Tom Hanks reaches peak “cute dad” in the trailer for this typewriter doc

The folks marketing Doug Nichol’s new documentary, California Typewriter, clearly know how to lead with their strongest material, because the opening moments of the film’s first trailer get right to the good stuff: celebrity typewriter fan Tom Hanks waxing nostalgic about his collection of more than 200 machines.

Baby Driver and Get Out play it straight, but they’re based in the lost art of parody

There are plenty of jokes in Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s colorfully kinetic crime-musical extravaganza. The quips fly as fast as the bullets, and the tense stretch right before or after a high-stakes heist is sometimes punctured by some inspired comic relief—say, a lunkheaded criminal confusing fictional Hollywood…

The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula

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Are the apes—the bipedal, horseback-riding Planet Of The Apes apes—us? Matt Reeves’ War For The Planet Of The Apes, the third and most technically accomplished entry in the Planet Of The Apes prequel series, almost answers this question “no,” and that’s about as close as any of these movies have gotten to breaking…

Tour De Pharmacy rides a fun but forgettable course of cycling and dick jokes

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At one point in Tour De Pharmacy, the second of Andy Samberg and company’s sports mockumentaries (following 2015’s absurdist tennis-centric 7 Days In Hell), Kevin Bacon appears as Ditmer Klerken, former head of the UCI, the world governing body responsible for overseeing the Tour De France and drug-testing all its…

The director of Jesus’ Son makes a pointless arthouse exercise with The Rehearsal

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The Rehearsal, director Alison Maclean’s first feature since the 1999 Denis Johnson adaptation Jesus’ Son, is such a hodgepodge of arthouse references, arch distancing effects, and emotionally vacant wide-screen compositions that one could easily mistake it for an awkward debut film. James Rolleston stars as Stanley,…

Christopher Nolan and the apes go to war, plus 20 other movies coming this July

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, enlist in the War For The Planet Of The Apes early and for free

As the rebooted Apes saga marches ever closer to the Planet discovered by Charlton Heston all the way back in 1968, it becomes ever more prudent to choose a side in the upcoming simian war. That’s why we’re giving our fellow Chicagoans the chance to pledge their allegiance to either Andy Serkis’ mo-cap ape Caesar or…

Can Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja get out of the shadow of The Host?

For the first segment of this week’s edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss the Netflix-produced, bilingual sci-fi satire Okja, which finds South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho revisiting some of the genre-switching monster-movie territory first explored in…

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