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Cooper Raiff Is Finding His Sweet Spot in Hollywood

Off the surprising success of his first film, ‘Shithouse,’ the Dallas-born director is back with the winning ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth,’ and trying to figure it all out in the process

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How Pixar Solved the Villain Problem

For many franchises, coming up with compelling foes has long been a torturous task. But ever since ‘Toy Story,’ Pixar has created antagonists who deftly reflect their movies’ main characters and even make a case for themselves.

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Will We Ever Run Out of Stephen King Stories to Adapt?

The prolific writer’s IMDb page is nearly as long as one of his novellas. And at least for now, it’s only getting longer.

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When Nicolas Cage Became the Biggest Action Star of the ’90s

In this exclusive excerpt from ‘Age of Cage,’ Keith Phipps chronicles how Hollywood’s most singular actor stepped into the role of blockbuster hero with ‘The Rock,’ ‘Con Air,’ and ‘Face/Off’

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The Night ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Devoured the Oscars

On March 30, 1992, Jonathan Demme’s cannibalistic thriller became just the third movie to sweep the Academy Awards’ big five categories. Since then, no other movie has done it.

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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