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Is ‘The Northman’ a Failed Art Film, or Is It Robert Eggers’ Stolidly Successful Blockbuster Audition? (Column)

“The Northman,” a violent epic of Viking revenge, is not a good movie. It’s like “Gladiator” without the Colosseum and with a stubbornly uninteresting hulk avenger hero. (It also drags on 45 minutes longer than it should have.) A lot of critics have overpraised the movie because they feel invested in the career of Robert […]

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‘The Northman’ Viewing Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Appreciate the Visionary Viking Saga

It’s rare for a new movie to open in theaters with the vision and scale of “The Northman.” Director Robert Eggers’ third feature after “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse” has the same meticulous blend of period details, atmospheric storytelling, and ominous supernatural events — but it takes those proclivities and injects them into an epic […]

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‘The Northman’ Director Robert Eggers On Historical Accuracy, Studio Notes & Not Making A “Movie Schmovie”

After “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse,” director Robert Eggers brings his passion for meticulous historical recreation and his interest in the (often tortured) psyches of past generations to the violent and epic world of Vikings in “The Northman” (read our review). Unlike actor Alexander Skarsgård, who plays the film’s eponymous hero (read our interview with […]

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The Northman director Robert Eggers: ‘I’m shocked I made such a macho movie’

The American film-maker behind arthouse hits The Witch and The Lighthouse on how he came to create The Northman, a blood-soaked Viking blockbuster starring Alexander SkarsgårdIn his first film, the 4m Sundance sensation The Witch, Robert Eggers etched a human battle between Puritanism and the occult in 17th-century New England, written entirely in early modern […]

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Alfonso Cuarón Loved ‘The Northman’: ‘Every Single Frame is Charged with All the Thematic Elements of the Film’

Robert Eggers is only two features into his directing career, but he has already established himself as one of the most distinctive voices working in film today. After breaking out with the period horror film “The Witch” in 2015, he made one of the most uniquely unclassifiable movies in recent memory with “The Lighthouse” (which […]

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Robert Eggers’ The Northman Will Be Fighting A Major Uphill Battle At The Box Office

April isn’t quite summertime for Hollywood, but in some ways, it’s almost like an extension of the summer moviegoing season. Many big movies get released in April, as there are only so many weeks on the calendar in the actual summer. To that end, April of 2022 will see several big popcorn flicks hitting theaters […]

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Harry Styles Dropped Out of Robert Eggers’ ‘Nosferatu’ Remake With Anya Taylor-Joy

Harry Styles was briefly attached to Robert Eggers’ “Nosferatu” remake before he dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. The New Yorker first reported the casting exit. Contacted by Variety, a representative for Styles confirmed the news. Had Styles not pulled out of the movie, then “Nosferatu” would have paired the Grammy winner […]

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How The Lighthouse Changed Robert Pattinson Forever

After starring as teenage vampire heartthrob Edward in the “Twilight” franchise, actor Robert Pattinson did everything he could to distinguish himself as a “serious” performer, taking on every challenging role that came his way. Whether he’s running for his life in the Safdies’ “Good Time,” being sad in space in Claire Denis’ “High Life,” or practicing […]

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Willem Dafoe Brings His Wild Eyes To A Surprisingly Horny Saturday Night Live

It’s hard to believe that it took this long for Willem Dafoe to host “Saturday Night Live,” even though there’s actually a pretty reasonable explanation behind the wait. But thanks to the power of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and probably a lack of availability for Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire, the “Spider-Man” franchise villain and […]

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