From Shaun to Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s characters withdraw into music

For a film ostensibly about driving, Baby Driver’s most emblematic scene has nothing to do with a car or the road. It features the eponymous Baby (Ansel Elgort) at home futzing with retro electronic equipment, creating a mix from a tape recording that’s reminiscent of collage-style turntablists like Steinski and DJ…

The killing continues in the new trailer for Adam Wingard’s Death Note

The first teaser for Adam Wingard’s Netflix adaptation of popular anime/manga series Death Note barely offered a glimpse of Ryuk, the “death god” played by Willem Dafoe, but this new trailer offers a much better look—or at least a slightly better glimpse. Still, his presence is felt throughout the trailer, thanks to…

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci pass The Little Hours in this medieval farce

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One of the first things Aubrey Plaza says in The Little Hours is “Don’t fucking talk to us.” This is not surprising in and of itself: Hostility is maybe the trustiest weapon in the actor’s arsenal, and she’s got withering belligerence down to a science. (The sentiment, if not the language, has been lobbed at…

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The Reagan Show traces Trump’s sideshow tactics back to our first TV-ready president

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It’s almost impossible to watch Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez’s found-footage docu-essay The Reagan Show without thinking about the White House’s current occupant. The connections are intentional. Pettengill and Velez constructed The Reagan Show entirely from old media coverage of Ronald Reagan, using interviews,…

The best movies of 2017 so far

Every summer, The A.V. Club offers an unranked list of the best movies to be released theatrically (and, going forward, on major streaming platforms) during the first half of the year. It’s meant to be a kind of catch-up guide, a way for readers to keep pace with the year in film and start checking off significant…