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On the rebellious joy of a long, long movie dance scene

On the rebellious joy of a long, long movie dance scene

A bead of sweat, shot close up and glistening, slowly meanders down a gilded wall. The music playing in the background is equally unhurried. It’s lovers rock, reggae with a romantic pulse, and the room is full of young people who’ve come to dance all night. And they’re in a movie: Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock,…
The new Borat movie’s best moments mock a Trump-era fixation on a particular female aesthetic

The new Borat movie’s best moments mock a Trump-era fixation on a particular female...

Sacha Baron Cohen is not the star of his new movie, and I suspect he knows it. The true star of Borat 2 — excuse me, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan — is Maria Bakalova, who plays the daughter of disgraced Kazakh…
This is the most important movie weekend of the year

This is the most important movie weekend of the year

Labor Day weekend, the last official weekend of summer, isn’t typically the biggest movie weekend of the year. Usually, most of the big summer blockbusters have already come out, people are squeezing in their last beach trips and barbecues, and movie theaters are looking ahead to the hefty fall season. But nothing is typical in…
This week’s movie releases are astoundingly good

This week’s movie releases are astoundingly good

Theaters are mostly closed. Blockbusters are delayed. Drive-ins are having a moment. And with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still a clear threat to Americans, streaming is the main way many people are seeing films. But there are still new movies coming out — and the latest crop is particularly brilliant. Seven great films are premiering…
A Quarantine Movie For Every Mood

A Quarantine Movie For Every Mood

But my feelings about quarantine are complicated, and change pretty much every hour. I’ve experienced giddy euphoria at being allowed — nay ordered — to stay home in my lounge clothes, cook meals that involve more than three steps, and take time for myself without feeling guilty about performing all sorts of tedious tasks. From there, the…
17 Of The Greatest Movie Endings, Ever

17 Of The Greatest Movie Endings, Ever

The first scene of a film is the hook. It reels you in and convinces you to dedicate the next one, two, or even three hours of your life to going down the rabbit hole of the movie director's imagined world. But arguably most memorable — even more so than a sex scene — is…
The biggest movie and TV trailers that aired during the Super Bowl

The biggest movie and TV trailers that aired during the Super Bowl

While Super Bowl Sunday is the day when the nation known as America comes together to sit inside and watch two teams tackle, intercept, block, and run each other (and their brains) into the ground, it’s also about much more than football. The Super Bowl is a huge cultural event with a massive audience —…
A whistleblower movie isn’t an obvious fit for Todd Haynes. That’s why he made Dark Waters.

A whistleblower movie isn’t an obvious fit for Todd Haynes. That’s why he made...

Dark Waters isn’t your typical Todd Haynes movie. The director of a varied array of movies like Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, and Carol is known for his pioneering queer cinema and lush, haunting tales of love and fear. A whistleblower drama based on a real-life story — more a work of social realism and…
Not Even Trump’s “Hoaxus Pocus” Merch Can Ruin Our Favorite Halloween Movie

Not Even Trump’s “Hoaxus Pocus” Merch Can Ruin Our Favorite Halloween Movie

"As one of the creators of Hocus Pocus, I am disgusted by this putrid act of evasion," Mick Garris  tweeted Monday. "This is the worst president in our history, and I object in every way his attempt to co-opt, no matter how poorly, our creation. Leave our witches alone, oh Evil One."
Parasite Is The Wildest, Most Thrilling Movie Of The Year

Parasite Is The Wildest, Most Thrilling Movie Of The Year

In a perfect world, you’d go into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it. And yet, it’s been hard to escape the hype around Parasite, ever since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. And I’ll admit, I was skeptical. A movie that sustains a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating after over 100 reviews,…

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