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Jake Gyllenhaal to Don the Fishbowl for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’

The MCU is determined to make the lamest Spidey villains totally rad. Comic books are silly stuff. A teenager is bitten by a radioactive spider, and after a brief stint of selfish pursuit, the kid vows vengeance against the underworld that stole his uncle’s life. He dons a blue and red leotard, swings between the skyscrapers […]

The Winners of Cannes 2018 and Where to Find Them

Netflix picked up two of this year’s honored movies, while others are coming soon to theaters. The 71st Cannes Film Festival has ended, and between having its own women’s march, bringing Star Wars back to the festival, seeing the return of Lars von Trier, and hearing Asia Argento’s searing awards ceremony speech, this year was […]

Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro’s New Netflix Show Could Be Groundbreaking

We desperately need nuanced narratives about women in power, and Netflix must deliver. When Variety announced that Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro would be teaming up on a new Netflix movie together, the internet was set alight — and for great reason. Their film, titled First Ladies, will be about America’s first female president and […]

Real-Life Superhero Movie is a Surprise Box Office Hit

Deadpool won the weekend, but another iconic figure has the bigger box office story. Unsurprisingly, Deadpool 2 topped the box office chart over the weekend. The sequel even broke an attendance record in its debut, selling the most tickets ever for an R-rated movie on a Friday opening day: 5.8 million. That’s a few hundred-thousand people more […]

Westworld: “Akane No Mai” Offers Up a Thrilling and Bloody Introduction to Shogun World

“This place was never home.” Last week saw old William stunned as his daughter rode up to greet him, but their reunion is put on the backburner this time around as we return to two other main characters. Maeve and company are introduced to the honorable wonders and bloody demises of a nearby park called […]

Paul Schrader Details the Journey of God’s Lonely Man from ‘Taxi Driver’ to ‘First Reformed’

We chat with the filmmaker about his obsession with despair and the inspiration that drives him behind the camera. Why do we even bother? The world continually feeds us excuses to give up on life. There are days when I can’t even find a reason to crawl out of bed. Beneath the covers is warmth […]

Cannes 2018: ‘Searching For Ingmar Bergman’ with Margarethe von Trotta

The German New Wave icon discusses her exploration of Swedish master Ingmar Bergman. Margarethe von Trotta is frequently hailed as a driving force in the New German Cinema Movement. After acting for filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, von Trotta abandoned performing to direct with her 1975 film The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. Since then von […]

The 17 Most Addictive TV Mysteries

These whodunits are perfectly bingeable. Sometimes it feels good to solve a crime. I don’t mean that we should all get degrees in criminal justice but simply that, after a long day or week of stress, kicking back at home and playing armchair detective can be extremely satisfying. We as a country have a huge […]

Why Did ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Kill the Wrong Person?

And why does it matter? Spoilers for HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Ray Bradbury’s formative classic Fahrenheit 451 was published in full in 1953, and since then it’s sparked two films. The first, directed by François Truffaut, came out in 1966. It was about time for an update, and HBO was willing to provide it. But was it time […]

Dominic Cooke’s Excellent ‘On Chesil Beach’ Grasps the Seriousness of Young Sex

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle give aching performances as an inexperienced early-60s couple with a tragically short-lived marriage. A deeply serious film about the messiness of first-time sex, or rather, how sex can cause disastrous permanent consequences between naive youngsters, On Chesil Beach is a knife-like psychodrama at its core that slices up painful memories […]