Disney’s high-fantasy adventure is spirited and dynamic, even as it flattens a host of Southeast Asian cultural signifiers into a homogenous whole.
In anticipation of his upcoming Criterion set, we look back at the Hong Kong filmmaker’s poetic visuals and beating romantic heart.
The blockbuster composer talks to us about his freewheeling experimentations for the Russo brothers’ latest film.
Tim Story crafts a horrid live-action/animation hybrid straight out of the 2000s — fans of old-school cartoons beware.
’70s conspiracy thrillers, African social dramas, and Laura Dern’s breakout performance number among Criterion’s February lineup.
Philip Koch’s post-apocalyptic series gives us teens, tropes, and teases galore, finding glimmers of potential even as it hews creakily to formula.
The composer discusses the film’s long road to release, and the airiness of his score to Lee Isaac Chung’s mesmerizing drama.
Netflix’s sickly-sweet teen rom-com series finally reaches the limits of its charm offensive with an overlong, stakes-less conclusion.
Rebecca Hall adapts Nella Lawson’s novella about Black social mobility (and its corresponding resentments) to haunting effect.
The Parquet Courts musician talks about the sparse, but effective score for Ben Hozie’s camgirl drama.
The fifth season of The Expanse ends on a more muted note, giving beloved characters rushed-by-real-life exits and setting up bigger stakes for the end.
Fran Kranz’s debut is an emotional whopper of a drama, a vivid actor’s exercise with incredible performances and passionate ruminations on the aftereffects of tragedy.
Prano Bailey-Bond makes her debut at Sundance with a chilling ode to the video nasty, featuring a killer turn from Niamh Algar.
January’s Criterion offerings include a box set of Bunuel’s final films, Martin Scorsese on Bob Dylan, and Bing Liu’s astonishing doc debut.
Naomi goes out of the frying pan and into the fire, as the occupants of Earth and the Rocinante face hard choices about how to strike back at Marco Inaros.
From harrowing docs about COVID to Nic Cage’s latest dive into insanity, there’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s Sundance.
Small Axe music supervisor Ed Bailie talks to us about filling Steve McQueen’s five-part anthology with the grooviest, most authentic tunes.
Disney+’s first real time at bat for the MCU on television is a sprightly, experimental series that makes great, if deliberately-paced, use of its premise.