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Ethan Hawke is an instant iconic horror villain in The Black Phone

Hawke is so good and so terrifying that everything else pales in Scott Derrickson’s newest horror film.

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Crimes of the Future is David Cronenberg’s most transcendent movie yet

With his latest work, the director has conjured a cinematic universe of aesthetics and ideas. But what does it mean?

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Jurassic World Dominion makes a great case for franchise extinction

Jurassic World Dominion is all too concerned with unearthing the past that it forgets to capitalize on the present.

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'Top Gun: Maverick' is a danger zone of summer movie perfection

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Alex Garland’s surreal thriller 'Men' is maddening in the best way possible

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The one superhero team-up movie you need to watch before Dr. Strange 2

X-Men (2000) introduced Marvel characters to the big screen that are rumored to reappear in the MCU.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness plunges the MCU to scary depths

With all-time great performances and the work of Sam Raimi, the MCU proves surprising even after all this time.

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Bubble review: Netflix’s new sci-fi anime is incredible in all but one important way

The director of Attack on Titan gives us incredible action scenes, but the plot and characters leave much to be desired.

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Fantastic Beasts 3 review: Secrets of Dumbledore improves slightly on a failed franchise

The latest Wizarding World movie is better, but will it make a difference?

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'The Northman' review: This primal, poetic Viking epic is one for the ages

Robert Eggers' historical fantasy-epic stars a ferocious Alexander Skarsgard as a Viking berserker on a path of vengeance.

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Sonic 2 is the opposite of The Batman in the best way possible

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a movie meant for kids, but parents and millennials may not hate it either.

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Apollo 10 1/2 review: Linklater’s best animated epic since ‘A Scanner Darkly’

Richard Linklater’s earnest, fantastical time-capsule honors NASA’s 1969 moon landing.

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The Bubble review: Judd Apatow’s new Netflix comedy is the worst movie of 2022

Pandemic humor that’s so bad, it’s upsetting.

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Moonshot HBO Max review: Cole Sprouse’s trip to Mars never takes off

The new sci-fi romantic comedy stars Lana Condor and Cole Sprouse.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once review: Michelle Yeoh’s multiverse is unlike anything you’ve seen before

A24’s reality-warping sci-fi experiment could have only come from Swiss Army Man duo Daniels.

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Windfall review: Jesse Plemons shines in a mediocre Netflix thriller

Come for a home invasion thriller; stay for Jesse Plemons chewing the scenery.

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Westworld Season 4 fixes the worst thing about Season 3 — but is it too late?

Freeze all motor functions — and then dash to your TV. Westworld Season 4 is upon us.

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'Ms. Marvel' is a radiant blast of pure, unbridled joy

Iman Vellani is an overnight star as Kamala Khan, a head-in-the-clouds teen hero, in the MCU’s best streaming series yet.

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With Season 3, 'For All Mankind' becomes the grittiest sci-fi show ever

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'The Boys' Season 3 is still the best superhero show — and it’s not even close

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Stranger Things Season 4 review: The Netflix hit recaptures the magic of Season 1

The new season of Stranger Things is a stylistic return to form.

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Strange New Worlds review: Star Trek delivers the best show for a new generation

In a world of prestige TV, the Star Trek franchise is suddenly playing a very different game.

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Barry Season 3 takes HBO’s best comedy to incredible new places

It was worth the wait.

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Tokyo Vice review: Ken Watanabe steals HBO Max’s uneven yakuza thriller

HBO Max’s new crime drama has more than its fair share of highs and lows.

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Moon Knight review: Marvel bites off way more than it can chew

Oscar Isaac isn’t enough to save this series from an identity crisis.

Culture

Atlanta Season 3 review: Donald Glover is more confident and unpredictable than ever

The FX series returns to remind you there is nothing else quite like it.

Entertainment

DMZ HBO Max review: Ava DuVernay's DC debut isn't worth your time

Despite strong performances and lively design, DMZ is too simplistic and unexciting to encourage wading into its territory.

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Upload Season 2 review: Amazon’s sci-fi series returns as an anti-capitalist thriller — with mixed results

Amazon’s lovely sci-fi still charms in Season 2, with bugs in the code.

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Joe vs. Carole review: Tiger King series is as delightfully messy as the real story

Tiger King finally gets the drama treatment.

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The Boys Presents: Diabolical is a homicidal love letter to animation

Diabolical is here to redefine how genre television works in the quick-paced age of streaming.

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'Pieces of Her' review: John Wick meets Toni Collette in Netflix’s new thriller series

Netflix's gripping book adaptation gives Toni Collette a meaty, decades-spanning mystery role in 'Pieces of Her,' which premieres March 4 on the streaming platform.

First Impressions

Killing Eve Season 4 makes the same mistake that ruined the Star Wars sequels

Killing Eve’s final season is off to a confusing start.