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Jude Law joins Captain Marvel as a "mentor" character

According to Variety, Jude Law is in talks to play the male lead in Marvel’s Captain Marvel. Brie Larson is already starring as Carol Danvers, the marvelous captain herself, with Ben Mendolsohn playing the (presumably Skrull) villain. Variety says that Law’s role is being kept under wraps, but he’ll apparently be a… Read more...

Charles Dickens gets his own superfluous origin story in The Man Who Invented Christmas

Movies about writers always struggle with the fact that the writing process is almost unfilmable; the manual work of scribbling and typing letters is only a small, visible part of it. But The Man Who Invented Christmas, which dramatizes the six weeks that it took a cash-strapped Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) to pen A… Read more...

New wave cult classic Liquid Sky lands on Blu-ray with a dazzling new 4k restoration

Named after the chemical reaction that degrades improperly stored film prints, cult film distributor Vinegar Syndrome specializes in saving some of the wildest films ever committed to celluloid from the very condition for which it’s named. Its newest preservation effort is an especially exciting one: A 4k restoration… Read more...

Gary Oldman struggles to lead Joe Wright’s eye-catching Darkest Hour

The baroque competence of Joe Wright, the director who never met a camera movement he couldn’t overwork, makes Darkest Hour one of the more enjoyable entries in the endless, post-King’s Speech cycle of mannered prestige biopics; it turns out there is something of an art to these things. But no amount of distancing… Read more...

Laura Dern says her Star Wars: The Last Jedi character is meant to be divisive

We still don’t know how the Star Wars movies will respond to the death of Carrie Fisher, as her General Leia was reportedly supposed to play a big role in The Last Jedi and whatever Episode IX will be called, but a new Entertainment Weekly piece dedicated to Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo might give us some… Read more...

We're not worthy of co-hosting this anniversary Wayne's World screening in Chicago

Wayne’s World is the best of the Saturday Night Live movies. Oh, there are those who will tell you it’s really The Blues Brothers or maybe the relatively recent MacGruber. There are even a few sick freaks who might cite A Night At The Roxbury. But let’s be real: In quotability, in laugh count, in gleeful irreverence,… Read more...

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines for fans who wore Borat swimsuits in Kazakhstan

Recently, six Czechoslovakian tourists were reportedly arrested in Kazakhstan for wearing lime green Borat-style “mankini” bathing suits. They were detained on charges of “minor hooliganism” and fined about $67 (22,500 tenge in Kazakhstan), with the BBC adding that Kazakh social media users were divided on the… Read more...

Lizzy Caplan joins Channing Tatum in Gambit

According to Variety, Lizzy Caplan is “in talks” to join Gambit, the X-Men spin-off that Channing Tatum is absolutely intent on making for some reason. Caplan’s role is being kept “under wraps,” but outside of popular X-Man Rogue, there are only so many comic book characters connected to Gambit who seem important… Read more...

Weekend Box Office: Lex Luthor wouldn't kneel to pick up what Justice League just made

$96 million is a lot of money. Hell, it’s astronomical, by the average person or motion-picture studio’s standards. Most of the time, when a movie makes that kind of cash at all, let alone in a single weekend, there’s no question that we’re talking about a runaway smash. But everything is relative in the box-office… Read more...

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are totally okay with losing the Han Solo movie

Earlier this year, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo movie—now formally dubbed Solo: A Star Wars Story—after reportedly playing too loosely with the production and wasting a lot of time on things don’t make a billion dollars like “fun” and “improv.” They bounced back quickly, though,… Read more...

Denis Villeneuve's Dune won't be anything like David Lynch's version

Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was a surprisingly faithful sequel to Ridley Scott’s original film, echoing its iconic style with new ideas and advancements that still felt honest to core of the original. For his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, though, Villeneuve’s has no interest in paying… Read more...

John Wick solidified Keanu Reeves as one of the greatest action stars of all time

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 very minute. Read more...

Our critics debate the merits of DC's Justice League

It’s been more than a year and a half since A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky last sat down to debate the merits (or lack thereof) of a Zack Snyder superhero movie. But now, duty calls them to return to the bombastic Snyder-verse with a look at Justice League, an intentional course-correction for the DC… Read more...

The animated trifle The Star passes the Nativity through its ass

It’s a cute idea, making an animated film about the animals of the Nativity—Mary and Joseph’s donkey, the wise men’s camels, the shepherds’ sheep, and so on. Never mind that most of these are later inventions; the texts of the gospels and the Old Testament teem with animals and animal metaphors (not to mention all… Read more...

The winning Coco sends Pixar to the great beyond

The afterlife imagined by Pixar’s new animated film Coco is a labyrinthine, luminous necropolis crisscrossed by string lights and papeles picados, a place both strange and all too familiar. Its currency is memory; its exit visas are family photos, without which the skeletal dead can’t cross the orange marigold-petal… Read more...

Here’s what you need to know going into Justice League

First, the good news: This is DC, so there’s a lot less ground to cover than with Marvel’s overstuffed superhero crossovers. There aren’t a bunch of standalone entries leading up to DC’s equivalent of The Avengers. Even so, do you really want to re-watch Batman V Superman before the weekend? Read more...

We went to the Cinepocalypse genre film festival, and lived to tell about it

Last year, The A.V. Club covered a little festival in Chicago called Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival. This year, that same festival re-appeared in greatly expanded form as Cinepocalypse, and we partnered with the organizers as one of the festival’s media sponsors. We were on the scene for the entire week—as much… Read more...

New York's Plaza Hotel is offering a pricey Home Alone 2 anniversary package

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York isn’t as good as the first movie, but at least it has some fun nonsense with Kevin McCallister hanging around New York’s Plaza Hotel, coming up with schemes to freak out Tim Curry and watching violent mobster movies. Apparently pleased with its major role in a movie that some people kind… Read more...

Jim & Andy’s long-lost behind-the-scenes footage reveals the madness in the Method

There’s acting, and then there’s Method acting, and then, way out on the fringes of what’s considered acceptable and professional, there’s what we might call Xtreme Method Acting. Basically, the word “cut” ceases to have much meaning for the duration of the shoot. The actor is always in character, must always be… Read more...

Wonder is just sweet enough not to give you a toothache

From the opening monologue of Wonder, the new drama based on R.J. Palacio’s novel about a 10-year-old boy with facial anomalies, things seem to be off to a bad start. “I know I’m not an ordinary kid,” adorable child actor Jacob Tremblay says in that adorable, quivering voice of his, jumping on his bed while wearing a… Read more...

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