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…

Black Panther finally made the women of the MCU equally capable heroes

From the minute Black Panther officially assumed its place on the MCU release slate, it was destined to usher Marvel into somewhat uncharted territory. Sitting at the helm of the studio’s first film with a majority black cast, director Ryan Coogler already faced an immeasurable pressure to present something totally…

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…

Baby Groot briefly transforms the Galaxy (and the Marvel action machine) into one big dance floor

Like lots of superhero sequels, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 basically begins with a flurry of action. The Guardians, those mismatched intergalactic goofballs for hire, have gathered on a giant helipad to protect some giant glowing batteries from a giant, toothy monster that wants to feed off their energy. The…

Our new column on Hollywood hits launches with Stanley Kubrick’s gladiatorial smash Spartacus

Kirk Douglas wanted to be Judah Ben-Hur. At the time it came out, William Wyler’s Ben-Hur was the most expensive movie ever made. It was a huge, overwhelming production, cast with thousands of extras and filmed on sets bigger than anyone had ever used. And the film turned out to be a phenomenon. It was the…

A Robert Rodriguez virtual-reality film captures the push and pull between VR’s past and future

Unless your name is James Cameron, you’re probably a little skeptical of the recent surge in virtual reality as a medium for storytelling. (And even he wants you to know that what we tend to call “VR” isn’t true VR to Hollywood’s biggest devotee of technological advancements.) For most people, it’s still a limited…

With Doctor Strange, Marvel finally served up some spectacular FX eye candy

As has been noted in previous installments of this feature, the special effects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were a fly in the ointment for much of the franchise’s early run. Effects work was a mandate to bring the Hulk to life, send Iron Man whizzing through space, and shrink Chris Evans into a pre-Captain…

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