Why yes, that is “Gangsta’s Paradise” in the new Valerian trailer

The new trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets foregrounds the occasionally Avatar-esque CGI creatures—including an intergalactic beach idyll complete with adorable pastel lizard creatures—that populate the space metropolis of Alpha. But if you listen closely, you’ll find that, along with…

Pirates Of The Caribbean slogs out to sea for the fifth time in Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Plot is never the best part of a Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. It’s always some mumbo jumbo about maritime curses, lost treasure, and seafaring ghosts—and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth entry in this long-running series adapted from a Disneyland ride, is in no way different. Returning to…

Chicago, charge into battle with Wonder Woman early and for free

Hopes are riding high on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman; not only is it the first film of the modern superhero movie boom to have a female lead, but it’ll show the world whether DC and Warner Bros. can actually live up to the “lighter, less brooding, more fun!” marketing they’ve been tossing around recently for their big…

Lost Highway put David Lynch onto America’s car stereos

If Twin Peaks brought David Lynch into America’s living rooms, then Lost Highway put him on America’s car stereos. The film itself is a heady mindfuck of a neo-noir tale structured around the idea of a Möbius strip, a reassurance that network TV had not impeded Lynch’s ability to dive into the deeper, darker waters of…

The magnificent Long Strange Trip captures the splendor and folly of the Grateful Dead

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Some of the most surprisingly gripping passages in Dennis McNally’s 2001 book A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History Of The Grateful Dead have to do with amplifiers. The band’s longtime publicist spent decades with the Dead, and watched them shrug off major details of their business—like getting their songs just…

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell are finger-choppin’ in Fuck Town in the red band trailer for The House

If there’s one thing that comedy movies and TV have taught us over the last five years, it’s that you should never be friends with a character played by Jason Mantzoukas. Sadly, the concerned parents played by Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell in the upcoming The House don’t heed that sage advice, and so they end up…

It’s critic vs. critic on Alien: Covenant—whoever wins, we lose

The A.V. Club’s staff film critics, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, may have different interests, but when it comes to big-budget blockbusters and genre movies, they rarely disagree. And yet, despite sharing a lot of opinions on the previous Alien films (give or take their fondness for the first Alien Vs. Predator…

Meeting People Is Easy captured how much it sucks to be Radiohead

However much you might hate Radiohead, nobody hated Radiohead as much as the band hated itself during the shooting of Grant Gee’s 1998 documentary Meeting People Is Easy. And however much you love, or hate, or even feel indifferent toward the group, it has very little to do with Gee’s film, in which Radiohead’s actual…

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