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On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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    House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel and New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme to spoil the latest movie from Ridley Scott, House of Gucci.
    When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a woman whose glamor belies her working-class lifestyle, meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) at a party, she senses an opportunity for something more. The film follows their romance as it grows, and then morphs into something more sinister.
    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate’s journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. 

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Cleo Levin.

    Hosts
    Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. You can read her review here. 
    Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer.
    Rachel Syme is a New Yorker staff writer.
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    • 51 min
    Eternals

    Eternals

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams and Slate editorial assistant Nadira Goffe to spoil the newest Marvel film, Eternals.

    The Eternals, a group of immortal beings with superpowers, reunite following an unexpected tragedy to fight the evil Deviants.

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. 

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Cleo Levin.

    Hosts
    Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. You can read her review here. 
    Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor. 
    Nadira Goffe is Slate’s editorial assistant. 

    Sam and Nadira both contributed to “The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to Eternals”
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    • 48 min
    Dune

    Dune

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams to spoil the new adaptation of the 1965 sci-fi novel Dune.

    In the year 10,191, Paul Atreides, along with his family and people, must travel to a dangerous planet at the behest of the emperor of the universe. Once there, violence explodes and Paul must test his training and power to survive.

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. For a limited time only, you can get $25 off your first year.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Cleo Levin.

    Hosts
    Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. You can read her review here. 
    Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor. You can read his breakdown of the ways to see the movie here. 
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    • 46 min
    Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate senior editor Sam Adams is joined by Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, to spoil the new Mike Flanagan miniseries Midnight Mass.

    Riley Flynn returns to his home on an offshore fishing village to find that the local priest has been replaced by a newcomer. The arrival of the magnetic Father Paul Hill brings religious fervor to the town, along with mystery and monstrosity. 

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. For a limited time only, you can get $25 off your first year.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Cleo Levin and Asha Saluja 

    Hosts
    Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor. You can read his review here. 
    Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate. 
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Rolling Stone’s chief TV critic and host of the popular podcast Too Long, Didn’t Watch, Alan Sepinwall to spoil the new Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. 

    The film follows a young Anthony Soprano, growing up in a very tumultuous era in Newark, N.J. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, whose influence over his nephew will help shape the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss: Tony Soprano.

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. 

    Hosts
    Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. You can read her review here. 
    Alan Sepinwall is Rolling Stone’s chief TV critic and host of the popular podcast Too Long, Didn’t Watch. You can read his review here.
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    • 52 min
    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by fellow Slate senior editor, Sam Adams, to spoil Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 
    Shang-Chi is living a quiet, normal life in San Francisco working as a valet parking attendant with his best friend Katy when suddenly he’s confronted by his dark past. He soon realizes that it’s up to him and his friends to save the world from ancient soul-eating demons. 

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. 

    Hosts
    Allegra Frank is Slate’s senior editor. You can read her review here. 
    Sam Adams is Slate’s senior editor and editor of Slate’s culture blog Brow Beat. You can read his review here.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
622 Ratings

622 Ratings

Neplusultra123 ,

It’s not great, but can be good at times

I’ve listened to several of the episodes. Sometimes it seems as if the hosts didn’t really watch the same movie I did, often missing key points from the movie. However, there are other times when they do catch things that tease out some profound moments.

I do have one extra note: while the hosts are quick to point out misogyny when it comes to men, they don’t always do the same with women. For instance, actresses like Tilda Swinton supported Roman Polanski (and still do, I think). There has never been a clearer case of rape and abuse of a minor than what Roman Polanski essentially admitted to. And yet, for some reason, the hosts (and others) don’t seem to have a problem with Polanski’s supporters or actors who continued to act in his films.

Tmanda1990 ,

So negative

The hosts are always so negative about the movies they review. I’m not claiming any of these are the films of our generation but the constant tearing down of the films gets old really fast.

Del2017 ,

Saying Stupid a lot is not Film Criticism

I suppose it doesn’t matter since I have unsubscribed and will not be coming back. But all I think about is how too many people (podcasting, YouTube, TikTok) believe they can pull off intelligent commentary with humor & sarcasm. Being reductive, saying “That’s Dumb” A LOT and replacing snarky insults where actual thoughts about plot should be is like listening to some self important college freshman who read one book on film theory. The worst part is the episode was about a movie that’s completely bananas with an odd plot so I showed up because I expected criticism and discussion. What I got was lazy and unfunny. Truly just a turn off so I turned it off.

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