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Michael Fassbender wears a bucket hat in The Killer.

5 best thrillers of 2023, ranked

From a David Fincher movie about an assassin to a dramatic portrait of a troubled marriage that ends in tragedy, these are the five best thrillers of 2023.
Timothée Chalamet holds a cane in Wonka.

Wonka review: a sweet, satisfying musical prequel

Wonka is a pleasantly sweet, surprisingly worthwhile prequel. The Timothée Chalamet-led film is now playing in theaters.
Mahershala Ali, Myha'la, Ethan Hawke, and Julia Roberts stand together in Leave the World Behind.

Leave the World Behind review: a subversive disaster thriller

Leave the World Behind is a subversive, entertaining thriller. The Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke-led film premieres December 8 on Netflix.
Mahershala Ali and Natalie Portman stand by a painting in Leave the World Behind.

Leave the World Behind’s ending, explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of Netflix's new disaster thriller, Leave the World Behind.
Joaquin Phoenix holds a spyglass in Napoleon.

Napoleon review: a thrilling, hilarious historical epic

Anchored by Joaquin Phoenix's unforgettable lead performance, Ridley Scott's Napoleon is a thrilling, shockingly funny historical epic.
Anna Sawai stands in the rain in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.

Does Monarch: Legacy of Monsters signal the slow death of the cinematic universe as we know it?

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is a frequently entertaining adventure series, but it also feels like a relic of an era that's either dead or dying.
A masked killer holds an axe in Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving review: a gruesome, cutthroat horror comedy

Eli Roth's Thanksgiving is a gloriously violent, fun horror comedy. It's now playing in theaters nationwide.
Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray stand near a fence in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes review: a worthwhile prequel

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is an entertaining, overlong prequel. It's now playing in theaters nationwide.
Addison Rae screams in Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving’s ending, explained

Here's everything you should know about the ending of Eli Roth's Thanksgiving.
Coriolanus Snow holds Lucy Gray's chin in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ ending, explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.
Colin Farrell sips a drink in Widows.

You probably didn’t watch the most underrated crime thriller of the 2010s. Here’s why you should see it now

This underrated action movie with Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell was overlooked when it was released in 2018. Here's why it's due for a rewatch.
Nicolas Cage stands near a spray-painted car in Dream Scenario.

Dream Scenario review: a one-note nightmare comedy

A24's new Nicolas Cage film, Dream Scenario, is a quirky and original but ultimately shallow nightmare comedy.
Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg stand outside together in The Social Network.

All of David Fincher’s movies, ranked from worst to best

From The Social Network and Gone Girl to Fight Club and Seven, here are all of David Fincher's movies ranked from worst to best.
Kamala, Carol, and Monica stand in a field together in The Marvels.

The Marvels’ ending, explained

Here's everything you need to know about the ending of The Marvels, including what happens in its sole post-credits scene.
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson sit together in Lost in Translation.

Sofia Coppola’s movies, ranked worst to best

From Lost in Translation to Priscilla, here are all of Sofia Coppola's movies, ranked worst to best.
Mizu faces the Four Fangs in Blue Eye Samurai.

Blue Eye Samurai review: The best animated show of 2023

Netflix's Blue Eye Samurai is an ultraviolent, awe-inspiring triumph — and the best animated TV show of the year.
A girl knocks at a mirror door in 2018's Suspiria.

This horror remake shocked audiences 5 years ago. Here’s why you should watch it this Halloween

Five years ago, director Luca Guadagnino reinvented one of the most iconic horror films ever made and shocked audiences worldwide. Here's why it still holds up.
Bonnie, Freddy, and Chica stand on a stage together in Five Nights at Freddy's.

Five Nights at Freddy’s review: a middling video game adaptation

Blumhouse's live-action Five Nights at Freddy's is a mildly entertaining, if lackluster, video game adaptation.
5 underrated robert de niro movies you should watch 2023 stands on a ship deck in stardust

5 underrated Robert De Niro movies you should check out

In honor of his new role in Killers of the Flower Moon, here are five underrated movies starring Robert De Niro that you should watch right now.
Brad Pitt stands in a wheat field in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

5 movies like Killers of the Flower Moon you should watch

From a moody Brad Pitt Western to a shocking true crime story, these five movies should be watched if you liked Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon.
Travis Bickle sits in a theater in Taxi Driver.

10 best Martin Scorsese movies, ranked

In honor of Killers of the Flower Moon's release this week, here are Martin Scorsese's 10 best movies, ranked.
A bloodied Rahul Kohli screams in The Fall of the House of Usher.

Like Fall of the House of Usher? Then watch these 5 TV shows that are just like it

In the mood for more shows like Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher? Here are five recommendations that may be just what you're looking for.
Sophie Thatcher holds a lighter in The Boogeyman.

5 underrated 2023 horror movies that are streaming right now

In honor of spooky movie season, here are five underrated 2023 horror films that you should stream this October.
Richie stands near a church in Dark Harvest.

Dark Harvest review: a Halloween horror misfire

Dark Harvest is an unfortunate case of missed potential. The new, David Slade-directed horror film is now available on VOD.
Bruce Greenwood sits in a chair in The Fall of the House of Usher.

The Fall of the House of Usher’s ending, explained

Here's what you need to know about the ending of Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher. The Mike Flanagan-created horror series is streaming now.
A blonde-haired woman wears a skull mask in The Fall of the House of Usher.

The Fall of the House of Usher review: a gothic horror hit

The Fall of the House of Usher is another gothic horror hit for Mike Flanagan. All eight episodes of the series are streaming now on Netflix.
Moonlight shines down on Hill House in Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House.

5 years ago, Mike Flanagan made Netflix’s scariest show ever

In honor of its five-year anniversary this week, here's why Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House still holds the title for Netflix's scariest show.
Phoebe Dynevor looks at Alden Ehrenreich in Fair Play.

Fair Play review: a cutting, messy thriller

Fair Play is an imperfect but relentlessly engaging new romantic thriller. The Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor-led film is streaming now on Netflix.
Kiernan Shipka crouches with a bat in Totally Killer.

Totally Killer review: a bright, funny horror gem

Totally Killer is a low-budget, endearingly goofy horror comedy. The Kiernan Shipka and Julie Bowen-led film is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
Emma, Marie, and Cate stand together in Gen V.

Gen V review: an entertaining, imperfect spinoff of The Boys

Like The Boys, Amazon Prime Video's Gen V is an effortlessly entertaining, tonally inconsistent, and occasionally infuriating riff on the superhero genre.
Anthony Ramos wears a GameStop uniform in Dumb Money.

Dumb Money review: an easily digestible dramedy

Dumb Money is a surprisingly effective, easily watchable modern-day dramedy. The Paul Dano and Seth Rogen-led film is now playing in theaters nationwide.
John David Washington wears a spacesuit in The Creator.

The Creator review: an ambitious, disjointed sci-fi epic

Director Gareth Edwards' The Creator is a visually stunning, potentially revolutionary, and frustratingly shallow sci-fi epic. It is now playing in theaters.
John David Washington stands by a bridge in The Creator.

The Creator’s ending, explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of Gareth Edwards' new, original sci-fi blockbuster The Creator.
Sylvester Stallone wears a beret in Expend4bles.

Expend4bles review: a colossal waste of time

Expend4bles is an embarrassingly cheap action movie, and one of the worst films of the year so far. It is now playing in theaters.