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Bilge Ebiri is a film critic for New York and Vulture. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the Criterion Collection.

  1. movie review
    Knock at the Cabin Is M. Night Shyamalan’s Best Film Since The VillageAnchored by an incredible Dave Bautista performance, it’s a triumphant return to the sincerity and confidence of the director’s early work.
  2. backstories
    ‘There Couldn’t Be Any Normal Scenes in This Movie’Damien Chazelle and his collaborators explain Babylon in three key scenes.
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    Filmmaking at the Speed of Life in One Fine MorningIn Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest, emotions emerge organically from the unfussy drama onscreen.
  4. vulture lists
    The 53 Best Movies Under 90 MinutesSometimes you just want a good story, capably told with no time to waste.
  5. sundance 2023
    22 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at Sundance 2023From Cat Person (starring Cousin Greg) to the new Nicole Holofcener to an Ottessa Moshfegh–Anne Hathaway collaboration and more.
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    It’s Time to See The Conformist AgainBertolucci’s masterpiece is back in a glorious new 4K restoration.
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    Plane GoodPlane is a movie for your lizard brain — the part of you that craves basic sensations. The part that expresses itself in grunts.
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    ‘Our Fear Empowers Others. No Bears.’Jafar Panahi’s latest film is one of his most powerful.
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    The Pale Blue Eye Is Grisly, Grim, and Surprisingly MovingChristian Bale and Harry Melling are pretty terrific in Scott Cooper’s atmospheric murder mystery.
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    Living Communes with the Past to Honor a Kurosawa Classic“What if Ikiru, but British?” doesn’t sound like it should work, but it totally does.
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    Avatar: The Way of Water Is James Cameron’s Most Personal FilmIt’s also, as you might suspect, spectacular.
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    Empire of Light Is Somber, Static, and ShallowStarring Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, and Colin Firth, Sam Mendes’s film about mental illness and racism in early ’80s England is wan and lifeless.
  13. best of 2022
    Did We Want Too Much From Movies in 2022?Our film critics continue to chase that feeling of being utterly obliterated by what they see onscreen.
  14. best of 2022
    The Best Movies of 2022As the iron grip streaming held on our culture loosened this past year, the theatrical experience reestablished itself.
  15. movie review
    Devotion Tells a Quieter Kind of War StoryJonathan Majors and Glen Powell shine in J.D. Dillard’s Korean War Movie
  16. the church of animation
    Andrew Stanton Remembers When ‘Nobody Wanted to Make’ Wall-EThe director revisits the making of his Pixar classic, which has joined the Criterion Collection.
  17. movie review
    Bones and All Is Curiously BloodlessEven though, as a cannibal road-movie romance, it technically has a lot of blood in it.
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    Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Should Have Been WeirderBut credit to Daniel Radcliffe for committing to the bit.
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    Netflix’s Enola Holmes 2 Thrives on Millie Bobby Brown’s CharmThe young actress powers this whole franchise through the force of her charisma.
  20. performance review
    ‘It’s Unbelievably Difficult to Act Brilliantly’Jeremy Strong and his director James Gray took risks and made a mess to find Armageddon Time.
  21. movie review
    In Armageddon Time, James Gray Looks at His Life and Doesn’t Like What He SeesJeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway play the director’s parents in this beautiful and damning coming-of-age tale.
  22. vulture lists
    Every Colin Farrell Movie, RankedFrom The Lobster to The Batman — and his latest, The Banshees of Inisherin.
  23. movie review
    In Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook Pulls BackMaybe a little too much.
  24. movie review
    Black Adam Is Entertaining RubbishThe Rock plays the DC superhero with such a stony face that we forget how charming this actor can be otherwise.
  25. backstories
    ‘Family Means No One Gets Left Behind’An oral history of Lilo & Stitch, the Disney movie that almost brought hand-drawn animation back.
  26. movie review
    Well, Halloween Ends Is a Pleasant SurpriseAt long last, this most recent run of Halloween movies has its Season of the Witch.
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    Amsterdam Should Feel Intoxicating, But It’s ExhaustingWhenever David O. Russell’s film is operating on an edge of uncertainty, it works. But the freewheeling freewheeling-ness grates.
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    Smile Should Smile MoreThe new horror film starts out in a wonderfully creepy and inventive fashion but eventually devolves into generic horror tedium.
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    The Greatest Beer Run Ever Wastes a Very Good Zac EfronPeter Farrelly’s film can’t seem to decide if it wants to be a comedy or a drama and somehow winds up being neither.
  30. movie review
    The Great Walter Hill Returns to the West, for Better and for WorseThe movie’s not perfect, but it’s well worth watching to see what a master filmmaker can do with limited resources.
  31. movie review
    Blonde Wants to Hurt YouAt times, Andrew Dominik’s movie, starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, feels like a slaughterhouse seen from the animal’s point of view.
  32. the perfect scene
    A Hell of an IntroductionHow director Romain Gavras and his cast and crew created the year’s wildest movie opening.
  33. biennale cinema 2022
    Don’t Worry Darling Is Smooth, Competent, and TediousOlivia Wilde’s film is neither as good nor as bad as you were hoping.
  34. movie review
    Sorry, But Avatar Still RulesJames Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster is back in theaters to remind us how special and spectacular it is.
  35. remembrance
    Everyone Has Their Own GodardFor all his godlike splendor, there is no other filmmaker over whom so many people can claim ownership, each in their own distinct manner.
  36. biennale cinema 2022
    A Helpful Reminder Never to Underestimate Walton GogginsVenice has been filled with lots of big, bold, showy turns. Then there’s Goggins quietly yanking our heartstrings by simply being present.
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    About That Blowjob Scene in BlondeThe Blonde cast and crew seem surprised at the film’s NC-17 rating. It’s pretty clear to anyone who has seen it that this scene is the reason why.
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    Lars von Trier Has No Final ReassurancesThe final season of The Kingdom is twisted and distressing, yet returning to the series’ confines is like slipping into a warm embrace.
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    The Whale Is a Perfect Comeback Role for Brendan FraserProsthetic or no, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the part, frankly.
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    The Iñárritu Wars Begin AgainAlejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s much-hyped and achingly sincere Netflix movie Bardo arrived at Venice, only to be swiftly panned.
  41. biennale cinema 2022
    Believe Everything You’ve Heard About Cate Blanchett in TárShe is sensational in Todd Field’s film, playing an imperious chief conductor. But she has to be sensational.
  42. biennale cinema 2022
    Ath-e-na, Ath-e-na, Ath-e-naRomain Gavras’s electrifying new film turns an uprising in a French housing project into a brutal, riveting Greek tragedy.
  43. a long talk
    ‘Come Back Tomorrow Night and I’ll Tell You’George Miller on the healing and destructive powers of language and storytelling.
  44. biennale cinema 2022
    Noah Baumbach Turned White Noise Into a 1980s Spielbergian Spectacle (Sort of)Yet this black comedy may be too bizarre to be appreciated by those waiting for a big, star-studded festival oomph.
  45. movie review
    … And a Bullet to Balance the ScalesIn The Good Boss, Javier Bardem plays an affable company owner whose desire for calm and control drags him toward corruption and cruelty.
  46. movie review
    One of Our Greatest Fabulists Is Back With Three Thousand Years of LongingGeorge Miller’s modern-day fable, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, is about the power of stories to seduce and entrap.
  47. let’s do it again
    The 102 Best Movie Sequels of All TimeWho in the world wanted a Top Gun sequel? Not even Tom Cruise, but that didn’t stop Maverick from getting made and soaring in our ranks.
  48. movie review
    ‘Traveling Light’ Is a Dreamy, Harrowing Return to Our First COVID SummerBernard Rose and Danny Huston have spent the past two decades exploring the vapid desolation of Los Angeles. This might be their darkest work yet.
  49. movie review
    Beast Is the Very Model of a Tight, Tense ThrillerIdris Elba is quite compelling fighting both a lion and his own private demons.
  50. remembrance
    Farewell to Wolfgang Petersen, and to the Sincere Action MovieThe director turned silly melodramas into works of pure catharsis, and defined a generation of American action films in the process.
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