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Viola Davis holds a torch in The Woman King.

The Woman King review: a thrilling period epic

The Woman King is a thrilling and well-acted historical epic with a great lead performance by Viola Davis.
Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan lean in to inspect something together in See How They Run.

See How They Run review: a charming but slight whodunit

See How They Run is an extremely fun new murder mystery starring Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, and a small army of English character actors.
Georgina Campbell crawls up a metal staircase in Barbarian.

The ending of Barbarian explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of Zach Cregger's new horror movie, Barbarian, and why its third act unfolds the way that it does.
Georgina Campbell holds up her phone in a dark tunnel in "Barbarian."

Barbarian review: the less you know, the better

Zach Cregger's new horror film, Barbarian, is one of this year's most unpredictable movies. It hits theaters on Friday, September 9.
Sasha, Adam, Margo, and Tom stand grouped together in Who Invited Them.

Who Invited Them review: mind games, murder, and mayhem

Duncan Birmingham's 'Who Invited Them' is a fun but imperfect twist on a standard home invasion thriller. It premieres on Shudder on September 1.
Nathalie Emmanuel wears a bloodied white dress in The Invitation.

The Invitation review: All bark, no bite

Director Jessica M. Thompson's The Invitation fails to live up to its own spooky, bloody potential. It hits theaters on Friday, August 26.
Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg wear matching tracksuits in Netflix's Me Time.

Me Time review: Netflix’s latest comedy falls apart

'Me Time' is another messy, lackluster Netflix original film. The Kevin Hart-led comedy premieres on the streaming service on Friday, August 26.
Rosy, Ollie, and Zozo stand on a hill together in Netflix's Lost Ollie.

Lost Ollie review: An endearing fantasy adventure

Netflix's new children's miniseries, 'Lost Ollie,' is an endearingly heartfelt tearjerker. It premieres Wednesday, August 24 on the streaming platform.
Sharon Horgan, Eve Hewson, Eva Birthistle, and Sarah Greene stand near a tree in Apple TV+'s Bad Sisters.

Bad Sisters review: Blood is thicker than murder in Apple TV+’s smart comic thriller

Apple TV+'s 'Bad Sisters' is a gripping, emotionally compelling, and shockingly funny thriller.
Alessandro Nivola stands behind Aubrey Plaza in Spin Me Round.

Spin Me Round review: a forgettable vacation comedy

Director Jeff Baena's Spin Me Round is a delightfully absurd but ultimately forgettable vacation comedy. It opens in theaters and on AMC+ on August 19.
Simon Pegg and Alex Jennings stand in an office together in The Undeclared War.

The Undeclared War review: a cybersecurity thriller that never quite clicks

Peacock's spy drama The Undeclared War is an uneven, occasionally riveting espionage thriller with great performances from Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.
Lili Reinhart and Danny Ramirez stand in between two bookshelves in Look Both Ways.

Look Both Ways review: another forgettable Netflix original

Lili Reinhart's heartfelt lead performance in Look Both Ways isn't enough to save it from being another dull and forgettable Netflix original.
The Rockford Peaches stand together in their locker room in Amazon's A League of Their Own.

A League of Their Own review: A worthwhile reimagining

Amazon's A League of Their Own is the rare TV reimagining that actually manages to feel necessary. It premieres Friday, August 12 on Prime Video.
Bee, Sophie, Jordan, and Alice stand in the dark together in Bodies Bodies Bodies.

Bodies Bodies Bodies review: a viciously funny horror comedy

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a viciously funny new horror comedy from A24 and director Halina Reijn. It hits theaters on Friday, August 5.
Danni Sanders takes a selfie while wearing a red beret in Not Okay.

Not Okay review: a social media satire that pulls its punches

'Not Okay' is a vapid film about the superficial world of a narcissistic, wannabe influencer. It begins streaming Friday, July 29 on Hulu.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw lies on a bench in Surface.

Surface review: an unrewarding psychological thriller

Surface is an unrewarding and painfully slow new thriller starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. It premieres Friday, July 29 on Apple TV+.
Rebecca Hall stands next to a mirrored wall in Resurrection.

Resurrection review: a gripping and unpredictable thriller

Rebecca Hall gives one of the best performances of the year so far in Andrew Semans' dark and unnerving new psychological thriller, Resurrection.
Kya Clark sits against a tree in Where the Crawdads Sing.

Where the Crawdads Sing review: a bland murder mystery

Olivia Newman's Where the Crawdads Sing is a well-acted but ultimately bland film adaptation of Delia Owens' best-selling novel.
The Elliot and Musgrove sisters look through a window together in Netflix's Persuasion.

Persuasion review: a messy adaptation of a timeless story

Dakota Johnson's performance as a lovelorn Anne Elliot anchors Netflix's messy new adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion.' It begins streaming July 15.
Paul and Bella look at each other in Moonhaven.

Moonhaven review: A promising sci-fi mystery

Moonhaven is an imperfect but promising new sci-fi mystery series. Its six-episode first season begins streaming Thursday, July 7 on AMC+.
Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain stand by a car together in The Forgiven.

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.
Oliver, Charles, and Mabel stand at a party together in Only Murders in the Building Season 2.

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.
A ghost stands next to Finney in The Black Phone.

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

Scott Derrickson's The Black Phone is an intense yet ultimately superficial thriller.
Billy, Elle, and Lamina stand in front of a banquet table together in Flux Gourmet.

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

Director Peter Strickland's Flux Gourmet is an intentionally provocative, sensual, and surreal film about a trio of quirky performance artists.
Leo and Nancy sit on a bed together in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

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

'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande' is a pleasant but slight two-hander about the power of pleasure. The Emma Thompson-led film premieres June 17 on Hulu.
Andrew and Domino look at each other in Cha Cha Real Smooth.

Cha Cha Real Smooth review: A lovestruck, kindhearted gem

Cooper Raiff's Cha Cha Real Smooth is a charming and unabashedly romantic new drama.. The Dakota Johnson-led film premieres June 17 on Apple TV+.
Joe Leaphorn stands in the desert in Dark Winds.

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

'Dark Winds' is a fun, pulpy detective thriller anchored by an incredible Zahn McClarnon performance. It premieres on AMC and AMC+ on Sunday, June 12.
Bo Cruz leans down while talking to Stanley Sugarman in Hustle.

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.
Terence Davies at the London Film Festival in 2021.

Director Terence Davies on his latest movie, Benediction

Benediction director Terence Davies reveals the films that influenced his new post-war drama and explains why music and movies have so much in common.
Erin, Keegan, Howie, Noah, and Luke stand together in Fire Island.

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

Fire Island offers a modern but predictable take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The Joel Kim Booster-led film begins streaming Friday, June 3 on Hulu.
Jeremy Irvine stands next to Jack Lowden in Benediction.

Benediction review: An operatic portrait of postwar devastation

Benediction is another meditative, visually stunning drama from director Terence Davies. The Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led film hits theaters on June 3.
Franklin and Irene look together at another planet's stars in Night Sky.

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

J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek bring their A-game in 'Night Sky,' the new sci-fi mystery series that is set to premiere Friday, May 20 on Amazon Prime Video.
Nick sits next to Frances in Hulu's Conversations with Friends.

Conversations with Friends review: A tedious romantic drama

Conversations with Friends, which premieres May 15, fails to recapture the magic of Hulu's previous Sally Rooney adaptation, 2020's Normal People.
Haley Lu Richardson stands behind a truck door in Montana Story.

Montana Story’s Haley Lu Richardson discusses the gripping new drama

Haley Lu Richardson talks to Digital Trends about what it was like making Montana Story and getting into her character's emotionally dark headspace.