Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the Taliban in the first trailer for The Covenant

It’s uncommon but not unheard of for a director to premiere two feature films in the space of a calendar year, but in the United States, Guy Ritchie‘s going to do the likes of Hong Sang-soo one better by releasing new films in consecutive months. Operation Fortune (which was supposed to be out in 2022, […]

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Alice Diop: ‘A fictional space could reveal my point of view’

The filmmaker behind the remarkable Saint Omer explains how her own experience informed the creation of her intimate legal drama. The Saint Omer press tour has been intense for Alice Diop. “My first interview was a Black journalist who asked me just one question, then she started crying, and we fell apart together.” The writer/director […]

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Apologies to the Ton, But Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor Will Skip this Year’s Debutante Ball

First it was Regé-Jean Page, now it’s his co-star: Actress Phoebe Dynevor is the second Bridgerton lead to announce she will not appear in a subsequent season of the hit Netflix drama. In an interview with Screen Rant during January’s Sundance Film Festival, at which the actress’s film Fair Play premiered, a journalist asked if […]

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How The Last of Us Made Its Zombie Fungus So Much More Real (and Terrifying)

Spoilers ahead. One of the freakiest sequences in the premiere episode of HBO’s The Last of Us takes place not when the hordes of mindless infected attack, but when an epidemiologist is asked for his thoughts on pandemics. During a flashback to 1968 in the episode’s opening scene, this epidemiologist—a man named Dr. Neuman—appears calm […]

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The Glossy, Glorious Return of Adult Contemporary Pop Music in 2022

On her sophomore album Hold the Girl, Rina Sawayama, the breakout British artist known for the mashup style of her 2020 debut—Y2K pop meets nu-metal meets ‘90s R&B—doubles down on her sonic signature. This time, she hones in on the sounds of early 2000s adult contemporary radio, updating them with stadium-sized drum fills and stomping […]

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The Old Rose scenes in Titanic are important, actually

It’s been 25 years since the release of Titanic, James Cameron’s record-breaking epic that chronicles a doomed romance aboard the disaster-bound ship, and audiences still have a lot of opinions about it. ‘Jack could have fit on that door’, ‘Cal is a ridiculous villain’ – you know the drill. The most common complaint, though, is […]

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Breaking Down the Dutton Family Tree of Yellowstone, 1923 and 1883

Yellowstone has always been a series interested in, if not outright obsessed with, legacy. That of the Yellowstone Ranch, upon which the fictional Dutton family has lived since the late 1800s, is foremost in the mind of patriarch John Dutton III, played by Kevin Costner with the gruff bluster of a cowboy past his prime. […]

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