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Shoresy review: It’s an absolute legend

The first season of Letterkenny spinoff series Shoresy isn't just good. It might be the best hockey show ever.
20 hours ago
The men of Shoresy smile at the camera, shirtless, with missing teeth.

Top Gun: Maverick review: Tom Cruise’s superior sequel

Tom Cruise reprises the role of the Navy's cockiest flyboy in the twinkly romantic legacy sequel Top Gun: Maverick.
3 days ago
Tom Cruise is steely.

Downton Abbey: A New Era review: The show must go on … and on … and on

In the new film Downton Abbey: A New Era, everything old is not new again as the movie suffers from a lack of energy and an unwillingness to change.
3 days ago
A man and a woman get married in Downton Abbey: A New Era.

Night Sky review: A sci-fi mystery that looks down, not up

J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek bring their A-game in Amazon's Night Sky.
4 days ago
Franklin and Irene look together at another planet's stars in Night Sky.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers review: A wild, welcome return

You don't need to be a '90s kid to enjoy the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers film, which delivers a fun, all-ages adventure filled with heart and humor.
May 17, 2022
Dale and Chip walk toward the camera in a scene from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers.

Conversations with Friends review: A tedious romantic drama

Hulu's Conversations with Friends can't recapture the magic of Normal People.
May 15, 2022
Nick sits next to Frances in Hulu's Conversations with Friends.

The Innocents review: A wan killer-kid thriller

Eskil Vogt's Norwegian thriller The Innocents shares a title with one of the great haunted house movies, but it's a forgettable game of psychic tyke warfare.
May 14, 2022
Rakel Lenora Fløttum looks uncertain in the woods.

The Essex Serpent review: A visually ravishing gothic melodrama

Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes lead the moody, visually splendid new gothic melodrama The Essex Serpent. It premieres Friday, May 13 on Apple TV+.
May 14, 2022
Cora and Will look at each other in The Essex Serpent.

Firestarter review: All smoke, no flame

The remake of 1984's Firestarter features a fantastic score and a strong performance by its lead, but wastes its potential on a tame, unsatisfying story.
May 13, 2022
Ryan Kiera Armstrong screams at the camera in a scene from Firestarter.

On the Count of Three review: Jerrod Carmichael’s nervy suicide comedy

Jerrod Carmichael makes his directorial debut with the nervy suicide comedy On the Count of Three.
May 13, 2022
Christopher Abbott and Jarod Carmichael shoot guns at the range

Pleasure review: An explicit and unflinching drama

Director Ninja Thyberg's Pleasure is an explicit and unflinching look at the adult film industry. The film hits theaters in the U.S. on Friday, May 13.
May 13, 2022
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The Sadness review: A blood-soaked zombie thrill ride

Director Rob Jabbaz's The Sadness is a grotesque, bloody horror-thriller that definitely isn't for the faint of heart.
May 13, 2022
Jim drives away on his motorcycle from a group of crazed zombies in The Sadness.

Hacks season 2 review: Taking the show on the road

Jean Smart returns in fine form as Deborah Vance in the hilarious and entertaining, if occasionally aimless, second season of HBO Max's Hacks.
May 12, 2022
Jean Smart wears a cheetah print shirt while standing next to Hannah Einbinder in Hacks Season 2.

Montana Story review: Well-acted western takes its time

Haley Lu Richardson gives another star-making performance in Montana Story.
May 11, 2022
Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague stand next to a truck in Montana Story.

Operation Mincemeat review: A deceptively good WWII thriller

Although it meanders a bit, Netflix's WW II thriller Operation Mincemeat still delivers a compelling account of one of history greatest wartime deceptions.
May 11, 2022
Two British officers stare at a corpse inside a morgue in a scene from Operation Mincemeat.

Men review: The female gaze, darkly

Alex Garland's latest film is a terrifying journey through the female gaze and the horrors lurking in the English countryside.
May 9, 2022
Jessie Buckley picks an apple from a tree in a scene from Men.

Happening review: A brutal but necessary drama

Audrey Diwan's Happening tells an intense and timely story.
May 7, 2022
Anamaria Vartolomei dances in a crowd in Happening.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review: Messy magic

Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness tries to pack a lot in -- including plenty of horror -- but has trouble supporting all of that ambition.
May 6, 2022
Benedict Cumberbatch casts a spell as Doctor Strange in a scene from the Marvel movie.

The Staircase review: A crime drama that loses its footing

The Staircase is an inconsistent thriller that is bolstered by a great cast.
May 5, 2022
Colin Firth and Toni Collette both look up in The Staircase.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds review: Old school is new again

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds finds inspiration in the past to deliver a series set within the sci-fi saga's universe that feels fresh and new.
May 5, 2022
Rebecca Romijn, Anson Mount, and Ethan Peck walk in the hallway of the USS Enterprise in a scene from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Try Harder! review: The agony & ecstasy of applying to college

Debbie Lum's absorbing new documentary Try Harder! looks at the exciting and grueling process of applying to college.
May 2, 2022
Try Harder! film graphic with an AAPI Heritage Month badge overlay.

Gaslit review: A searing critique of American political corruption

Gaslit is an entertaining new series about the real-life Watergate scandal.
April 24, 2022
Sean Penn and Julia Roberts walk together through a crowd in Gaslit.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair review: Welcome to the internet

We're All Going to the World's Fair uses the language of creepypasta horror to meditate on the way the internet has reshaped a generation's identity.
April 16, 2022
Anna Cobb stares into the digital abyss in We're All Going to the World's Fair.

Dual review: Selling the feint, awkwardly

It's not the film you probably think it is, but Riley Stearns' sci-fi satire Dual is a story that pays off a patient audience.
April 15, 2022
Aaron Paul and Karen Gillan discuss combat techniques in a scene from Dual.

Choose or Die review: Where’s a grue when you need one?

Netflix film Choose Or Die promises a retro horror story, but never fully commits to the potential of its '80s gaming premise.
April 15, 2022
Iola evans stares at a TV screen in a scene from Choose Or Die.

Paris, 13th District review: Sex and the City (of Lights)

In Paris, 13th District, The Sisters Brothers director Jacques Audiard heads back to France to make a portrait of amorous Parisians.
April 14, 2022
Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, and Noémie Merlant walk through the park in Paris, 13th District.

Anatomy of a Scandal review: Netflix drama misses the mark

Netflix's courtroom drama Anatomy of a Scandal fails to make a case as a worthwhile series to binge watch.
April 14, 2022
Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller stand in a crowd of reporters in Anatomy of a Scandal.

The Cellar review: An evil house with a mathematical twist

Brendan Muldowney's The Cellar is an atmospheric horror with an intriguing twist that something truly scary: Math.
April 13, 2022
Keira holds a light up with Steven standing behind her in a scene from The Cellar.

Outer Range review: Cowboys through the looking glass

Outer Range takes a traditional Western into weird territory with a gripping story that poses more questions than it answers but still entertains.
April 13, 2022
Josh Brolin walks toward a massive, mysterious hole in the ground in a scene from Outer Range.

The Northman review: Viking mayhem for adolescents of all ages

The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers returns with a wild, gory Viking epic, The Northman.
April 11, 2022
Alexander Skarsgård strikes a fearsome Viking pose.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 review: Blurry sequel stalls out

Sonic the Hedgehog 2's furry heroes steal the show, but its live-action ensemble stalls the sequel's momentum.
April 8, 2022
Sonic and Knuckles clash in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Metal Lords review: Keep calm and rock on

A talented young cast, a clever script, and a blistering soundtrack come together in the comedy Metal Lords from Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss.
April 8, 2022
Aidan Greensmith walks out of the mist in heavy-metal leather and makeup in a scene from Metal Lords.

The Girl and the Spider review: A glorious enigma

Ramon Zürcher's hypnotic drama The Girl and the Spider playfully bends the rules of moviemaking to create a memorably unsettling experience.
April 8, 2022
Liliane Amuat and Henriette Confurius look at a spider .

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore review: Confundo!

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has a good story to tell, if only it would stop introducing new concepts and characters long enough to do so.
April 5, 2022
Jude Law and the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The secrets of Dumbledore gather in a cave.

Tokyo Vice review: Stylish show excels as a moody crime drama

Fascinating, compelling, and filled with standout performances, Tokyo Vice delivers plenty of drama in its adaptation of journalist Jake Adelstein's memoir.
April 5, 2022
Ansel Elgort rides in a car in a scene from Tokyo Vice.

The Outlaws review: With Christopher Walken, crime pays

The Outlaws is a good crime comedy series made even better by Christopher Walken and the rest of its talented cast.
April 2, 2022
Stephen Merchant and Christopher Walken talk in a scene from The Outlaws.

Apollo 10½ review: A charming blast into the past

Netflix's Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood is an exquisite new animated film from Dazed and Confused writer-director Richard Linklater.
April 2, 2022
Stanley wears an astronaut suit on the Moon in Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood.

Morbius review: Cold, dead, and desperate

Sony's Morbius wants to sink its fangs into audiences with Marvel's superhero vampire, but falls frustratingly short of getting anyone's blood boiling.
April 1, 2022
Jared Leto as Morbius.

The Contractor review: A familiar firefight

The Contractor casts Chris Pine as a former soldier who finds himself in the center of a deadly conspiracy in this fast-paced but predictable action-thriller.
April 1, 2022
Chris Pine stands in the shadows in a scene from The Contractor.

The Bubble review: Making quarantine funny again

Judd Apatow's comedy The Bubble delivers the ensemble-driven meta parody of pandemic-era Hollywood we didn't know we wanted.
April 1, 2022
Pedro Pascal, Leslie Mann, and David Duchovny stare into a forest in a scene from The Bubble.

Boon review: Neo-Western provides action with little payoff

In Boon, Neal McDonough is an engaging stoic antihero, but the film suffers from pacing and character issues.
March 31, 2022
Neal McDonough holds a shotgun and points a shotgun in a scene from Boon.

Better Nate Than Ever review: A teen’s life in cartoon motion

The Disney+ original movie Better Nate Than Ever has enough heart and style to win over both kids and adults.
March 30, 2022
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Moon Knight review: Oscar Isaac shines in scariest Marvel series to date

Marvel's Moon Knight pushes the boundaries of the MCU with the studio's scariest, most violent original project so far on Disney+ streaming service.
March 29, 2022
Moon Knight stands over a crowd of beaten criminals in Moon Knight.

Slow Horses review: Spy game’s best of the worst delivers

Apple TV+ series Slow Horses offers a unique spin on the spy genre that defies expectations and delivers a compelling story with plenty of surprises.
March 25, 2022
Gary Oldman and the cast of Slow Horses stand on a sidewalk at night.

Writing with Fire review: Nevertheless, they persist

Oscar-nominated documentary Writing with Fire breaks plenty of new ground, but that's old news for the brave women journalists whose stories it chronicles.
March 25, 2022
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The Michael Bisping Story review: UFC star’s doc is a winner

Michael Bisping's surprising and inspiring rise from good fighter to UFC champion is chronicled in a new documentary, 'Bisping: The Michael Bisping Story.'
March 22, 2022
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X review: A horror movie about what really horrifies us

X, directed by horror helmer Ti West and starring Mia Goth, is A24 Entertainment's newest cerebral chiller.
March 21, 2022
Kid Cudi, Jenna Ortega, and others in a scene from X, from A24 entertainment.

The Outfit review: An endlessly entertaining gangster thriller

Mark Rylance shines in director Graham Moore's inventive new crime film, The Outfit.
March 19, 2022
Mark Rylance stitching together a suit in The Outfit

The Adam Project review: A mixed bag of saccharine sci-fi

With Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy, The Adam Project has all the ingredients of a fun sci-fi adventure, but the recipe never quite turns out right.
March 10, 2022
Walker Scobell and Ryan Reynolds look at each other in a scene from The Adam Project.

Turning Red review: Girl meets world in another Pixar charmer

Pixar's Turning Red channels the awkward teenager in all of us with a sweet coming-of-age story about a girl, her friends, her mother, and a giant red panda.
March 8, 2022
Panda Mei looks at her friends in a scene from Turning Red.