Star Wars Prequel ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Is Masterfully Guided by Ewan McGregor

Star Wars Prequel ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Is Masterfully Guided by Ewan McGregor

Time may not heal all wounds, but it does sometimes allow one to overlook the bad in favor of the good. That’s certainly been the case with George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, whose many shortcomings (The dialogue! The wooden acting! Jar Jar!) were rightfully ridiculed at the time, and yet now seem amusingly quaint and … Read more

Mr. Taylor Swift and Margaret Qualley Have Lots of Sex in ‘The Stars at Noon.’ If Only They Had Any Chemistry.

Mr.  Taylor Swift and Margaret Qualley Have Lots of Sex in ‘The Stars at Noon.’  If Only They Had Any Chemistry.

Even the best film directors need good actors. Claire Denis has worked with an informal troupe of actors who recur in her films throughout her career, like Gregoire Colin and Alex Descas, and she has also had more starry lead actors this century, from Vincent Lindon in bastards and Isabelle Huppert in White Material to … Read more

Pete Davidson Isn’t SNL’s Biggest Loss, It’s Aidy Bryant

Pete Davidson Isn’t SNL’s Biggest Loss, It’s Aidy Bryant

Saturday Night Live‘s typical demi-decade exodus took place during its Season 47 finale this past Saturday. I know you’ve already heard about it: Anything concerning Pete Davidson—celebrity culture’s favorite BDE supplier and latest Kardashian boyfriend—is big news. Even if you don’t know why you care about him, and even if you hardly care about the … Read more

‘Moonage Daydream,’ a Trippy Tribute to David Bowie, Raises Many Questions at Cannes

‘Moonage Daydream,’ a Trippy Tribute to David Bowie, Raises Many Questions at Cannes

When I saw David Bowie in concert, twenty-odd years ago, he began performing “Space Oddity” halfway through the gig, after a big pause. “Ground Control to Major Tom” rang out, without any backing track, through the concert hall, and the crowd went wild. “Ground Control to Major Tom,” Bowie intoned once more, and then broke … Read more

‘Crimes of the Future’ Isn’t Nearly as Gross or Sexy as It Thinks It Is

‘Crimes of the Future’ Isn’t Nearly as Gross or Sexy as It Thinks It Is

It’s a famous pitfall of bad science fiction that its characters can spend the first three chapters, or first 40 minutes, setting out the various ways in which the world depicted differs from our current world. “Krangoldsen: The Overlords of Zurgatsk bid you step inside the Optimiser 3000 in order to receive your daily dose … Read more

Ugly Sonic in ‘Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers’ and All the Wildest Cartoon Cameos

Ugly Sonic in ‘Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers’ and All the Wildest Cartoon Cameos

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a Who’s Who cavalcade of cameos. It’s a cartoon and animation fan’s Wonderland. If Bugs Bunny interacting with Mickey Mouse in Who Framed Roger Rabbit warped your fragile little mind as a kid, Rescue Rangers will detonate your brain faster than you can say “Ugly Sonic.” (Oh, he’s there…) … Read more

In Cannes’ ‘Holy Spider,’ a Serial Killer Murders Prostitutes in Iran — and the Country Supports Him

In Cannes’ ‘Holy Spider,’ a Serial Killer Murders Prostitutes in Iran — and the Country Supports Him

A serial killer roams the streets at night, picking off desperate prostituted women, many of whom are hooked on crack, and strangles them to death in his home. A young female journalist, who is (naturally) feisty and emotionally invested in the case, sets tracking down the murderer, who has become known as the Spider Killer: … Read more

‘Triangle of Sadness,’ a Brutal Mockery of Influencers and Billionaires, Seduces Cannes

‘Triangle of Sadness,’ a Brutal Mockery of Influencers and Billionaires, Seduces Cannes

After the surprise Palme d’Or attributed to The Square, Ruben Östlund’s finely conceived, punchy, but occasionally rather pious piss-take of the art world, Cannes was waiting impatiently to see the director’s next move. His follow-up, which is in broad terms a sociopolitical satire of the influencer-led one percent, takes all of Östlund’s best qualities—namely, formal … Read more

‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-jae’s Movie Bloodbath ‘Hunt’ Rattles Cannes

‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-jae’s Movie Bloodbath ‘Hunt’ Rattles Cannes

Hunt is—excitingly or disappointingly, depending on your preferences—not a gritty, character-based reboot of the Mission: Impossible franchise, but instead a political thriller from South Korea, made by Squid Game’s breakout star Lee Jung-jae in his directorial debut. The fact that Hunt is so clearly a debut, with all the messy, bumpy execution that implies, is … Read more

A New Era’ Made Me Cry So Much

A New Era’ Made Me Cry So Much

This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. I’m not a huge fan of how much I cried while watching the new Downton Abbey movie, Downton Abbey: A … Read more