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The Man Behind Pixar’s Deepest Explorations

Pixar always has been known for making profound animated movies, but no one has pushed that imperative further than ‘Soul’ director Pete Docter

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Kirsten Johnson Wants to Talk to You About Death

Loss isn’t an easy thing to deal with, but what if you tried to address the inevitable before it happened? That’s the premise of the documentarian’s latest for Netflix, ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead,’ starring her dad.

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The Future of Film Talk Is on Letterboxd

As the pandemic and expansion of streaming changes how and when we see a movie, one unassuming social media site is positioned as a haven for the film-crit community

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The Birth of the Cheerocracy: A Q&A With ‘Bring It On’ Director Peyton Reed

Twenty years ago today, cheer captain Torrance Shipman learned that her team had been stealing routines from the East Compton Clovers. Teen movies—and cheerleading—have never been the same since.

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The Next Great Sports Movie Director Has Arrived

With ‘The Way Back,’ Gavin O’Connor continues to hone the intense, captivating style he previously showcased behind the camera in ‘Miracle’ and ‘Warrior’

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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Is More Proof of Céline Sciamma’s Genius

The French filmmaker is now four films into an already impressive career and, if there’s any justice in this world, on the verge of a breakthrough

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Scarlett Johansson Deserves an Oscar for ‘Marriage Story’

In a story about divorce, director Noah Baumbach—advertently or inadvertently—puts his female lead in the unenviable position of being a villain. Only an Oscar-deserving performance can overcome such a disadvantage.

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Does the Movie Industry Need an Unsafe Space?

If so, the micro-studio Cinestate—and its burgeoning media arm—is here to make us a little less comfortable. Meet the merry band of ultraviolent genre enthusiasts trying to upend independent movies.

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Truth and Legends: The Extraordinary Documentaries of Martin Scorsese

The filmmaker’s best known for gangster sagas and epic tales, but his docs are among his best work. And a new one on Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ has the hallmarks of his best and most mischievous work.