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Movies, reconsidered

Finding new meaning in old favorites

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The Dark Knight was the last superhero movie saga with an actual ending

What if The Lord of the Rings movies never happened?

The Scorpion King predicted everything about modern blockbusters

Disney’s Encanto isn’t just about representation — it’s an act of defiance

The Bourne trilogy’s notorious shaky-cam action is better than anyone else’s

Revisiting the surprisingly essential Thor: The Dark World

The Last Jedi dared to put the philosophy of Star Wars in the foreground

The carnivorous capitalism embedded in Jurassic Park’s DNA

The Master takes on new meaning in the age of the Intellectual Dark Web

The Wicker Man and the horrors of denialism

Robert de Niro starred in a near-perfect Joker movie

The best chase sequence ever is in Wallace and Gromit

We’re learning the big difference between disasters and disaster movies

Takashi Miike’s Audition realized the potential of extreme horror

The women of Polygon on the women of Quentin Tarantino movies

The largely unloved Star Trek: Nemesis is due for a critical reappraisal

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The Polygon entertainment staff watches a lot of movies. Between the week’s major tentpole releases, we’re finding room for tiny gems, the latest and greatest in streaming service offerings, and the constant wave of new TV shows, which are more like really long movies than ever before.

Even with all that on our plate, we can’t help but feel the tug of the classics — aging or modern. Thanks to the content hunger of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney Plus, and the other streamers, and the one-click ease of digital video marketplaces like Apple Movies and Vudu, time-tested films have never been easier to watch or rewatch. A movie’s life doesn’t end after it bows out of theaters. With every surprising new turn life offers, movies from decades ago take on new meaning and new auras of appreciation. Did we really understand the puzzling cult drama Upstream Color when it trickled into theaters in 2013? What does the 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man mean in today’s climate? Was everyone wrong about Thor: The Dark World?

Movies like The Dark Knight could prompt us to write a few dozen essays. Some movies just demand a second, closer viewing. Here, you’ll find our full collection of retrospectives and reassessments of movies worth watching, considering, and reconsidering.