Essays

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’

Lupin III is one of the first icons of manga and anime history. A new film that takes the character… Read More

How ‘Cobra Kai’ Teaches Us to Learn from the Past

The series revisits scenes from 'The Karate Kid' to show history repeated but recontextualized. Read More

Filmmaker of the Year (2020): Steve McQueen

The director's 'Small Axe' anthology challenged film's definition by exploring deeply personal stories in a radically varied and cinematic manner. Read More

The 20 Most Interesting New Filmmakers We Met in 2020

When we needed fresh perspective, these filmmakers rose to battle. Read More

Movie of the Year (2020): ‘First Cow’

There's more to love than just Evie the Cow in Kelly Reichardt's tender heist movie, our favorite of 2020. Read More

Scene of the Year: Rudy Giuliani Behind Closed Doors in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’

'Twas the year of Giuliani humiliation and all through the land, not a creature wasn't laughing, not even Republicans. Read More

The All-Star Collaboration of ‘The Philadelphia Story’ Still Dazzles 80 Years Later

From star Katharine Hepburn to director George Cukor, everyone involved with this MGM classic brought incredible talent. Read More

Performer of the Year (2020): Chadwick Boseman

His last two performances, in 'Da 5 Bloods' and 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' suggest he was embarking on a remarkable… Read More

The Middle-Aged Protagonist of ‘Soul’ is the Hero My Child-Self Needed

Pixar's latest endeavor is a crushing confrontation of self, but it offers tools to battle the inevitable onslaught of doubt. Read More

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and the Melodrama of the Gods

The sequel wants nothing to do with a recognizable reality. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are here to clash with… Read More