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  1. movie review
    The Lion King Is an Unusually Good Nature Documentary. Is That What We Wanted?Technically speaking, it’s a marvel. But having entered the photorealistic realm, the mood of the movie has changed.
  2. movie review
    Stuber Is Not the Odd-Couple Cop Comedy You Were Looking ForStill, Dave Bautista’s got real star power, and he keeps you watching.
  3. best of 2019
    The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)Including the Ari Aster’s Hereditary follow-up, the return of Nicolaj Coster-Waldau to the big screen, and an ode to San Francisco.
  4. backstories
    An Oral History of the Eyes Wide Shut OrgyStaging that scene from Stanley Kubrick’s divisive final film.
  5. movie review
    This Toy Story Is Not Like the Other Toy StoriesSeriously, did David Lynch write this thing?
  6. q&a
    Jim Jarmusch Believes in the Teens, But Not Joe BidenThe Dead Don’t Die director speaks with Vulture about zombies, Taylor Swift, and the ecological endgame that’s “coming for everybody.”
  7. movie review
    The Last Black Man in San Francisco Explores Friendship in a Gentrified CityJoe Talbot’s striking, occasionally contradictory feature debut exhibits both lived-in authenticity and fairy-tale hermeticism.
  8. movie review
    Men in Black: International: Where Did the Charm of This Franchise Go?You don’t really laugh at the Chris Hemsworth-Tessa Thompson sci-fi comedy so much as feel guilty for not laughing at it.
  9. cannes 2019
    Sylvester Stallone on That Time His Rocky IV Co-Star Nearly Killed HimStallone was in Cannes to present some footage from his upcoming sequel Rambo V: Last Blood.
  10. cannes 2019
    Our 15 Favorite Movies From Cannes Film Festival 2019From The Lighthouse to Pain and Glory to Portrait of a Young Girl on Fire, here’s the best of this year’s festival.
  11. cannes 2019
    Behind the 3.5-Hour Movie That Scandalized Cannes With Unsimulated CunnilingusBlue is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche apologized for “having detained” people at his new movie’s premiere.
  12. cannes 2019
    So, How Much of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is Margot Robbie Actually In?Quentin Tarantino will probably reject this hypothesis.
  13. cannes 2019
    Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite Is a Nerve-Racking MasterpieceThe Okja director’s latest film premiered at Cannes to a rapturous applause that rivaled the standing ovation Tarantino received.
  14. cannes 2019
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is the Most Fun Quentin Tarantino Has Had in YearsIf the director’s ninth movie makes any missteps, they come at the end.
  15. an actor's journey
    It’s High Time Dennis Quaid Played a Horror-Movie PsychoSkip A Dog’s Journey and see The Intruder instead.
  16. movie review
    Pokémon Detective Pikachu Is Fun, But It Should Have Been More DisturbingThe Pokémon are fun to watch, but the movie is no Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  17. movie review
    El Chicano is Nasty, Brutish, and Occasionally RivetingEl Chicano is being billed as the first Latinx superhero film.
  18. movie review
    Werner Herzog Brings a Soviet Leader to Tears in Meeting GorbachevSometimes, a history lesson works better when it’s a little ragged and personal.
  19. appreciations
    When It Comes to John Singleton, Don’t Forget Poetic Justice and 2Fast 2FuriousWhether he was making a historical epic, a social drama, or a disposable chase flick, Singleton told stories of real people and real mistrust.
  20. movie review
    For All Its Bleakness, You Can’t Stop Watching Nia DaCosta’s Little WoodsThis is not exactly a movie about how the opioid epidemic has ruined communities, but you do see how the opioid epidemic has ruined communities.
  21. movie review
    Penguins Would Be Amazing With the Sound Turned OffDisney’s nature documentary could do without its 1980s power-pop soundtrack.
  22. movie review
    Hooray, The Curse of La Llorona Is Actually ScaryThe horror film expands the so-called cinematic universe of The Conjuring with the introduction of a ghost from Mexican folklore.
  23. movie review
    Forget Realism, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Delivers the SpectacleIt’s unlikely to make new converts to the series, but it’s filled with vibrant, graceful ass-kickery, and sometimes that’s all one needs.
  24. movie review
    Hellboy Deserves Better Than ThisHe’s one of the more interesting comic book heroes we have. Too bad his new movie is a mess.
  25. high life
    Claire Denis Made a Movie About Space, But She Swears It’s Not Sci-FiThe High Life director cast Robert Pattinson in a dystopian prison film, but don’t worry. She’s not exactly going mainstream.
  26. movie review
    Aretha Franklin’s Concert Doc Amazing Grace Is TranscendentThe long-buried documentary, which Franklin blocked from theaters, is finally being released.
  27. making movies
    Dragged Across Concrete’s S. Craig Zahler Doesn’t Care If You Like His MovieThe Dragged Across Concrete director talks casting Mel Gibson, balancing extreme violence with sandwich eating, and death-metal drumming.
  28. movie review
    The Highwaymen Is Just an Excuse to Hang With Kevin Costner and Woody HarrelsonWhat if Bonnie and Clyde were just a couple of murderous psychos, and the lawmen who emptied 130 rounds into them were the real heroes?
  29. movie review
    With Dumbo, Tim Burton Proves He Still Knows How to Give Us What We WantThe story and dialogue are pitched at the level of children’s fantasy, simple and direct and subtlety-free.
  30. profile
    Terry Gilliam, the Man Who Was Almost Killed by Don QuixoteThe Monty Python animator and director on the movie that took him three decades to make.
  31. movie review
    Not Even Keira Knightley Can Save the Emotionally Constipated The AftermathWhich is a shame, because these old-fashioned romantic dramas are dying out on the big screen.
  32. movie review
    Nancy Drew Proves Adaptable Again, in a Haunted-House Throwback Kind of WayNancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase won’t set the world on fire, and it probably won’t start any major new movie franchises. But it doesn’t need to.
  33. movie review
    The Kid Is an Old West Adventure Refashioned As a Grotesque NightmareIn The Kid, Chris Pratt is alarmingly convincing as a screaming, relentless, over-the-top lunatic.
  34. movie review
    Dev Patel Shows His Range in The Wedding GuestMichael Winterbottom’s thriller finds Patel in a broody, sexy role — a departure from his typically fresh-faced, nice-guy performances.
  35. interview
    Gaspar Noé on Climax, Violence, Santa Claus, and Modern Porn“If I make a happy, happy movie one day, I’ll think it’s dull. I like laughing about cruel things because life is cruel.”
  36. q&a
    Michael Mann and Elaine Shannon Talk Hunting LeRouxOh, and two DEA agents were in the room, too.
  37. movie review
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Is Curiously ElegiacFor some, it’ll be a moving conclusion to an epic series. For others, it’ll be one less kids’ franchise to worry about.
  38. deep dives
    The Fascinating Story Behind Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1968 Epic War and PeaceThe shoot went on for five and a half years, with brutal winters, actors threatening to quit, and the director suffering a heart attack.
  39. movie review
    Isn’t It Romantic Is the Inception of Rom-Coms (…Sort Of)It nestles a playfully meta rom-com satire inside what appears to be another rom-com — and suggests that, maybe, such movies still have their place.
  40. movie review
    The Gospel of Eureka Is Meditative and Fabulous in Equal MeasureThe doc explores Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a Bible Belt destination where religion and queerness have become intertwined in fascinating ways.
  41. movie review
    Horror Noire Is a Lively, Essential History LessonShudder’s new documentary about the history of black people in the horror genre is a powerful reclamation project.
  42. movie review
    In Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson Seems Done With the Dadsploitation GenreIt’s the latest (and last?) Neeson-starring entry in the middle-aged-man-goes-on-a-killing-spree sweepstakes.
  43. movie review
    Jamie Dornan, Jemima and Lola Kirke Can’t Save UntogetherUntogether is seeking to provoke. But that’s about as racy or intimate as it gets.
  44. chat room
    Jessica Williams on Taking a Bite Out of Ed Helms“Honestly it was so, so gross. I could not emphasize to you — because it looked so realistic and because the arm was so heavy.”
  45. sundance 2019
    15 Movies We Loved at SundanceIncluding The Souvenir, The Farewell, We Are Little Zombies, and Animals.
  46. movies
    Neo’s Stunt Double Chad Stahelski on How The Matrix Changed Movie Action Forever“I read the script and didn’t understand a fucking word of it.”
  47. movie review
    Piercing Is Designed to Get Under Your SkinNicolas Pesce’s latest, starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott, is alternately alluring and repellent.
  48. sundance 2019
    The Brink Is a Steve Bannon Movie That Doesn’t Give Him a PlatformBannon may bloviate and backslap all he wants, but The Brink’s message is clear: his shit is weak.
  49. sundance 2019
    Sweetheart Is a Diamond-Sharp, No-Nonsense Survival ThrillerKiersey Clemons stars in J.D. Dillard’s no-frills, all-thrills film as a woman who washes up on a desert island and encounters … something.
  50. sundance 2019
    The Death of Dick Long Is a Delirious Symphony of StupiditySwiss Army Man co-director Daniel Scheinert returns to Sundance with a more modest effort that’s still plenty weird in its own right.
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