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Black Panther Is a Marvel Movie Superpowered by Its Ideas

It isn’t just great for what it is. It’s great for what it says.

Feb. 14 2018 3:55 PMEarly Man Shows That Primitive Technologies Can Still Achieve WondersThe new movie from the team behind Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run is a plasticine tribute to the Pleistocene era.
Feb. 8 2018 6:35 PMThe 15:17 to Paris Is Such a Meandering, Tedious Ride It’s Almost Avant-GardeClint Eastwood’s latest never finds its greater purpose.
Feb. 1 2018 5:55 AMOscar Nominee A Fantastic Woman Tells a Different Kind of Trans StoryFocusing its camera on trans actress Daniela Vega, the Chilean drama allows us to see not an actorly transformation but a fully formed person.
Jan. 26 2018 4:36 PMThe King vs. the “Reality Star Fool”The King, Eugene Jarecki’s latest documentary, compares the glorious ascendance and pitiful demise of Elvis Presley to the Trump era.
Jan. 25 2018 12:15 PMFinally, a Sensitive Portrayal of Both Autistic Women and Star Trek FansPlease Stand By boldly goes where too few films have gone before.
Jan. 19 2018 1:14 PMA Documentary in Which Everything Is a LieOur New President retells the 2016 campaign through Russian propaganda.
Jan. 16 2018 5:59 AMThe Final Year Shows the Obama Administration at Its Best—and Ignores the WorstPerhaps a movie released under President Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have let its heroes off so easy.
Jan. 11 2018 8:25 PMThe Commuter Is an Express Train to NeesontownMaking stops for gravelly ultimatums, unintentional laughter, and a surprising number of literary references.
Jan. 3 2018 5:55 AMThe Last Jedi Isn’t for the FansIt’s about fandom and how it leads even Star Wars characters astray.
Dec. 19 2017 7:52 PMPhantom Thread Is Too Good to Keep a SecretPaul Thomas Anderson’s new movie, featuring the performance that Daniel Day-Lewis says will be his last, is a marvel of craft too beautiful to miss and too delicate to spoil.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMEvery Single Star in Murder on the Orient Express Is Upstaged by Kenneth Branagh’s MustacheIf only the rest of the movie were so wonderful.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMNetflix’s Mudbound Gives One of Our Most Promising Filmmakers Her Biggest Canvas YetDee Rees’ timely drama is an ambitious, if flawed, portrait of race and gender in the American South.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMThor: Ragnarok Is the Goofiest Thor Film Yet, and Also the BestIt’s the first Marvel film to raise the question “Can a superhero movie be too funny?”
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMCall Me by Your Name Is an Extravagant Revelry in the Beauty of Italy, First Love, and Armie HammerLuca Guadagnino’s new film is a pleasure trip whose melancholy ending makes it no less beautiful.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Is Martin McDonagh’s Darkest, Funniest Movie YetThe third movie from the writer-director and playwright behind In Bruges will make you want to take out your own ad for Frances McDormand.
Feb. 9 2018 5:01 PMFifty Shades Freed Is Basically Just Constant Boning, Which Is GreatEven if it occasionally gets distracted by things like plot.
Feb. 8 2018 10:14 AMA Fantastic Woman Shows That Trans Stories Are Not Just Transition StoriesUnlike so many movies about the trans experience, this Oscar nominee makes a point of showing its protagonist only as she always was.
Jan. 26 2018 6:59 PMA Futile and Stupid Gesture Fails to Capture the Spirit of the National LampoonDavid Wain’s Netflix movie about Doug Kenney can’t decide whether it’s a solemn biopic or an Animal House–esque farce.
Jan. 26 2018 4:10 PMKangaroo: A Love-Hate Story Examines Australians’ Relationship With the National Icon They Both Love and EatHow did such an innately lovable, national icon come to be considered a pest?
Jan. 22 2018 5:19 PMThe Tale Is the Perfect Movie for Our #MeToo MomentThe film that left Sundance shell-shocked blurs the lines between fiction and nonfiction, past and present, victim and hero.
Jan. 16 2018 7:35 PMMary and the Witch’s Flower Is Like Harry Potter as Directed by MiyazakiThe first movie from a new studio staffed by Ghibli alums faithfully re-creates the Miyazaki magic. But is it too faithful?
Jan. 12 2018 4:47 PMWhy Academy Voters Shouldn’t Overlook Get Out’s Daniel KaluuyaJordan Peele’s film requires the British actor to get across two convincing performances simultaneously, and he delivers both beautifully.
Jan. 9 2018 3:50 PMI, Tonya’s Take on Toxic Masculinity and Messy Victimhood Arrives at Just the Right Moment
Dec. 20 2017 7:10 AMThe Greatest Showman Isn’t Exactly the Greatest Show on EarthThe new movie musical overpromises as much as P.T. Barnum did, but you might not be mad when it swindles you out of your money.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMCould Variable Ticket Pricing Save the Movies?Regal is betting you’ll pay more for in-demand showtimes the way you pay more for the most popular flights. It’ll be just like in the olden days.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMJustice League Hates Its Predecessor Almost As Much As the Rest of Us DidBut even a hero with the strength of an Amazon can’t turn this ship all the way around.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMLady Bird Is a Coming-of-Age Movie That Announces Greta Gerwig as a Fully Developed FilmmakerThe actress’ solo directorial debut is as mature and refreshing a high school movie as The Edge of Seventeen and Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMWatching Louis C.K.’s New Movie and Saying GoodbyeI’ll never look at my old cultural crush the same way again.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMCoco Is Haunted by the Ghosts of Past Pixar MoviesThe Day of the Dead–inspired new movie would have benefited from being a little less faithful to its ancestors.
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMMy Little Pony: The Movie Is a My Little Pony Movie for Our TimesEven if it’s too late to capitalize on the Brony’s brief internet fame.