The interrogation begins in the first trailer for Murder On The Orient Express

The first trailer for Murder On The Orient Express does the bare minimum. It sets up the fact that someone was killed on a train—an obvious plot point—and then methodically introduces the suspects played by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, and Daisy Ridley. Finally, it reveals the intensely…

The irreverent Captain Underpants is here to rescue your family movie matinee

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Given DreamWorks Animation’s track record with adapting children’s books to film (most recently in The Boss Baby), the appealingly silly Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie counts as a pleasant surprise. Translating the kid logic and chunky art style of Dav Pilkey’s popular series into the fineries of digital…

Vincent N Roxxy is a nostalgic trip for fans of ’90s ultraviolence

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The days when every independent filmmaker worshipped at the altar of Quentin Tarantino are, for the most part, behind us. It’s been long enough that a good old-fashioned ’90s-style ultraviolent crime thriller now seems like a nostalgia trip, orgies of violence and long pans around a dinner table and all. That’s…

Wonder Woman at war, Transformers at the Round Table, and 29 other movies coming this June

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…

Chicago, emerge from your tomb to see The Mummy early and for free

Director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy is supposed to be the starting point for a brand new cinematic universe based on Universal’s classic monsters, meaning there will soon be another batch of heroes, villains, and supporting characters to keep track of. After all, you don’t want to be confused when Russell Crowe’s Dr.…

Breaking the habit: A dozen-plus unconventional movie nuns

The women who dedicate themselves to the convent give up a lot for their lifetime of service; maybe that’s why their numbers are falling like a meteor plummeting to Earth. On the upside: Married to God. Downside: Vows of chastity, poverty, and worst of all, obedience. That trio of rules doesn’t leave much room for…

Channing Tatum and Adam Driver pull a NASCAR heist in this trailer for Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s movies were all basically about how cool and charming A-list Hollywood stars are, but this trailer for his new heist movie Logan Lucky looks almost like a direct rejection of all of that George Clooney style. For starters, it centers on two brothers (played by Channing Tatum and a one-armed…

The smug satire War Machine can’t wipe that look off its face

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The nicest thing one can say about David Michôd’s maladroit, Netflix-produced Afghan War satire War Machine is that despite the high statistical likelihood of its existence (A-list star, bestselling source material, obvious political angle, semi-established writer-director), nothing in the movie suggests that it was…