The "we" in We Have Always Lived in the Castle refers to Merrricat (Taissa Farmiga) and Constance (Alexandra Daddario). Charles (Sebastian Stan) is the new guy.
May 16, 2019 Shirley Jackson's novel is "a Gothic psychodrama that eats itself from the inside." But this adaptation proves too low-key and repetitive to build suspense and succeeds only in testing patience.
Abby (Amy Poehler) and Naomi (Maya Rudolph) share a toast in Wine Country.
May 9, 2019 Amy Poehler directs and stars in this Netflix film that, while light on laughs and conflict, delivers a "cozy reunion happy hour and an ode to female friendships."
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile casts Zac Efron — former star of the High School Musical franchise — as serial killer Ted Bundy.
May 2, 2019 Zac Efron stars as the serial killer in a film that chooses not to linger on the lurid brutality of his crimes, but to explore the sinister charisma that made them possible.
Kristen Stewart plays a real-life literary fraud in JT LeRoy.
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April 25, 2019 Laura Dern and Kristin Stewart star in the real-life tale of a frustrated author who created a false identity that captivated the literary world.
Hail Satan? skimps on some devilish details, but as a profile of the Satanic Temple's efforts on behalf of the First Amendment, it's infernally compelling.
April 18, 2019 The film spotlights the Satanic Temple, an organization that stages wry publicity stunts to underscore the separation of church and state. The doc "makes for an electric modern theological debate."
April 17, 2019 Hugo's novel tops Amazon's best-seller list in France, following Monday's fire that ravaged the cathedral. The 19th century story was a campaign to get the cathedral restored.
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Gargoyles watch over the streets of Paris from the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in 1996.
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April 16, 2019 Victor Hugo wrote Notre Dame de Paris, or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in the 19th century to draw attention to the cathedral, which had fallen into neglect and disrepair. It worked.
In High Life, a father (Robert Pattinson) and his daughter are stuck on a mysterious space mission.
April 4, 2019 Director Claire Denis' first English-language film — an elliptical, existential and bluntly sexual tale — takes place on a spaceship full of convicts speeding toward oblivion.
Patricia Clarkson stars in Out Of Blue, a genre-bending detective flick. The movie is based on the Marin Amis novel Night Train.
March 21, 2019 This introspective (and occasionally downright lethargic) existential whodunit starring Patricia Clarkson and a cast of ringers is based on the Martin Amis novel Night Train.
Victor Polste, a young cisgender man, plays the role of a transgender woman in Girl.
March 14, 2019 A cis male critic and a trans female critic discuss the controversial Belgian film, coming soon to Netflix, about a young transgender ballet dancer.
Ferrante Fever is a documentary about the mysterious literary sensation Elena Ferrante.
March 7, 2019 This Italian documentary loosely, and very gently, profiles the mysterious author Elena Ferrante, and her international fanbase, in an effort to celebrate, not expose.
We're Gonna Need A Wider Lens: Matt Smith plays photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a new biopic.
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February 28, 2019 A bored-seeming Matt Smith plays the famous — and famously provocative — photographer in a plodding film that too-dutifully ticks familiar scenes off the Great Artist Biopic checklist.
Jérémy Comte's live-action short film Fauve took home a special jury prize at Sundance. It's nominated now for an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards.
February 14, 2019 Critic Andrew Lapin reviews the 10 short films nominated in the live-action and documentary categories this year, and offers his picks for both what will — and what should -- win.
A dumpling springs to life in the Oscar-nominated Pixar Studios short Bao.
February 7, 2019 Four of the five animated-short nominees this year are weepy tales of parent-child relationships; critic Andrew Lapin reviews them all, and picks his favorite.
Jay (Roy Chiu) and Sanlian (Ying-Xuan Hsieh) have at least one thing in common in Dear Ex.
February 2, 2019 When it focuses on 13-year-old Chengxi (Joseph Huang), this "shaggy-but-lovable" Taiwanese film now on Netflix dutifully tugs the heartstrings.