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Bilge Ebiri

Movie Critic

  1. movie review
    There’s a Better Story The Black Phone Wishes It Could TellEthan Hawke and some excellent young actors are the real highlight of this horror movie from the director of Sinister.
  2. movie review
    Marcel the Shell With Shoes On Is the Gentlest of Gut PunchesIt’s the most unassuming of movies, but don’t be shocked if it leaves you an emotional wreck.
  3. movie review
    Cha Cha Real Smooth Grins and Goes NowhereYour tolerance for this movie will likely hinge on your tolerance for writer-director-producer-star Cooper Raiff as a cinematic presence.
  4. close reads
    The Best Scene in Heat Just Isn’t the Same Without These TwoIf you ever wanted to see what one of the most iconic scenes in film history would look like with, well, two other guys, now’s your chance.
  5. movie review
    Chris Hemsworth’s Career-Best Performance Elevates Netflix’s SpiderheadTop Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski’s futuristic prison thriller is bizarre, thoughtful, and surprisingly funny.
  6. movie review
    The Savage and Catty Lost Illusions Only Looks Like a Stuffy Period PieceA remorselessly entertaining Balzac adaptation for our time.
  7. movie review
    Hustle Is Pure Adam Sandler Wish FulfillmentSandler’s sincere performance helps sell this Netflix sports drama, which sometimes feels like a party the actor gave so he could meet his heroes.
  8. movie review
    The Jurassic World Trilogy Has Painted Itself Into a CornerThe only wow factor in Jurassic World: Dominion is the awesome depth of its failure.
  9. movie review
    Terence Davies’s Benediction Is an Anti-BiopicA formally daring, ultimately devastating look at the life of British poet Siegfried Sassoon.
  10. exit interview
    Joseph Kosinski’s Vast, Lonely WorldsThe Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director knew just how to pitch a Top Gun sequel to Tom Cruise: “Maverick is still Maverick,” he said. “But he’s alone.”
  11. movie review
    Vengeance Is Mine, a Blast from an Unknown Past, Arrives in TheatersOriginally made in 1984, Michael Roemer’s riveting family drama is finally getting a theatrical release.
  12. summer preview
    What Will Be the Biggest Movie of the Summer?Vulture bets on five films that will break through the hottest months of 2022, in whatever ways they can.
  13. a long talk
    Gaspar Noé Is Not in ControlNoé’s films have always been about the chaos of losing control. His latest, Vortex and Lux Aeterna, seem to get bracingly personal, too.
  14. close read
    Tom Cruise’s Last StandThirty-six years after the original, Top Gun: Maverick eulogizes the actor’s entire career, and an America that may not exist anymore.
  15. movie review
    The Lifeless New Firestarter Will Leave You ColdThey took a Stephen King novel and turned it into a hostage video starring Zac Efron.
  16. this much i know to be true
    Lessons From Filming Nick Cave’s Journey Through Grief“The constant concern was just, is it grief porn? Is it exploitative? Where’s the line?”
  17. movie review
    In Memory, Liam Neeson Gets to Act More Than UsualMartin Campbell’s hitman-with-dementia film offers visceral violence and surprising anguish.
  18. movie review
    Gaspar Noé’s Vortex Is His Most Human Film. And His Cruelest.Every second of this brutal, beautiful film seethes with emotion of an intensely personal kind.
  19. let’s do it again
    An Emergency Discussion of Blade Runner 2049 in 2022What a five-year-old movie can tell us about the future of franchises and whether movies are moving backward.
  20. let’s do it again
    The 101 Best Movie Sequels of All TimeWhether they come after, before, or between their predecessors, these films have created their own indelible legacies.
  21. movie review
    How to Save a Movie Star From HimselfIn The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Nicolas Cage tries very hard to be Nicolas Cage.
  22. vulture lists
    The Batman Director Matt Reeves’s 10 Favorite Movie Kills“Spielberg really sets the table, to tell you that nothing is off the table. He lets you know from the beginning that there are no rules.”
  23. movie review
    Sequelitis Claims Its Latest Victim With Sonic the Hedgehog 2Jim Carrey does what he can, but this time it’s not enough. Unlike the first movie, this one feels like pure product.
  24. vulture lists
    The Best Movies of 2022 (So Far)From Petite Maman to Jackass Forever, here are the best movies we’ve seen so far this year.
  25. q&a
    Ukrainian Director Sergei Loznitsa on the ‘Absurd’ Boycott of Russian FilmsThe Donbass and Babi Yar. Context director discusses his unexpected expulsion from the Ukrainian Film Academy and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  26. it’s coming
    What Was It About Michael Douglas?As the go-to fall guy in erotic thrillers, the actor represented the ultimate boomer avatar: the male ego under siege.
  27. movie review
    Somehow, Morbius Is FunIt’s a brisk, over-the-top thriller, with plenty of atmosphere and a couple of genuinely moving performances at its heart.
  28. pretty statues
    Cheese: An Annotated History of the Oscar Class PhotoThere was no group portrait of the nominees taken this year, so we looked back at 36 years of … classics?
  29. movie review
    Ahed’s Knee Delivers a Blistering Message About Our Broken WorldIsraeli director Nadav Lapid’s abrasive Cannes-winning drama might be some sort of masterpiece.
  30. movie review
    The Outfit May Not Be Perfect, But It Works PerfectlyMark Rylance is riveting in this tight little gangster thriller set in a custom-suit shop.
  31. exit interview
    The Woman in the Window Is Not the Film Joe Wright MadeAfter his dark, brutal adaptation was watered down in edits, the director returned to himself with Cyrano.
  32. movie review
    The Adam Project Feels Like a Fake MovieDerivativeness in and of itself isn’t always a problem. But when it’s all handled this shoddily, what comes through is crass, careless opportunism.
  33. vulture lists
    Every Colin Farrell Movie, RankedFrom The Lobster to The Batman.
  34. profile
    In Another Life, Ke Huy Quan Was a StarHe was an ’80s icon who left acting behind. For his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once, he called on his past selves.
  35. movie review
    In the Palestinian Thriller Huda’s Salon, Oppression Comes From All SidesDirector Hany Abu-Assad’s latest features a shocking conspiracy that reveals the extent to which women are subjugated under occupation.
  36. movie review
    The Batman Is Sad, Scary, and Even a Little SexyMatt Reeves and Robert Pattinson give us an austere, tense serial-killer thriller as much as a superhero action flick.
  37. movie review
    Cyrano Is StunningIt’s one of the most romantic movies ever made, but it’s all evasion, heartache, and yearning.
  38. oscars 2022
    Self-loathing Will Kill the OscarsThose of us who actually watch the movie awards embrace the goofiness and grandiosity and bloat of the ceremony. Why can’t the Academy?
  39. movie review
    Uncharted Has Lots of Dimly Lit Secret Passages, Little ElseLooking for atmosphere? Mystery? Keep moving. Only cobwebs here.
  40. movie review
    Death on the Nile Is a Pleasant, Overbaked TrifleIt’s totally crazy, but it works. Mostly.
  41. movie review
    The Liam Neeson Action Genre Deserves Better Than BlacklightThis time, he’s a tormented, obsessive-compulsive FBI agent trying to protect his family while also saving democracy.
  42. movie review
    Prepare to Have Your Nerves Shredded by the Belgian Bullying Drama PlaygroundDirector Laura Wandel’s debut feature puts us inside the head of a young girl who’s being tormented at school.
  43. vulture lists
    The 33 Greatest Disaster Movies of All TimeWhat makes cinematic depictions of catastrophe so compelling?
  44. movie review
    Jackass Forever Is a Kinder, Gentler JackassThis might be a more emotional movie than the others. It’s also got more dongs, more zappers, and something called “Scorpion Botox.”
  45. oh dude it hurts
    The Exquisite Catharsis of JackassFans come for the idiotic stunts, but we stay for the relieving, foulmouthed release we wish for ourselves.
  46. movie review
    Compartment No. 6 Is Already One of the Best Films of This YearIn this Cannes winner, a Finnish student and a Russian miner must share a cramped train compartment on their way to Murmansk. Hilarity does not ensue.
  47. movie review
    Can a Movie Be Too Prescient?Though it was shot in 2019, The Pink Cloud turns out to be unnervingly accurate in portraying how life has changed.
  48. sundance 2022
    18 Sundance Movies We Can’t Wait to Watch (from Home)From horror stories to news-breaking documentaries, here’s what’s we’re watching this year.
  49. movie review
    Do You Need a Review of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania? Here’s One Anyway.As a wise man once said, “Bleh, bleh, bleh.”
  50. movie review
    The New Scream Is No ScreamSequel, remake, reboot, requel, legacyquel … Who cares? Why can’t these movies be scary anymore?
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