The Great Performances

Why Daniel Kaluuya is So Effective in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s hit film was destined to become a new horror classic, but it's narrative backbone is carried by Kaluuya’s… Read More

The Impact Liza Minnelli and ‘Cabaret’ Had on Movie Musicals

As chanteuse Sally Bowles, Minnelli conveys the soul of her character through song, dance, and dramatic specificity. Read More

Terry O’Quinn is an All-American Psycho in ‘The Stepfather’

In this edition of The Great Performances, we celebrate the actor's work in his first lead role. Read More

Courteney Cox Gave Heart to the Heartless in ‘Scream’

Cox smartly resisted making her character, Gale Weathers, a stereotype of tabloid journalism by playing her with compassion in Wes… Read More

Brandon Maggart Delivers a Killer Santa Character Study in ‘Christmas Evil’

In the pantheon of Killer Santa movies, the conversation begins and ends with Maggart’s quietly tragic performance in Lewis Jackson’s… Read More

Jim Carrey’s Grinch is the Perfect Christmas Movie Monster

Despite feeling “buried alive” by his makeup, he plays Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas curmudgeon with heartwarming emotion. Read More

The Method to Louise Lasser’s Madness in ‘Blood Rage’

As the forlorn mother of an evil twin, she delivers an acting masterclass in this Thanksgiving-themed slasher. Read More

Harold Perrineau Made Shakespeare Sound Natural in ‘Romeo + Juliet’

His modern approach to tackling the Bard's dense language helped make one of the world's most famous plays feel accessible… Read More

Deconstructing the Duality of Naomi Watts in ‘Mulholland Drive’

Multilayered doesn’t even begin to describe the complexities of her performance in David Lynch’s cryptic classic. Read More