James Cameron Classics Come to 4K UHD and Our Pick of the Week

James Cameron Classics Come to 4K UHD and Our Pick of the Week

The Abyss [4K UHD] What is it? An underwater oil rig crew encounters something extraordinary. Why see it? Odds are you already know and love this film, but on the off chance it’s new to you allow me to tempt you with a thrilling adventure, huge emotional swings, stellar performances by Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth…

A Fierce Performance Punches Up ‘Fargo’ Season 5

A Fierce Performance Punches Up ‘Fargo’ Season 5

Five seasons in, one gets the sense that Noah Hawley’s Fargo is in danger of repeating itself. By Valerie Ettenhofer · Published on January 5th, 2024 Welcome to Previously On, a column keeping an eye on the latest returning TV shows. In this edition, Valerie Ettenhofer reviews the fifth season of FX’s Fargo. By now, Fargo is one of…

All the Horror You Need to Stream in January 2024

All the Horror You Need to Stream in January 2024

By Meg Shields · Published on January 5th, 2024 Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the horror content coming to and leaving your favorite streaming services. Here’s what horror to stream in January 2024: New year, same tenacious desire to watch as many horror movies as possible….

The Best Action Movies of 2023

The Best Action Movies of 2023

Our picks for the best action of 2023 come from six different countries and include originals, sequels, and maybe even a monster movie? By Rob Hunter · Published on December 29th, 2023 This article is part of our 2023 Rewind. Follow along as we explore the best action movies of 2023 from all around the world. Action movies have…

Our Home Video Pick of the Week Features Just One More Thing

Our Home Video Pick of the Week Features Just One More Thing

Columbo: The 70s – Seasons 1-7 [KL Studio Classics] What is it? The first seven seasons of one of the great detective shows. Why see it? Peter Falk headlines this fantastic series as Lieutenant Columbo, a dogged detective with the Los Angeles Police Department with a habit of talking his way through every case to…

The Family Plan

The Family Plan

Mark Wahlberg has displayed enough comic timing and action chops in previous work that it makes perfect sense that he would get one of those flicks that blend the world of espionage with suburban family tropes a la the excellent “True Lies” or even the underrated “Nobody.” There’s something about seeing an average family man become…

I Made This Movie to Be Enjoyed by Everybody: Cord Jefferson on American Fiction

I Made This Movie to Be Enjoyed by Everybody: Cord Jefferson on American Fiction

With writing credits on acclaimed series like “Watchmen,” “The Good Place,” and “Master of None,” Cord Jefferson has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of tone and a willingness to engage with complicated, profound questions of race, meaning, identity, and integrity. His first film as writer and director, “American Fiction,” is based on Percival Everett’s 2001 novel, Erasure. Ambitious, complicated, and…

The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

Though it’s been seven months, I remain haunted by “The Zone of Interest.” When I first watched writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s radical take on the Holocaust back in May, I couldn’t quite pinpoint what was so startling about it. There have been many films on this horrific chapter in history—from “Night and Fog” to “Schindler's List”…

22 Things We Learned from Renny Harlin’s ‘Die Hard 2’ Commentary

22 Things We Learned from Renny Harlin’s ‘Die Hard 2’ Commentary

By Rob Hunter · Published on December 12th, 2023 Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work, then share the most interesting parts. In this edition, Rob Hunter revisits Renny Harlin’s big action sequel, Die Hard 2. John McTiernan’s Die Hard (1988) remains an all-timer in the action genre and in…

The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television Honoring Black, Latino, and AAPI Achievements in 2023

The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television Honoring Black, Latino, and AAPI Achievements in 2023

The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television honoring Black, Latino, and AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) achievements occurred at the Fairmont Century Plaza this past Monday evening, Dec. 4, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. The celebration is typically a lively and joyous occasion, and this year was especially so due to combining…

The Archies

The Archies

It’s hard to imagine an American comic book movie that’s as proudly naïve and nostalgic as the fizzy Bollywood musical “The Archies,” which relocates the happy stock characters of “Archie” comics to a fantasy version of mid-‘60s India. It’s harder still to imagine another achingly sincere and light-hearted comic book adaptation that doesn’t also slavishly…

Watch: Behind-the-Scenes Video with David Fincher Filming ‘The Killer’

Watch: Behind-the-Scenes Video with David Fincher Filming ‘The Killer’

“I’m not a serial killer, I’m somebody who solves a problem for somebody else.” Yep. Netflix has debuted a 3-minute behind-the-scenes look at David Fincher’s The Killer, his assassin thriller from this year that’s now streaming on Netflix worldwide. Fincher is notoriously quiet about the behind-the-scenes, so it’s nice to get any time with him…

Fare Thee Well: On the Tenth Anniversary of Inside Llewyn Davis

Fare Thee Well: On the Tenth Anniversary of Inside Llewyn Davis

Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is auditioning for Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham) in a last-ditch effort to salvage his fading chances of making it as a folk singer. This single pivotal scene defines what the Coen Brothers superb “Inside Llewyn Davis” is all about. During his audition toward the end of the film,…

Waitress: The Musical

Waitress: The Musical

Some things never change, according to the song that opens this film of the Broadway stage production. But as the final song reminds us, some things do change, and what happens between are the kinds of changes that happen to us and the changes we make happen. The Tony-nominated musical is based on a beloved 2007…

All the Horror You Need to Stream in December 2023

All the Horror You Need to Stream in December 2023

Celebrate the holidays with some ho-ho-horror movies. By Meg Shields · Published on December 7th, 2023 Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the horror content coming to and leaving your favorite streaming services. Here’s what to watch in December 2023: Congratulations, gang. We’ve made it through another…

Todd Haynes’ ‘May December’ Twists the Knife to the Bone

Todd Haynes’ ‘May December’ Twists the Knife to the Bone

In which Todd Haynes goes full Pedro Almodóvar and never looks back. By Meg Shields · Published on December 7th, 2023 There is a moment early in the set-dressing of May December when my jaw swung open like the doors of a well-loved saloon. On paper, it’s nothing out of the ordinary: a caress between a married…

Saltburn and Subverting the Passing Narrative

Saltburn and Subverting the Passing Narrative

A little over halfway through “Saltburn”—writer/director Emerald Fennell’s early aughts-set class study—it’s clear the jig is up. Wealthy golden boy Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi) takes the shape-shifting Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan) on a road trip to what he believes is a broken household helmed by a drunken, destitute mother. Winding down country roads in Felix’s…

Werner Herzog – Radical Dreamer

Werner Herzog – Radical Dreamer

You do a disservice to Werner Herzog’s movies—and maybe Herzog himself—by uncritically reducing them to extensions of his singular personality, known predominantly in American pop culture as a whimsical mythomaniac with a funny accent. To their credit, the makers of the artist’s profile documentary “Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer” interview some of Herzog’s collaborators, including a…

Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla turns 70 next year, and to celebrate, his parent company Toho Studios waited until the end of this year to release the most conventional Godzilla movie in recent memory. “Godzilla Minus One” may also be the most sobering and least flamboyant Japanese-produced Godzilla movie since the original 1954 nuclear lizard disaster pic (though “Godzilla…

The Unloved, Part 120: The Claim

The Unloved, Part 120: The Claim

When I got to Boston in the winter of 2008 for schooling, I knew almost no one. I had family that I roomed with for a semester and took it as my burden that by living an hour’s train ride away, it wouldn’t be feasible or realistic to try and do much in the city, and…

Family Switch

Family Switch

“Family Switch” is a Dad Joke of a movie, genially corny but enjoying its corniness so much that it invites us to enjoy it, too. It is a body-switching movie where a character assures everyone, “This is a completely unique and original situation that has literally never happened before,” followed by a series of lightly…

‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ Is a Winning Remix With Surprises Up Its Sleeve

‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ Is a Winning Remix With Surprises Up Its Sleeve

A familiar voice cast returns for this bold, heartfelt, self-referential new take on a much-loved story. By Valerie Ettenhofer · Published on November 28th, 2023 Reboot, remake, revival, reimagining, legacy sequel: there are a half-dozen names for the surprising second comings of beloved and mediocre franchises alike, but none of them describe the precise alchemy of Scott…

La Syndicaliste

La Syndicaliste

The story of Maureen Kearney is one of the most confounding scandals of the present day. Kearney was a labor representative for workers in the French nuclear industry. In the early part of the 2010s, the Irish-born Kearney discovered dealings that would throw France’s nuclear sector into the hands of Chinese interests> one of many…

Good Burger 2

Good Burger 2

Just over 25 years after the debut of the original film, Nickelodeon reignited the nostalgic cult flame with the Paramount+ release of “Good Burger 2.” Dexter (Kenan Thompson) is a failed entrepreneur, and after his latest business venture literally goes up in flames, he returns to Good Burger hoping for a crutch from Ed (Kel…

Enjoy 1 Hour of David Lynch Reminiscing on Life & Listening to Rain

Enjoy 1 Hour of David Lynch Reminiscing on Life & Listening to Rain

“There’s an ocean of consciousness inside each of us. It’s an ocean of solutions… When you dive into that ocean, that consciousness, you enliven it, it grows and the final outcome of this growth of consciousness is called enlightenment – which is the full potential for us all.” It’s time for something relaxing. We all…

Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros

Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros

The 93-year-old master documentarian Frederick Wiseman is often described as a filmmaker whose specialty is depicting the inner workings of institutions of varying sizes, and the way they evolve and change over time, whether it’s an army base, a mental hospital, a domestic violence shelter, a small town in Maine, a neighborhood in Queens, the New York Public Library….

Our Home Video Pick of the Week Destroys the World

Our Home Video Pick of the Week Destroys the World

Oppenheimer [4K UHD] What is it? The story of one man’s journey towards and past the creation of the atomic bomb. Why see it? Christopher Nolan’s latest probably shouldn’t work as well as it does — a three hour drama about Oppenheimer and those around him in the years leading up to an beyond the…

Chaz Ebert Celebrates 25 Years of Ebertfest While Honored at University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala

Chaz Ebert Celebrates 25 Years of Ebertfest While Honored at University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala

RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert was among the distinguished honorees at the University of Illinois Alumni Awards Gala on October 19th in Champaign, Illinois. Ebert received the Honorary Alumnus Award established in 2019 that is presented to an individual who did not graduate from the university, but has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission of the…