It’s great to see Sam Elliott in a starring role, but The Hero isn’t worth his talents

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Sam Elliott’s sonorous, gravelly voice demands attention, almost regardless of what he’s saying. The Hero demonstrates this in its very first scene, which sees Elliott’s character, an actor named Lee Hayden, doing voice-over work for a commercial hawking barbecue sauce. “Lone Star BBQ Sauce: the perfect partner for…

Con Air turned Nicolas Cage into the gonzo action star we never saw coming

It feels odd now to think there was a time when Nicolas Cage wasn’t an idiosyncratic weirdo overacting his way through an endless procession of interchangeable action movies, but the ’90s were a strange time in cinema. Just as Miramax and the rest of the indie upstarts were blowing up the traditional model of studio…

Dawson City: Frozen Time unearths history in 500 reels of rotting film

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Anyone who has tried writing about history can tell you that the hardest part is knowing where to stop. This is the problem with Bill Morrison’s intelligent but at times exhausting avant-garde documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time; at two hours, it’s just too long and deliberate for its own good. There comes a point…

Tom Cruise turns drug runner in this trailer for Doug Liman’s American Made

Tom Cruise has done a lot of weird shit in real life (mostly due to his high-profile association with Scientology), but he’s able to retain his status as a Hollywood superstar because he’s just so darn handsome and charming. He seems to be embracing that aspect of his personality in this trailer for Doug Liman’s …

New teasers for The Dark Tower dole out the exposition and threats

Sony has released three new teasers for the long-awaited—and long-delayed—The Dark Tower, and each serves as a bit of a primer on the complicated world of the Stephen King adaptation, outlining the central conflict between Idris Elba’s good guy gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey’s nefarious Man In Black. Above, we get…

The best of this year’s Cannes was a nightmarish thriller

Returning to the A.V. Club office after almost two weeks in the trenches of Cannes, film editor A.A. Dowd sits down with staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky to talk about the best (and, as luck would have it, last) film he saw at the world’s most important film festival: You Were Never Really Here, a nightmarish noir…

Tease yourself with a clip from the new Burlesque documentary, Heart Of The Glitter Tribe

Burlesque has exploded as an art form in recent years, with performers of all ages, creeds, and styles coming together to celebrate the ridiculous splendor and skill of hopping up on stage and baring it all (or most) as a larger-than-life character. As with any nascent movement, there have been questionable efforts in…

Band Aid makes unmemorable music from a couple’s domestic duress

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Feuding lovers is inexhaustible dramatic material, because anyone who’s ever had a spat with their spouse or significant other—which is to say, anyone who’s ever had a spouse or a significant other—can see a little of themselves in the wars of words waged across bedrooms and breakfast tables. Of course, the best…

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