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    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.
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    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.
  3. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Shock and Awe Undercuts Its Own Great StoryIn Rob Reiner’s latest, he can’t quite hold back the Hollywoodisms.
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    Woman Walks Ahead Is Blandly TastefulThe film, starring Jessica Chastain, ratchets down the messiness of the true story that inspired it.
  9. Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Has Its Moments, But Tries Way Too HardIt deserves points for ambition, though.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hotel Artemis Is an Inventive, If Meandering Genre HangoutAnd it has a cast so good it feels like a fever dream.
  13. In Nancy, Andrea Riseborough Is RivetingRiseborough is a true chameleon actress who seems to change color from the inside.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Steven Yeun Makes His Leading-Man Korean Film Debut in BurningLee Chang-dong’s moody mystery is based on a Haruki Murakami short story.
  17. Deadpool 2 Is Tedious and PredictableRyan Reynolds returns for a film that spits one-liners as mechanically as a tennis-ball launcher.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 […]
  21. Let the Sunshine In Is a Heady, Cream-Puff-Light Interrogation of RomanceJuliette Binoche is stunning in Claire Denis’s sort-of romantic comedy.
  22. 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.
  23. Duck Butter Is an Almost Overwhelmingly Intimate Romantic ComedyAlia Shawkat stars in and co-wrote this account of a 24-hour relationship.
  24. 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.
  25. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Is a Gracefully Moving Portrait of the Legendary ComposerThe documentary will premiere on Mubi this summer after its theatrical run.
  26. 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.
  27. ‘SNL’ Is Always Better When John Mulaney Writes ItReviewing John Mulaney’s SNL hosting debut.
  28. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Is a Missed OpportunitySophie Fiennes’s doc never quite comes together, despite intimate access and stunning concert footage.
  29. 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 […]
  30. Michelle Pfeiffer Is Stunning in Where Is Kyra?See this on the big screen.
  31. The Last Movie Star Is a Banal Burt Reynolds VehicleBut for all my groaning during the film, I couldn’t help being haunted.
  32. Love After Love Is a Revelatory Moment for Andie MacDowellRussell Harbaugh’s debut is swimming with hate, but MacDowell takes out the sting.
  33. Ready Player One Is a Lively and Agreeable Work of Fanboy ArtIt’s a first-rate film fashioned from secondhand materials.
  34. I Kill Giants Is a Strange, Moving Tale of Childhood Grief and FantasyThe adaptation of Joe Kelly’s graphic novel is a major moment for young star Madison Wolfe.
  35. Love, Simon Is A Sweet, Toothless, and Utterly Unstoppable Love StoryLike the chorus of a latter-day Taylor Swift song, it will lift you up, goddammit, and good luck trying to stop it.
  36. Bill Hader’s Big ‘SNL’ ReunionBill Hader has always struck me as more of an ensemble player, in the vein of Phil Hartman and Chris Parnell. It’s not that he can’t carry a […]
  37. Sterling K. Brown’s Delightful ‘SNL’ Hosting DebutWhat a night for Melissa Villaseñor! After a season and a half of 1-2 lines every episode, she was featured in five sketches this weekend and […]
  38. Reviewing the Third and Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Love’It was perhaps overambitious to call a TV show Love. Like a show co-creator Lesley Arfin’s prior gig, Girls, the title suggests a universality […]
  39. David Oyelowo Is a Hilarious Revelation in the Pulpy Crime Lark GringoIt’s a surprising high point in Oyelowo’s already distinguished career, and a not-at-all shabby debut for director Nash Edgerton.
  40. Thoroughbreds Is Too Cold-Blooded for Its Own GoodThe monotonous, would-be edgy teen murder movie is proof that sociopaths make for pretty boring protagonists.
  41. Charles Barkley Hosts ‘SNL’ “for No Reason”Hey, we’re adults. We can talk about big issues directly and frankly. I need to know why Charles Barkley hosted SNL this week. He was promoting […]
  42. Eli Roth’s Death Wish Remake Is Practically an NRA PromoIt couldn’t have arrived at a worse time (or a better one, depending on your perspective).
  43. Mute Is Meh, But Gets Points for Being Extremely RandomDuncan Jones’s latest feels like its plot has been laid out in a Mad Lib.
  44. ‘Living Biblically’: Biblically BadLiving Biblically, which premiered Monday night, is the newest multi-cam CBS sitcom that reinforces all of the worst stereotypes about CBS […]
  45. Game Night Will Make You Wish Rachel McAdams Still Made ComediesThe Jason Bateman–starring comedy is better than it needs to be, thanks to sharp setups and a few great performances.
  46. ‘In Living Color’ Gets Its Own History Book with ‘Homey Don’t Play That’When In Living Color premiered on Fox in 1990, the sketch series represented the beginning of a wave of Black network programming unlike any […]
  47. ‘The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale’ Reimagines ‘The Soup’ for NetflixBefore Joel McHale starred as Jeff Winger on the much-beloved Community, he became a household name as the host of The Soup, the E! series […]
  48. Not My ‘Cartoon President’The first satirical portrayal of Hitler on film was in 1940, when Moe Howard lampooned Hitler in the Three Stooges short You Nazty Spy! Later […]
  49. Andy Kaufman Gets Illustrated in ‘Is This Guy for Real?’Around 2010, I worked at a coffee shop for a man who believed Andy Kaufman was still alive. It had been a generation since Kaufman’s apparent […]
  50. ‘SNL’s Only February Episode Featured Natalie Portman and Lots of Fart […]Natalie Portman mentioned in her monologue that she hasn’t hosted since 2006, and the entire cast from that season came by to honor the […]
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