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  1. best of 2020
    The Best Movies of the Year (So Far)From a transcendent documentary about activist culture to a timely thriller about the horrors of a body in isolation to a Ben Affleck comeback story.
  2. coronavirus
    Iranian Filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei Awaits a Prison Sentence in QuarantineThe documentarian has been sentenced to a year in prison. He wonders if he were there now, amid the coronavirus, how would he spend his time?
  3. vulture recommends
    Introducing Six Degrees of One Kevin Bacon Movie, a New Quarantine GameWe asked our film writers to start with Mystic River and work their way through five more titles … ending on another Kevin Bacon movie.
  4. friday night movie club
    Mad Max: Fury Road Is a Model Movie for Our Troubled TimesIt’s one of the most compelling postapocalyptic visions ever put on film. But the reason has less to do with calamity, and more with poetry.
  5. movie review
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire Is a Grand, Capital-R RomanceCeline Sciamma’s lesbian period film starts off as a story about looking, but its heart lies in less obvious, more suggestive cinematic elements.
  6. vulture lists
    The 68 Best Pandemic Movies to Binge in QuarantineZombies. Parasites. Contagion. Oh my.
  7. vulture recommends
    One of the Saddest Films I’ve Ever Seen Makes Me Feel More Hopeful Than EverDon Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day is now streaming for free on Vimeo. It’s a good reminder that shattering films can be a salve.
  8. coronavirus
    For Edgar Wright, Every Day Is a Zombie Fantasy NowThe writer of two apocalyptic comedies explains what life in quarantine is like in London.
  9. marky mark
    Someone Please Tell Mark Wahlberg He’s a Good ActorI realize the world has other, far more important things on its mind, but I need to get something off my chest: I’m worried about Mark Wahlberg.
  10. documentaries
    Hillary Clinton Has a Theory on Why People Love Her Most When She’s LosingAhead of the Sundance premiere of her new Hulu docuseries, Clinton spoke to Vulture about concession speeches and supporting Bernie Sanders.
  11. movie review
    Sorry We Missed You: Ken Loach’s Take on the Gig Economy Should Infuriate YouHe is perhaps Britain’s foremost cinematic chronicler of working-class angst and quotidian humanism.
  12. movie review
    Pixar’s Onward Is a Lot of Empty Emotional CaloriesBut Chris Pratt is pretty good.
  13. movie review
    Shaun the Sheep Meets E.T. in Netflix’s FarmageddonThe beloved characters are back in a Netflix sequel to the 2015 animated classic.
  14. life after parasite
    The Beanpole Director Is One of the Great Young Hopes of International CinemaKantemir Balagov explains the origins of his Russian historical drama, the best international film not nominated for an Oscar this year.
  15. movie review
    In Sonic the Hedgehog, It’s Like Golden-Era Jim Carrey Never Left UsThe movie is fine, but the villain’s a delight.
  16. the gold rush
    How Netflix Could Pull Off an Animation Upset at the OscarsThe streaming platform’s in-house animation studio has 30 projects on the horizon. But first, it’s eyeing Academy recognition.
  17. sundance 2020
    12 Movies We Loved at SundanceHere are a dozen of our favorites from the 2020 film festival — just know that there are at least a dozen other movies we could have easily included.
  18. sundance 2020
    When Documentaries Make You Question EverythingThis year’s slate of Sundance docs is unusually focused on narrative control: who has it, who demands it, and what happens when it changes hands.
  19. sundance 2020
    Miranda July Returns with What Might Be Her Best Film YetBefore Kajillionaire debuted at Sundance, it was tempting to think July’s style of filmmaking had gone out of … well, style.
  20. sundance 2020
    There’s Nothing Funny About Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Performance in DownhillThe remake of Force Majeure (starring the Veep actress alongside Will Ferrell) sounds like a fake movie. But it’s real, and genuinely unnerving.
  21. sundance 2020
    Into the Deep Chronicles the Monstrousness of Danish Inventor Peter MadsenEmma Sullivan began filming her documentary one year before he murdered and dismembered journalist Kim Wall.
  22. backstories
    Quail Hunting and Rabbit Holes: How Terrence Malick Made His Nazi EpicA Hidden Life tells the story of a conscientious objector to Hitler. If we didn’t know better, we’d say it’s the director’s most political film yet.
  23. q&a
    A Long Talk With James Newton Howard, Hollywood’s Most Versatile ComposerHe’s written music for Pretty WomanThe Sixth Sense, The Dark Knight, and more. After a long career, he can admit when he’s been a bit of a diva.
  24. sundance 2020
    The 17 Movies We’re Most Excited to See at Sundance Film FestivalIncluding a transatlantic thriller starring Jude Law, a family drama from Miranda July, and a portrait of up-and-coming performer Taylor Swift.
  25. movie review
    Dolittle Is Anti-CinemaYou go into this thing expecting silly insouciance and walk away from it questioning reality.
  26. movie review
    The World Didn’t Need Another Bad Boys MovieThe new Bad Boys is probably a wash, but it ends so well that I now find myself not entirely opposed to the idea of a fourth one.
  27. movie review
    I Lost My Body Is Both Genuinely Sweet and Thoroughly TwistedAt least one good thing came out of the 2020 Oscar nominations: recognition for a left-field animated gem.
  28. movie review
    Underwater Is a Relentlessly Entertaining Deep-sea CatastropheIt’s all your fears — of the deep, of tight spaces, of the dark, of giant-creepy-crawly-squishy things — rolled into one.
  29. coming attractions
    68 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2020Daniel Craig bows out as Bond, Liu Yifei debuts as Mulan, Timothée Chalamet brings Dune back, and Spike Lee comes to Netflix.
  30. movie review
    Just Mercy Is a Precise and Patient Recounting of a Very Real Human StoryDestin Daniel Cretton’s film is based on the non-fiction book of the same name.
  31. 25 days of cats
    Cat Performances, RankedA celebration of the 24 greatest feline roles — with no CGI, human-cat hybrids in sight.
  32. chat room
    Tom Hooper Has a Hard Time Explaining the Feet in CatsThe director confronts the problem of family-friendly Christmas musicals featuring gyrating, pseudo-erotic man-cats.
  33. movie review
    With A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick Takes on the Evils of HistoryIt’s based on the real story of Franz Jägerstätter, a devout Austrian farmer who refused to pledge loyalty to Hitler.
  34. movie review
    Jumanji: The Next Level Is a Tired, Modestly Funny Sequel2manji feels kind of lifeless, but there are a few twists this time around.
  35. what were the 2010s?
    Every Movie of the 2010s, RankedOur critics pored over 5,279 of the decade’s films. Here’s the best, worst, and mehst.
  36. vulture honorary degree
    Laura Dern Changed Our Idea of StardomThere is no one performance you can point to as the reason for her decades-long success.
  37. best of 2019
    The Best Movies of 2019Our critics celebrate the latest Tarantino, a South Korean black comedy, and the return of Eddie Murphy.
  38. movie review
    Netflix’s Klaus Is Just Weird Enough to Get You to Watch ItThis animated holiday movie is set in a surreally gruesome place, filled with surreally gruesome people. Somehow, that works.
  39. the race to animate
    The Story of the Beauty and the Beast Screening That Changed EverythingAn in-progress version of the Disney film premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1991, and upended animation as we knew it.
  40. the race to animate
    What Happened to Rise of the Guardians? The Story Behind an Animation FlopBefore Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, director Peter Ramsey made a DreamWorks movie so strange it feels like we dreamed it.
  41. deep dives
    The Discomforting Legacy of Wendy TorranceShelley Duvall’s performance in The Shining is just one of the many bold, perplexing aspects of Stanley Kubrick’s beloved adaptation.
  42. rise of the machines
    May We Never Forget the Deliriously Bleak Terminator 3The third Terminator film made clear that our future was indeed a nightmare. Maybe that’s why everybody’s trying so hard to pretend it didn’t happen.
  43. movies
    The Movies We Loved in 2019Including Bong Joon Ho’s acid black comedy, Brad Pitt in space, and the gentle Pain and Glory.
  44. the insider
    20 Years Later, The Insider Is Michael Mann’s Greatest ProphecyFor all its foresightedness, the 1999 movie is also a time capsule, from a period when TV or newspaper reports could actually change things.
  45. movie review
    Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms Is a Dream, Then a Dance, Then an Existential ThreatThe artful, elliptical film tells the story of a young Israeli man trying to shed his identity in Paris.
  46. director's cut
    Okay, Fine, Let’s Talk About MarvelWhat are Martin Scorsese and the Justice League of Aging Auteurs really rebelling against?
  47. j'accuse
    How High-Frame-Rate Technology Killed Ang Lee’s Gemini ManIt would be silly to blame the film’s failure on the tech, but I’m going to go ahead and blame the tech.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. theater review
    Theater Review: When Middle Age Goes Rough, in Linda VistaTracy Letts finds emotional vulnerability in a nearly wrecked man.
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