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

Alison Willmore • 5 days ago

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 • 24 days ago

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

Alison Willmore • One month ago

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 • One month ago

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 • 2 months ago

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have remade A Star Is Born as a tender, conflicted love story for the age of poptimism. (Spoilers, if you haven’t caught any of the three previous versions of this movie.)

Alison Willmore • 2 months ago

No one could blame Dan Fogelman for being upset about the critical reaction to his new movie, but the director’s self-defense is more cynical than any of the reviews.

Alison Willmore • 2 months ago

Beautiful Boy, Ben Is Back, and Boy Erased each offer a different take on the idealized white suburban son whose parents fail to see him as he really is.

Alison Willmore • 3 months ago

Cubicle drone Jim Halpert has remade himself as an action hero, and a particular kind — a reluctant but stalwart defender of an American way of life.

Alison Willmore • 3 months ago

Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before may be making history, but all they really want is to entertain. Isn't there something historic in that, too?

Alison Willmore • 4 months ago

John Cho's new movie Searching might be the first one you see that takes place entirely on a computer screen. But it probably won't be the last.

Alison Willmore • 4 months ago

There will always be new leading men in Hollywood. But Cruise seems determined to prove that none of them will ever work as hard as he does.

Alison Willmore • 4 months ago

The days of the watercooler show may be numbered, but Sharp Objects suggests that prestige drama could still develop into something new.

Alison Willmore • 5 months ago

Projects like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Westworld, and War for the Planet of the Apes suggest humanity is getting what it deserves. (Spoilers for the end of Fallen Kingdom.)

Alison Willmore • 5 months ago

In this summer of scamming, IRL grift is easily outpacing the current big-screen visions of cons, heists, hustling, and fraud for sheer escapist satisfaction.

Alison Willmore • 6 months ago

Between the poisonous trauma of Hereditary and the oppressive solidarity of A Quiet Place, horror in 2018 has become a family affair.

Alison Willmore • 6 months ago

Years after leaving the PlayStation behind, I've found my way back into video games — or maybe they've found their way back to me.

Alison Willmore • 6 months ago

Jennifer Fox’s powerful new film The Tale is a reminder of how many #MeToo narratives have been centered on the men accused, rather than the people who have spoken up against them. (Warning: This essay contains descriptions of child sexual assault, and spoilers.)

Alison Willmore • 6 months ago

Don’t get fooled by the lighthearted marketing — Tully, like Young Adult, is actually a serious look at women in crisis. Spoilers for Tully below!

Alison Willmore • 7 months ago

After years of playing supportive besties, Oh's finally the lead in Killing Eve — alongside a character intent on making it all up to her by being her scariest fan.

Alison Willmore • 7 months ago