Director Paweł Pawlikowski on the origins of Cold War, his Palme D'Or-nominated film

Polish filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest film is Cold War, the Palme D’Or-nominated love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-World War II Poland. In honor of the film, which recently made the Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film, we sat down with Pawlikowski to talk about the…

Shirley Henderson on Bridget Jones, Harry Potter, and reuniting with Steve Coogan for Stan & Ollie

The A.V. Club has never had the pleasure of sitting down with Shirley Henderson, probably best known for starring in Trainspotting, the three Bridget Jones films, and as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films. In honor of her new film, Stan & Ollie, we sat down with the actor for a video version of our interview…

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly hope more young people learn about Laurel & Hardy

In their new film Stan & Ollie, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Stanley “Stan” Laurel and Oliver “Ollie” Hardy, better known as Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams. Ahead of the film’s premiere at the end of the month, we spoke with Coogan and Reilly about playing one of Hollywood’s great…

Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney impression is the only virtue of the glib, superficial Vice

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Adam McKay’s Vice opens in 1963 in Casper, Wyoming, as the young, puffy, and whoopingly drunk Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) is about to be arrested for driving under the influence for the second time in a year. After losing his scholarship to Yale, he has returned to his hometown to work as a lineman for the local…

Christian Bale on his Vice transformation and what he hopes audiences will take from the film

Out this Christmas, Vice, explores the story about how Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), a bureaucratic Washington insider, quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush. Ahead of the Vice’s release next week, we sat down with Christian Bale to talk about the film, his…

Nicole Kidman gets her hands dirty in the gritty L.A. crime thriller Destroyer

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Destroyer, the latest from The Invitation director Karyn Kusama, is very much in the mold of antiestablishment ’70s cop movies like Serpico and Dirty Harry, but with a gender-swapped twist: Nicole Kidman stars as Erin Bell, an LAPD detective who’s still scarred by an undercover assignment that went tragically wrong…

Director Rob Marshall on Mary Poppins Returns and making a successful movie musical

Rob Marshall has been at the helm of three of the most high-profile movie musicals of the 21st century—the Best Picture winner Chicago, Nine, and Into The Woods. His latest, Mary Poppins Returns, the long-gestating sequel to the 1964 musical fantasy film, hits theaters next week. In honor of the sequel, we sat down…

Bumblebee may be the best Transformers movie, but does that mean it’s any good?

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Was the first live-action Transformers movie really long enough ago to qualify for its own nostalgia revisitation? Granted, it’s been 11 years and five movies since that franchise-starter, but it came out of the gate already coasting on the mashed-up nostalgia for producer Steven Spielberg’s ’80s-fantasy glory years…

Barry Jenkins follows Moonlight with the gorgeous James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk

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If there’s a defining image in the small but remarkable filmography of Barry Jenkins, it’s of someone staring, with tractor-beam intensity, right at the camera lens, as though trying to express the full scope of who they are—their very soul, maybe—through one penetrating gaze. What does this signature shot really…

Yalitza Aparicio and Marina De Tavira on Roma and capturing the unique chaos of life

Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film Roma serves as a love letter to the women who raised him, centering on a young Mixtec woman (played by newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) who works for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Ahead of Roma hitting Netflix this Friday, we sat down with stars Yalitza…

Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio and Marina De Tavira on joining Alfonso Cuarón’s latest

Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film Roma serves as a love letter to the women who raised him, centering on a young Mixtec woman (played by newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) who works for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Ahead of the film hitting Netflix this Friday, we sat down with Roma’s stars,…

Lars von Trier argues with himself in unpleasant serial-killer drama The House That Jack Built

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On paper, it sounds like the stuff of nightmares: Lars von Trier, the Danish maestro of suffering who made Breaking The Waves, Dancer In The Dark, and Antichrist, takes on the most grimly fascinating of real-life bogeymen, the serial killer. But The House That Jack Built, for all its graphic and disturbing violence,…

A spoonful of nostalgia helps the calculated Mary Poppins Returns go down

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Mary Poppins isn’t a great childcare professional because she’s magic. Her real power is imagination. (Let it be established upfront that a high tolerance for extreme earnestness is a must-have for anyone hoping to make it through two more hours with England’s most airborne nanny.) She does the same thing as any…

Lord Of The Rings vets bring the steampunk world of Mortal Engines to sputtering life

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There are exactly two good jokes in Mortal Engines, and they involve Minions and a Twinkie. These tiny scraps of humor jump out like Pop Rocks in a bowl of oatmeal, not only because everything that surrounds them is so dingy, but also because they remind us of the possibilities of the film’s core premise: that more…

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