Netflix Takes Aim at Liberals With ‘Snowflake Mountain’

Netflix Takes Aim at Liberals With ‘Snowflake Mountain’

On Wednesday, Netflix quietly dropped Snowflake Mountain with little promotion in the lead-up to its arrival. And it only takes watching the first 30 seconds of the reality-television series to understand why. If you hadn’t already guessed, the “snowflake” in Snowflake Mountain refers to the pejorative term largely used by the right — and often … Read more

‘The Old Man’ Proves Jeff Bridges Still Kicks Plenty of Ass

‘The Old Man’ Proves Jeff Bridges Still Kicks Plenty of Ass

Production on The Old Man was temporarily halted in 2020 by both the pandemic and star Jeff Bridges’ cancer diagnosis, and though the actor’s disease is now in remission, those calamities speak directly—too directly, really — to the questions about mortality at the heart of FX’s latest series. Premiering on June 16, Jonathan E. Steinberg … Read more

Adam Sandler’s ‘Hustle’ Game Tests ‘Uncut Gems’ Was No Fluke

Adam Sandler’s ‘Hustle’ Game Tests ‘Uncut Gems’ Was No Fluke

Adam Sandler did career-best work as a New York City jeweler in deep basketball-gambling trouble in Josh and Benny Safdie’s 2019 Uncut Gems, only to be wrongly denied his first Academy Award nomination. Having been overlooked for that critical darling, which paired him with great Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, Sandler takes a different tack in … Read more

Mr. Taylor Swift and Margaret Qualley Have Lots of Sex in ‘The Stars at Noon.’ If Only They Had Any Chemistry.

Mr. Taylor Swift and Margaret Qualley Have Lots of Sex in ‘The Stars at Noon.’  If Only They Had Any Chemistry.

Even the best film directors need good actors. Claire Denis has worked with an informal troupe of actors who recur in her films throughout her career, like Gregoire Colin and Alex Descas, and has also had more starry lead actors this century, from Vincent Lindon in Bastards and Isabelle Huppert in White Material to Juliette … Read more

‘Moonage Daydream,’ a Trippy Tribute to David Bowie, Raises Many Questions at Cannes

‘Moonage Daydream,’ a Trippy Tribute to David Bowie, Raises Many Questions at Cannes

When I saw David Bowie in concert, twenty-odd years ago, he began performing “Space Oddity” halfway through the gig, after a big break. “Ground Control to Major Tom” rang out, without any backing track, through the concert hall, and the crowd went wild. “Ground Control to Major Tom,” Bowie intoned once more, and then broke … Read more

In Cannes’ ‘Holy Spider,’ a Serial Killer Murders Prostitutes in Iran – and the Country Supports Him

In Cannes’ ‘Holy Spider,’ a Serial Killer Murders Prostitutes in Iran – and the Country Supports Him

A serial killer roams the streets at night, picking off desperate prostituted women, many of whom are hooked on crack, and strangles them to death in his home. A young female journalist, who is (naturally) feisty and emotionally invested in the case, sets about tracking down the murderer, who has become known as the Spider … Read more

‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-jae’s Movie Bloodbath ‘Hunt’ Rattles Cannes

‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-jae’s Movie Bloodbath ‘Hunt’ Rattles Cannes

Hunt is — excitingly or disappointingly, depending on your preferences — not a gritty, character-based reboot of the Mission: Impossible franchise, but instead a political thriller from South Korea, made by Squid Game’s breakout star Lee Jung-jae in his directorial debut. The fact that Hunt is so clearly a debut, with all the messy, bumpy … Read more

In ‘Vortex,’ a Provocative Director Explores the Horrors of the Old Age

In ‘Vortex,’ a Provocative Director Explores the Horrors of the Old Age

Gaspar Noé is a renowned conductor of nightmares, and with Vortex, he takes a deep dive into realistic trauma and terror. The story of an elderly French couple battling burgeoning dementia, Vortex is something of a left turn for the Irreversible and Climax auteur, patiently charting its protagonists as they navigate harrowing final days full … Read more

Inside ‘The Baby’, a Twisted HBO Horror-Comedy About a Killer Baby

Inside ‘The Baby’, a Twisted HBO Horror-Comedy About a Killer Baby

It’s bad enough when all of Natasha’s friends start popping out babies — but when an infant falls into her life and latches on, the 38-year-old chef’s world turns into an actual horror show. The baby is a serial killer. The Baby, a horror comedy from Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer that premieres Sunday on … Read more