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Is the Best Animated Feature Oscar Broken?

It’s been more than 20 years since the Academy added a category to better recognize feats in animation. Whether the award has achieved that goal is a tricky question to answer.

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A Villain for Every Era: The Penguin and Riddler Have Come a Long Way

Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma have taken many forms since entering Batman’s sphere in the 1940s. Now they take center stage in ‘The Batman.’

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The True Story Behind Bradley Cooper’s Character in ‘Licorice Pizza’

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Cooper plays Hollywood producer Jon Peters as a repellent, manic chaos agent. The truth behind the portrayal is even more grotesque.

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Where Do Our Best Directors Fit in the Modern Blockbuster Movement?

In the current mainstream movie environment, auteurs wanting to scale up—such as ‘Eternals’ director Chloé Zhao—have little recourse but to find ways to fit into this world, however constrictive

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When David Lynch Took on the Impossible Task of ‘Dune’

Thirty-seven years before Denis Villeneuve tackled Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, another distinguished director produced his own fascinatingly unique adaptation

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Where Have All the Sports Movies Gone?

The reasons ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ was made are also the reasons there are hardly any films about sports anymore

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‘A Glitch in the Matrix’ Asks: What If It’s All Just a Simulation?

Rodney Ascher’s latest documentary is a mind-bending exploration of the widespread belief that everything can be reduced to lines of computer code. But the director isn’t new to the ways humans try to find order amid life’s mysteries.

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‘Tenet’ Is Destined to Become a Cult Movie

With a failed release due to the pandemic, a muted critical reception, and a twisty narrative that demands multiple viewings, Christopher Nolan’s 2020 film has all of the elements that eventually lead to niche fandom

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Is Stephen King Better Built for TV or the Big Screen?

CBS All Access’s ‘The Stand’ makes an argument for the former, but the truth is: Both have struggled at times to adapt the prolific author

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The Feud at the Center of ‘Citizen Kane’ Is a Classic Hollywood Tale

It’s a story of director versus screenwriter, legend versus fact—and it’s the foundation of David Fincher’s latest film, ‘Mank’