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  1. retrospectives
    The Enduring Appeal of Nine Inch NailsSome bands stay alive by rehashing the hits. Others stay adjacent to whatever’s new and popping. Nine Inch Nails is too cool to play that game.
  2. movies
    Wildlife Is Superb — and a Major Moment for Carey MulliganZoe Kazan co-wrote the adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel with Paul Dano, and it’s brilliant.
  3. album review
    Quavo Could Stand to Learn a Few Things From UsherOne artist released a good album disguised as a nonevent, the other released an event album that’s sort of inessential.
  4. movie review
    The Oath Is Mad As Hell and Has No Idea What to Do About ItThe Oath lands in an unpleasant middle ground that is too close to reality to feel like escapism, and too antic to feel anything like incisiveness.
  5. movie review
    Apostle Is So Batshit It Makes The Wicker Man Look Like GoosebumpsApostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that’s maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it’s more disturbing than you’d expect.
  6. album review
    The Lasting Gift of the Star Is Born SoundtrackThese songs are destined to dominate karaoke nights.
  7. movie review
    Liza, Cher, Warhol: Studio 54 and the Greatest Party You Weren’t Invited ToMatt Tyrnauer’s documentary is swift and entertaining — but later veers into odd, branded-content territory.
  8. movie review
    Her Smell Is a Bracing, Unnerving Depiction of Addiction, Narcissism, and GrowthAlex Ross Perry’s latest, starring Elisabeth Moss, is incredibly, teeth-grindingly effective.
  9. album review
    Tha Carter V Is Lil Wayne’s Best Album in YearsIt is almost surgically all-inclusive. There are nods to every region of American rap music and nearly every era of Wayne.
  10. movie review
    Amid a Wave of Police-Shooting Films, Monsters and Men Is Respectable EnoughBut it feels half-baked.
  11. movie review
    The House With a Clock in Its Walls Never Really Gets TickingEli Roth’s witchy kid adventure prioritizes the machinations of the adult characters, and throws in some left-field darkness.
  12. movie review
    The Sisters Brothers Falls Back on the FamiliarWithout the Western trappings, this would be a simplistic sibling drama, with barely enough meat on its bones for 90 minutes, much less 121.
  13. movie review
    White Boy Rick Is Strangely UninvolvingYann Demange’s film never sells the extraordinariness of its extraordinary subject.
  14. movie review
    A Simple Favor Is a Breezy, Soapy NoirDespite its sunny Connecticut suburb setting, it’s a straight-ahead noir, in its chatty, perverse, popcorn-y original recipe.
  15. movie review
    The Children Act Is a Compelling Moral DramaIan McEwan’s adapted story is stagy and austere, taking place in gleaming flats and courtrooms, like a Nancy Meyers movie with more court wigs.
  16. movie review
    I Think We’re Alone Now Has an Intriguing Start, But a Bewilderingly Bad EndingPeter Dinklage deserves all the good will we can muster, but if he’s going to make movies like this, Game of Thrones can’t come soon enough.
  17. album review
    Swamp Dogg’s New Album Is Deeply OddAnd sometimes brilliant, too.
  18. movie review
    A Female Lead Doesn’t Help Peppermint’s Bad, Old-Fashioned Action SchlockIf we needed any proof that the methodology of Hollywood’s “Extreme Makeover: Gender Edition” is broken, Peppermint might be just the thing.
  19. sierra burgess is a loser
    Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Is a Dull Teen Rom-ComSierra Burgess is an otherwise derivative teen comedy that aims to be Cyrano de Bergerac with smartphones and falls somewhere more boring and creepy.
  20. movie review
    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Is a Witty, Sweet Teen RomanceNetflix’s latest rom-com is on par with the best of them.
  21. movie review
    Crazy Rich Asians Is a Shiny, Affluence-Porn Rom-Com With a Big Immigrant HeartThe highly anticipated adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book has got just enough on its mind to temper its parade of bling.
  22. The Darkest Minds Is a Largely Incoherent Teen DystopiaIt’s hard to know what to care about in the adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s mutants-on-the-run YA novel.
  23. movie review
    Puzzle, Like Its Repressed Housewife Heroine, Finds Itself As It Goes AlongKelly Macdonald has a needle-sharp sensitivity, and Irrfan Khan exudes a kind of grown-up sexiness we rarely get to see onscreen.
  24. movie review
    Hot Summer Nights Is a Confused Attempt to Cash In on ’90s NostalgiaTimothée Chalamet’s latest falls into the same trap as many nostalgia pieces before it.
  25. movie review
    Denzel Washington Is Hell-bent on Selling His Superhero Franchise in Equalizer 2The film starts to feel like it’s more invested in selling the idea of the series rather than a film in and of itself.
  26. movie review
    Shock and Awe Undercuts Its Own Great StoryIn Rob Reiner’s latest, he can’t quite hold back the Hollywoodisms.
  27. movie review
    Woman Walks Ahead Is Blandly TastefulThe film, starring Jessica Chastain, ratchets down the messiness of the true story that inspired it.
  28. Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Has Its Moments, But Tries Way Too HardIt deserves points for ambition, though.
  29. The Catcher Was a Spy Is Too Discreet for Its Own GoodThe movie is well-crafted, but it doesn’t have the fullness you’d expect in a movie with so much believe-it-or-not weirdness.
  30. Boundaries Is a Bit Stale, But Makes Up for It With a Great CastIf the film smells more of mothballs than marijuana, it’s full of good actors: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Peter Fonda.
  31. Hotel Artemis Is an Inventive, If Meandering Genre HangoutAnd it has a cast so good it feels like a fever dream.
  32. In Nancy, Andrea Riseborough Is RivetingRiseborough is a true chameleon actress who seems to change color from the inside.
  33. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons Are Stunningly Good in the Graceful A Kid Like JakeDanes and Parsons star as parents of a non-gender-normative 5-year-old in Silas Howard’s drama.
  34. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Is Terry Gilliam’s Misogynistic Fun HouseThere’s a good idea for a film somewhere in Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating product.
  35. Steven Yeun Makes His Leading-Man Korean Film Debut in BurningLee Chang-dong’s moody mystery is based on a Haruki Murakami short story.
  36. Deadpool 2 Is Tedious and PredictableRyan Reynolds returns for a film that spits one-liners as mechanically as a tennis-ball launcher.
  37. Cold War Is a Stunning Love StoryPawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to the Oscar-winning Ida is a passionate heartbreaker told through music and across decades.
  38. Revenge Inverts Its Titular Genre Without Transcending ItBut Coralie Fargeat doesn’t linger on or eroticize the violence against her heroine — this isn’t torture porn.
  39. Donald Glover Loves Singing, Hates Shirts on ‘SNL’It’s officially festival season, the time of year where celebrities appear next to each other completely out of context. Do you need to see a […]
  40. Let the Sunshine In Is a Heady, Cream-Puff-Light Interrogation of RomanceJuliette Binoche is stunning in Claire Denis’s sort-of romantic comedy.
  41. Olivier Assayas’s Cold Water Is in a Class by ItselfThe writer-director found his voice in his fifth feature, a high-strung teenage love story released in 1994 in France but not, until now, in the U.S.
  42. Duck Butter Is an Almost Overwhelmingly Intimate Romantic ComedyAlia Shawkat stars in and co-wrote this account of a 24-hour relationship.
  43. The Party’s Just Beginning Is Karen Gillan’s Pitch-black Directorial DebutThere’s very little upside in this tale of depression and suicide in a quaint little Scottish town.
  44. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Is a Gracefully Moving Portrait of the Legendary ComposerThe documentary will premiere on Mubi this summer after its theatrical run.
  45. I Feel Pretty Works Fine If You Don’t Think Too Hard About the PremiseThe throwback Amy Schumer romantic comedy has its ups and downs.
  46. ‘SNL’ Is Always Better When John Mulaney Writes ItReviewing John Mulaney’s SNL hosting debut.
  47. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Is a Missed OpportunitySophie Fiennes’s doc never quite comes together, despite intimate access and stunning concert footage.
  48. Chadwick Boseman Hosts a Silly Yet Woke ‘SNL’CARDI B IS PREGNANT!!!! Also there was some live comedy. There episodes of SNL where the musical guest, for one reason or another, outshines […]
  49. Michelle Pfeiffer Is Stunning in Where Is Kyra?See this on the big screen.
  50. The Last Movie Star Is a Banal Burt Reynolds VehicleBut for all my groaning during the film, I couldn’t help being haunted.
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