Maybe someday the world will appreciate The Bad Batch, but not today

C

Say what you want about The Bad Batch, but you can’t deny that it’s distinctive. As she did in her 2014 debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, director Ana Lily Amirpour builds an immersive world, this one with an offbeat look best described as “’90s trash raver,” full of colorful late 20th-century castoffs strewn…

Kumail Nanjiani spins his real love life into the charming romantic comedy of The Big Sick

B+

Interesting anecdotes don’t always make for interesting movies; your story may kill at parties, but that doesn’t mean it belongs on the big screen. In The Big Sick, stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh on Silicon Valley, and Emily V. Gordon, the writer and former therapist he married, dramatize the…

My Journey Through French Cinema is a fond examination of movie minutiae

B

“At the Pathé Journal, I saw a guy next to me open a can of peas, heat it up, and eat it,” recalls Bertrand Tavernier with a survivor’s perverse pride as he describes the widely mythologized Paris movie houses of the 1950s in My Journey Through French Cinema, his smart and gregarious personal tour through the first…

The game has begun in an exclusive trailer for retro chiller The Laplace’s Demon

Making its world premiere next month at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Italian director Giordano Giulivi’s new film The Laplace’s Demon is a haunted-house movie that’s comfortingly familiar and intriguingly odd at the same time. In the trailer for the film, premiering exclusively at The A.V. Club, we see a…

Chicago, see Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon present The Big Sick early and for free

Michael Showalter’s new film The Big Sick stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, and it’s based on Nanjiani and his wife (and co-writer) Emily V. Gordon’s real-life love story. The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd calls it an “enormously winning comedy,” but the most exciting thing about The Big Sick is that it actually takes…

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The Midnighters trailer promises dead bodies, potboiler tension—and an odd screenwriter

It’s a shame that the adult mystery-thriller genre has largely gone out of fashion in Hollywood, as it’s been the source of some of the best dramas the town has had to offer over the decades. Thankfully, the independent world is there to pick up the slack. With Midnighters, the new film about a plan to cover up a dead…