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  1. animation
    A Disney Legend Still Thinks About the Failure of Treasure PlanetOver the Moon director and storied animator Glen Keane talks Rescuers, his “dark” version of Tangled, and the heartbreak of his 2002 sci-fi epic.
  2. movie review
    Netflix’s Over the Moon Is Visually Exquisite and (Sometimes) Quite MovingIt’s a fairy-tale about loss that becomes a boisterous techno-sci-fi extravaganza.
  3. book excerpt
    Why New York City Is the Ideal Cinematic Setting for Finding RomanceAn excerpt from The Encyclopedia of New York.
  4. movie review
    We Should Be Glad Borat Still ExistsHe might be a fake, but we’re still real, and that should be cause for concern.
  5. movie review
    Martin Eden Might Be the Best Film of the YearLuca Marinelli stars in a loose, agonizingly beautiful adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel.
  6. movie review
    Honest Thief Is Dadsploitation in a Minor KeyYes, Liam Neeson is getting too old for this shit, but at least this movie realizes it.
  7. friday night movie club
    The Liberating Beauty of the Final Destination MoviesThe many dangers of our sad little lives are weaponized by this horror franchise. Which might be one reason why it’s so strangely cathartic.
  8. movie review
    Did I See The War With Grandpa? I Don’t Remember.Paycheck De Niro is back, baby.
  9. movie review
    Hubie Halloween Lets Adam Sandler Be Adam Sandler AgainRejoice! The weird voice is back.
  10. vulture recommends
    Okay, Well, I Can’t Stop Listening to the Tenet SoundtrackIt’s great working music, transforming the most innocuous chore of quarantine into a zero-sum action-movie climax.
  11. movie review
    The Antenna Mixes Body Horror, Building Horror, and Political AllegoryThis is one deeply creepy movie.
  12. best of 2020
    The Best Movies of the Year (So Far)From an Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama to a time-loop rom-com to a horror film that will make you cry.
  13. movie review
    Save Yourselves! Is a Small, Charming Comedy About the ApocalypseSunita Mani and John Reynolds bicker and mull their way through an alien invasion.
  14. movie review
    Ava Didn’t Have to Be a CatastropheHow do you screw up a movie in which Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and John Malkovich face off against each other?
  15. movie review
    Enola Holmes Is Millie Bobby Brown’s Show, and She Owns ItSherlock Holmes has a teenage sister, and she’s hilarious.
  16. movie review
    Miranda July Returns with What Might Be Her Best Film YetBefore Kajillionaire, it was tempting to think July’s style of filmmaking had gone out of … well, style.
  17. movie review
    Netflix’s The Devil All the Time Is a Sadistic SlogChoose Your Own Adventure, but for generational trauma.
  18. vulture lists
    All 11 Christopher Nolan Movies, RankedFiguring out which of the director’s films were the masterpieces, and which were merely near-masterpieces (including Tenet).
  19. where it started at
    The Timeless Honesty of Wild Style, the First Hip-Hop MovieCharlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy’s documentary-like film became an international cult favorite in the early 1980s. It’s just as fresh today.
  20. movie review
    Forget What You’ve Heard, Cuties Is a Moving Coming-of-age DramaA young girl torn between two cultures tries to find her place in the coming-of-age Netflix movie condemned sight unseen by many online.
  21. fall preview
    39 Movies We’re Excited to See This FallWest Side Story, Dune, Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a seaside Romance. Will the movies come through?
  22. movie review
    Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula Is No Train to BusanThe sequel is more like a tepid Mad Max knockoff.
  23. movie review
    Tesla Is a Bizarre, Bewitching Anti-BiopicSee Ethan Hawke sing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
  24. russian cinema
    Star of Russia’s Chernobyl Movie Says Film Is on Track to Release Soon“Life has gotten pretty much back to normal in Moscow,” says Oksana Akinshina, the lead in this month’s Sputnik. “Cinemas recently opened up.”
  25. movie review
    Sputnik Is a Thoughtful, If Modest, Russian Riff on AlienWe’ll take it.
  26. grief
    The Agony of Liam Neeson, Action StarAction movies often put their heroes’ families in danger, but Neeson’s efforts over the past decade have taken things to nightmarish levels.
  27. movies
    Behind the Fantasy of the 1997 Movie Cop Land“It was about a world in which everyone’s so tribalized and traumatized,” says director James Mangold, “no one has the emotional space to exist.”
  28. dear god it's good
    The Lost World Is Steven Spielberg’s Nastiest Film, and I Love ItIt’s a truly demented series of mostly wordless action and horror setpieces whose technical proficiency is matched only by their cruelty.
  29. genuine classics
    Agnieszka Holland Poured Her Own Bedridden Childhood Into The Secret GardenThe 1993 adaptation is one of the best children’s movies ever made. We don’t talk about it, or director Agnieszka Holland, enough.
  30. our streaming future
    Will a Comedy Ever Play at a Movie Theater Again?Three writers wonder: Is 2020 the end of the end of laughing out loud at the cinema?
  31. movie review
    She Dies Tomorrow Is One of the Scariest Films I’ve Seen in a Long WhileIt’s about more than a pandemic, but it is also about a pandemic.
  32. friday night movie club
    You Can Hate Inception All You WantBut the highest hope anyone has for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is that it will be another Inception.
  33. bringing out the dead
    How Many Times Each Inception Character ‘Dies’This headline is not actually a spoiler — though the rest of this article is.
  34. endings
    The Hidden ‘Inception’ Near the End of InceptionAn idea that might have been planted within Cobb’s subconscious.
  35. movie review
    Dave Franco’s The Rental Needs an EndingDid [redacted] really have to [redacted] so [redacted]?
  36. the power of corn
    ‘They Really Fell From the Sky’: Jan de Bont Defends Twister’s Practical EffectsThe director explains why, after getting scalped by a lion while making Roar, he had uniquely high expectations for his ’90s action movies.
  37. behind the numbers
    The Rise of the Netflix HitNearly 100 million people watched at least two minutes of Extraction. In the past, we could scoff at such numbers. Now, it’s all we have.
  38. movie review
    Greyhound Proves Tom Hanks Is the Ultimate Navy GeekHe’s the captain, now and forever.
  39. movie review
    Netflix’s The Old Guard Is BreathtakingOnce you watch it, you’ll wish every superhero movie were this good.
  40. obits
    Ennio Morricone Was His Own Musical GenreThe famed composer made soundtrack music that lived on its own. Each piece was an expressive universe unto itself.
  41. movie review
    In The Truth, a Great Director FaltersCatherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke star in Cannes winner Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest.
  42. in memoriam
    Ennio Morricone’s 25 Greatest Musical CuesTo say that Morricone was a great soundtrack composer — or even the greatest of all soundtrack composers — doesn’t quite do him justice.
  43. movies
    Gina Prince-Bythewood, the Quiet StormThe director’s The Old Guard is an unlikely superhero film, both patient and intimate. But she’s always been uncompromising.
  44. chat room
    Dan Stevens Was Supposed to Sing in Eurovision, But Then a Pandemic HappenedThe actor says he planned to provide vocals for his character, Russian disco-god Alexander Lemtov, “but then the world got turned upside down.”
  45. movies
    The (Fake) Songs of SummerHow the surprisingly convincing faux pop tunes of the Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga got made.
  46. movie review
    You’ll Want to Sing Along to Will Ferrell’s Glorious EurovisionThis comedy about the Eurovision Song Contest might be the most emotionally engaging movie the actor has ever made.
  47. movie review
    I Should Have Skipped You Should Have LeftIt might have worked as drama. But as horror, it’s a disaster.
  48. the academy
    The Oscars Blew ItIn choosing to extend the Academy’s eligibility window for the 2021 ceremony, it missed out on the chance to do something really special.
  49. movie review
    Da 5 Bloods Is Spike Lee’s Agit-Prop Action MovieAs a stirring, deliriously referential treatise on race, American history, and black patriotism, it’s one of Lee’s greatest works.
  50. movie review
    Be Water Is a Sports Doc with Righteous RageIn fact, it doesn’t feel like a sports doc at all. You walk away convinced that Bruce Lee was an artist more than anything else.
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