Article Archive

City Without Stars

The Lost City of Z is visually sublime, but it lives and dies on its miscast lead.

May 4, 2017

Schism in the House of Malick

A filmmaker’s experimental turn divides fans and haters alike.

March 29, 2017

And the Nominees Are …

Your guide to the 2017 Oscars

February 24, 2017

The Trouble With Silence

Martin Scorsese ponders the deepest theological questions.

January 12, 2017

A Biopic in Name Only

Jackie focuses too scrupulously on concepts of historical representation at the expense of its grieving subject.

December 9, 2016

At the Movies on Election Night

Moonlight doesn’t seem like a film conservatives would like, but they should watch it anyway.

November 11, 2016

A Novel Lost in Translation

The Girl on the Train preserves the book’s plot but has little to say.

October 7, 2016

Adapting Philip Roth

No filmmaker may ever nail it.

August 26, 2016

College Life Before Facebook

Richard Linklater’s latest film recovers a picture of youth without the iPhone.

April 23, 2016

The Classical Storytelling of “Star Wars”

The repetition in the franchise isn’t a bug—it’s a feature of Western storytelling.

January 8, 2016

Foreclosures on the Silver Screen

“99 Homes” pairs Hollywood stars alongside real-life evictees to cut to the heart of the housing crisis.

October 10, 2015

One Drug War—Extra Dark

“Sicario” recycles the violent nihilism of “Breaking Bad” without shedding any new light.

September 26, 2015