is joining the cast of the USA series The Sinner as Matt Bomer’s college buddy.

The...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Sep 20, 2018. 10 comments

The Sinner reveals its secrets in a satisfying if predictable season finale

The Sinner reveals its secrets in a satisfying if predictable season finale
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It went to some very dark places. There was murder, kidnapping, arson, abuse, blackmail, and lots of very unpleasant therapy. The season finale of The Sinner answered questions, but it left one unanswered: Does Elisha Henig have the most unsettling thousand-yard stare of any kid on TV, or just one of the most?

The final moments of...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Sep 13, 2018. 7 comments

Right before the finale, The Sinner solves one of its two biggest mysteries

Right before the finale, The Sinner solves one of its two biggest mysteries
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In the universe of season two of The Sinner, everyone is either hiding something, or grieving, or stumbling past an even bigger mystery hiding just below the surface of everyday life—and often all three. Frankly, the town of Keller is lucky its citizens aren’t all wearing tinfoil hats or filling Xanax prescriptions by now.

The biggest...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Sep 06, 2018. 8 comments

A fast-paced The Sinner gets darker the more its past comes to light

A fast-paced The Sinner gets darker the more its past comes to light
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There was no smooth transfer of power at Mosswood Grove. Sure, many of its residents may have been concerned about the increasingly violent direction of the Beacon’s teachings, but no one willingly sets aside that much authority without good reason. And Vera Walker almost certainly supplied one.

The extended flashback that takes center...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Aug 30, 2018. 10 comments

The Sinner goes into the past but skimps on the present

The Sinner goes into the past but skimps on the present
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The Sinner has always excelled at playing to the top of its intelligence, keeping the audience in the same headspace as its lead detective to prevent cheap reveals or dragging out plot points. Unfortunately, “Part V” decided to stray from that course, sacrificing character for the sake of keeping a mystery alive.

There’s no reason Harry...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Aug 23, 2018. 9 comments

Bill Pullman's detective has gotten in over his head on a menacing The Sinner

Bill Pullman's detective has gotten in over his head on a menacing The Sinner
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For all of Vera Walker’s psychological insight, she can’t see the most obvious of facts staring her in the face: Julian Walker is just a kid. She can pretend he’s a “new kind of man” all she wants, but despite all the work and all the supposedly profound teachings he’s ingested, he doesn’t even know what’s real.

There’s a genuine irony...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Aug 08, 2018. 3 comments

The future is looking dark as Harlots levels up the intensity

The future is looking dark as Harlots levels up the intensity

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, August 8. All times are Eastern.

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Harlots (Hulu): Summer TV is entering its final month, and Harlots is wasting no time ratcheting up the adrenaline and intrigue. Jessica Brown Findlay’s Charlotte is in a tight spot—she’s basically screwed unless she can convince Lydia of her loyalty. Meanwhile, Margaret is on a mission...

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