A rookie ranger faces a terrifying ordeal in the survival horror of Body At Brighton Rock

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Horror movies are full of reminders to stay out of the woods. And even if the ancient curses and masked psychos don’t get you, there are plenty of more mundane terrors waiting out there in the wilderness. Body At Brighton Rock, the taut new survival thriller from up-and-coming genre director Roxanne Benjamin (…

Ralph Fiennes’ ballet biopic The White Crow can’t find its footing

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From the time he defected from the Soviet Union in 1961 until his health began to visibly decline in the 1980s, Rudolf Nureyev was arguably the most famous ballet dancer in the world—certainly the most famous danseur noble in classical ballet. He was unrefined, intense, a wild child of the dance world. Even in the…

The cast of Family take our Juggalo-centric pop quiz

Laura Steinel’s directorial debut Family follows a career-focused woman (Taylor Schilling) who develops a bond with her tween niece when she reveals her secret desire to run away and be a Juggalo. In honor of the film’s release, we sat down with Steinel and the cast—Allison Tolman, Eric Edelstein, and Bryn Vale—to…

Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern duel over their shared creation in the one-sided biopic JT Leroy

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No credits appear until the end of JT LeRoy, but it’s not hard for viewers familiar with this real-life literary saga to guess, long before official word arrives, that its screenplay was cowritten by Savannah Knoop. For one thing, Knoop, who embodied the nonexistent author LeRoy in public, is played by Kristen…

Roaring engines and slamming doors: A look at the work of a re-recording mixer

Sound re-recording is a post-production job that often goes under-appreciated by moviegoing audiences. The process involves taking sounds that were recorded separately, or in different locations, blending them together, and then re-recording those sounds into a Printmaster to heighten the auditory experience for the…

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige on how he convinced everyone The Avengers mattered

When Kevin Feige started at Marvel 19 years ago, it was as a whip-smart junior producer making his mark on the set of X-Men by impressing his coworkers with the depth of his comics knowledge. Now he’s the head of Marvel Studios, where he’s taken viewers through the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

Yes, the ending of Infinity War is brutal—but so is the beginning

The obvious scene to highlight from last summer’s Avengers: Infinity War is, of course, its haunting and unforgettable ending—the moment when all hope is lost, evaporating like ash in the wind. But hasn’t that downer denouement been talked to death? What’s left to say, really, about the snap heard ’round the universe?…

Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson on High Life, taboo, and working with babies

Claire Denis’ latest, High Life, follows the last survivors of a doomed mission to deep space as they try to unravel the mystery of what happened to the rest of the ship’s crew, while hurtling toward a black hole. We recently spoke with Denis and star Robert Pattinson about the film, working with babies, and whether…

Inside Universal Hollywood's crazy new Harry Potter light show

This month, Universal Studios Hollywood opened a new attraction at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, “The Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle”—a light projection show that uses state-of-the-art special effects, immersive sound design, and an atmospheric score by John Williams to unleash all manners of dark creatures on…

As Endgame looms, we rank the previous 21 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

In a few days, Marvel Studios will finally pay off the agonizing cliffhanger of last summer’s Avengers: Infinity War with the culmination of 11 years of comic-to-screen storytelling. How will the hotly anticipated Endgame measure up to the 21 movies that have come before it, going all the way back to Iron Man in 2008?…

Thor: Ragnarok inventively put the “universe” into Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Thor branch of the Avengers franchise was rejuvenated by Thunder God movie number three, Thor: Ragnarok. Director and Flight Of The Conchords alum Taika Waititi brought some sorely needed dry humor that would have certainly benefited the previous films in the series, Thor and Thor: The Dark World. But for all of …

Marvel makes room for some great acting during an awkward parental car ride

Is there anything more intrinsically Peter Parker than being trapped in the back seat of a supervillain’s car—but only because he’s actually his ride? Spider-Man: Homecoming spends large swaths of its running time watching Tom Holland’s Peter juggle his day-to-day life against his wider franchise obligations (sorry,…

A superb performance from Tessa Thompson anchors the hardscrabble drama of Little Woods

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“That’s because he’s a drug dealer.” With those plainspoken words, writer-director Nia DaCosta tells us everything we need to know about Ollie (Tessa Thompson), a young woman who’s just been awakened in the middle of the night by an acquaintance banging on her back door who wants to know if she’s still in the…

Gina Rodriguez, DeWanda Wise, and Brittany Snow on Someone Great and female friendship

Netflix’s new film Someone Great follows Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), who, after being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, recruits her two best friends (DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow) for one last outrageous adventure in New York City before she moves to San Francisco. We recently sat down with the three stars to talk…

Composer Disasterpeace on video games, It Follows, and Under The Silver Lake

Chiptune composer Richard Vreeland, a.k.a. Disasterpeace, got his start making music for dozens of indie video games, like Fez and Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. He’s recently made the jump to composing for film, making the music for David Robert Mitchell last two films—It Follows and Under The Silver Lake. We…

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