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    The Post-Film Real-Life Photo Slideshow Will Be the Death of MeThese “See? See?” credit sequences are a sign of bad faith in the power of cinema.
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    Under the Silver Lake Is Loopy, Paranoid, and Extremely of Its TimeAndrew Garfield stars in the oddball L.A. mystery from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell.
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    Satanic Temple Documentary Hail Satan? Might Just Turn You Into a SatanistFilmmaker Penny Lane offers a fascinating look at the surprisingly sincere free-speech rabble-rousers.
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    Childish Gambino’s Guava Island Is a Melancholy Anti-Capitalist FableThe value of immaterial things in the shadow of capitalism is the central idea of the Rihanna-starring film.
  5. wwjd
    11 Lingering Questions About the Rooney Mara–Joaquin Phoenix Film Mary MagdaleneLet’s all smoke a quick cigarette underneath Jesus’s crucified body and talk about the long-delayed Rooney Mara–Joaquin Phoenix film.
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    Teen Spirit Is Empty, Dated Pop PropagandaElle Fanning is lifeless as a teen who (supposedly) wants to be a pop star in Max Minghella’s directorial debut.
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    Little Is a Confused Parable for Our Girlbossy TimesTina Gordon’s new movie shuffles into the body-switching pantheon.
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    Her Smell Is a Bracing, Unnerving Depiction of Addiction, Narcissism, and GrowthAlex Ross Perry’s latest, starring Elisabeth Moss, is incredibly, teeth-grindingly effective.
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    Elisabeth Moss and Alex Ross Perry on Who and What Inspired Her SmellThe actress and director explain the thread connecting Becky Something to Kim Deal and The Phantom of the Opera.
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    Don’t Let the Funny Hats Fool You, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo Is an Incendiary FilmThe historical drama gives us an anatomy of a political movement that feels utterly contemporary and urgent.
  11. best of 2019
    The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)Including the Rock’s latest, Mads Mikkelsen’s survival drama, and a tightly wound horror movie.
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    The Dirt Is a Parody of a Parody of a Music BiopicThere’s no getting around it, so you may as well go in prepared: The Dirt opens with female ejaculation.
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    Ash Is Purest White Is an Unrequited Love Story Set in China’s 2000sJia Zhangke’s latest portrait of recent Chinese history is a long, strange, lovelorn trip — maybe a little too long.
  14. theranos
    Why the Errol Morris Shade in Alex Gibney’s The Inventor Is So BrutalHere’s what lies behind those Interrotron shots.
  15. sundance 2019
    Alex Gibney’s Theranos Documentary Stares Deeply into Elizabeth Holmes’s EyesThe Inventor fixates on the would-be disrupter’s face as it tries to understand her captivating effect on Silicon Valley.
  16. movie review
    Five Feet Apart Is the Logical, Heightened Conclusion of the Sick Lit GenreCole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson manage to sell an operatically romantic and sadistic cystic fibrosis love story.
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    Booksmart Is a Goddamn Delight, and a Major Moment in the Teen Movie CanonIn the Olivia Wilde–directed comedy, a new archetype of late-2010s teendom takes shape.
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    Lil Peep Documentary Is a Deeply Affecting Character Study of the Late RapperEverybody’s Everything arrives at some kind of truth about the risks and rewards of an artist with seemingly no boundaries.
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    Jordan Peele’s Us Is a Messy, Chilling Descent Into the American NightmareLupita Nyong’o is astounding in the director’s distinct follow-up to Get Out.
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    Sword of Trust Is an Ambling Comedy of Manners and Conspiracy TheoriesMarc Maron is excellent as he navigates the disorienting effects of a post-truth world.
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mannered Directing DebutPerhaps too mannered for its own good — it’s unquestionably nice and well-intentioned, but lacking momentum.
  22. movie review
    The Dance-Horror Film Climax Is the Best Thing Gaspar Noé Has Made in AgesIt’s like if you turned Step Up into a horror flick.
  23. oscars 2019
    Was Roma Ever Really an Oscars Front-runner?Or was it just Cuarón’s campaign all along?
  24. oscars 2019
    Judging the Oscar Shorts: The Good, the Grisly, and Our Picks to WinThere’s at least one genuine masterpiece in the 15 nominated films, and … a lot of child murder.
  25. the toughest scene i wrote
    Tamara Jenkins on Popping the Big Question in Private Life“You can’t just make shit up. It has to be true at some point. But if I were presenting this as my memoir … I’d be in trouble.”
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    Fighting With My Family Is a Charming Underdog Story — and Amazing WWE PRIt’s just clear-eyed enough about the absurdities of a life in wrestling to have some grip to it.
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    Alita: Battle Angel Is Ungainly, Hokey, and … Kinda CharmingThe only reason any of this works at all is Rosa Salazar and, I hate to say it, those goddamned big eyes.
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    What Men Want Is a Tonally and Logically Confused Gender SwapStarring Taraji P. Henson, What Men Want is a wildly uneven stretch of a movie that’s more of a flail than a romp.
  29. movies
    The Matrix Was the One Time the Wachowskis’ Ambition Met the MainstreamThe film made the siblings the hottest things in town, but then the tide turned.
  30. movie review
    Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Shine in Soapy-Yet-Substantial Everybody KnowsThe Oscar-winning Asghar Farhadi changes locales to the picturesque wine country outside Madrid for his foray into Spanish-language cinema.
  31. movie review
    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Is Eager to Grow Up in More Ways Than OneThe childlike, free-associative playfulness is now underscored by a palpable hunger to be the cleverest and coolest kids’ movie on the block.
  32. sundance 2019
    15 Movies We Loved at SundanceIncluding The Souvenir, The Farewell, We Are Little Zombies, and Animals.
  33. velvet buzzsaw
    Velvet Buzzsaw’s Dan Gilroy on Bringing a Buzz Saw to an Art Fight“Are they innocent people being killed and you feel bad for them? Or are they people who deserve to die? I decided, No, no. They deserve to die.”
  34. sundance 2019
    Sundance Standout We Are Little Zombies Is a Neon-Colored Scream Into the AbyssThe RPG-inspired debut feature from Makoto Nagahisa is the best Sundance movie about grief since Manchester by the Sea.
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    The Lodge Is an Unsettling Up-Is-Down Horror TaleRiley Keough plays a survivor of a death cult in the new film from the directors of Goodnight Mommy.
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    Velvet Buzzsaw Is a Pleasantly Perverse Art-World EviscerationJake Gyllenhaal reteams with Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy for a Los Angeles horror-satire that has no use for subtlety.
  37. sundance 2019
    Zac Efron Is Great in the New Ted Bundy Movie, But the Film Lacks PurposeExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premiered this weekend at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival
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    The Farewell Is a Big Arrival for Director Lulu WangAwkwafina turns in her best acting performance yet in the Sundance Film Festival standout.
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    Mindy Kaling’s Late Night Is a Workplace Comedy in the Guise of a Cozy RomcomLate Night is a Devil Wears Prada for TV writing that’s more neurotic and has more on its mind.
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    In Honey Boy, Shia LaBeouf Channels His Own Abusive FatherAs an origin story for a young actor’s warped worldview, Honey Boy is compelling.
  41. movie review
    The Kid Who Would Be King Is a Charming ThrowbackIt’s the kind of expansive live-action adventure tale that we rarely see these days.
  42. the crime scene
    12 Unforgettable Movie Heists, Graded and RankedAn extremely scientific ranking of some of the best heist-movie heists, graded on finesse and planning, style, stakes, and collateral damage.
  43. movie review
    Polar Is Putrid, Soulless, and Worst of All, StaleJonas Åkerlund’s latest is a sad, lint-filled key bump scraped together from the bottom of the post-Tarantino ’90s exploitation baggie.
  44. sundance 2019
    18 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at SundanceIncluding Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson’s Late Night, Shia’s autobiographical Honey Boy, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw.
  45. clones
    Replicas Can’t Even Succeed at Being Fun TrashKeanu Reeves’s latest would be the stuff of future cult screenings if it wasn’t so boring and muddled.
  46. movie review
    The Upside Is an Odd-Couple Cliché With a More Interesting Movie Hiding InsideStarring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman, The Upside is the kind of movie whose greatest virtue is that it’s not as bad as it could be.
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    American Hangman Is a Cheap, Dumb, Off-Brand Black Mirror EpisodeIt’s college-level death penalty discourse, appropriately armed with what appears to be a college-level production budget.
  48. movie review
    Escape Room Is a Tight, Thoroughly Fun ThrillerA smart script and clever art direction elevate the puzzle-obsessed not-quite-horror movie.
  49. most anticipated 2019
    50 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2019Brad Pitt goes to space, It returns, Greta Gerwig debuts her Little Women, and Timothée Chalamet is king.
  50. movie review
    Stan & Ollie Is a Synthetic But Sweet Biopic of Two Born EntertainersIt’s also extremely sweaty.
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