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Zac Efron can see that war is hell in The Greatest Beer Run Ever.

Zac Efron goes to Vietnam in the shallow comedy The Greatest Beer Run Ever

In his follow-up to the Oscar-winning Green Book, director Peter Farrelly makes another bid for middlebrow prestige with The Greatest Beer Run Ever.
Brendan Fraser looks to his side in The Whale.

The Whale review: Brendan Fraser can’t save this histrionic drama

Brendan Fraser's sensitive performance is the chief highlight of Darren Aronofsky's limp drama The Whale.
Paul Dano and Michelle Williams watch The Greatest Show on Earth.

The Fabelmans review: an origin story of Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg plunges into his own childhood with the twinkly-tragic memoir The Fabelmans.
Daniel Craig looks in the camera in Knives Out 2.

Glass Onion review: a deviously intricate Knives Out sequel

Rian Johnson reteams with Daniel Craig for the delightfully complicated Knives Out sequel Glass Onion.
A close-up of a doctor during surgery.

The documentary De Humani Corporis Fabrica is an astonishing dive into the human body

The experimental documentary De Humani Corporis Fabrica, now showing at this year's TIFF, takes a gross, beautiful plunge into the human body.
Daniel Radcliffe and Rainn Wilson stare at the camera.

Down to clown? The biopic spoof Weird is a glorified Funny or Die sketch

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is Al Yankovich in the dopey fictional biopic Weird, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Nathalie Issa and Manal Issa play in the water.

Toronto film fest 2022 opens with a blandly inspirational Netflix biopic

Day one of the Toronto International Film Festival offered a blandly directed Netflix biopic, as well as an incisive Romanian drama.
Morten Burian and Sidsel Siem Koch scream inside a car.

Speak No Evil review: the horror of holding your tongue

A Dutch vacation becomes a sinister social nightmare in the unsettling Shudder-bound thriller Speak No Evil.
The bug from Mimic stands on the left, while a lost soul from Event Horizon shrieks on the right.

Event Horizon, Mimic, and the glory of the lowly late-August thriller

Released 25 years ago, Event Horizon and Mimic are Alien-indebted reminders that late August doesn't have to be a dumping ground.
Idris Elba pleads with Tilda Swinton.

Three Thousand Years of Longing review: George Miller takes a left turn off Fury Road

George Miller veers off Fury Road for the eccentric, romantic fable Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.
The people of Nasielsk stare into the camera in Three Minutes: A Lengthening.

Three Minutes: A Lengthening review: Haunting documentary about the Holocaust

Built around the only footage of a Polish town destroyed by the Nazis, Three Minutes: A Lengthening is at once a memorial, detective story, and gripping essay.
Aubrey Plaza looks behind her in Emily the Criminal.

Emily the Criminal review: Aubrey Plaza scores as a gig-economy hustler

Aubrey Plaza is grippingly driven in the late-stage capitalism crime thriller Emily the Criminal.
Patton Oswalt looks at James Morosini in a car in I Love My Dad.

I Love My Dad review: Patton Oswalt in a catfish cringe comedy

Patton Oswalt plays a father who catfishes his son in the uncomfortable cringe comedy I Love My Dad.
Brad Pitt looks concerned on the bullet train.

Bullet Train review: Brad Pitt shines in a jokey, stylish action film

Brad Pitt leads a star-powered cast of ruthless assassins in the jokey, stylish action blockbuster Bullet Train.
Teenagers have a terrifying night on Skype in Unfriended.

Unfriended is the quintessential movie about the internet age

The 2015 laptop thriller Unfriended is not just an ingenious horror movie but also an essential portrait of the 21st century.
Ryan Gosling aims a big gun in the Netflix action movie The Gray Man.

The Gray Man review: Ryan Gosling battles Chris Evans in a rote action movie

Ryan Gosling takes on Chris Evans in The Gray Man, a depressingly algorithmic Netflix action movie from the Russo brothers.
Vincent Lindon and Juliette Binoche canoodle in the water in Both Sides of the Blade.

Both Sides of the Blade review: Juliette Binoche shines in cutting domestic drama

The brilliant French filmmaker Claire Denis returns with the disorienting love triangle Both Sides of the Blade, starring Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon.
Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth pose as Thors in Thor: Love and Thunder..

Thor: Love and Thunder review: Marvel’s latest is no Ragnarok

Taika Waititi returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the jokey Thor: Love and Thunder, which is worth seeing primarily for Christian Bale's menacing Gorr.
A man in an Astronaut suit dances alone.

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.
Elvis Presley looks out of a limo at Vegas in Elvis.

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.
Alicia Vikander wears a catsuit in Irma Vep.

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.
Maika Monroe stares through a gate in Watcher.

Watcher review: A pointed exercise in voyeuristic suspense

Scream queen Maika Monroe heads to Bucharest for the excellent Hitchcockian suspense thriller Watcher.
Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen get intimate.

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.
The Belcher family is surprised in The Bob's Burgers Movie.

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.
Tom Cruise looking stern in Top Gun: Maverick.

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.
Rakel Lenora Fløttum looks uncertain in the woods.

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.
Christopher Abbott and Jarod Carmichael shoot guns at the range

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.
Nicolas Cage looks at the camera while wearing a sunglasses in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent review: Nic Cage as Nic Cage

Nicolas Cage stars as himself in the mostly witless meta trifle The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
Anna Cobb stares into the digital abyss in We're All Going to the World's Fair.

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.
Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, and Noémie Merlant walk through the park in Paris, 13th District.

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.
Alexander Skarsgård strikes a fearsome Viking pose.

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.
Liliane Amuat and Henriette Confurius look at a spider .

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.