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.
"Mid90s" Is The Biggest Skateboarding Movie Of The Year, But It's Not The Best
In Mid90s, Minding the Gap, and Skate Kitchen, skateboarding doesn't just look good onscreen — it’s a fascinating way to deal with race, gender, and what it means to belong.
Why Is Everyone Mad About Ryan Gosling’s New Space Movie?
First Man doesn’t romanticize Neil Armstrong, or NASA’s hard-won moon landing. Instead, it tries to show great achievements without needing to deify those responsible for them.
“A Star Is Born” May Not Get Pop Music Right, But It Gets That It Matters
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have remade A Star Is Born as a tender, conflicted love story for the age of poptimism. (Spoilers, if you haven’t caught any of the three previous versions of this movie.)
Is “Life Itself” Too Real For White Male Critics, Or Is It Just Really Bad?
No one could blame Dan Fogelman for being upset about the critical reaction to his new movie, but the director’s self-defense is more cynical than any of the reviews.
This Fall’s Oscar Movies Take A Hard Look At The Not-So-Perfect Son
Beautiful Boy, Ben Is Back, and Boy Erased each offer a different take on the idealized white suburban son whose parents fail to see him as he really is.
John Krasinski Wants To Play Red-State Heroes Without Getting Political
Cubicle drone Jim Halpert has remade himself as an action hero, and a particular kind — a reluctant but stalwart defender of an American way of life.
“Crazy Rich Asians” Doesn't Care About Your Impossible Expectations
Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before may be making history, but all they really want is to entertain. Isn't there something historic in that, too?
We Live Half Our Lives Online — So Why Don't More Movies Show It?
John Cho's new movie Searching might be the first one you see that takes place entirely on a computer screen. But it probably won't be the last.
Tom Cruise's Undying Hustle Is What Makes The "Mission: Impossible" Movies So Good
There will always be new leading men in Hollywood. But Cruise seems determined to prove that none of them will ever work as hard as he does.