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Why Does Everyone Love "Chernobyl" So Much?

HBO's Chernobyl lets its viewers partake in the disaster without feeling like this kind of collective failure could ever happen here or now.

Alison Willmore • 4 days ago

The Rise Of The Rom-Com Schlub

Always Be My Maybe and Long Shot let their ambitious women have it all — because the men in their lives are willing to hold their purses. Mild spoilers!

Alison Willmore • 8 days ago

“Booksmart” Has A Blind Spot When It Comes To Class

Olivia Wilde's girl-centric Gen Z comedy is gloriously frank when it comes to sexuality and substances, but it’s less interested in its own class tensions.

Alison Willmore • 24 days ago

Keanu Reeves May Be Pure, But He's Not Oblivious

America’s most memeable actor is back in John Wick: Chapter 3, a movie that's in on the joke of our obsession with Keanu. He might be too.

Alison Willmore • One month ago

"Detective Pikachu" Is A Movie About How Brands Are Our Friends

Ryan Reynolds voices the world’s cutest CGI creature in the new Pokémon movie, but not even Pikachu can fix your real life.

Alison Willmore • One month ago

What Happens When Christian Movies Go Mainstream?

Faith-based hits like God's Not Dead and I Can Only Imagine aren't the surprise they used to be. But how will an industry fueled by a sense of neglect handle mainstream acceptance?

Alison Willmore • One month ago

Climate Change Fiction Is Rethinking The Ecoterrorist

We don't need to be on board with the extreme actions of characters in First Reformed and The Overstory to feel some empathy for the desperation that drives them.

Alison Willmore • One month ago

In “Us” And “Pet Sematary,” History Is The Scariest Thing Of All

In Jordan Peele’s new movie and the latest Stephen King adaptation, the real bump in the night might be decades of suppressed trauma. Spoilers ahead!

Alison Willmore • 2 months ago

Elizabeth Holmes’ Scam Is Over, But Her Story Will Go On Forever

The Theranos scandal is juicy, damning, and rife with potential readings — in other words, ideal fuel for our 24/7 take economy.

Alison Willmore • 3 months ago

“Greta” Is A “Murder Me, Mommy” Meme Come To Life

French acting legend Isabelle Huppert is the rare fave who seems like she really could run you over with a car if you asked nicely enough.

Alison Willmore • 3 months ago

I Wish More TV Shows Ran For Just One Season

Must the reward for a successful TV show always be for it to keep going until it's not as good as it used to be?

Alison Willmore • 3 months ago

"Russian Doll" Is Better At Video Game Storytelling Than Most Video Game Adaptations

Netflix's delightful time-looping series is one of a few recent titles that take inspiration from gameplay. Spoilers for Russian Doll and Serenity.

Alison Willmore • 3 months ago

Why Are “Bohemian Rhapsody” And “Green Book” Still Oscar Frontrunners?

As this turbulent award season comes to an end, Hollywood appears to be closing ranks around two controversial movies (and their creators) that don't really deserve to be defended.

Alison Willmore • 4 months ago

Is It Just Me, Or Is Marie Kondo’s Netflix Show Weirdly Dark?

Netflix's Tidying Up With Marie Kondo promises that you can organize your way to "your ideal life." But are messes really a cause of our problems, rather than a symptom?

Alison Willmore • 5 months ago

Why I’ve Had Trouble Buying Hollywood’s Version Of Girl Power

I get the desire to take comfort in cheerful stories of women’s triumph, from Ocean's 8 to On the Basis of Sex. But in 2018, I haven’t found them very comforting.

Alison Willmore • 5 months ago

These Are The 11 Best Movies Of 2018

This year was bad, but at least the movies were good. Here are my favorites.

Alison Willmore • 6 months ago

The Only Good Political Movies This Year Are About An 18th-Century Queen And Joseph Stalin

The Favourite and The Death of Stalin are dark historical comedies that work as funhouse mirrors, reflecting back warped shapes that look a little more recognizable than we'd like.

Alison Willmore • 6 months ago

Being A Wendi Deng Stan Has Gotten Very Complicated

My half-joking hobby isn't all that funny anymore, but it’s not like I’m going to look away.

Alison Willmore • 7 months ago

"Mid90s" Is The Biggest Skateboarding Movie Of The Year, But It's Not The Best

In Mid90s, Minding the Gap, and Skate Kitchen, skateboarding doesn't just look good onscreen — it’s a fascinating way to deal with race, gender, and what it means to belong.

Alison Willmore • 7 months ago

Why Is Everyone Mad About Ryan Gosling’s New Space Movie?

First Man doesn’t romanticize Neil Armstrong, or NASA’s hard-won moon landing. Instead, it tries to show great achievements without needing to deify those responsible for them.

Alison Willmore • 8 months ago