In The Parallax View, Conspiracy Goes All the Way to the Top—and Beyond
Alan J. Pakula’s suspense thriller suggested that political assassinations were part of something much, much larger.
Girls TripOne of the best comedies ever made for black women—and one of the funniest movies of the year, period.
LandlineThe new rom-com from the team behind Obvious Child has fewer abortions, just as many laughs.
Even Christopher Nolan Skeptics Will Be Wowed by DunkirkThe Inception filmmaker’s World War II epic is a triumph of—of all things—simplicity.
War for the Planet of the ApesThe thrilling conclusion to this thoughtful trilogy will make a monkey out of anti-franchise snobs.
Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: Blow OutIn Brian de Palma’s unconventional thriller, John Travolta just wants to expose the truth. He doesn’t get a happy ending.
Nothing to HideEnemy of the State suggests that ubiquitous surveillance is just the price of middle-class American life.
The BeguiledSofia Coppola’s new movie is elegant and tasteful to a fault—even when the hacksaws come out.
Picture Me LOLin’The long-gestating biopic All Eyez on Me is as awkward and laughable as the Tupac hologram.
All the President’s Men Is a Superhero Flick for JournalistsHow do you keep an audience interested when the entire country knows how the story turns out?
It Comes at NightLike a Bruegel painting, this post-apocalyptic horror film portrays a bleak vision with a master’s touch.
Wonder WomanThis delicately powerful superhero movie made me finally see the importance of female representation.
King Arthur: Legend of the SwordGuy Ritchie’s entirely brainless, totally enjoyable fantasy reveals the bro-y side of the Arthurian legend.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsLuc Besson’s daffy epic is a blast from sci-fi’s much sillier past.
Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Parallax ViewWhy Alan Pakula’s conspiracy flick makes you feel like you’re being brainwashed, too.
The Girl Doesn’t Get SavedAudiences called Blow Out a downer. Critics called it genre trash. In fact, it’s a deeply personal study of obsession.
A Ghost StoryThis odd movie, starring Casey Affleck under a bedsheet, won’t scare you, but it will haunt you.
Spidey-Sense and SensibilityThe new Spider-Man marks the web-slinger’s homecoming to the world of the Avengers, but it’s strongest as a coming-of-age comedy.
OkjaBong Joon-ho’s irresistible first movie for Netflix is an anti-capitalist E.T. starring Tilda Swinton and a superpig.
The Conversation Encapsulated All of Our Nixon-Era FearsFrancis Ford Coppola’s thriller tapped into timely anxieties around privacy and trust.
Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Conversation and Enemy of the StateBefore 9/11, the idea of constant government surveillance seemed extreme. Now we take it for granted.
The Big SickBased on the unbelievable story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s real-life romance, this is the rare rom-com that’s as messy as real life.
The MummyUniversal’s attempt to launch its own cinematic universe feels like it’s had its brains pulled out through its nose.
War MachineBrad Pitt’s first film for Netflix is a perfectly timed satire. If only it were a good movie.