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Recent articles by Adam:

‘The Maiden’ transforms suburban Alberta landscape into the surreal

Calgary’s Bowmont ravine is the setting for Graham Foy’s indie film about teenage melancholy. → Read More

Toward a Unified Theory of the Russo Brothers

From ‘Infinity War’ to ‘The Gray Man,’ the writer-director duo has fetched some of the largest budgets and box office totals in recent history. But what does a Hollywood cast in their image stand for? → Read More

‘Nope’ Isn’t Easily Digested. That’s Why It Works.

Whereas ‘Us’ had the feeling of a director straining to outdo his prior achievements, Jordan Peele’s third film strikes a perfect balance between inspiration and perspiration → Read More

If Only ‘Deep Water’ Had a Satisfying Climax

The master of the erotic thriller, Adrian Lyne, returns after 20 years; the master of self-aware acting, Ben Affleck, continues a stellar run. But something about this movie just leaves you feeling limp. → Read More

How ‘Scream’ Shook Up Horror Movies

Now on its fifth film, the franchise started by Wes Craven has gone from changing the language of a genre to chasing its own legacy → Read More

The Best Movies of 2021

It was a year of octogenarian high jinks, long yet revealing documentaries, and masters reasserting themselves → Read More

Nobody Does It Quite Like Clint Eastwood

‘Cry Macho’ sees the 91-year-old director reflecting on a singular, decades-spanning career → Read More

The Best Films at TIFF 2021

‘Spencer’ and ‘Dune’ were the biggest names at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but more unexpected hits like ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘The Humans’ were the ones that truly captivated → Read More

The New ‘Candyman’ Is Haunted by the Original

Nia Dacosta’s spin on the horror classic tries to critique, correct, and cash in on the 1992 film, but mostly ends up getting swallowed by its long shadow → Read More

‘Old’ Is Neither Good Nor Bad—It’s Shyamalanesque

Depending how you feel about the longtime director, your mileage may vary on his latest about a beach that accelerates the aging process → Read More

The Best Movies of 2021 (So Far)

Moviegoing is back, and the first six months of this year have offered plenty of films to discover → Read More

The Past, Present, and Future of ‘Lone Star’

John Sayles’s 1996 film may have been overshadowed by other indie triumphs that year, but 25 years later, the tale of a Texas cop on an existential tightrope continues to hold weight → Read More

The History of Harrison Ford

He doesn’t want to fight, but he will—such is the brilliance of Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and several more of the actor’s iconic characters → Read More

The Long History and Political Power of Zombie Movies

From the moment they first rose from the dead on-screen in the 1930s to Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead,’ zombies have been a go-to vehicle for deeper messages → Read More

The Best Horror Movies of 2021 (So Far)

From empty men to tortured nuns, these frightening films have been expertly exploring the terror within → Read More

‘Fargo’ Is the Coen Brothers’ Through Line

Twenty-five years later, the movie stands as a pseudo thesis of the things the directors have been interested in all along → Read More

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Speaks Loudly and Clearly

Shaka King’s film about the pursuit and assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton is at once an intimate character study and a propulsive commentary → Read More

Highlights From the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

From Ben Wheatley’s return to Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, to a documentary that ponders the very existence of reality → Read More

‘The Little Things’ Is From Another Time

The Denzel Washington serial killer thriller—now streaming on HBO Max—is a strange viewing experience; uniquely idiosyncratic and derivative, for uniquely specific reasons → Read More

The Best Shots From Movies in 2020

Even in a year when we watched everything on small screens, movies still seemed larger than life → Read More