No surprise that a movie this fast and funny makes sure even the credits don’t waste a second. A parody of 1970s-style police shows, the sequence is shot from right behind the flashing light atop a cop car. The car zooms down a city street but then veers onto a sidewalk, through a car wash, onto a roller coaster and toward terrified bystanders. Everything you need to know about the movie is set up: It’s deadpan, sharply observed, hilarious and relentless.
Rosie Perez doesn’t have an especially big part, but it’s hard to imagine a splashier debut than the one Spike Lee gives her. The credits are nothing but her dancing to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and her fierce, angry movement sets the tone for the bold movie, the combativeness of which is foreshadowed by her busting a move in a boxer’s outfit.
The Marvel logo is bound to send audiences in one direction, so this parody of superhero movies immediately takes them in another direction by spoofing the idea of credits. Instead of “A Tim Miller Film,” we get “Some Douchebag’s Film.” It’s not “Starring Ryan Reynolds” but “Starring God’s Perfect Idiot,” accompanied by Reynolds’ “Sexiest Man Alive” magazine cover. It continues skewering tropes, through “British Villain” and “Moody Teen,” accompanied by a camera snaking through a violent scene and Juice Newton’s soaring “Angel of the Morning.”
Most of the words in this quirky comedy are in French, even in the credits, but it doesn’t matter because the various jobs are so cleverly visualized as a camera roams around objects in a dingy basement. The cinematographer’s name is written on a camera and the screenwriters’ on a page of a script.
It's been one year since the tragic passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his portrayal of Black Panther. A look back at his life …
What's new this weekend? An update on a horror classic, a raunchy screwball comedy hitting Hulu, and the dark side of PBS's permed out peaceful painter Bob Ross in a documentary on Netflix. All that, and more, on the latest episode of Just to be Nominated!
When the actors look straight down the barrel of the camera and channel the terror and humanity of the moment, “Together” becomes a worthy time capsule of how we're getting through this.
Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” sequel/reimagining of the 1992 horror film flits between surface-level critiques, stylish kills and sermonizing.
In Jonathan Cuartas' horror drama, Patrick Fugit and Ingrid Sophie Schram play adult siblings who care for a younger brother with very special needs.
The CW’s "Supergirl" returns from hiatus to finish out her sixth and final high-flying season. Sports fans can look again to Tokyo as the Paralympics begin.
“Cryptozoo,” available Friday on video on demand, appears to be adapted from a bored high school student’s notebook, doodled during zoology class.
"Truth or Consequences," a speculative documentary about the residents of the titular New Mexico town, plays under the stars Friday at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Get the inside scoop on new releases including the new Aretha Franklin biopic, 'Respect,' a new video game movie starring Ryan Reynolds, 'Free Guy,' and a solid thriller that just landed on Netflix, 'Beckett.'
It's the quintessential Sundance movie, a conventional heart warmer wrapped up in indie-film trappings with a twist that sets it apart from the pack.
Part fiction, part documentary, part stage performance — and playfully uninterested in distinguishing those parts from each other — Ephraim Asili’s “The Inheritance” is a celebration of Black liberation that is powerful and joyful.
One massive blockbuster, James Gunn's 'Suicide Squad,' on HBO Max ... one animated musical, 'Vivo' (starring Lin-Manuel Miranda), on Netflix ... and exactly one documentary, 'Val,' (as in Kilmer) on Amazon Prime.
Movie critic Bruce Miller says “The Green Knight” waffles between clever and boring and has long stretches of contemplation. Oscar nominee Dev…
A man sits alone in a house, watching TV. From this ordinary image springs “Nine Days,” one of the most extraordinary and moving films of the year.
The one thing you can’t say about “Annette” is that it’s insincere. It believes in itself with every fiber of its nutty being.
The Journal’s Bruce Miller speaks with actors Dara Renee and Issac Ryan Brown who are the hosts of “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off.”
The Journal’s Bruce Miller speaks with actors Cheyenne Jackson and Booboo Stewart, who star in Disney’s “Descendants: The Royal Wedding.”
Though perhaps not as swashbuckling as audiences may assume from its trailer, "The Green Knight" is a thoroughly introspective grand epic that's both cryptic and captivating.
What to watch this week, including Disney's 'Jungle Cruise,' A24's hotly anticipated 'The Green Knight,' a French action farce starring JCVD that just hit Netflix, 'The Last Mercenary,' and more!