Essays

Lupin The Third

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’

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Lupin III is one of the first icons of manga and anime history. A new film that takes the character into 3D animation for the first time lives up to all the expectations that come with that legacy.

Cobra Kai Macchio Zabka

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

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The series revisits scenes from ‘The Karate Kid’ to show history repeated but recontextualized.

Filmmaker Of The Year Steve Mcqueen 2020

Filmmaker of the Year (2020): Steve McQueen

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

New Filmmakers 2020

The 20 Most Interesting New Filmmakers We Met in 2020

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

Movie Of The Year First Cow

Movie of the Year (2020): ‘First Cow’

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

Scene Of The Year Borat Rudy Giuliani

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

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

The Philadelphia Story

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

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

Performer Of The Year Chadwick Boseman

Performer of the Year (2020): Chadwick Boseman

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His last two performances, in ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ suggest he was embarking on a remarkable new phase of his career we will tragically never get to see.

Pixar Soul

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

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