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Bilge Ebiri

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. vulture lists
    The Stoner Canon: 101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and MoreThe ultimate guide to experiencing the high.
  7. movie review
    Sebastian Stan Makes Monday a Movie Worth Waking Up ForThe actor and costar Denise Gough give it their all.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. movie review
    The First Cinematic Masterpiece of 2021 Is HereMade in the small African nation of Lesotho, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is adventurous, essential viewing.
  11. movie review
    Godzilla vs. Kong Is Heart-Stoppingly Stupid But Sporadically EntertainingWhatever. King Kong has a magic axe now. Enjoy!
  12. movie review
    Netflix’s Bad Trip Might Help You Feel Better About Our Broken NationEither that, or it will annoy the sh*t out of you.
  13. ooh it’s them!
    The 32 Greatest Character Actors Working TodayWe asked critics and Hollywood creators: Which supporting players make everything better?
  14. movie review
    The Courier Is an Old-Fashioned Spy Thriller Elevated by Two Great PerformancesBenedict Cumberbatch and Merab Ninidze are terrific in this based-on-fact tale of the Cold War.
  15. movie review
    The Snyder Cut Contains the Best and Worst of Zack SnyderThis is an undeniably passionate and moving work. But you may not want to endure it in one sitting.
  16. movie review
    Think of Netflix’s Sentinelle As John Wick on the RivieraDon’t let this hidden Netflix action gem slip through the cracks this weekend.
  17. movie review
    Come True Will Haunt Your Dreams and Ruin Your NightsFun with nightmares and sleep paralysis.
  18. interview
    Behind the 25-Year Friendship That Gave Birth to Netflix’s The White TigerA chat with Aravind Adiga and Ramin Bahrani.
  19. movie review
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Will Make You a Better PersonIt’s Thelma and Louise meets The Quick and the Dead meets Inception meets Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar meets Inherit the Wind.
  20. movie review
    Chaos Walking Needs More Chaos, Less WalkingTom Holland and Daisy Ridley on the run from Mads Mikkelsen and his son Nick Jonas. Why isn’t this a masterpiece?
  21. movie review
    Coming 2 America Is Both Figuratively and Literally a Nostalgia TourYou should probably bone up on the first movie before you watch it.
  22. q&a
    Oscar Hopeful Fernando Frías Has the RangeThe director of the shortlisted Ya No Estoy Aquí on his stunning film, formative years, and Los Espookys.
  23. movie review
    The United States vs. Billie Holiday Is an Inert History LessonAndra Day is great in the title role, however.
  24. movie review
    How Not to Make a Tom and Jerry MovieA cluttered, awkward, pandering mess.
  25. the art of ending things
    The Greatest Godfather Ending of Them AllCoppola closed his trilogy with a grandiose, explosive ending that works not just as a finale to a single film, but to the entire series.
  26. the art of ending things
    The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies HistoryGood finales offer catharsis. The best deny us closure altogether.
  27. movie review
    Great Performances and a Stunning Ending Can’t Quite Save The MauritanianJodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, and Benedict Cumberbatch all do good work in this real-life legal drama, but the movie falls flat.
  28. movie review
    Oof, What Are We to Do with Sia’s New Movie, Music?It’s not just controversial, it’s also quite terrible.
  29. movie review
    Louise Linton’s Sex-Cannibal Comedy Is Here, and It Is Not GoodMe You Madness is a nonstop deluge of overwritten rants and underbaked humor.
  30. movie review
    Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar Arrives Preordained for Cult StatusIt features Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., and a sage old crab named Morgan Freemand.
  31. movie review
    A Glitch in the Matrix Is a Riveting Look at Whether Our World Is a SimulationBut it’s really about just how utterly weird life is.
  32. a long talk
    With News of the World, Paul Greengrass Went for OptimismAfter making Bloody Sunday and the Bourne films, the director of the new Tom Hanks Western says he’s interested in what a road to healing looks like.
  33. movie review
    Netflix’s The Dig Goes Deep on Human ExistenceRalph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in this surprisingly moving period drama.
  34. movie review
    Maybe Justin Timberlake Wasn’t the Right Man to Play an Angry Ex-Con in Palmer.Sometimes, having your heart in the right place isn’t enough to make a great movie.
  35. movie review
    Little Things, Big ProblemsTurns out Denzel Washington crime dramas can sometimes be bad, too.
  36. stonks!
    I’m Sorry, What Is Going on With GameStop and AMC?An answer for idiots, by idiots.
  37. let there be kronk
    ‘We’ll Never Make That Kind of Movie Again’An oral history of The Emperor’s New Groove, a raucous Disney animated film that almost never happened.
  38. movie review
    Netflix’s The White Tiger Is a Brutal, Powerful Tale of Ambition and CorruptionRamin Bahrani, one of our great directors, adapts Aravind Adiga’s international best seller.
  39. movie review
    In The Marksman, Liam Neeson Idles in PlaceHe only kicks a moderate amount of ass in this one.
  40. movie review
    Acasa, My Home Shows the Poetry and Peril of a Life Off the GridA beautiful, bittersweet documentary from Romania.
  41. movie review
    The Gorgeous, Moving News of the World Features Tom Hanks at His BestA Western from the director of Captain Phillips and The Bourne Ultimatum, if you can believe that.
  42. a long talk
    The Unspeakable Personal Tragedy That Inspired Another RoundDirector Thomas Vinterberg says his drama about addiction became life-affirming because, in many ways, he and his cast needed it to be.
  43. movie review
    The Dissident Is a Grisly Look at the Life and Death of Jamal KhashoggiIt’s a complex, damning portrait of how Saudi Arabia dealt with a citizen who turned on the regime.
  44. a long talk
    Paul W.S. Anderson Is the King of Violent, Relentless, Go-for-Broke ThrillersHis movies that were once dismissed by critics have retroactively gained respect. But he hasn’t forgotten those early reviews.
  45. coming attractions
    65 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2021In fact, we couldn’t wait to see a lot of them last year. But here we still are.
  46. our action hero
    The Ordinary-Guy Action Movie Lives On, Thanks to Gerard ButlerOne of our most underrated and likable screen presences discusses his love for a nearly extinct kind of disaster picture.
  47. movie review
    In The Midnight Sky, George Clooney the Director Fails George Clooney the ActorBut Clooney the actor almost saves Clooney the director’s butt, so there’s that.
  48. our streaming future
    Is It a Movie or Is It TV? And Does Anyone Really Care?After nearly a year of watching everything on the same damn screen, four critics attempt to talk through an unkillable debate.
  49. vulture lists
    The 32 Greatest Disaster Movies of All TimeWhat makes cinematic depictions of catastrophe so compelling?
  50. movie review
    Monster Hunter Is Loud, Unapologetic FunIt’s filled with scary monsters, gnarly weapons, and terrific visual storytelling.
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