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  1. the art of ending things
    The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies HistoryGood finales offer catharsis. The best deny us closure altogether.
  2. movie review
    Great Performances and a Stunning Ending Can’t Quite Save The MauritanianJodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, and Benedict Cumberbatch all do good work in this real-life legal drama, but the movie falls flat.
  3. movie review
    Oof, What Are We to Do with Sia’s New Movie, Music?It’s not just controversial, it’s also quite terrible.
  4. movie review
    Louise Linton’s Sex-Cannibal Comedy Is Here, and It Is Not GoodMe You Madness is a nonstop deluge of overwritten rants and underbaked humor.
  5. movie review
    Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar Arrives Preordained for Cult StatusIt features Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., and a sage old crab named Morgan Freemand.
  6. movie review
    A Glitch in the Matrix Is a Riveting Look at Whether Our World Is a SimulationBut it’s really about just how utterly weird life is.
  7. a long talk
    With News of the World, Paul Greengrass Went for OptimismAfter making Bloody Sunday and the Bourne films, the director of the new Tom Hanks Western says he’s interested in what a road to healing looks like.
  8. movie review
    Netflix’s The Dig Goes Deep on Human ExistenceRalph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in this surprisingly moving period drama.
  9. movie review
    Maybe Justin Timberlake Wasn’t the Right Man to Play an Angry Ex-Con in Palmer.Sometimes, having your heart in the right place isn’t enough to make a great movie.
  10. movie review
    Little Things, Big ProblemsTurns out Denzel Washington crime dramas can sometimes be bad, too.
  11. stonks!
    I’m Sorry, What Is Going on With GameStop and AMC?An answer for idiots, by idiots.
  12. let there be kronk
    ‘We’ll Never Make That Kind of Movie Again’An oral history of The Emperor’s New Groove, a raucous Disney animated film that almost never happened.
  13. movie review
    Netflix’s The White Tiger Is a Brutal, Powerful Tale of Ambition and CorruptionRamin Bahrani, one of our great directors, adapts Aravind Adiga’s international best seller.
  14. movie review
    In The Marksman, Liam Neeson Idles in PlaceHe only kicks a moderate amount of ass in this one.
  15. movie review
    Acasa, My Home Shows the Poetry and Peril of a Life Off the GridA beautiful, bittersweet documentary from Romania.
  16. movie review
    The Gorgeous, Moving News of the World Features Tom Hanks at His BestA Western from the director of Captain Phillips and The Bourne Ultimatum, if you can believe that.
  17. a long talk
    The Unspeakable Personal Tragedy That Inspired Another RoundDirector Thomas Vinterberg says his drama about addiction became life-affirming because, in many ways, he and his cast needed it to be.
  18. movie review
    The Dissident Is a Grisly Look at the Life and Death of Jamal KhashoggiIt’s a complex, damning portrait of how Saudi Arabia dealt with a citizen who turned on the regime.
  19. a long talk
    Paul W.S. Anderson Is the King of Violent, Relentless, Go-for-Broke ThrillersHis movies that were once dismissed by critics have retroactively gained respect. But he hasn’t forgotten those early reviews.
  20. coming attractions
    65 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2021In fact, we couldn’t wait to see a lot of them last year. But here we still are.
  21. our action hero
    The Ordinary-Guy Action Movie Lives On, Thanks to Gerard ButlerOne of our most underrated and likable screen presences discusses his love for a nearly extinct kind of disaster picture.
  22. movie review
    In The Midnight Sky, George Clooney the Director Fails George Clooney the ActorBut Clooney the actor almost saves Clooney the director’s butt, so there’s that.
  23. our streaming future
    Is It a Movie or Is It TV? And Does Anyone Really Care?After nearly a year of watching everything on the same damn screen, four critics attempt to talk through an unkillable debate.
  24. vulture lists
    The 32 Greatest Disaster Movies of All TimeWhat makes cinematic depictions of catastrophe so compelling?
  25. movie review
    Monster Hunter Is Loud, Unapologetic FunIt’s filled with scary monsters, gnarly weapons, and terrific visual storytelling.
  26. movie review
    Greenland Might Actually Be Too EffectiveI wanted to see Gerard Butler fight a comet named Clarke. Instead, I got a real movie.
  27. movie review
    Wolfwalkers Will Charm You. Wolfwalkers Will Save You.Prepare to be astonished by this animated film from Ireland.
  28. in conversation
    Francis Ford Coppola Is Still Going for BrokeHis recut of The Godfather: Part III is one of his most personal projects yet, but it’s far from his last.
  29. best of 2020
    The Best Movies of 2020The screens looked different, but the films kept coming. Here, our critics celebrate the greatest of our pandemic year.
  30. movie review
    Steven Soderbergh and Meryl Streep Went on a Luxury Cruise and Made a Good MovieLet Them All Talk is a charming comedy that gets at some personal truths.
  31. the quarries
    The First (And Dear God, It Better Be the Last) QuarriesIn which we award the most original, absurd, scrappy, and ingenious works that shaped our year in quarantine.
  32. movie review
    Let Us Now Praise Riz Ahmed in Sound of MetalIs there an actor who is more interesting to look at these days?
  33. the canon
    The Rise (and Fall) of Citizen Kane As the Greatest Movie Ever MadeHow did Orson Welles’s film become so firmly established at the top of the canon in the first place?
  34. movie review
    The Croods 2 Isn’t Nearly As Fun As Just Repeatedly Saying ‘The Croods’ Out LoudParty on, Croods!
  35. movie review
    The Climb Is the Opposite of a BromanceIt’s a very funny movie about some very serious things.
  36. movie review
    The Santa Action Flick Fatman Is Too Enamored of Its Own ConceptOkay, okay, we get it. It’s got Mel Gibson playing angry Santa Claus.
  37. movie review
    Kevin Costner and Diane Lane Give the Elegiac Let Him Go Its PowerAnd then a fire-breathing Lesley Manville steals it from them.
  38. in memoriam
    Sean Connery Is the Reason We Have Action-Movie WisecracksThe late actor’s ability to deliver the perfect rejoinder shaped both the Bond franchise and genre cinema at large.
  39. movie review
    Netflix’s His House Is Terrifying on Just About Every LevelSocial thrillers are way better when they can actually scare the bejesus out of you.
  40. animation
    A Disney Legend Still Thinks About the Failure of Treasure PlanetOver the Moon director and storied animator Glen Keane talks Rescuers, his “dark” version of Tangled, and the heartbreak of his 2002 sci-fi epic.
  41. movie review
    Netflix’s Over the Moon Is Visually Exquisite and (Sometimes) Quite MovingIt’s a fairy-tale about loss that becomes a boisterous techno-sci-fi extravaganza.
  42. book excerpt
    Why New York City Is the Ideal Cinematic Setting for Finding RomanceAn excerpt from The Encyclopedia of New York.
  43. movie review
    We Should Be Glad Borat Still ExistsHe might be a fake, but we’re still real, and that should be cause for concern.
  44. the encyclopedia of new york
    It Came From New YorkDisco. The freak show. Neoconservatism. Q-tips. They all started in the world’s most creative, inventive city.
  45. movie review
    Martin Eden Might Be the Best Film of the YearLuca Marinelli stars in a loose, agonizingly beautiful adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel.
  46. movie review
    Honest Thief Is Dadsploitation in a Minor KeyYes, Liam Neeson is getting too old for this shit, but at least this movie realizes it.
  47. friday night movie club
    The Liberating Beauty of the Final Destination MoviesThe many dangers of our sad little lives are weaponized by this horror franchise. Which might be one reason why it’s so strangely cathartic.
  48. movie review
    Did I See The War With Grandpa? I Don’t Remember.Paycheck De Niro is back, baby.
  49. movie review
    Hubie Halloween Lets Adam Sandler Be Adam Sandler AgainRejoice! The weird voice is back.
  50. vulture recommends
    Okay, Well, I Can’t Stop Listening to the Tenet SoundtrackIt’s great working music, transforming the most innocuous chore of quarantine into a zero-sum action-movie climax.
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