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‘Ad Astra’ Is a Masterpiece, and Brad Pitt Has Won 2019

Sean and Amanda break down Brad Pitt’s career and best performances before ‘Ad Astra’ director James Gray joins to discuss his new space drama and more

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‘The Rewatchables 1999’: ‘Never Been Kissed’

The group goes undercover to revisit South Glen High School circa 1999

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Presenting: The Movie Astronaut Matrix

Two resident space movie enthusiasts discuss space movies, hand out superlatives, and debate which space film has the best score

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The Bloody Anatomy of a ‘Rambo’ Movie

Tracing the journey of Sylvester Stallone’s Vietnam vet, who returns this week for the fifth—and likely final—installment in the franchise

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The Sons of John Rambo

The success of 1982’s ‘First Blood’ created a genre of its own: movies starring Chuck Norris and David Carradine that grappled with post-Vietnam America by returning to the scene, revising history, and blowing up stuff

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James Gray’s Obsession With Father Figures Lives on in ‘Ad Astra’

Turns out the "Dad Astra" joke on Twitter is actually pretty fitting ...

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Oscar Bait Reborn: ‘Hustlers’ Cashes In, ‘The Goldfinch’ Flops Hard, and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Hops Into the Best Picture Race

Sean and Amanda break down the post-festival discourse

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The ‘Downton Abbey’ Economy: How One Costume Drama Reinvented British TV

The beloved series spawned a cottage tourism industry and a new feature film. But ‘Downton’ also changed the way we produce and watch international television (and also, possibly, the way we understand the U.K. itself).

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How ‘Hustlers’ Kept Its Strip Club Scenes Real

Behind-the-scenes consultants Jacq Frances and Johanna Sapakie taught Jennifer Lopez how to pole dance and director Lorene Scafaria how strip clubs function, all in the name of keeping the movie from feeling like a caricature

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‘Beverly Hills Cop’ With Bill Simmons, Wesley Morris, Sean Fennessey, and Chris Ryan

Bill, Sean, and Chris are joined by Wesley Morris to rewatch the 1984 comedy starring Eddie Murphy

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The ‘Hustlers’ Exit Survey

Talking Jennifer Lopez in a fur coat, scammer stories, 2007 nostalgia, and to repeat: JENNIFER LOPEZ IN A FUR COAT

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Is Ansel Elgort Really a Movie Star?

After ‘The Goldfinch’ took in only $2.6 million in its first weekend, it’s time to once again assess the bona fides of Hollywood’s foremost actor/tap dancer/DJ/pop singer/social media star

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The Hottest Take: Indiana Jones Is Not Who We Think He Is

Is it time to reconsider the reputation of the swashbuckling archaeologist?

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An Oscar for J.Lo, a Playboy Appearance for Kylie, and Kissing Lessons for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Plus, Coach Kobe and Hailey Bieber’s new tattoo

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MoviePass Is Dead (for Real This Time). RIP a Company That Was Too Good to Be True.

The subscription service will shut down on Saturday. Its business plan never made any sense, but for a brief moment, it gave moviegoers a reason to go to the theater—no matter how bad the movie.

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Reactions to the Third Democratic Debate, and Ken Burns Takes Us Back in Time 

Larry Wilmore is joined by documentarian Ken Burns as they discuss his upcoming project, ‘Country Music’

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On the Set of ‘Briarpatch’ With Andy Greenwald and Jay R. Ferguson

Plus, they discuss Jay’s experience playing Stan Rizzo on ‘Mad Men,’ and of course, the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Philadelphia Eagles

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‘Hustlers’ Is an Essential, Timely American Crime Story

Lorene Scafaria’s new film—which follows strippers who resort to a criminal scheme during the 2008 financial crisis—adds something new to the scammer genre by turning traditional pawns into well-rounded subjects

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Career Arcs

A series of retrospectives on Hollywood’s biggest stars

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Jennifer Lopez’s Journey From Backup Dancer to Lead Actress

J.Lo came into our lives as a Fly Girl on ‘In Living Color,’ shot some iconic music videos, and became a movie star after ‘Selena’

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‘Hustlers’ Is Undeniable and So Is Jennifer Lopez, Oscar Contender

Plus, Sean talks with ‘Hustlers’ writer-director Lorene Scafaria about how she created one of the year’s most exciting movies

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On ‘Uncut Gems’ and ‘Marriage Story,’ Two Uniquely New York Movies

One places Adam Sandler and Kevin Garnett in the middle of NYC’s diamond district—the other places Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson in the middle of a divorce

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This Is Comedy in the ’90s

Nearly 30 years ago, a handful of smart people set out with one mission: to make some silly movies

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‘The Rewatchables 1999’: ‘Election’

Revisiting the greatest high school political campaigns of 1999

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‘Knives Out’ Is a Throwback and an Outlier

Rian Johnson’s return to genre flicks after helming ‘The Last Jedi’ bites off more than it can chew—but watching the movie try is worth the price of admission

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The Magic of ‘The Goldfinch’ Is Lost in Adaptation

Turning Donna Tartt’s blockbuster novel into a movie was always going to be a challenge … then filmmakers made things even harder on themselves

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From Selena to Ramona: The Winding Acting Career of Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the Block has come a long way since being a backup dancer in Janet Jackson videos and ‘In Living Color’

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A Sox-Yanks Power Flip and Biden’s Struggles With JackO, Plus Sean Penn’s First BS Appearance

Bill sits down with Academy Award–winning actor Sean Penn to discuss his long career and his new novel ‘Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn’

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A Unified Theory of the Art Museum Movie

‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ ‘Ocean’s 8,’ and soon, ‘The Goldfinch’—what do these movies and their pristine settings do for us?

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‘Joker’ Is Getting Serious Buzz. Should You Take It Seriously?

Joaquin Phoenix does justice to the lineage of A-listers that have played the titular character. But how does Todd Phillips’s film fare?

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘It Chapter Two’

Pennywise the Clown and the Losers Club are back in Derry for a final showdown

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The Highs and Lows of Biopics: On ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ and ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

The "based on a true story" tales starring Tom Hanks and Eddie Murphy prove the medium’s advantages—and limits