The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Cannes winner The Square is a scathingly funny art-world satire from the director of Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund is a maestro of discomfort, and The Square, which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes earlier this year, might just be his magnum opus: a two-and-a-half-hour cringe comedy about the foibles of supposed high society, unfolding as a daisy chain of exquisitely awkward episodes. Östlund’s last movie, the bleakly…

Elisabeth Moss asks a tough question in this exclusive clip from Cannes winner The Square

Comedies almost never win Cannes; the rationale, one must assume, is they aren’t “serious” enough for the most prestigious film prize in the world. That makes this year’s Palme D’Or winner, The Square, a welcome anomaly. Like writer-director Ruben Östlund’s last movie, Force Majeure, it’s a hilarious savaging of male…

The Square wins the Palme D’Or and Nicole Kidman gets a special award at Cannes

Early today, Pedro Almodóvar and his Cannes jury announced the winners at the film festival’s annual awards ceremony, but since it wouldn’t be the Cannes awards without some surprises, they threw in a couple of bonus awards just for fun. Specifically, Nicole Kidman was awarded a special prize simply for ubiquity, with…

The filmmakers behind The Square are making a documentary about the Sony hack

The media—ourselves included—talked about the Sony hack so much last year that we’d completely understand if you never wanted to hear about it again. Unfortunately, it was a big dramatic thing that happened in Hollywood, so we’re going to keep hearing about it until the next big dramatic thing happens in Hollywood. On…