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  1. movies
    ‘Heil Me, Man’: How Taika Waititi Learned to Play HitlerFor Jojo Rabbit, a black comedy about a Nazi fanboy at the end of the Third Reich, the director cast himself as a make-believe version of the Führer.
  2. movie review
    Not Even Lupita Nyong’o and her Ukulele Can Save Little MonstersThe zombie movie, now streaming on Hulu, is an unhinged horror-comedy that never quite settles in.
  3. theater review
    Theater Review: When Middle Age Goes Rough, in Linda VistaTracy Letts finds emotional vulnerability in a nearly wrecked man.
  4. q&a
    Pedro Almodóvar on the Most Painful Disagreement He’s Ever Had With an Actor“I had to go to a psychiatrist just because of the anxiety.”
  5. movie review
    Pain and Glory Is the Most Emotionally Naked Movie Pedro Almodóvar Has Ever MadeIt’s not quite autobiographical, but a fictional alter ego story, a vessel through which the director can confess his doubts and regrets.
  6. best of 2019
    The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)Including Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers and Brad Pitt in space.
  7. the uncanny valley
    So, How Is the De-Aging in The Irishman? Incredibly Impressive.The effects in Martin Scorsese’s movie are far from perfect, but — unlike this year’s Lion King remake — they actually help give the movie its soul.
  8. movie review
    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.
  9. q&a
    What the Hell Is Going on in Ad Astra? James Gray Explains HimselfThe director doesn’t know if the human race will survive, but he can spot all the mistakes in his own movies.
  10. chat room
    Paolo Sorrentino Explains That Absurd Sheep Death Scene in Loro“With cinema, it’s not up to us to be real. Cinema is something fake.”
  11. movie review
    It’s Between Two Ferns, for Crying Out LoudShoddiness is built into its philosophy, and things like production value, sharp scripting, and delicate acting would only degrade the project.
  12. movie review
    Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro Made Me Feel Dirty. I Can’t Wait to See It Again.Loro shows how Silvio Berlusconi created a reality-distortion field around him. Sound familiar?
  13. chat room
    Antonio Banderas Reflects on His History with ‘Dirty Movies’The Pain and Glory star recalls marrying Melanie Griffith, kissing Tom Hanks, and making controversial films with Pedro Almodóvar.
  14. backstories
    The Hardest, Strangest, Most Unforgettable Jobs In HollywoodTV and movie craftspeople share their stories (and a great dip recipe).
  15. fall preview 2019
    The Best and Biggest Movies to See This FallCats, Frozen II, Little Women, and more.
  16. fall preview 2019
    Robert Eggers on The Lighthouse, His Bleakly Gorgeous Follow-up to The WitchThe director places us in a remote 19th-century lighthouse, where two men — played by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson — find themselves at odds.
  17. odes
    Long Live Gerard Butler, and the Gerard Butler MovieHe is an action star for the age of the declining action star, and he’s almost single-handedly keeping a very specific type of film alive.
  18. remembrances
    Peter Fonda’s Hired Hand Is a Masterpiece of 1970s American CinemaIt would have been fascinating to see what the late director might have done had the Western been received as a success.
  19. movie review
    Good Boys Is Funny Because It’s AbominableSome moviegoers might want to leave the theater and file a lawsuit. I stayed and laughed.
  20. once upon a time in hollywood
    It’s Time for a Best Stunts OscarAfter 28 years of stuntpeople lobbying the Academy, an annual category for them remains elusive. Why?
  21. movie review
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Serves Unnerving, Old-School Horror to KidsIt starts off as a quaint, small-town fright flick before plunging headlong into a full-on, grotesque shriek-fest.
  22. movie review
    Hobbs & Shaw Is a Refreshing Antidote to Franchise BloatTurns out whittling the bulging series down to two guys who hate each other can be strangely liberating.
  23. movies
    So, How Much of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is Margot Robbie Actually In?Quentin Tarantino will probably reject this hypothesis.
  24. shield your eyes
    Motion Smoothing Is Ruining CinemaFilmmakers hate it. Viewers do, too. So why is it the default setting on almost every new TV in America?
  25. disney
    Bring Back the AnimationTraditional hand-drawn animation is certainly not dead, but Disney has forsaken it. Why?
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. remember that time
    An Oral History of the Eyes Wide Shut OrgyStaging that scene from Stanley Kubrick’s divisive final film.
  29. movie review
    This Toy Story Is Not Like the Other Toy StoriesSeriously, did David Lynch write this thing?
  30. 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.”
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. an actor's journey
    It’s High Time Dennis Quaid Played a Horror-Movie PsychoSkip A Dog’s Journey and see The Intruder instead.
  39. 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.
  40. movie review
    El Chicano is Nasty, Brutish, and Occasionally RivetingEl Chicano is being billed as the first Latinx superhero film.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. movie review
    Penguins Would Be Amazing With the Sound Turned OffDisney’s nature documentary could do without its 1980s power-pop soundtrack.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. movie review
    Aretha Franklin’s Concert Doc Amazing Grace Is TranscendentThe long-buried documentary, which Franklin blocked from theaters, is finally being released.
  50. 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.
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