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Are the Movies Liberal?

Everyone knows Hollywood is progressive. But look at the films it churns out. They tell another story. → Read More

‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’ Review: OK, Boomer

Richard Linklater’s new animated film tells the story of the moon landing with some tongue-in-cheek revisionism. → Read More

‘The Worst Person in the World’ Review: Oslo, Her Way

Renate Reinsve stars in Joachim Trier’s funny-sad story of a woman on the verge of figuring herself out. → Read More

‘Futura’ Review: Youth, Italian Style

Three filmmakers travel Italy in the midst of the pandemic, listening to young people talk about their fears and aspirations. → Read More

And the 2022 Oscar Nominees Should Be

The nominations will be announced Feb. 8. Here’s what our critics wish academy voters would put on their ballots. → Read More

‘The Hand of God’ Review: A Portrait of the Cineaste as a Young Man

Paolo Sorrentino’s autobiographical drama about growing up in Naples is sensual, sad and occasionally sublime. → Read More

‘Red Rocket’ Review: All My XXX’s Live in Texas

A porn star returns to his hometown in Sean Baker’s latest slice of hard-luck Americana. → Read More

‘House of Gucci’ Review: Murder, Italian-Style

Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and Jared Leto serve up a heaping platter of prosciutto in Ridley Scott’s tale of family treachery. → Read More

‘Spencer’ Review: Prisoner of the House of Windsor

Kristen Stewart stars as an anguished, rebellious Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s answer to “The Crown.” → Read More

‘The French Dispatch’ Review: Remember Magazines?

Wes Anderson pays antic tribute to the old New Yorker and its far-flung correspondents. → Read More

‘The Velvet Underground’ Review: And Me, I’m in a Rock ’n’ Roll Band

Todd Haynes’s documentary paints a jagged, revelatory portrait of the New York avant-garde scene of the 1960s. → Read More

Is Moviegoing Undemocratic?

The plan to distribute the art-house film “Memoria” in one theater at a time has set off a heated debate over whether the idea is elitist or inspired. → Read More

‘No Time to Die’ Review: His Word Is His Bond

The 25th episode in the venerable franchise — and Daniel Craig’s last as 007 — finds its hero in a somber mood. → Read More

The New York Film Festival Is Back, and Our Critics Have Favorites

Their notable titles include the opening-night movie, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” directed by a solo Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. → Read More

‘Cry Macho’ Review: The Good, the Bad and the Poultry

In his latest film, Clint Eastwood drives across Mexico with a troubled young man and a combative rooster. → Read More

In William Maxwell’s Fiction, a Vivid, Varied Tableau of Midwestern Life

Though his novels and short stories — published over six decades, beginning in 1934 — are set in an older, more decorous America, he grapples with themes that feel shockingly contemporary. → Read More

What Did That Oscars Show Say About Movies? Our Critics Puzzle It Out.

The anticlimactic night was in many ways not too different from previous Academy Awards, and it showed the organization was willing to change only so much. → Read More

The Oscars Are a Mess. Let’s Make Them Messier.

Nothing has been normal about the last year, including the movies. The academy shouldn’t try to pretend otherwise. It should see this as an opportunity. → Read More

‘News of the World’ Review: Tom Hanks Does the Strong, Silent Type

The star can’t help but bring decency to Paul Greengrass’s lean, efficient western set in 1870s Texas. → Read More

The Two Minute Geniuses of TikTok

Comedians like Sarah Cooper, Blaire Erskine and Jeff Wright turned the short clip into a mirror — and a send up — of our pandemic anxiety. → Read More