Movie

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Overcomes Clunky Gameplay with Sharp Storytelling

    - Oct 25, 2021
    It’s rare to say this about an action game but the actual combat of Square Enix’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” available this week on PC and consoles, isn’t its strength. Caught somewhere between a strategic, turn-based...
  • The CW’s 4400 Mixes Earnest Ideas with Corny Execution

    - Oct 25, 2021
    Premiering on the CW today, “4400” aggressively tries to win over the people who obsess over shows like “Lost” or “The Leftovers,” but with less tact (this series is a remake of a USA Network show...
  • Apple TV’s Invasion is a Thrilling Show About People, Not Aliens

    - Oct 23, 2021
    Maybe it’s the effect of the Roland Emmerich blockbuster, but it doesn’t feel outlandish to say that modern disaster stories have lost the focus on humanity amidst the spectacle. It’s become far more about the destruction than the...
  • At the Ready

    - Oct 23, 2021
    Set in El Paso, Texas, Maisie Crow’s documentary “At the Ready” takes aim at the law enforcement classes that scoop up vulnerable students who are looking for ways to help their families with the promise of a...
  • The Harder They Fall

    - Oct 22, 2021
    “The Harder They Fall” is a bloody pleasure: a revenge Western packed with memorable characters played by memorable actors, every scene and moment staged for voluptuous beauty and kinetic power. Jeymes Samuel, who cowrote, directed, and scored...
  • The French Dispatch

    - Oct 22, 2021
    In a 2019 interview with Charente Libre, Wes Anderson said that his new movie, “The French Dispatch” was “not easy to explain.” He’s right, it’s not, and any explanation would deconstruct it in a way to...
  • Back 4 Blood Owes Debt to Legacy of Zombie Action Films

    - Oct 21, 2021
    At RogerEbert.com, we’ve tried to unpack the intersection of video game and film culture. We’ve noted how the games and films of the “Resident Evil” franchise almost seem in conversation with one another; how the “Uncharted”...
  • Maya and the Three Celebrates Mexican Culture with Vivid Adventure

    - Oct 21, 2021
    I can’t overstate the beauty of “Maya and the Three,” premiering on Netflix tomorrow. It’s a different beauty than Anglo audiences are used to. A lot of animation is “colorful” but that word doesn’t come close...
  • Dune

    - Oct 21, 2021
    Back in the day, the two big counterculture sci-fi novels were the libertarian-division Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, which made the word “grok” a thing for many years (not so much anymore; hardly even...
  • The Language of Silence: Valdimar Jóhannsson on Lamb

    - Oct 20, 2021
    You can’t drive a mile in Iceland without passing a pool, a hill, or a cliff that once was the site of a mass execution or other atrocities. The country’s history is grim, but at least...