Crime after crime

A late-career masterwork.

Is Joker a big troll?

We’ve perfected the art of giving things the attention they don’t deserve.

The Walking Deadpan

The Dead Don’t Die is a zany genre trip.

Godzilla remains a political monster

A blockbuster with a political pulse.

Rocketman: a musical desperate to break out

Hold me closer tiny song and dance numbers.

The Poké-Noir of Detective Pikachu

Grounded in a world of cute totem creatures with its buddy cop premise but the sins of video game films lurk.

The End is Inevitable in Avengers: Endgame

A magnificent mortality fable across time.

Shazam! Adventures in Superhero-ing

The DC Comics stable of superheroes have finally found a groove

Us and Dumbo: American dreams and nightmares

We are the real monsters, again.

American Myth-Busting in BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee is both a biographer and interrogator, infiltrating confederate belief systems that perpetuate American myths and how they endure in our culture.

The Lifestyles of the Rich and Ruthless in All the Money in the World

Greed is good if you’re a Getty.

The Best Films of 2017

This year was exhausting but the films weren’t.

A Guide to the Best TV Shows of 2017

Let’s rock.

Pig Little Lies

To live in a capitalist culture, you have to live a lie, that’s the gambit of the brilliant Okja.

The gods and monsters of Alien: Covenant

Leverages the franchise’s canon into bold, existential ideas about artificial intelligence and the relationship between gods and monsters; fathers and sons.