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Past articles by Sam:

The Last of Us Finale Makes a Disastrous Choice

The first season ends by nearly wrecking everything the show has accomplished. → Read More

Peak TV Is Over. Welcome to Trough TV.

Streaming’s golden age has been ending for a while, but it’s only now become clear what’s replacing it. → Read More

M. Night Shyamalan’s New Movie Ends With Something Worse Than a Twist

Knock at the Cabin changes the final act of the book it’s based on. You’ll be shocked to learn that it isn’t for the better. → Read More

Is Knock at the Cabin Scarier Than M. Night Shyamalan’s Other Movies?

Our highly scientific Scaredy Scale helps you determine whether new releases are too scary for you. → Read More

It’s Only January, but We Already Have One of the Best Movies of 2023

It’s one of the most moving debuts Sundance has seen in years. → Read More

Sundance’s Brett Kavanaugh Documentary Doesn’t Drop Any Bombshells, but It Does Something Just as Important

Not even the top-secret film’s makers could agree on what it’'s supposed to achieve. → Read More

M3gan’s Real Villain Isn’t the Killer Dancing Robot Doll

The fear that the viral horror movie is actually channeling hits closer to home. → Read More

Is M3gan Hilarious or T3rr1fy1ng?

Does the viral horror movie live up to the dancing robot doll memes? → Read More

Avatar 2’s Space Whales Can Be Traced Back to a Very Particular Historical Moment

The Way of Water’s alien cetaceans are part of a rich tradition. → Read More

How Aubrey Plaza Became a Low-Key Generational Icon

The White Lotus and Emily the Criminal actress is putting together what might be the ultimate millennial career. → Read More

So Do I Need to See Avatar in 3D, or High Frame Rate, or What?

Making sense of the million different versions of Avatar 2 in movie theaters. → Read More

The White Lotus Left Us With a Bigger Mystery Than the One It Started With

And the key to understanding it may be this classic movie. → Read More

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Shows Why We Absolutely Needed Another Pinocchio Movie

The Netflix movie is this year’s third adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s book—and the first to truly come to life. → Read More

The New Knives Out Is a Big Hit. So Why Is Netflix Pulling It From Theaters?

Glass Onion spent Thanksgiving weekend selling out showtimes. Time to hide it away for a month! → Read More

The Vow’s Co-Creator on Why It Was Never Just a “Sex Cult” Documentary

The HBO miniseries started by chronicling what brought NXIVM down, but it ended by examining its appeal. → Read More

The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The post-credits scene, Namor’s cute ankle-wings, a certain Seinfeld actor, and more, explained. → Read More

The Good Fight’s Showrunners on the Meaning of the Show’s Suitably Bananas Ending

Of course the finale had to circle back to where it all started. → Read More

Mourning the Indie Rock Drummer Who Taught Me That Making Art Matters, No Matter What

"It kind of saved our asses," Mimi Parker said, "that we were not successful." → Read More

Netflix Killed Video Stores. Now They Want to Own Your Nostalgia for Them.

Blockbuster’s self-awareness doesn’t make it any less grating. → Read More

The Best Final Shot of Any Movie in Years

Though you might have to see Aftersun twice to see how it brings it all together. → Read More