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War for the Planet of the Apes

As the decline and fall of the human empire continues apace outside the movie theater—where it’s been a hot summer in a world rapidly getting much hotter—War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment in the best blockbuster franchise...Show More Summary

A Ghost Story

Walking out of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, a fellow critic told me, “I feel like the best review of this would be just the words ‘go see it.’ ” I knew exactly what he meant. There’s a simplicity to this 87-minute wraith of a movie that seems to demand bare-bones description rather than lavish praise. Show More Summary

Spidey-Sense and Sensibility

By now audiences know that every Marvel Studios film will end with an after-credits sequence (or five), a bit of connective tissue that links the film you just watched to the wider Marvel metastasis and teases the next not-quite-sequel due in theaters in four to six months. Show More Summary


The three syllables Bong Joon-ho (known in his native South Korea as Joon-ho Bong) evoke a particular kind of thrill in a particular kind of film fan. Of the great directors currently working, he may be the most playful, the most unpredictable, and the most stylistically omnivorous. Show More Summary

Baby Driver

When Baby (Ansel Elgort) listens, the whole world’s a song. The most sought-after wheelman in town, he earned his nickname because he speaks so rarely it’s as if he never learned to talk—but singing is another matter. With his earbuds...Show More Summary

The Beguiled

From its opening image of morning sunlight filtering through trees draped in Spanish moss, Sofia Coppola’s sixth feature film The Beguiled aggressively establishes a mood of ethereal Southernness. An on-screen title places the setting in rural Virginia, one year before the end of the Civil War. Show More Summary

Picture Me LOLin’

Think your way back, if you can, to the year that Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre played Coachella and welcomed Tupac Shakur onto the stage to perform a couple of hits. Shirtless, with jeans sagging and his signature “Thug Life” tattoo on his...Show More Summary

The Big Sick

Two people who are currently happily married writing a romantic comedy about how they fell in love sounds like it could be a recipe for smug treacle, the movie equivalent of an overcurated Instagram feed. But Michael Showalter’s wise...Show More Summary

Cars 3

Cars was the first movie to show that Pixar had feet of clay, so when it came time to announce a follow-up, the studio promised it would be different from the first, and it made good on that promise by opening Cars 2 with a spy-movie sequence featuring none of the first movie’s familiar characters. Show More Summary

It Comes at Night

As It Comes at Night begins, the disaster has already happened. This spare but savage horror movie, the second feature film from writer-director Trey Edward Shults (whose debut, the vertiginous addiction drama Krisha, made my 10-best list last year), takes place in the wake of some never-named catastrophe. Show More Summary

The Mummy

The Mummy is the story of an ageless creature who exists outside the realms of life and death, perfectly preserved and yet not quite human. It is also the story of a mummy. But as eerie inhumanity goes, Sofia Boutella’s Ahmanet, an ancient...Show More Summary

Wonder Woman

There was an adjective that kept occurring to me as I watched Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, the first superhero blockbuster to be both centered around and directed by a woman. It’s a term that seldom if ever springs to mind in reference...Show More Summary

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Even in the more innocent blockbuster times of 2003 (the summer that brought us the second Fast and Furious movie instead of the eighth), Pirates of the Caribbean reeked of studio cynicism. A faded Disneyland attraction dressed up with Johnny Depp in eyeliner and dreads, it was a corporate product that didn’t even try to hide it. Show More Summary


In a much-discussed recent GQ profile, the ubiquitous Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson—a onetime pro wrestler now serving as the hunky tongue in the cheek of seemingly every other big-budget action movie—confirms his ambition extends as far as perhaps, one day, considering a run for president. Show More Summary

War Machine

The past 15 years of American war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere have brought the public several incarnations of a very particular media archetype: the übermensch general. These commanders are portrayed as cold-blooded killers who also understand the importance of cultural sensitivity and winning hearts and minds. Show More Summary

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The last time King Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, it was 2004, and he looked like Clive Owen and strode grimly through a dour, unenchanted Britain and just sort of picked it up. This time, in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the son of Uther Pendragon resembles lunky blond Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy. Show More Summary

Alien: Covenant

For most of its life span, the Alien series has been the cinematic equivalent of an Iron Chef challenge. Apart from the inclusion of a few mandatory ingredients—anti-corporate politics, confinement in close quarters, androids, blue-collar...Show More Summary


If you’re like me, when you watched the trailer for Snatched, the new Amy Schumer–Goldie Hawn comedy about a mother-daughter duo who set out for a South American vacation and promptly get kidnapped, you felt that inescapable twinge that comes with being a sentient moviegoer who regularly spends time on the backlash-happy internet of 2017. Show More Summary

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Like any space-epic sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has boxes to check. That becomes evident from near the beginning of the much-awaited follow-up to Marvel’s 2014 joyride, when the film announces itself by placing an opening fight scene with a giant space squid almost entirely in the background of a super-cute tree thing grooving to “Mr. Show More Summary

­The Circle

“Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.” That’s the credo of Eamon Bailey, the Silicon Valley luminary at the heart of The Circle, which adopts Dave Eggers’ novel into a flaccid cautionary tale about the dangers of technology. Show More Summary

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