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Ashes to Sashes

In 2015, the story of Cinderella is a real challenge. A meek servant girl, lowly and abused until supernatural forces give her nice clothes and a luxe ride, goes to a dance, where a prince is bewitched by her beauty. Curfew issues arise, but luckily she has really tiny feet. Then they get married. Roll credits!

Cult Comedy

I have to be very clear about something from the outset here: If your movie somehow involves a religious cult, I’ve probably already got tickets to it before you wrap principal photography. That’s just how it is with me and religious cults. Show More Summary

Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg has never, bless his chilly, serenely uncommercial soul, gone Hollywood. But with Maps to the Stars, he has at last gone to Hollywood. This ghoulish satire set in the world of show-business strivers marks the first time...Show More Summary

Team Julianne

Read all Slate’s coverage of the 2015 Oscars. Back in December, when Still Alice was released, I described Julianne Moore’s performance as “so profound and simple, so devoid of sentimentality or actressy self-regard, that it almost seems...Show More Summary

The Snark Machine

As everyone outside of Hollywood knows, the best part of Oscar night is making fun of Oscar night. That’s why, to aid in your viewing pleasure, we’ve created two lists that highlight all of the best Oscar snark on Twitter. On the left are tweets from dozens of the best culture critics in the country. On the right are tweets from dozens of America’s funniest comedians. Enjoy!

Monster Cards

When I was a kid there were these cards, like baseball cards, about eight to a pack sold with a stick of powdery pink bubble gum. Instead of ballplayers, they had monsters on them. That's the only reason I know about them: the monsters. Show More Summary

Sweet Whispered Safe Words

If you come to Fifty Shades of Grey looking for true kink, you will have come to the wrong place. You’ll get peacock feathers and satiny blindfolds, horsehair whips better for tickling than flogging and, of course, many expensive silk ties. Show More Summary

The Voices in My Fridge

Much of the audience drawn to The Voices, which opens Friday in theaters and on demand, will fall into two camps. There will be those who show up primarily for its star, Ryan Reynolds, an actor known for Van Wilder and, more recently, as the Green Lantern. Show More Summary

“I Don’t Know What You Mean by ‘Healing’ ”

The director of the film Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine is Michele Josue, who knew Matthew Shepard when they were both children. It's the sort of film one feels a little crass reviewing, an intensely personal work made by a person attempting to struggle through profound grief. Show More Summary

The Battle Over American Sniper

For years it’s been a film-industry truism (and, one imagines, a studio-boardroom cautionary tale) that movies about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan perform poorly at the box office. Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Paul Haggis’ In theShow More Summary

A Very Rare Sort of Movie

These chilly winter months, my general feeling about children’s movies can be expressed in four simple words: make more of them! I would take my kids to a new movie every weekend of January and February if only there were supply to meet our demand.

A Most Curious Movie

J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year is a most curious movie, one with nearly all the elements of a classic crime-family saga and yet somehow lacking the moral complexity and emotional heft of the films to which it pays fastidious aesthetic...Show More Summary

The Interview

Christmas has come early for free speech proponents: At 1 p.m. this afternoon, Sony released the controversy-riddled, previously-withheld Kim Jong-un assassination comedy The Interview via YouTube, Google Play, Xbox video, and Sony’s website. Show More Summary

Into the Woods

Rob Marshall’s lushly mounted but inert Into the Woods opens, like Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 stage musical, in grand and promising fashion, with the words “Once upon a time.” The complex title number weaves charactersShow More Summary


There’s a reason Ava DuVernay’s sober and moving account of the months between the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church by white supremacists and Congress’ 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act is titled Selma and not, say, Dr. King.Show More Summary

Mr. Turner

Biopics about great artists are seldom great works of art themselves. How do you show Bach tinkering idly at the keyboard, or Van Gogh chewing the end of his paintbrush at an easel, without trivializing the mysterious process by which...Show More Summary


There are few things in cinema that grate like an overindulgent Peter Jackson set piece, so consider Smaug the dragon lucky: He’s out after a mere 18 minutes of The Battle of the Five Armies, the final chapter in Jackson’s distended adaptation of J.R.R. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Movies of 2014

Can I be honest? This has been kind of a rough year, at the movies and elsewhere. From the cold, ugly jolt of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s accidental overdose in early February to the equally startling suicide of Robin Williams in late summer,...Show More Summary

Top Five

The comic centerpiece of Chris Rock’s extremely enjoyable Top Five is a sequence in which Andre Allen, the famous comedian played by Rock, takes journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) to the housing project where he grew up. (She’s...Show More Summary

The Harshed Mellow

Inherent Vice is a film that arrives with many expectations attached: It’s the first time the work of Thomas Pynchon (author of such 20 th -century masterworks as Gravity’s Rainbow and The Crying of Lot 49) has ever been adapted for the screen. Show More Summary

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