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Fear Of Death Is Contagious In The Psychological Thriller 'She Dies Tomorrow'

Monday, August 03, 2020

This mordantly funny horror film opens on a young woman who awakens with a terrifying premonition of doom. She Dies Tomorrow feels surprisingly in tune with our present moment of unease.


Terrific New Thrillers 'Amulet' And 'Relic' Explore Terrors Lurking Within The Home

Friday, July 24, 2020

Characters' living spaces are infected with dark spirits and become inescapable prisons in two new movies. Amulet is an intensely creepy revenge thriller, while Relic explores the horrors of dementia.


'Palm Springs' Romantic Comedy Is A Total Winner For The Lockdown Era

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti play misfit wedding guests who are forced to repeat the same day over and over again in a fiendishly clever comedy reminiscent of Groundhog Day.


'Welcome To Chechnya' Chronicles Abuses Against Its LGBTQ Citizens

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Homosexuality and gender nonconformity have long been frowned upon in Chechen society. Welcome to Chechnya is a grimly ironic title for a documentary that plays like a chilling undercover thriller.


Jon Stewart's Disappointing New Political Satire Is Hardly 'Irresistible'

Friday, June 26, 2020

Steve Carell stars as a Democratic strategist running for mayor of a small Midwestern town in a film that feels exasperatingly out of step with the present moment.


Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Is A Platoon Picture, Heist Thriller And History Lesson

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Decades after the war, four black veterans return to Vietnam to recover a stash of buried gold. The timely film is a critique of the U.S.' long, shameful history of devaluing its black soldiers.


Elisabeth Moss Shines As Writer Shirley Jackson In This Smart, Surprising Film

Friday, June 05, 2020

Shirley mixes fact and fiction as it explores the life of the writer best known for the short story "The Lottery." This unusual film isn't so much a biopic as it is a biographical-literary fantasia.


With 'Trip To Greece,' Coogan And Brydon's Odyssey Reaches A Poignant End

Friday, May 22, 2020

After journeying through England, Italy and Spain, comic duo Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take one final trip, playing fictionalized versions of themselves as they retrace Odysseus' famed voyage.


Brian Dennehy's 'Driveways' Performance Is Gruff, Graceful — And A Goodbye

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Dennehy, who died April 15, plays a suburban widower who befriends a mother and her son in one of his last films. It's the kind of deeply lived-in performance that Dennehy was known for.


3 Movies That Strike A Balance Between Escapism And Anxiety

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

What to watch next while sheltering in place? Critic Justin Chang recommends Sorry We Missed You, Green for Danger and My Neighbor Totoro.


'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Will Stay With You Forever

Friday, March 13, 2020

In Eliza Hittman's pointed new movie, a teenager from small-town Pennsylvania doesn't want to tell her parents she's pregnant; instead, she travels to New York City with her cousin for an abortion.


'First Cow' Is A Richly Absorbing Tale Of Friendship, Crime And Capitalism

Thursday, March 05, 2020

This captivating underdog film centers on two strangers who meet in the Oregon Territory circa 1820 and start their own baking business — which requires stealing milk from the territory's first cow.


'Wendy' Mixes Poetry With Platitudes As It Riffs On 'Peter Pan'

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Director Benh Zeitlin conjures up some practical magic in a loose retelling of J. M. Barrie's classic story. But ultimately, Wendy's clever twists aren't enough to keep your attention from wandering.


New 'Emma' Is A Frosted Cupcake Come To Life (In A Good Way)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Autumn de Wilde's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic is as clever and rich as its famous heroine — in part, because its actors are so good at finding fresh nuances in this timeless material.


'And Then We Danced' Is A Vivid Story Of Forbidden Love, Set To A Familiar Groove

Friday, February 14, 2020

In Tbilisi, Georgia, two male dancers in the national dance ensemble embark on a secret love affair. It's a fairly straightforward drama of first love — enhanced by the vitality of the setting.


What It Means That 'Parasite' Won The Oscar For Best Picture

Monday, February 10, 2020

Last night, Parasite became the first ever non-English language film to win best picture at the Academy Awards. Film critic Justin Chang tells NPR's Audie Cornish what makes it great.


'Beanpole' Captures The Devastation That Lingers, Even After War Has Ended

Friday, February 07, 2020

Set in Leningrad shortly after World War II, Beanpole centers on two women who find themselves deeply scarred by their wartime experiences with the Red Army.


'The Assistant' Helps Explain How Predatory Behavior Stays Hidden

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A young woman grows increasingly uncomfortable working for a movie mogul reminiscent of Harvey Weinstein. The drama explores how easy it is for powerful people to exploit absolute authority.


'1917' Is A Mind-Boggling Technological Achievement — But Not A Great Film

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sam Mendes filmed his suspenseful beat-the-clock thriller in what appears to be one continuous take. It's an impressive feat — but it makes the WWI movie feel like an overly polished one-shot wonder.


'Little Women' Again? Greta Gerwig's Adaptation Is Both Faithful And Radical

Friday, December 20, 2019

Gerwig gives us the warm, homespun pleasures of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, but she also holds the well-worn text up to the light to consider some of its flaws and compromises.