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Movie Review: Two new Netflix films reexamine JonBenet Ramsey and Rodney King through performance

“What more is there to say?” It’s a question that plagues any attempt to wade back into yesterday’s headlines—the stories that have been covered so exhaustively, so round-the-clock extensively, that their every sordid detail is now burned into the public imagination. Show More Summary

Movie Review: The sci-fi abduction thriller Rupture is as personality-free as its title

In Steven Shainberg’s inane thriller Rupture, one Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace) is abducted from a Missouri roadside and taken to a secret lab that looks just like a Halloween haunted house. It’s got gurneys, barred windows, purple lights,...Show More Summary

Movie Review: Jaime Lannister goes ex-con weary in the uneven Netflix genre riff Small Crimes

As Joe Denton, the hapless ex-cop/ex-con protagonist of Small Crimes, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau wears a thick goatee that somehow, all by itself, transforms his look from Lannister nobility into discount Josh Brolin. That’s entirely appropriate...Show More Summary

Newswire: Doritos is selling chips with the Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 soundtrack installed on the bag

How many times have you been shame-gorging on Doritos, fingers slick with the blue or orange flavor dust of your choice, and suddenly thought, “It sucks that this chip bag isn’t playing music for me right now”? If the answer to thatShow More Summary

Newswire: Jeff Goldblum refuses to learn his lesson about dinosaurs, signs up for Jurassic World 2

Not counting a very elderly T. rex, Mr. DNA, and some night vision goggles, the only real character from the original Jurassic Park to pop up in Colin Trevorrow’s sequel/reboot Jurassic World was B.D. Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu. That’s going to change for Jurassic World 2, though, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Show More Summary

Newswire: The stars are aligned and Paul Verhoeven is making a nunsploitation movie

The last time Paul Verhoeven made a comeback—with the caustic Dutch resistance thriller Black Book—audiences had to wait a decade for him to make another feature. But the success of last year’s superb Elle seems to have ensured that one of our greatest living filmmakers won’t have to struggle to get his next project off the ground. Show More Summary

Newswire: A biopic about WWE’s Vince McMahon is in the works

Even going off of only the stuff that the general public knows about him, Vince McMahon has led an interesting life. He’s the head of the WWE and the man who turned the World Wrestling Federation into a full-blown phenomenon, he’s somehow...Show More Summary

Newswire: Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen might be The Lion King’s new Timon and Pumbaa

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner might be Disney’s next farting, Hakuna Matata-quoting warthog and meerkat team, with reports coming today that the two comic actors are in talks to play Pumbaa and Timon in Jon Favreau’s upcoming Lion King remake. Show More Summary

Newswire: Chris Rock has been sucked into Netflix’s Adam Sandler machine

According to Deadline, Netflix has lined up its next Adam Sandler movie, and this one will have a slightly more impressive pedigree than just Sandler himself. The film is called The Week Of, and it will star Chris Rock alongside Sandler, with Triumph The Insult Comic Dog’s dad Robert Smigel directing. Show More Summary

Newswire: Wes Anderson’s latest, Isle Of Dogs, gets a release date and poster

Dust off your ‘60s rock records and prepare to frame your compositions directly in the center of the shot: The countdown to the next Wes Anderson film has begun. Anderson started filming on his latest feature, the stop-motion animated...Show More Summary

Newswire: Faye Dunaway still feels terrible about the whole Oscars thing

Last night, Faye Dunaway went on NBC Nightly News for her first official interview since she erroneously declared La La Land the winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. (The award actually went to Moonlight, in case you’ve...Show More Summary

Odds And Sods: A shared love of violent noir brought the creators of Small Crimes together

Small Crimes, a new Netflix film premiering this Friday, tells the story of a disgraced ex-cop, fresh out of prison, who gets caught up in all the trappings of his former life. The A.V. Club met up with creators Evan Katz and Macon Blair and star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to discuss the film.

Newswire: Disney unveils release dates for Star Wars: Episode IX, The Lion King, and Frozen 2

It’s easy to forget just how thoroughly Disney has monopolized the blockbuster movie industry, but that fact becomes very clear when the studio decides to announce release dates for multiple huge movies all at once. This comes via Variety,...Show More Summary

Newswire: Playing The Joker didn’t lead to Heath Ledger’s death, family says

At the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the documentary I Am Heath Ledger, Kate Ledger, the sister of the late actor, tried to dispel the long-whispered speculation that her brother’s death had something to do with his role in The Dark Knight. Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Rick And Morty creator has been trolling film studios forever

In the actual TV show, Rick And Morty treats Back To The Future as if “crazy old scientist and his teenager sidekick” were a time-honored trope to be pulled out and riffed on, but the show’s proverbial origin story is that it was intended...Show More Summary

Newswire: Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland helped each other land their MCU roles

The coveted roles of The Punisher and the new, still-friendly Spider-Man went to Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland, who costar in this year’s Pilgrimage. But that’s not just a fun (well, as fun as a post-Crusades movie can be) coincidence. Show More Summary

Newswire: Chris Pratt criticizes Suicide Squad for introducing too many characters

Chris Pratt has some well-reasoned thoughts about Suicide Squad that should nonetheless go over terribly with DC fans, given the mildly critical stance he takes. Though initially Pratt told io9, “I really like all the Warner Bros. movies,”...Show More Summary

Newswire: Netflix is getting the Hell Or High Water gang back together

The trio from one of our favorite movies of 2016 is reuniting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hell Or High Water director David Mackenzie is likely going to team once again with actors Ben Foster and Chris Pine. But this time,Show More Summary

Coming Distractions: Strap yourselves in for first Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer

After a couple of teasers that tried to cram a lot of sequel action, Channing Tatum, and Halle Berry into less than half a minute, 20th Century Fox has released a full trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. And oh dear, but thingsShow More Summary

The Overlook: The director of Bad Lieutenant takes on the prescient cyberpunk of William Gibson

In The Overlook, A.V. Club film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky examines the misfits, underappreciated gems, and underseen classics of film history. “The information highway is leading straight to hell…” —Abel Ferrara The films of Abel Ferrara are probably too anguished and tragic to be called hangout movies. Show More Summary

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