2018 has been a remarkable year for black filmmakers, and Spike Lee’s addition to the cultural conversation does not disappoint.
This Oakland-centric film from writing duo Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal is unsubtle and uneven but teeming with the passion of a story that needed to be told.
No teenage dramedy has depicted middle-school anxieties, or social media, quite as well as Bo Burnham’s terrific feature debut.
No one is trying to reinvent the wheel here, but Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have gotten the Mission: Impossible series (mostly) back on track.
No one expected a Paul Rudd-led superhero franchise to exist, let alone be this enjoyable, but you can’t help but wonder if Marvel’s formula drags it down.
The life, times, and beauty of Fred Rogers are captured brilliantly in this documentary about a radical in a sweater.
If you’re looking for a fun summer comedy with a lot of laughs, look elsewhere. Not even Hannibal Buress can save this one.
The territory the Incredibles are in has become a great deal more charted since the original film was released.
Someday they’ll make a modern action flick that smartly comments on our relationship with technology. This is not that movie.
Ethan Hawke gives the performance of a lifetime in Paul Schrader’s haunting look at one man’s severe loss of faith.
Despite Ryan Reynolds still doing his damnedest, this sequel feels like more of the same with less of the wit and charm.
Chloé Zhao’s feature about rodeo life in South Dakota stars real people and taps into genuine emotion like few other films with this conceit.
This massive Marvel mashup isn’t exactly a good movie, but a decade of excellent casting and character development makes it far more fun and cohesive than anyone thought possible.
Though it loses its early momentum and ends with a thud, an excellent cast—led by John Cena—makes this female-first teen comedy worth the watch.
Anyone looking for an exquisite theater experience needs to bask in the terror of writer-director-star John Krasinski's near-wordless nightmare.
Though Alicia Vikander almost makes this reboot into something special, it ultimately buckles under the weight of too much video game backstory.
Wes Anderson is unlikely to garner any new fans with his latest stop-motion adventure, but existing enthusiasts will find a lot to like.
Pleasurable in the moment, but overwhelming in sum, Steven Spielberg's latest film should be approached with caution.
The man who brought us Veep and In the Loop satirizes the post-Stalin power vacuum with dark, hilarious results.
Too often lurid for the sake of being lurid, this spy thriller boasts another great Jennifer Lawrence performance and not much else.
An all-female cast and some truly terrifying monsters make Alex Garland's latest sci-fi film worth seeing.
Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike do their part in a sweeping, classic-feeling Western from Scott Cooper.
This diverse and deep entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might end up changing the blockbuster game.
Paul Thomas Anderson's latest shares some twisted insights about love while snagging one more great performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.
Only Guillermo del Toro could make a romance with a Fish Monster Creature work.
It'd be hard to screw up Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and an urgent tale from America's recent past. Steven Spielberg doesn't.
It's not perfect, but The Last Jedi sure does have its moments.
James Franco has created a brilliant labor of love, one relatable to moviegoers who've never even heard of The Room.
Greta Gerwig shows her great instincts in a highly personal directorial debut.
Anger and kindness course through the latest from Martin McDonagh.
HBO has given Al Pacino a second life of sorts; for the first time on And Justice for Al, we examine an Alfredo performance that is relevant and vital to popular culture. It's time to dissect Pacino as Paterno.
Seven Samurai is brilliant on its own merits, and even moreso when considering its place in the cinematic canon.
Wrap your arms around the biggest film of all-time.
Both miraculous and universal, there is a reason Casablanca is so beloved.
One of John Ford's masterpieces remains compelling because of the subtle messages buried within.
The power of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece feels more urgent than ever.
Why The General, of all of Buster Keaton's films, after all of these years?
Subsersive, and yet still light as air, this is the perfect vehicle for understanding Marilyn Monroe's greatness.
Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver smacks of modernism decades after it was released.
Stanley Kubrick's tale tackles nothing smaller than the universe and our place in it.
Subversion, sarcasm and a celebration of Hollywood's Golden Age are all rolled in to one.
Charlie Chaplin's natural talent and irrepressible drive translate in to a nearly perfect film.
The historical significance of Psycho isn't exactly what makes it such a terrifying story after all of these years.
The American experience in Vietnam is merely an entry way for Francis Ford Coppola's exploration of civilization and evil.
The Godfather Part II puts a wider, more American lens on the story of the Corleone family.
From MacGuffins to mental anguish, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is revered for a reason.
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