Final Wonder Woman trailer just blows up everything it possibly can

For a trailer that starts with a little girl getting ready for bed, this new—and final—trailer for Wonder Woman gets totally crazy by the end. Sure, it’s a movie that takes place during a huge and brutally violent war, but the sheer number of explosions and punches and superhero action on display wouldn’t even be out…

The Death Star gets destroyed again in new Spider-Man: Homecoming clip

During tonight’s MTV Movie And TV Awards, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Zendaya Coleman stopped by to introduce a new clip from their movie. It turned out to be a longer version of the moment from one of the trailers were Peter Parker’s friend breaks his Lego Death Star, and though it’s probably not the…

There’s a mini Face/Off reunion in the trailer for evil-nanny thriller Inconceivable

Missing an opportunity to use the title The Evil Nanny Diaries, the upcoming Inconceivable is more than just an opportunity to use a Wallace Shawn voice when saying the name. The movie is also a mini Face/Off reunion, and while we’d all like to see Nicolas Cage and John Travolta go bonkers together again, this one…

America had never seen anything like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

People laughed. That’s the thing I remember the most from the sleepy art-house cinema where I first saw Ang Lee’s 2000 wuxia epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The first action scene, with its bodies sailing across rooftops gracefully, in ways that make an absolute mockery of earthly physics, looked strange and…

Batman & Bill exposes the secret identities behind a superhero’s origin story

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The new Hulu documentary Batman & Bill examines the relationship between who invents something and who gets the credit for it. As depicted in the film, the two people behind the creation of the biggest superhero of all time—Batman—ended up on the opposite ends of fortune, one wealthy and a quasi-celebrity, one dying…

With Chuck, the boxer who inspired Rocky gets his own corny redemption story

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There really was a Rocky Balboa. Well, sort of. His name was Chuck Wepner, and when he wasn’t throwing punches in the ring, he sold liquor in New Jersey. In the mid-’70s, the “Bayonne Bleeder,” so nick-named for his habit of absorbing a lot of blows to the face, was at the right weight at the right time to score an…

More Guardians, another Alien, and 27 other movies coming this May

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

If the world has heroes, they’re the civilian first responders of Last Men In Aleppo

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It was in August of last year that the full horror of the war in Syria went viral, the attention of the entire world captured by a single profoundly disturbing image: that of a 5-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, seated calmly in the back of an ambulance, face caked with blood and dust after the destruction of his home.…

Robert Aldrich deserves better than the way Feud treated him

Feud is a story about women, about how ingrained sexism—especially, but not solely, in Hollywood—forces them to fight desperately for respect, only to be demeaned and dumped once they’re deemed too old to be appealing. Ryan Murphy’s FX series initially promised pure camp by pitting Jessica Lange’s Joan Crawford and…

In Chicago, no one can hear you see Alien: Covenant early and for free

Everything we’ve seen from Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant so far makes it look like the movie will be leaning on the same kind of dread and misery that made Scott’s original Alien so scary. It’s a prequel, and knowing what we do about the other movies in this series, it also seems safe to assume that pretty much…

Dan Stevens battles a big hole in the sky in the Kill Switch teaser

“This is the opportunity to explore impossible frontiers.” Clearly, the opening line of the teaser trailer for new indie sci-fi actioner Kill Switch doesn’t understand that if you can explore a frontier, then it’s probably possible. Nonetheless, after 20 seconds spent staring at a black cube with a glowing red circle…

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