In 2017, the Triumph of Battle of the Sexes Feels Like a Hollow Victory
Emma Stone and Steve Carell deliver winning performances as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, but we all know how this story ends.
The New It Has Too Much Insane Clown, Not Enough PosseThe latest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel piles on the jump scares, but it’s at its best when showing friends simply clowning around.
Filmnoia, or How Fear Permeated CinemaHow cinematic paranoia has changed through decades of filmmaking—while staying the same.
Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: Get OutIn his directorial debut, Jordan Peele pinpointed the specific anxieties of being black in America in 2017.
Logan LuckySteven Soderbergh’s return to the big screen doesn’t quite re-create that Ocean’s magic, but it’s still a pleasure to have him back.
Hiding Reality in Plain SightThey Live is campy science fiction. But John Carpenter snuck in sobering moments of reality.
Whose Streets, Whose StoriesWho gets to make art out of black pain? Two very different new movies show why it matters.
Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: They LiveFilmmaker John Carpenter used simple visuals to make bold political statements in this 1988 sci-fi flick.
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.
No Number of Exclamation Points Will Prepare You for Mother!Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie is not just an allegory for art, marriage, and the biblical creation. It’s all those things plus a deeply symbolic kitchen sink.
Dana Stevens’ Must-Watch Movies This FallSlate’s film critic on what to look forward to as Oscar season revs up.
Columbus’ Design for LivingA video essayist’s meticulous first feature reminds us of modernism’s utopian roots.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the WorldThis sorely needed new documentary explores the influence of Native Americans on rock ’n’ roll. It turns out to be too big a subject for just one movie.
Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Bourne TrilogyThe action-packed series showed that even if the hero gets out alive, the conspiracy never ends.
Good TimeThis relentless chase movie represents a daring leap forward for both the Safdie brothers and Robert Pattinson.
The Dark TowerHollywood finally made a movie of Stephen King’s magnum opus. If only it were a sprawling, epic failure.
The B-Movie With a MessageWith They Live, filmmaker John Carpenter balanced camp with social commentary. Not all critics liked the tactic.
Atomic BlondeCharlize Theron’s newest action heroine is no Imperator Furiosa, but Atomic Blonde does give her one unforgettable sequence.
In The Parallax View, Conspiracy Goes All the Way to the Top—and BeyondAlan J. Pakula’s suspense thriller suggested that political assassinations were part of something much, much larger.
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.