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'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.


Double Feature: Critic Justin Chang Pairs His Favorite Films Of 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

In a year where wealth, inequality and class rage were hot movie topics, few had more to say than Parasite and Knives Out — two films that seemed to be in conversation with each other.


Crooked Capitalism Runs Amok In The Wildly Entertaining 'Uncut Gems'

Thursday, December 12, 2019

A tense and jittery new crime thriller features Adam Sandler as a fast-talking New York City jewelry dealer who becomes embroiled in various desperate schemes to get out of debt.


Killer Thriller 'Knives Out' Is Surprisingly Subversive — And Comfortingly Familiar

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Writer-director Rian Johnson's deliriously entertaining comic detective story brings together an all-star cast and an ingeniously plotted crime story whose every twist catches you by surprise.


'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood' Showcases The Profound Effect Of Mister Rogers

Friday, November 22, 2019

Director Marielle Heller's new film, starring Tom Hanks, casts a spell with the lightest of touches. Drop your skepticism; this film feels like an encounter with Fred Rogers himself.


A Florida Family Saga, Told In 'Waves' Of Healing And Heartache

Friday, November 15, 2019

Life doesn't go according to plan for the family at the center of this wrenching drama. But while Waves doesn't peddle easy redemption, it does offer what feels like a state of grace.


'Marriage Story' Reveals The Messy, Heartbreaking Toll Of Divorce

Friday, November 08, 2019

No one outside a marriage can know the truth of it, but actors Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson bring the audience awfully close in Noah Baumbach's devastating drama about splitting up.


De Niro, Pesci And Pacino Are At The Top Of Their Game In 'The Irishman'

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Martin Scorsese's new film about the man who claimed to have killed Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is a haunting story of loyalty, loss and power — with plenty of whackings.


'The Lighthouse': A Brashly Funny Thriller, Soaked In Rain, Rum And Testosterone

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play 19th-century seamen stationed at a remote lighthouse in Maine. Shot in black and white, it's an exquisitely old-fashioned study of souls in isolation.


Satirical Nazi Film 'Jojo Rabbit' Treats The Viewer Like A Child

Friday, October 18, 2019

For all its good intentions, Jojo Rabbit comes across painfully one-note as comedy, bogus and manipulative as drama and with an archly whimsical visual style that feels like imitation Wes Anderson.


'Parasite' Hooks You With Its Emotional Power And Extraordinary Cunning

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bong Joon-ho's brilliant new movie is a darkly comic thriller about the intersection of two South Korean families: one very rich, the other very poor.