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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

Snatched

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

The Fate of the Furious

One of the pillars of the Fast and the Furious universe’s lore—and if you have not been keeping up with the franchise, you might be surprised at how much lore it’s accumulated—is the existence of “NOS,” short for nitrous oxide, which...Show More Summary

The Lost City of Z

The opening scene of The Lost City of Z is a spectacular action sequence. It’s 1905, and British army officers are chasing a stag through the verdant, undulating Irish countryside. Hounds bay, horses tumble, and riders hit the ground with spectacular thunks. Show More Summary

Monster Mishmash

Colossal hides a dark and unsettling movie inside the cragged green skin of a kaiju monster spectacular. Actually, a couple of dark, unsettling movies. The high-concept premise is a diversion: Hard-drinking New York blogger Gloria (Anne...Show More Summary

Song to Song

With the exception of the cosmologically focused Voyage of Time, the movies Terrence Malick has made since 2011’s The Tree of Life tend to blur together into one diaphanous whole. Even in the middle of Song to Song, which is apparently...Show More Summary

T2 Trainspotting

If you live long enough, chances are you’ll betray a dear friend. It might be a secret shared without permission, credit willfully withheld—or, if you’re a Scottish heroin addict from the postindustrial hellscape known as the port of...Show More Summary

Raw

If horror movies have long taught us there is no greater monster than adolescent female sexuality, Raw offers a twist for the ages. In Julia Ducournau’s breathtakingly depraved new movie, all it takes is one taste for Justine (Garance Marillier), a young veterinary student, to lose herself to a lust she’ll never overcome. Show More Summary

Kong: Skull Island

King Kong stomped his way onto movie screens in 1933 as a symbol made hairy-ape flesh, both embodying and, perhaps inadvertently, critiquing white America’s fear of the savage unknown. In Kong: Skull Island, he’s bigger—much bigger,Show More Summary

The Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

Once upon a time, in a faraway land known as Burbank, California, an iconic movie studio decided to go back to its deep well of beloved and lucrative properties and imagine one of them anew in a different mode. Audiences ate it up (even if critics didn’t), and just like that, a money-pumping machine was built. Show More Summary

Logan

It is actually a compliment to say that Logan, the 10 th but not last film in 20 th Century Fox’s bloated, occasionally transcendent, and fast-expiring X-Men franchise, feels tired. It once again stars Hugh Jackman as Marvel Comics’Show More Summary

Get Out

You need no more than a passing knowledge of horror movie tropes to immediately recognize the opening scene of writer-director Jordan Peele’s horror satire Get Out. And you need no more than a passing awareness of the past five years’...Show More Summary

Fifty Shades Darker

Sometime in the two years between the release dates of Fifty Shades of Grey and its boneheaded sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, I forgot what the actual experience of watching that first movie was like. I forgot the nonsensical story, the leaden pacing, the tedium of watching Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson bloodlessly perform their synthetic lust. Show More Summary

John Wick: Chapter 2

If you die at the hands of John Wick, the reluctant contract killer Keanu Reeves plays in the burgeoning franchise of the same name, there are basically two ways things could go down. The first way—and the one you want, if you get aShow More Summary

Brick

The first 40-odd minutes of The Lego Batman Movie are exactly what you want them to be: a dense, hilarious spoof of Batman, superheroes, and the clenched idea of masculinity that informs them. Will Arnett’s Dark Knight is a preeningShow More Summary

The Salesman

The opening titles of The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi’s astute exploration of the aftereffects of a home invasion on the lives of a married couple in Tehran, have an eerily hyperreal quality. Pieces of furniture that seem to belong in a...Show More Summary

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split

M. Night Shyamalan’s funhouse of narrative gimmicks is back open for business in Split, his new thriller that locks three teenage girls in an industrial basement with a man consumed by at least 23 warring personalities. If many psychiatrists...Show More Summary

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