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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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    • 3.3 • 599 Ratings

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).

    In the Heights

    In the Heights

    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 associate editor at Slate Marissa Martinelli and Slate’s new editorial intern Sofia Andrade to spoil In the Heights, the new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play of the same name. 
    Set in Washington Heights, New York, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a magnetic bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) who dreams and sings about a better life.

    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 and you can read her review of the film here.
    Marissa Martinelli is Slate’s associate editor 
    Sofia Andrade is Slate’s editorial intern 
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    • 57 min
    Cruella

    Cruella

    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 Slate staff writer, Dana Stevens, to spoil Cruella, the new Disney live-action origin story for one of it’s most infamous villains, Cruella de Vil.  
    Who was Cruella before she became the Cruella we all know and hate? This teen-friendly backstory holds the answers. 

    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. 
    Karen Han is staff writer at Slate and you can read her review here.
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    • 43 min
    Woman in the Window

    Woman in the Window

    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 Brow Beat nights and weekends editor Matthew Dessem is joined by Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller to spoil Woman in the Window, the new Netflix thriller based on the book by A. J. Finn.  
    Agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) witnesses something she shouldn't while keeping tabs on the Russell family, the seemingly picture perfect clan that lives across the way. What could possibly go wrong? 

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.
    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. 
    Hosts
    Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate
    Matthew Dessem is Slate’s Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor
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    • 55 min
    Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    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 staff writer Karen Han is joined by Slate Brow Beat's nights and weekends editor, Matthew Dessem, to spoil Mortal Kombat, the new action/fantasy movie based on the 1990’s video game. Hunted by the fearsome warrior Sub-Zero, MMA fighter Cole Young finds sanctuary at the temple of Lord Raiden. Training with experienced fighters Liu Kang, Kung Lao and the rogue mercenary Kano, Cole prepares to stand with Earth's greatest champions to take on the enemies from Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe.

    You can read Karen’s review here.
    You can read Matt’s review here.

    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. 
    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.
    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

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    Hosts
    Karen Han is a Slate staff writer. 
    Matthew Dessem is Slate Brow Beat's nights and weekends editor

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    • 46 min
    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    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 Brow Beat nights and weekends editor at Slate, Matthew Dessem, to spoil Godzilla vs. Kong, the new action-packed sci-fi movie from director Adam Wingard.  
    Kong and his protectors go on a perilous journey to find his true home but soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. But the initial confrontation between the two titans is only the beginning of the deeper mystery that lies within the center of the earth.

    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 a Senior Editor at Slate.
    Matthew Dessem is Slate’s Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    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 New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme to spoil Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, the new adventure-filled comedy by real life best friends and the writers who brought us Bridesmaids, Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo. 
    When lifelong best friends and roommates Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristin Wiig) leave their Midwestern hometown for the first time ever, they embark on a vacation to Vista Del Mar, Florida. What starts out as a bit of harmless fun in the sun, quickly becomes the most unexpected, bizarre and even dangerous adventure of a lifetime for the pair. Will they ever be the same?


    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.
    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. 
    Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Hosts
    Dana Stevens is a movie critic at Slate.
    Rachel Syme is a staff writer at The New Yorker and you can read her review here.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

mohavisoul ,

Fantastic Tenet Examination

Thoughtful discussion of Tenet; professional production with thoughtful insights from Both hosts; pleasant sounded voices, too

BAlisonMarie ,

Meh...

Boring. There are too many good podcasts to choose from to waste time listening to this.

De Vanna 7654 ,

Something obnoxious

I don’t really use the word ‘obnoxious’ very often, yet it describes something I keep experiencing with this podcast. I think the host is Dana; in the past two podcast episodes I’ve listened to, “Borat Subsequent Film“ and “Promising Young Woman,” Dana often uses a lot of words to express disappointment in the films basically not being what she expected. As though the film should’ve consulted with her first somehow. I tried to not be annoyed by this and keep listening, because it seems like this podcast gives relatively thorough reasoning behind their statements, but it really boils down to the movies not going in the direction she expected or not meeting her expectations, and how the movies are lacking because of it.

The directors and creative teams made the movie they wanted to make, with the message they wanted to send. For “Promising Young Woman” to not end on a hopeful enough note for Dana... for her to say that she expected a lot more humor from Borat, and that when she watched it, she sat down specifically expecting to laugh a lot and yet it didn’t make her laugh out loud... for her to then say to her co-host Sam, “so you’re on the same page as me, it wasn’t laugh out loud funny as you expected...” Her while vibe is very “my opinion is right, and I’m also leading the witness to think as I do.” Kudos to Sam for his tactful and non-placating response. I stopped the episode right as I was listening to that moment and wrote this review.

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