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Hateship Loveship

Alice Munro’s short story “Hateship, Friendship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage” (which was also the title of the 2001 collection it appeared in) shapes a complete and detailed socioeconomic world, peoples it with complex, vibrant characters,...Show More Summary

A Very Special Snowflake

Errol Morris’ new documentary The Unknown Known begins with an illustrative exchange between Morris and his subject, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who sat for 34 hours of interviews with the director. After listening to Rumsfeld...Show More Summary

A Mild Winter

The subtitle of Marvel’s new Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to us via the famous opening passage in Thomas Paine’s Revolutionary War pamphlet “The Crisis”: “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier andShow More Summary

Why Teens Love Dystopias

It’s not a mystery why so many young-adult best-sellers (and the lucrative movie franchises based on them) would take place in post-apocalyptic societies governed by remote authoritarian entities and rigidly divided into warring factions. Show More Summary

Muppets Most Wanted

“We’re doing a sequel/ That’s what we do in Hollywood/ And everybody knows/ That the sequel’s never quite as good,” sing a top-hat-and-tails-clad Kermit and Fozzie Bear in the opening number of James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted. TheShow More Summary

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I—the first installment of a two-part film whose second half will be released in early April—takes the viewer on an event-filled but ultimately tiresome trudge through the by-now-familiar psychosexual marshes of Lars von Trier’s imagination. Show More Summary

The Scribblin’ Samurai

Slate movie critic Culture Gabfest co-host Dana Stevens took to Reddit to answer reader questions and chat with scores of fanboys on Wednesday. This transcript has been edited for clarity.

It Was Gravity vs. Gravitas

Ellen Degeneres’ opening monologue at this year’s Oscar ceremony hummed along for most of its length in the tone of mildly passive-aggressive but fundamentally affectionate showbiz-ribbing she’s been perfecting for over a decade on her talk show. Show More Summary

The Lady in Number 6

When Malcolm Clarke’s The Lady in Number 6 wins the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject on Sunday night, as it almost certainly will, there will no doubt be—among those few who bother to remark on the results in such an unglamorous category—a round of jokes about the converging factors that made its victory inevitable. Show More Summary

Quiz: Name That Best Picture Screenplay

What if you could break down Best Picture winners into five simple words? Slate analyzed the screenplays for the past 20 movies to take home the big prize, from Schindler’s List to Argo. For each screenplay, we found five words that appear in it—and in none of the others. Show More Summary

The Grand Budapest Hotel

There’s a beautiful three-tiered pastry, frosted in shades of pale pink and mint green, that plays a significant part in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. It comes from an elegant old-world bakery called Mendl’s in the fictional country of Zubrowka, and it’s favored for both culinary and sentimental reasons by Zero Moustafa (F. Show More Summary

Child’s Pose

The first thing you should know about Child’s Pose is that, despite the unfortunate choice of English title, this wrenching Romanian drama has nothing to do with yoga. The original title, Pozitia Copiluilui, refers to the literal physical...Show More Summary

How to Get Yourself to Watch “Difficult” Movies

Last week I finally saw Schindler’s List. Yes, that Schindler’s List—the Oscar-winning Spielberg movie that earned wide acclaim for its vivid and sensitive portrayal of the Holocaust. It came out 21 years ago, and I’ve been meaning to see it ever since.

Emmanuel Lubezki Is on Instagram

Do I live on the same planet? The thought often runs through my mind when I’m confronted with the latest work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, whose otherworldly collaborations with directors like Terrence Malick and Alfonso Cuarón have yielded six Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography—including his most recent, for Gravity. Show More Summary

The Wind Rises

Forgive me if I get verklempt about Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from filmmaking before I even start reviewing his self-declared final film, The Wind Rises. The great Japanese animator, now 73, is one of those artists I feel lucky to have shared an overlapping lifetime with. Show More Summary

Meryl Streep Gets Thanked More Than God

Slate has updated this article and interactive feature in anticipation of the 2014 Oscars.

I Can’t “Let It Go”

I first encountered the Disney musical Frozen not as a critic—(it was Dan Kois who reviewed it, somewhat lukewarmly, for Slate)—but as the parent of a fan. As a result, my love for the movie—and I do love it—is by now hopelessly bound up with my daughter’s love for it, and mine for her. Show More Summary


One doesn’t envy José Padilha the task of remaking RoboCop, the 1987 schlock-art sensation that introduced the Dutch director Paul Verhoeven to American audiences. For one thing, the basic premise—a Detroit cop is saved from the brink...Show More Summary

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie had so much going against it. First off, it’s a movie inspired by a system of interlocking plastic blocks. Second, it’s a branded entertainment—an ominous category if ever there was one, all but guaranteeing a clamorous action infomercial shoddily intercut with a formulaic “human” story. Show More Summary

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