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2017-03-24
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Tonight’s season 9 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race is extra. The show has some intense momentum behind it after two great seasons last year, and the steady growth of the series’ pop..
Deadline reports that blood-drenched genre director Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to direct Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. Fox picked up the remake right..
It’s well known that America’s current Secretary Of The Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, is a former Hollywood insider and film producer. Or not-so-former, given that he still has a movie..
The slowly chugging Justice League hype machine has finally gotten around to its final stop, Ray Fisher’s metal-covered superhero Cyborg. Alongside the other four members of the Le..
Last week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Warner Bros. was gearing up for a new Matrix film. They dubbed it a “reboot,” a term that most other coverage (including ours) ran ..
If Slamma Jamma isn’t the worst movie ever made about basketball, then it’s because some of the actual hoops footage is decent, provided you ignore the fact that the crew and equip..
If there’s one thing The Devil Wears Prada taught us, it’s that we normal plebeians just aren’t smart enough to understand fashion. And reading New York’s lengthy new article on th..
Keyboard Geniuses is our weekly glance at a few intriguing, witty, or otherwise notable posts from the Gameological discussion threads. Comments have been excerpted and edited here..
The anthology series is in the middle of a resurgence right now, thanks to Ryan Murphy and FX, who have produced American Horror Story, Feud, American Crime Story, and the forthcom..
Bringing to fruition a project that began almost five years ago, Variety reports that The Neon Demon director and exploitation cinema enthusiast Nicolas Winding Refn has been given..
What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old. Unlike my colleague ..
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation. Written and illustrated b..
With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this..
Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to ..
2017-03-23
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Controversy has surrounded Ghost In The Shell’s casting of Scarlett Johansson since the moment she was first announced as The Major, its taciturn cyborg hero. Known as Motoko Kusan..
According to Deadline, Joe and Anthony Russo (a.k.a. The Russos) are going to be working with Swiss Army Man directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (a.k.a. The Daniels) on thei..
Variety reports that life in plastic is no longer quite so fantastic, as comedian Amy Schumer has dropped out of her lead role in Sony’s upcoming live-action Barbie movie. Schumer ..
Rotten Tomatoes is simply an aggregate. Although it is in the business of reporting movie news and interviewing celebrities about their movie projects, it technically has no critic..
Warner Bros.’ sludgy torrent of slow-drip Justice League hype continues, as the studio has now added a couple of 10-second “trailer teasers” to the half-assed poster it dropped for..
Oh, those irascible Disney executives. So cheeky. So coy. So unwilling to share any details on what’s up with any of their upcoming Star Wars movies. Bunch of scruffy-looking nerf ..
This video contains spoilers for the ending of Rogue One, obviously. The ending to Rogue One is quite unusual for a modern blockbuster. There aren’t many studios that would be comf..
Whether you’re snacking on some M&Ms while waiting for a movie to start or stress-eating an entire box of Thin Mints in your car, the act of consuming chocolate has become so i..
If you have any slightly pop culture-inclined friends within your social media network, you’ve likely come across the “Name A Favorite Movie For Every Year Since You Were Born” cha..
Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the undercover FBI agent tasked with investigating corruption in the California Highway Patrol as portrayed by Michael Peña in the new action-comedy CHIP..
In the old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV show, the spandex-suited heroes fought many bizarre creations: a time-traveling cactus, a rapping upside-down jack-o’-lantern, a pineapp..
Okay, forgive the emotional whiplash, but now it seems that Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan just might featuring singing. Or not. Let’s just say, it’s unclear at this poin..
A new poster for the upcoming DC superhero team-up film Justice League was released today, and you might want to make sure you’re sitting down, because people have been known to be..
What does it say that most movies about making contact with an alien species inevitably devolve into a bloodbath? Is that mankind’s fear of the great unknown rearing its ugly head?..
This weekend sees the release of the new Power Rangers movie, a decided upgrade from the Mighty Morphin’ type you might remember from back in the Triassic Period era known as the ‘..
Even before the first teaser was released, we all had a pretty good idea what we’d be getting from a Baywatch movie led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The same beautiful people and ..
Documentary film often hopes to spark some passion in not only its audience but also its subjects. Whether it’s The Look Of Silence’s remorseless murderers being grilled by their o..
Pop culture frequently depicts pregnant women as beatific fertility goddesses, flush with hormones and the unparalleled satisfaction of fulfilling their biological destiny. (See: B..
Stories are more powerful than we give them credit for. We don’t remember sequences of events too well, but assemble those same elements in a particular order, interpret them throu..
Movie studios make films about real people all the time, but there’s always been something uniquely gross about the desire to adapt the death of Elisa Lam into a horror movie. Lam ..
2016 was a better-than-average year for African-Americans in movies, with films like Hidden Figures, Fences, I Am Not Your Negro, and Ava DuVernay’s The 13th all taking their place..
2017-03-22
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A few days ago, we reported that Sony had penciled in a release date for Venom, a Spider-Man spin-off movie that would focus on his sticky, alien rival and wouldn’t include the Web..
According to Deadline, Room’s Lenny Abrahamson is attached to direct a movie based on Burning Rainbow Farm, a book by Dean Kuipers. The book is about Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm, ..
The internet has a bad habit of judging things sight unseen, especially when it comes to movies that are adaptations of beloved, preexisting properties. This can be a wise decision..
It took George Saunders a while to publish his first novel: The supernatural/historical fiction mashup Lincoln In The Bardo, released earlier this month, follows 20 years of award-..
If only because she’s going to play Captain Marvel and occasionally tweets about The Legend Of Zelda, Brie Larson has already proven that she’s a lot more likable than our current ..
Earlier today, we reported that Malaysia’s decidedly homophobic censorship board would allow Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast to screen in the country without edits, and n..
Like Ryan Reynolds before him, Michael Shannon might be getting ready to jump from the DC movie universe to the X-Men one, as Variety is reporting that Shannon is Fox’s “top choice..
After the disappointing critical and commercial performance of his last movie, the sort-of sequel, sort-of reboot Blair Witch, director Adam Wingard promised a return to genre-bend..
Since Rogue One was announced as an interstitial movie, settling between not just movies but also trilogies and acting as a preamble to A New Hope, its fate has been sealed: Someda..
Now that a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is actually coming up in the not too distant future, Netflix has released a trailer giving MSTies their first look at the rebo..
Available April 1 A Weekend With The Family (2016) A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) Across The Universe (2007) An American Tail (1986) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) An ..
Beauty And The Beast—and its much talked about “exclusively gay moment”—will reportedly come to Malaysia, despite earlier indication that the country’s homophobic censorship board ..
Ivan Reitman is repeating his promise that the Ghostbusters franchise has not been banished to the spirit world. In a new interview with io9, Reitman explained he’s working on both..
Its 20-year run of making precious, stressful memories as the most popular holiday song to play at the mall may have ended last year, but Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas I..
In 11 Questions, The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee. June Diane Raphael is one of those peopl..
It’s always a pleasure to watch Laura Dern lose it on screen. And she does just that in both Wilson, the Daniel Clowes adaptation due out Friday, and the HBO limited series Big Lit..
The cartoonist Daniel Clowes has built a career on misfits, misanthropes, and losers—society’s black sheep in black-rimmed glasses. But among his gallery of downtrodden outcasts, W..
Set mostly in 1977, with recurring flashbacks to events that took place three decades earlier, Dig Two Graves goes refreshingly light on the period signifiers. Writer-director Hunt..
Everybody get up; it’s time to get nostalgic, courtesy of today’s list of Record Store Day exclusives. The releases—which will all hit stores on the big promotional day, April 22—i..
2017-03-21
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is now facing a big lawsuit from author Gary L. Goldman, who has accused the studio of stealing his idea to make Zootopia. Goldman wrote..
Though it was fairly lousy, 2015’s Terminator Genisys actually made a fair amount of money and desperately tried to reboot the series’ complicated timeline in a way that would allo..
Though it got overshadowed by some other big news story a few days later, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series last year is still one of the most important events in human his..
Back in November, we reported that Fox was planning to include Marvel’s black-ops mutant team X-Force in Deadpool 3, giving The Merc With A Mouth a chance to hang out with his very..
Earlier this week, Tim Allen unleashed an increasingly familiar anguished grunt by likening being a conservative in Hollywood—a place that continues churning out episodes of Last M..
If you’ve ever wanted to watch Steve from Stranger Things reenact Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while shilling for Domino’s Pizza, then boy oh boy, is today your lucky day. Chicago acto..
Robyn has a new song, but there’s a catch: If you want to preview it, you’re going to also have to listen to Girls dialogue. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but just be warned ..
Nazi fop Richard Spencer can’t stop getting punched in the face, whether literally (by random humans on the street), journalistically (by investigators who uncovered he gets his mo..
In The Overlook, A.V. Club film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky examines the misfits, underappreciated gems, and underseen classics of film history. A man’s voice, a melodious baritone..
“Sometimes I see mother when she’s not really there. Sometimes I become her.” These words are a simple statement of fact about the lead character of Bates Motel, but coming from No..
2017-03-20
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Unless this Mummy reboot really takes off, the Mission: Impossible movies are basically Tom Cruise’s last real connection to the mainstream Hollywood success that he used to effort..
The Raid is one of those action movies that leaves you feeling sort of clammy and exhausted afterward, a gauntlet of intense mano-a-mano encounters between people who are very good..
Evidently jealous of his friends in The Avengers who actually have superpowers, Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star in The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle, a reboot of the classic ch..
Both “Liberty Down” and “The Long D” find Mickey and Gus moving in opposite directions, and there’s a whiplash quality to the two of them together. In the first, it’s Mickey who is..
More than a year after it wowed our critics in Toronto and at Fantastic Fest, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, a.k.a. February, is finally making its way to theaters. In his festival revi..
It’s a tale as old as a few years ago: Disney dusts off some animated classic from its vault, replaces the cartoons with real people (and some CGI critters), and opens it in a bunc..
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming Power Rangers features a scene in which the Yellow Power Ranger’s --- is in question, making her the first LGBT superhero in..
The second season of FX’s American Crime Story, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has yet to set a premiere date. But Ryan Murphy and his co-producers are apparently eager ..
William Shatner is boldly going where only so many actors have gone before: Variety reports the Star Trek stalwart has just boarded an indie rom-com called Senior Moment. In what s..
Starting tonight, the A&E series Bates Motel will have one of the most recognizable names in pop music checking in to its murderous narrative. Guest star Rihanna is appearing f..
This post contains discussion of the end of Rogue One, a movie which came out in December. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made the bold choice to kill off every single one of the mai..
Joe Manganiello has shouldered the burden of propping up The Batman, whose troubled production has already seen the replacement of its director and the retention of its ambivalent ..
“Full Disclosure” is one of the oddest, lumpiest half-hours Girls has ever turned out, an episode equally comprising the show’s most and least appealing elements. It’s an episode t..
The first moments this week’s Feud may elicit a pang of nostalgia in Mad Men devotees. After all, it’s hard to see Kiernan Shipka smoking and not think of Sally Draper puffing away..
The fun of Feud comes in depicting these two larger-than life Hollywood legends and seeing sides of them we’ve never really seen before. We can read biographies, or watch their mov..
2017-03-19
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As reported by Variety, Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis are going to join forces for The Spy Who Dumped Me, a new action-comedy about a pair of friends who take on some kind of covert..
One of the downfalls of being a Nazi is that pretty much everyone—save for other Nazis—just straight-up hates you. Richard Spencer, the world’s most-punchable Nazi, is continuing t..
As reported by Variety, horror comic book artist Bernie Wrightson has died after a “long battle” with brain cancer. He was 68. Wrightson is best known as the artist who co-created ..
Famous last words from Gus Cruikshank: “In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that long.” But in the grand scheme of Love, which has moved assiduously through the courtship of ..
Director Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series will be in theaters on July 28, and though the movie somehow still doesn’t have a teaser trailer of any ..
With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching NASA’s efforts to send Al..
Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, March 19. All times are Eastern. Big Little Lies (HBO, 9 p.m.): Big Little Lies has been trotting along at a pretty tight clip, as t..
2017-03-18
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We’re getting increasingly excited for the April 7 release of Nacho Vigalondo’s new movie Colossal, which stars Anne Hathaway as an alcoholic who finds that she can control a giant..
2017-03-17
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The New York Times reports that a Twitter user has been arrested by the FBI, in connection to an image that was sent to Newsweek senior writer and Vanity Fair editor Kurt Eichenwal..
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings—never a man to mince words when it comes to poking the competition or drumming up some headlines for his streaming empire—called out his competitors in th..
When last we saw Noomi Rapace’s Prometheus character, Elizabeth Shaw, she was jetting off to the stars in search of humanity’s malevolent creators, accompanied only by the detached..
The nearly unrelenting moodiness of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice didn’t just bum out audiences; it wore on Hans Zimmer, who was tasked with scoring the film. Zimmer of course..
Trains are an underappreciated way to travel. Hop aboard an Amtrak, and you’ll get scenic views, comparatively spacious seats, and even a cafe car if you’re feeling hungry and/or w..
Coming from a background as a visual artist, writer-director Anna Biller makes films that, on one level, can be experienced as pure cinema. But while the aesthetics are undoubtedly..
Two DCEU movies will be out this year—Wonder Woman and Justice League—but Warner Bros. suddenly fits itself with a little time on its hands. Aquaman’s release date has been bumped ..
Animation was never my thing. It’s not like I didn’t get plenty of it: Growing up, I spent as much time as the average latchkey suburban kid watching after-school cartoons, tuning ..
What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old. I run hot and cold o..
2017-03-16
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We’re only halfway through Hulu’s unofficial Karate Month celebration, and the streaming service has already announced the new titles you’ll be able to stream in April. Sadly, ther..
Adding yet another complication to the ever-winding web of interrelated character rights and film franchises derived from Marvel Comics’ various licensing deals, Sony has announced..
We have to assume that Disney really didn’t intend to start a string of international incidents when it casually mentioned that Josh Gad’s character in the upcoming Beauty And The ..
British animation studio Aardman is a reliably consistent hit maker, whether it’s a classic like Wallace & Gromit or a newcomer like the Shaun The Sheep movie. And now the peop..
For years, Netflix has asked users to rate the things they’ve watched with a straightforward five-star system. It was simple, elegant, and had a wide enough range that you could de..
Despite being in a relatively unique position as a content distribution service, Netflix doesn’t usually go out of its way to do the sorts of things that only it can do—like going ..
Deadline reports that two rising Hollywood talents are coming together to stick it to some monsters, with news coming that Ben Wheatley and Alicia Vikander will soon be making a mo..
In 2015, Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina Jr. was arrested for stabbing his roommate with a sword, and despite a later report suggesting that he wouldn’t end up facing charges, M..
As a veteran of several Fast And Furious movies and Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin is known for making big, occasionally goofy action spectaculars, but he’s going in a sligh..
Because nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like a glowering fishman trying to impale his enemies with a fork, Warner Bros. has announced that it’s pushing its upcoming Aquaman movie ba..
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malin Akerman is in talks to join director Brad Peyton’s movie adaptation of the video game Rampage. Assuming the talks work out, she’ll be joi..
In what just might be one of the sillier premises for a Liam Neeson movie, director Hans Petter Moland’s Hard Powder stars Neeson as an uptight snowplow driver in Colorado who begi..
Rogue One was always designed as a movie that leads directly into the original Star Wars trilogy, so it’s appropriate that it ends with Princess Leia. The young princess receives t..
Is Love the first Netflix original series to generate more heat with its second season than its first? BoJack Horseman is the only exception I can think of, so maybe Love is the fi..
In a way it’s brave, Terrence Malick’s recent decision to make himself less scarce. For nearly four decades, Malick films were rare and elusive events that only appeared on the hor..
White collars, red blood: In The Belko Experiment, American rat racers become guinea pigs in a deadly social experiment. Suddenly trapped within the remote Columbian office buildin..
Heavy metal and horror movies go together like chocolate and peanut butter, not least because of their shared fascination with Satan. The relationship between the trio goes back to..
Parties are hard. You don’t know how many people are coming, how much booze and in what variety to provide, and god forbid you have scheduled some “activities,” which involves corr..
The crew of semi-anonymous British TV veterans behind the Crackle series Snatch have stumbled into the kind of job that gets pawned off on patsies and chumps: turn the Guy Ritchie ..
We’ve not yet seen Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which is due out on May 5, but the trailers suggest the sequel is every bit the clever, action-packed movie that the first volume..
Palme Thursday is A.A. Dowd’s monthly examination of a winner of the Palme D’Or, determining how well the film has held up and whether it deserved the highest prize awarded at the ..
My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a sub..
Here’s to trying. Danny Boyle’s 1996 breakthrough, Trainspotting, cast its Scottish heroin addicts as chumps and subversive figures in equal measure, the idea being that junkies’ d..
Lots of movies are obviously patterned after fairy tales, everything from Sydney White to The Beautician And The Beast. There are also a multitude of straight-on adaptations, like ..
Despite being hated by critics at the time of its release (22 years ago last month), Billy Madison has achieved a certain nostalgic glow over time, both as one of the purest expres..