reviews
Culture Desk
Jane Campion’s Gothic Vision of Rural Queerness in “The Power of the Dog”
Campion’s new Western shares a visual vocabulary with “Brokeback Mountain,” but what looks like an unlikely love story turns out to be a tale of revenge.
By Brandon TaylorNovember 19, 2021
The Front Row
“Last Night in Soho,” Reviewed: A Flashy but Facile Anti-Nostalgia Trip
Edgar Wright’s critique of swinging-sixties London, from the perspective of a young woman of today, gets lost in a tangle of plot twists and shock effects.
By Richard BrodyNovember 1, 2021
The Front Row
Review: A “Dune” Sanded to Dullness
Whereas David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation turned Frank Herbert’s fantasy world into a visceral cinematic experience, Denis Villeneuve’s version remains in the realm of worthy principles.
By Richard BrodyOctober 22, 2021
Listening Booth
Young Thug Defies Expectations Again
His new album, “Punk,” is a brilliant surprise.
By Sheldon PearceOctober 20, 2021
Page-Turner
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Haunting New Novel
In “The Morning Star,” the Norwegian novelist gives voice to the feeling that something terrible is coming for us all.
By Brandon TaylorOctober 16, 2021
Listening Booth
The Very Online Music of Magdalena Bay
The duo’s new album, “Mercurial World,” is easily the best, most lustrous, most carefully considered music they’ve made.
By Sheldon PearceOctober 12, 2021
Culture Desk
The Cinematic Shock of “Titane” Arrives in New York
The transgressive Cannes winner opens this week, but a viewer may get a more lasting jolt from the uncut version of Andrzej Żuławski’s “Possession.”
By Anthony LaneOctober 1, 2021
The Front Row
“Chameleon Street,” an Overlooked Masterwork That’s Also a Cautionary Tale About Hollywood
In his 1990 feature début, the director, writer, and actor Wendell B. Harris, Jr., bent a real-life story into wildly inventive and incisive fiction. Yet he has never got to make a second film.
By Richard BrodySeptember 22, 2021
Listening Booth
Yebba’s Powerful Blues on “Dawn”
On her début album, the Arkansas singer-songwriter copes with her mother’s suicide.
By Sheldon PearceSeptember 14, 2021
Page-Turner
Sally Rooney Gets Outside of People’s Heads
In her third novel, “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” the Irish author observes her unhappy young protagonists from a notable distance.
By Lauren Michele JacksonSeptember 10, 2021
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