“Midsommar” Is Scary, But Not Because Of All The Grisly Deaths
Ari Aster's new movie is a nightmare about finding the place where you feel like you belong. Spoilers ahead.
Meryl Streep Is The Best And Worst Part Of “Big Little Lies”
If there’s a through line in this season of Big Little Lies, it’s that maternal good intentions themselves aren’t worth shit.
Why Does Everyone Love "Chernobyl" So Much?
HBO's Chernobyl lets its viewers partake in the disaster without feeling like this kind of collective failure could ever happen here or now.
The Rise Of The Rom-Com Schlub
Always Be My Maybe and Long Shot let their ambitious women have it all — because the men in their lives are willing to hold their purses. Mild spoilers!
“Booksmart” Has A Blind Spot When It Comes To Class
Olivia Wilde's girl-centric Gen Z comedy is gloriously frank when it comes to sexuality and substances, but it’s less interested in its own class tensions.
Keanu Reeves May Be Pure, But He's Not Oblivious
America’s most memeable actor is back in John Wick: Chapter 3, a movie that's in on the joke of our obsession with Keanu. He might be too.
"Detective Pikachu" Is A Movie About How Brands Are Our Friends
Ryan Reynolds voices the world’s cutest CGI creature in the new Pokémon movie, but not even Pikachu can fix your real life.
What Happens When Christian Movies Go Mainstream?
Faith-based hits like God's Not Dead and I Can Only Imagine aren't the surprise they used to be. But how will an industry fueled by a sense of neglect handle mainstream acceptance?
Climate Change Fiction Is Rethinking The Ecoterrorist
We don't need to be on board with the extreme actions of characters in First Reformed and The Overstory to feel some empathy for the desperation that drives them.
In “Us” And “Pet Sematary,” History Is The Scariest Thing Of All
In Jordan Peele’s new movie and the latest Stephen King adaptation, the real bump in the night might be decades of suppressed trauma. Spoilers ahead!
Elizabeth Holmes’ Scam Is Over, But Her Story Will Go On Forever
The Theranos scandal is juicy, damning, and rife with potential readings — in other words, ideal fuel for our 24/7 take economy.
“Greta” Is A “Murder Me, Mommy” Meme Come To Life
French acting legend Isabelle Huppert is the rare fave who seems like she really could run you over with a car if you asked nicely enough.
I Wish More TV Shows Ran For Just One Season
Must the reward for a successful TV show always be for it to keep going until it's not as good as it used to be?
"Russian Doll" Is Better At Video Game Storytelling Than Most Video Game Adaptations
Netflix's delightful time-looping series is one of a few recent titles that take inspiration from gameplay. Spoilers for Russian Doll and Serenity.
Why Are “Bohemian Rhapsody” And “Green Book” Still Oscar Frontrunners?
As this turbulent award season comes to an end, Hollywood appears to be closing ranks around two controversial movies (and their creators) that don't really deserve to be defended.
Is It Just Me, Or Is Marie Kondo’s Netflix Show Weirdly Dark?
Netflix's Tidying Up With Marie Kondo promises that you can organize your way to "your ideal life." But are messes really a cause of our problems, rather than a symptom?
Why I’ve Had Trouble Buying Hollywood’s Version Of Girl Power
I get the desire to take comfort in cheerful stories of women’s triumph, from Ocean's 8 to On the Basis of Sex. But in 2018, I haven’t found them very comforting.
These Are The 11 Best Movies Of 2018
This year was bad, but at least the movies were good. Here are my favorites.
The Only Good Political Movies This Year Are About An 18th-Century Queen And Joseph Stalin
The Favourite and The Death of Stalin are dark historical comedies that work as funhouse mirrors, reflecting back warped shapes that look a little more recognizable than we'd like.
Being A Wendi Deng Stan Has Gotten Very Complicated
My half-joking hobby isn't all that funny anymore, but it’s not like I’m going to look away.