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Minions: The Rise of Gru review: Fast and funny, but fading

Minions: The Rise of Gru delivers plenty of fun moments, but its colorful, crazy world is beginning to feel a bit too familiar.
2 days ago
Gru and a Minion march through San Francisco's Chinatown toward the camera.

The Forgiven review: A familiar journey worth making

Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain lead an incredible ensemble of actors in The Forgiven, an observant but slight new social satire.
2 days ago
Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain stand by a car together in The Forgiven.

The Princess review: Hulu’s fairytale fight film packs a punch

Hulu's genre-mashing action film The Princess is a fun, hard-hitting fairytale adventure that subverts expectations and delivers plenty of surprises.
2 days ago
Joey King and Veronica Ngo stand back to back with swords in a scene from The Princess.

Only Murders in the Building season 2 review: A welcome return

Only Murders in the Building season 2 is a charming and hilarious, if less tightly plotted, follow-up to the Hulu hit's debut season.
5 days ago
Oliver, Charles, and Mabel stand at a party together in Only Murders in the Building Season 2.

Apples review: Accidental COVID allegory is Lanthimos Lite

The Greek comedy-drama Apples is an accidental COVID movie with shades of Yorgos Lanthimos that is ultimately unsatisfying.
6 days ago
A man in an Astronaut suit dances alone.

The Black Phone review: A spooky, surface-level thriller

Scott Derrickson's The Black Phone is an intense yet ultimately superficial thriller.
June 25, 2022
A ghost stands next to Finney in The Black Phone.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On review: Tiny story, big heart

Hilarious and charming, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On is a coming-of-age story about a tiny shell that's cinematic chicken soup for your soul.
June 24, 2022
Marcel the Shell stands on the record player's needle, smiling.

Flux Gourmet review: A surreal comedy that’s a test of taste

Flux Gourmet is the sensual and surreal new film from director Peter Strickland.
June 23, 2022
Billy, Elle, and Lamina stand in front of a banquet table together in Flux Gourmet.

Elvis review: Baz Luhrmann’s ridiculous, sublime biopic

Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann throws his whole mad heart into the alternately ridiculous and sublime biopic Elvis.
June 23, 2022
Elvis Presley looks out of a limo at Vegas in Elvis.

The Umbrella Academy season 3 review: A beautiful apocalypse

The Umbrella Academy keeps getting weirder with each season, but season 3 is a reminder that it keeps getting better, too.
June 22, 2022
The cast of The Umbrella Academy stands together in the main room of the family mansion.

My Fake Boyfriend review: A too-guilty pleasure of a rom-com

My Fake Boyfriend, streaming now on Prime Video, is a slight but ultimately fun LGBT romantic comedy with engaging lead performances.
June 18, 2022
Andrew hangs out with his friends in My fake Boyfriend.

Lightyear review: Taking fun to infinity and beyond

Disney and Pixar's Lightyear does an impressive job of transforming Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear from a toy into a bona fide sci-fi action hero.
June 17, 2022
A view inside the cockpit of a crowded ship in Lightyear, with Buzz piloting it.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande review: A pleasant but lackluster two-hander

Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson elevate Hulu's Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.
June 17, 2022
Leo and Nancy sit on a bed together in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

Cha Cha Real Smooth review: A lovestruck, kindhearted gem

Apple TV+'s Cha Cha Real Smooth is a charming and unabashedly romantic new drama.
June 17, 2022
Andrew and Domino look at each other in Cha Cha Real Smooth.

Spiderhead review: Chris Hemsworth shines in slick thriller

The Netflix thriller Spiderhead doesn't aspire to be an Oscar darling, but it is an entertaining psycho-drama with excellent performances from its cast.
June 17, 2022
Chris Hemsworth smirks in front of a mi crophone in a scene from Spiderhead.

Dark Winds review: A pulpy detective thriller with a stellar cast

AMC's Dark Winds is an engrossing and entertaining thriller led by an incredible Zahn McClarnon performance.
June 13, 2022
Joe Leaphorn stands in the desert in Dark Winds.

Lost Illusions review: A sexy and entertaining costume drama

A young writer tries to make it in the rough world of 19th century Paris in the superb French film Lost Illusions, one of 2022's best movies.
June 11, 2022
Lucien is annointed by society in Lost Illusions.

Jurassic World Dominion review: Dinosaur doldrums

Jurassic World Dominion gets the whole team back together, but in doing so, it sidelines the franchise's greatest asset: Its amazing, terrifying dinosaurs.
June 10, 2022
The cast of Jurassic World: Dominion tries to avoid the jaws of a dinosaur attempting to reach them.

Mad God review: A gory, gorgeous nightmare

Stop-motion and visual effects master Phil Tippett's film Mad God is a project 30 years in the making, and the nightmare it delivers is worth the wait.
June 10, 2022
The Assassin lights a flare in a scene from Mad God.

Ms. Marvel season 1 review: A super start for MCU’s new hero

Disney's Ms. Marvel series gets off to a great start with its introduction of Kamala Khan to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
June 8, 2022
Kamala Khan, played by Iman Vellani, imagines confetti and a party around her in a scene from Ms. Marvel.

Hustle review: Adam Sandler’s sports drama comes out on top

Adam Sandler has returned with Hustle, a winning new sports drama that's a total crowd-pleaser. The film premieres June 8 on Netflix.
June 8, 2022
Bo Cruz leans down while talking to Stanley Sugarman in Hustle.

Irma Vep review: A playful, uneven HBO remake

Olivier Assayas revisits one of his earliest triumphs with this HBO miniseries version of Irma Vep starring Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander.
June 7, 2022
Alicia Vikander wears a catsuit in Irma Vep.

Watcher review: A pointed exercise in voyeuristic suspense

Scream queen Maika Monroe heads to Bucharest for the excellent Hitchcockian suspense thriller Watcher.
June 4, 2022
Maika Monroe stares through a gate in Watcher.

Crimes of the Future review: David Cronenberg hails the old flesh

The Fly and Videodrome director David Cronenberg returns to his body-horror wheelhouse with the shockingly funny Crimes of the Future.
June 4, 2022
Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen get intimate.

The Boys season 3 review: Superhero torture porn

Season 3 of Amazon Studios' The Boys drops the humor and ups the darkness and depravity, and makes the whole show less entertaining in the process.
June 4, 2022
Erin Moriarty as Starlight looks upset in a scene from The Boys season 3.

Fire Island review: A fun but basic summer rom-com

Fire Island offers plenty of laughs and romance but tells a predictable story.
June 3, 2022
Erin, Keegan, Howie, Noah, and Luke stand together in Fire Island.

Benediction review: An operatic portrait of postwar devastation

Benediction iBenediction is another meditative, visually stunning drama from director Terence Davies. The Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led film hits theaters on June 3.
June 3, 2022
Jeremy Irvine stands next to Jack Lowden in Benediction.

Obi-Wan Kenobi review: A superior Star Wars tale

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a welcome return from a beloved Star Wars character, as well as a spotlight for new foes and an entertaining story.
May 27, 2022
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2022 Disney+ series.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie review: Just a long, so-so episode

Fox's beloved animated sitcom comes to the big screen with The Bob's Burgers Movie, which is basically just an overlong episode of the show.
May 27, 2022
The Belcher family is surprised in The Bob's Burgers Movie.

Stranger Things 4 Volume 1 review: Changing up the formula

By taking big swings and blowing up past seasons' formula, Stranger Things season 4 delivers a new chapter of the saga that's worth the long wait.
May 24, 2022
Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and Sadie Sink stand in a crowd during a high-school rally in a scene from Stranger Things 4.

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.
May 23, 2022
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.
May 21, 2022
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.
May 20, 2022
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.
May 20, 2022
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
pleasure review neon 4

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.