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Solo: A Star Wars Story

An engaging but unnecessary bit of backstory for one of blockbuster cinema's most beloved characters.

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Future World

Everything in “Future World” is skin-deep, shallow versions of deeper material from other films.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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If We Picked the Winners 2018

In anticipation of the Academy Awards, we polled our contributors to see who they thought should win the Oscar. Once we had our winners, we asked various writers to make the case for our selection in each category. We're posting those essays this week, two a day, leading up to the big reveal of our picks for our best director and best picture on Friday. Check back all week. Here you'll find links to all our picks.

Best Documentary: "Faces Places" — Essay by Peter Sobczynski

Best Foreign Language Film: "Loveless" — Essay by Sheila O'Malley

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Best Adapted Screenplay: "Call Me By Your Name" by James Ivory — Essay by Susan Wloszczyna

Best Original Screenplay: "Get Out" by Jordan Peele — Essay by Glenn Kenny

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe for "The Florida Project— Essay by Odie Henderson

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf for "Lady Bird— Essay by Nell Minow

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for "Phantom Thread" — Essay by Brian Tallerico

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan for "Lady Bird" — Essay by Arielle Bernstein

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson for "Phantom Thread" — Essay by Christy Lemire

Best Picture: "Get Out" — Essay by Matt Zoller Seitz

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