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Joshua Alston

Joshua Alston
Joshua Alston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Book of Nora (TV Episode) Quite simply, it's one of the best series finales I've ever seen, and one that cements The Leftovers as one of the finest drama series in recent memory.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
A- 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother) (TV Episode) Kevin Garvey's adventures in the beyond lead the show to some of its most arresting visuals and storytelling that works emotionally even while the logic behind it remains elusive.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Certified (TV Episode) It's the best hour of television in a season that has been full of high points, including last week's Matt-centric lion sex boat murder mystery.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World (TV Episode) The South Korean nuclear crisis has major ramification for the world, but as usual, The Leftovers takes the global crisis and localizes it to these characters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
A- 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - G'Day Melbourne (TV Episode) Love stories, even the most life-affirming ones, are full of doubt, crossed signals, longing, and resentment. And so too is Kevin and Nora's love story, which hits its roughest patch yet in "G'Day Melbourne."‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
B+ 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Crazy Whitefella Thinking (TV Episode) Mimi Leder's direction is gorgeous and the story is always intriguing even when it's opaque.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
A- 100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In adapting his film into a series, Simien shrewdly went back to his original concept and created the series as if the movie hadn't existed, as if he'd been able to supersize his vision on the first go-round.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
A- 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Don't Be Ridiculous (TV Episode) "Don't Be Ridiculous" is an excellent hour of television, a showcase for the amazing Carrie Coon, and another Leftovers that affirms why this is secretly TV's most rewarding show.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Book of Kevin (TV Episode) Once again, the Leftovers team outdid itself with an opening so mesmerizing, human, and evocative, it almost seems like they've done themselves a disservice by coming so hot out of the gate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
D+ 73% Homeland: Season 6 - America First (TV Episode) More than anything, "America First" is such a deeply implausible and phony episode.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
B- 83% Homeland: Season 6 - R Is for Romeo (TV Episode) It's one of the season's more effective episodes, if only because its tense confrontations, violent altercations, and surprise explosions are more compelling than the polarized views on the efficacy of the Iran nuclear deal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
B+ 100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Flag House (TV Episode) Much of "The Flag House" works as a collection of scenes, which has been the case with the better episodes of the season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
B- 83% Homeland: Season 6 - Sock Puppets (TV Episode) At least it feels like watching a story, which can be said about too little of the season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
C 73% Homeland: Season 6 - alt.truth (TV Episode) Homeland isn't beyond repair, but season six simply isn't working, in part because the plotting around the Iranian nuclear deal isn't that interesting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
C+ 82% Homeland: Season 6 - Imminent Risk (TV Episode) In "Imminent Risk," as with the rest of the season, if anything suspenseful or intriguing is happening, it's happening around Carrie more than with, or because of her.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
B- 100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Return (TV Episode) "The Return," like much of season six, is mostly shocking because of just how little happens in it. And it's one of the most exciting episodes of the season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
B 100% Homeland: Season 6 - Casus Belli (TV Episode) Once the episode turns its focus to the standoff, it becomes tighter and tenser, but mostly because all of the action is happening in one place and the plots are weighted accordingly.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
A- 93% Girls: Season 6 (TV, 2017) It was hard to imagine what a final season of Girls will look like, but this episode communicates a strong vision for it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
B- 100% Homeland: Season 6 - A Flash of Light (TV Episode) It almost feels like Homeland is turning from a thriller that's mostly about Carrie into a quieter ensemble drama about terrorism and issues facing the intelligence community, but without the white-knuckle pace of seasons past.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
C 70% Homeland: Season 6 - The Covenant (TV Episode) This slow burn is way too slow, and all the ripped-from-the-headlines talk about the Iran deal won't be enough to rescue it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
B+ 100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Man in the Basement (TV Episode) "The Man In The Basement" makes a far stronger case for giving yet another Homeland demi-reboot time to reveal its hand.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
B- 100% Homeland: Season 6 - Fair Game (TV Episode) 'Fair Game' may not be the Homeland anyone wants, but it might be the Homeland we need.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B+ 92% Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Despite the discipline it requires, Sugar feels immediately rewarding because of its performances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
B+ 85% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Creator David Guggenheim puts Designated Survivor on a sturdy foundation between its intriguing premise and perfect leading man.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
A- 98% Speechless: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Fowler's performance is one of the most pleasant surprises of the fall television season. In fact, all of the performances are winning, with Driver deserving most of the praise.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
A- 90% Narcos: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Even with less ground to cover, Narcos is pleasantly dense and steadily introduces intriguing new characters to fill its impending power vacuum and firm up the show's historicity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
C+ 73% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) If episodes of Orange Is The New Black are like potato chips, episodes of The Get Down are more like Cadbury Creme Eggs -- a cloying, excessive assault on the senses best enjoyed no more than once a year.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
A- 96% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Luke Cage is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
B+ 100% Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I'm already impressed by the layers on display here, and I'm curious to see how far the show can push its thematic envelope while keeping the episodes as breezy and comfortable as possible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
B+ 79% Greenleaf: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's exactly the kind of dramatic tentpole the Oprah Winfrey-branded network has been searching for since its inception.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
B+ 95% Stranger Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The most pleasant surprise of Stranger Things is watching as the youngest characters become the biggest draw of a decidedly adult television show.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
B+ 100% Difficult People: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Julie and Billy are exactly the same people they were last season, a self-absorbed "guys who love guys and the girls who love them" pair obsessed with breaking into show business by any means necessary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
B No Score Yet Power: Season 3 (TV, 2016) It's way too early to say that Power's best days are behind it, but it's not premature to say the show has never had to work harder to prove its viability.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
A- 95% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Everything that HBO has wanted out of a drama since True Detective sparked then fizzled is available in spades in The Night Of.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
B- 61% American Gothic: Season 1 (TV, 2016) American Gothic has a solid enough story for a 13-episode summer series, as it's the type of empty yet salacious subject matter that would make it an irresistible beach read.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
B+ 65% BrainDead: Season 1 (TV, 2016) A political satire built on such a wacky conceit, it practically demands to be mocked. And yet the show is clever, brisk, and compelling, and it succeeds not by dancing around its inherent weirdness, but by zealously embracing it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
C+ 24% Feed the Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's beautiful to look at, but underneath the presentation, there's just bland, lukewarm chicken breast.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 98% Roots: Miniseries (TV, 2016) History's new vision of Roots justifies its existence almost immediately, reinforcing its worthiness through amazing performances and a tweaked narrative that puts more focus on the interior lives of the slaves.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 30, 2016
A- 94% Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (TV, 2016) By focusing on Bamford's mental health struggles, Lady Dynamite turns into something deeper, more challenging, and ultimately, more rewarding than a winking self-parody.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
D 53% Containment: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It plods forward with no vitality, no spark, and no absorbing characters. For a show about a hardy, communicable disease, Containment isn't the least bit infectious.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
B+ 73% The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The Circus is an elegant, intimate, frequently funny look at a process that lives up to the show's title, but like most political coverage these days, leaves a brutal hangover.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
B+ 81% The Path: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Despite its flaws, The Path builds one hell of a foundation for seasons to come.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
B 100% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016) It's possible to want Kimmy to move beyond her traumatic past for her own sake, but stay stuck there for the sake of all the great jokes the cult years generate. As is generally the case with comedy, the trauma is where the gold is.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
B 87% Hap and Leonard: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Between the bright performances and the mischievous genre-bending, it's certainly worth a cheap fling.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
C- 30% Second Chance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's still surprising the network snapped up the Frankenstein-inspired Second Chance, which strikes the rare balance between being over complicated and stupidly simple.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2016
D 32% Fuller House: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Fuller House doesn't deserve mercy. The show isn't just bad, it borders on the obscene, as much an affront to those bemused by a reboot of the sitcom that anchored ABC's once-mighty T.G.I.F. comedy block as those receptive to it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
B+ 85% Girls: Season 5 (TV, 2016) Sure, the characters' most irritating foibles remain, but they're taking baby steps in the right direction and making a better case for why they deserve the lives they've been chasing for four seasons.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
A- 93% Underground: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Underground benefits from its deliberate pacing. This is, after all, a heist story, except that the thieves are literally stealing their own bodies.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
B 72% The Catch: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Perhaps the episodic stories will be the real draw of The Catch, which distinguishes itself from its Shondaland peers by being bubbly, not just soapy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
B+ 100% The Carmichael Show: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Because Carmichael plops its characters in a room and simply lets them debate, the show lives and dies on the strength of its performances. So it's a good thing the performances are uniformly great.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016