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Bilge Ebiri

  1. movie review
    Copshop Is a Nasty, Nutty SlaughterfestGerard Butler continues to do the lord’s work.
  2. director chat
    Sion Sono on Directing Nicolas Cage in His Samurai-Western EpicThe prolific Japanese director on his first English-language film and the “surprises” that come with directing Nicolas Cage.
  3. movie review
    Clint Eastwood’s Lovely, Awkward Cry Macho Is As Fragile As Its 91-Year-Old StarThe picture doesn’t always work, but it works when it has to.
  4. 9/11: 20 years later
    The Persistent Outrage of Laura PoitrasTwenty years after the “war on terror” began, the filmmaker behind a trilogy of post-9/11 documentaries remains profoundly angry.
  5. 9/11
    How Do You Tell John Walker Lindh’s Story?Even 20 years after his capture, no one wants to talk about the “American Taliban.” Greg Barker made a documentary about him anyway.
  6. best of 2021
    The Best Movies of 2021 (So Far)From an English-language Pedro Almodóvar movie to an Arthurian tale starring Dev Patel to a Leos Carax musical with Adam Driver and a puppet.
  7. movie review
    The Power of the Dog and Jane Campion’s Triumphant ReturnHer new Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst may be one of her greatest films.
  8. fall preview 2021
    32 Movies We’re Excited to See This FallHouse of Gucci, Jennifer Lawrence in Don’t Look Up, Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho, and more.
  9. endings
    Let’s Talk About the Ending of AnnetteEven people who don’t much care for Leos Carax’s latest film generally admit that the baffling musical ends well.
  10. movie review
    The Protégé Is Uninspiring Action Movie Comfort Food. But It Is Comfort Food.The fights are good, the dialogue is lousy, and it’s been a long week. No judgments.
  11. movie review
    The Beautiful, Baffling Annette Dares You to Take It SeriouslyAdam Driver and Marion Cotillard bare it all, in more ways than one, for Leos Carax and Sparks’ moving, bizarre musical.
  12. movie review
    Ryan Reynolds (Almost) Saves Free GuyHis pathological insincerity might be just what this derivative action-comedy needs.
  13. movie review
    Netflix’s Beckett Is a Leisurely Chase ThrillerAmerican tourist John David Washington escapes from Greek cops and hooks up with Vicky Krieps. Relax, it’s not as interesting as it sounds.
  14. documentary
    How Do You Make a Movie About Hitler in 2021?The Meaning of Hitler’s Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein discuss releasing a doc about the legacy of Nazism in our post-Trump COVID era.
  15. movie review
    Val Doesn’t Know Who Val Kilmer Is, and That’s a Good ThingA moving new documentary about the elusive life and career of an endlessly fascinating actor.
  16. movie review
    A Little of The Suicide Squad Goes a Long WayIt’s possible James Gunn’s “soft reboot” of the DC superhero franchise is too much of a good thing and not enough of a better thing.
  17. movie review
    Disney’s Jungle Cruise Is MurderAnd not in the good way.
  18. movie review
    Joe Bell Is a Moving Tale That Misses Its Chance at GreatnessMark Wahlberg stars in the real-life story of a man who tried to walk across the country to spread an anti-bullying message.
  19. movie review
    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Is Nice to Look at, SometimesIf you told me everybody making this movie had an Uzi pointed at their head, I might believe you.
  20. in conversation
    Eric Bana Is a Character Actor at HeartThe Australian stand-up turned dramatic Hollywood actor can’t help but still see the world in sketches and bits.
  21. movie review
    Isabelle Huppert Plays a Parisian Drug Lord in Mama WeedThat’s it. That’s the review.
  22. movie review
    See Pig and Tremble Before Your Own MortalityLet Nicolas Cage illuminate the way.
  23. movie review
    The New Space Jam Never Thought It Could Be a Good MovieWhich is a shame, because LeBron James is certainly a better actor than His Airness ever was.
  24. movie review
    The Mysterious, Mesmerizing Scales Has a Lot on Its MindSaudi director Shahad Ameen’s dystopian fable captivates us with its stark, enigmatic world.
  25. movie review
    The Tomorrow War Is Just As Stupid As It Needs to BeIt’s Edge of Tomorrow meets Interstellar meets Aliens meets Independence Day, with their brains removed. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  26. vulture lists
    The 38 Greatest Car Movies Ever MadeGearhead classics, modern blockbusters, art-house favorites, and even some genuine obscurities.
  27. movie review
    The Forever Purge Finally Gives Up on AmericaThe franchise used to consider the innate awfulness of humans as a controversial notion. Not anymore.
  28. movie review
    The Ice Road Is Somehow Both Really Smart and Really StupidIt starts off as one kind of Liam Neeson movie and then becomes another kind of Liam Neeson movie.
  29. chat room
    Rita Moreno Talks Bitterness, Anger, and Loving Show Business AnywayAlong the way, the legendary West Side Story actress credits Marlon Brando with getting her into therapy.
  30. movie review
    The Bleak, Beautiful Holler Marks the Arrival of a Major New TalentNicole Riegel’s suspenseful Rust Belt drama might seem familiar, but don’t be surprised if it astonishes you.
  31. movie review
    Ramshackle Dreams Make In the Heights a Believable FairytaleUncertainty, humanity, and fantasy turn this Broadway adaptation into a show-stopper.
  32. film festival
    17 Films You Should See at This Year’s Tribeca FestivalFrom an Ilana Glazer pregnancy-horror movie to a biographical doc about Anthony Bourdain.
  33. movie review
    A Quiet Place Part II Will Turn You Into a Nervous WreckBut in a good way.
  34. anniversaries
    The First Mission: Impossible Is Still the BestNot many people expected the 1996 Tom Cruise hit to stand the test of time, but 25 years later, it has.
  35. summer 2021
    96 Movies You May or May Not Want to See This SummerTheaters are opening, the big screen is back, and we’re doing a deep dive on the films worth your undivided attention this summer.
  36. movie review
    The Dry Is a Mystery You Might Find Hard to ShakeEric Bana is spectacular in this thriller that never lets up on the grief.
  37. movie review
    Profile Captures the Anxiety of Our All-Digital Lives, But Is That a Good Thing?Come for the ISIS recruitment exposé, stay for the social-media nightmare.
  38. movie review
    Chris Rock and a Game Cast Can’t Quite Save Spiral: From the Book of SawIt’s more a tired cops-chase-a-serial-killer movie than a tired Saw sequel.
  39. top gun
    Top Gun’s Rick Rossovich on That Iconic Beach Volleyball Scene, 35 Years Later“I was always angling to use my physique as one of my assets in characterization.”
  40. movie review
    Army of the Dead Is a Tale of Two Zack SnydersHis Netflix Vegas-heist movie set during a zombie apocalypse, starring Dave Bautista, starts off great, but the fun doesn’t last.
  41. movie review
    The Abysmal Wrath of Man Proves Guy Ritchie Is His Own Worst EnemyHow do you mess up a Jason Statham revenge thriller?
  42. movie review
    The Mitchells vs. the Machines Should Be Insufferable. Alas, It’s Delightful.It is both a takedown and a celebration of our dissonant, tech-obsessed world. Also, Danny McBride fights a toaster.
  43. oscars 2021
    The 2021 Oscars Were a Film Production That Ran Out of MoneyCritics Bilge Ebiri and Alison Willmore autopsy this year’s Academy Awards.
  44. movie review
    Netflix’s Space Thriller Stowaway Is Sometimes Confusing, Never BoringToni Collette, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, and Shamier Anderson keep this sci-fi suspenser admirably grounded.
  45. cheese
    Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Nominee Class PhotoSince we couldn’t delight in a new group shot this year, we looked back at 36 years of classics.
  46. movie review
    Here’s a Movie About a Pig That Might Change Your LifeExecutive produced by Joaquin Phoenix, Viktor Kossakovsky’s powerful Gunda doesn’t try to make its animals human. It lets them be themselves.
  47. vulture lists
    The Stoner Canon: 101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and MoreThe ultimate guide to experiencing the high.
  48. movie review
    Sebastian Stan Makes Monday a Movie Worth Waking Up ForThe actor and costar Denise Gough give it their all.
  49. movie review
    You Get One Guess As to What The Man Who Sold His Skin Is AboutTunisia’s Best International Feature Oscar nominee isn’t very subtle, but that’s not a bad thing.
  50. movie review
    Slalom Is a Portrait of Abuse That Denies Easy AnswersA lovely, disturbing film set in the world of competitive skiing, from French director Charlène Favier.
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