Woody Harrelson’s makeup isn’t the worst thing about LBJ

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Rob Reiner’s LBJ hides Woody Harrelson under prosthetics and make-up. The result looks terrible, like a fish-lipped Dick Tracy villain with an elephant’s ears. Is this really supposed to be Lyndon B. Johnson, the guru of Senate politics who misread the first modern primary? The president who created the largest array…

Takashi Miike rings in 100 movies with the garish, gory comic-book fun of Blade Of The Immortal

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Marvel Studios probably won’t be hiring Takashi Miike to direct his take on any of its properties any time soon. But Blade Of The Immortal makes that seem like an exciting idea. Based on a long-running manga series by Hiroaki Samura, Blade Of The Immortal is the prolific Miike’s 100th outing as a director, bringing…

Legion composer Jeff Russo on why there’s still hope for superhero themes

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is as big as it has ever been (with another surefire hit premiering this Friday) but, as the YouTube channel Every Frame A Painting pointed out, the film scores can sometimes be a bit generic. As Legion composer Jeff Russo tells us, these shortcomings are usually not the fault of the…

It’s Thor versus the Justice League, plus 21 other movies coming this November

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…

Woody Allen was supposed to play clarinet at ousted Amazon exec Roy Price's wedding

In a story that would be kind of wacky and fun if it didn’t concern two awful people, The Hollywood Reporter says that Woody Allen was supposed to play clarinet with his jazz band at the wedding of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price before the allegations about him being a harassing creep came out and his fiancée…

Brett Ratner is "stepping away" from Warner Bros. following harassment accusations

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Times published an exposé in which six actresses (including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge) accused director and producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct. Other actresses said that he also tried to proposition them by offering roles in his movies. Warner Bros., which…

Beyoncé feels the love tonight, will play Nala in The Lion King

Way back in March, Jon Favreau tempted fate by noting that he wanted to add Beyoncé to the already-excellent cast of his “live-action” Jungle Book remake, and now it looks like that plan has actually worked out. Tonight, Beyoncé herself shared a photo of the full Lion King cast on her Facebook page, confirming that…

A Bad Moms Christmas offers little reason to celebrate

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What if moms also had moms? Would the same hold true for moms who were, like, bad moms? That’s about the level of thinking that has gone into A Bad Moms Christmas, the rare combination quickie sequel and quickie Christmas special in one. The real question is, who can blame the filmmakers for acting fast? Like its…

My Friend Dahmer remakes a serial killer into a sympathetic outcast

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My Friend Dahmer, a coming-of-age drama tracing the struggles of an adolescent Jeffrey Dahmer to fit in at his high school, is going to make some viewers uncomfortable. Some may even lash out against the film, deeming it insensitive toward the families of the 17 men and boys Dahmer raped, murdered, and dismembered…

Weinstein Company pulls The Current War and Polaroid from November schedule 

The Weinstein Company is currently wrangling with how it can come out of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal intact, but it’s starting to look more and more likely that the production company might not make it out of this at all. Last week, a private equity firm’s plan to buy The Weinstein Company fell through…

Lily Collins to play the girlfriend of Zac Efron's Ted Bundy in biopic

As reported by Deadline, Lily Collins has signed on for the “highly coveted role” of Elizabeth Kloepfer in Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile, a thriller/biopic about serial killer Ted Bundy. Kloepfer was a longtime girlfriend of Bundy’s who lived with him while he hid his murder spree from…

The movie-a-day deal from MoviePass probably won't last much longer 

Recently, MoviePass dropped the price of its movie ticket subscription plan from $50 per month to $10 per moth, officially making the deal too good to survive very long. Basically, for less than the price of a single movie ticket, you could see one movie every day at any participating theater for free, and those…

Kiyoshi Kurosawa relocates to France with the underdeveloped Daguerrotype

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The Japanese writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a whiz of indistinct scares, has a taste for creepy fairy tales; a modernized take on Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” could have made an inspired choice for his first French-language project, but instead he offers up a dullish original in the form of Daguerrotype. (What’s…

Blade Runner 2049 was originally 4 hours long 

Blade Runner 2049 was a very long movie, but unlike some very long movies that waste time with interminable sequences where King Kong goes iceskating or Adam Sandler refuses to stop hanging out with Seth Rogen at Leslie Mann’s house, Blade Runner 2049 actually moved along relatively well (give or take some of that sex…

The low-key Princess Cyd is a coming of age without the drama

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Early in Princess Cyd, the latest feature from indie filmmaker Stephen Cone (Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party), Cyd (Jessie Pinnick), a 16-year-old girl from North Carolina, looks around the bedroom she’ll be using while staying with her aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence) in Chicago. Miranda points out that one particular…

Step into the magical, mind-bending world of Hong Kong horror movies

Japanese horror movies have had a profound impact on their Western counterparts, permanently changing the grammar of what global audiences find frightening. Hong Kong horror, meanwhile, has remained a relatively niche interest, even as Hong Kong action cinema has reshaped the way the world films violence. That’s at…

Greta Gerwig's uproarious, beautiful Lady Bird puts the average coming-of-age comedy to shame

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Lady Bird is something truly special: a coming-of-age comedy so funny, perceptive, and truthful that it makes most other films about adolescence look like little more than lessons in cliché. Greta Gerwig, the one-time mumblecore starlet who wrote and directed the movie, has already established herself as a poet…

Scream asked, if you like scary movies, why don't you care about their soundtracks?

Horror movies are dominated by film scores, as opposed to film soundtracks. It’s where you’ll find some of the industry’s greatest, most innovative themes and composers—Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho, John Carpenter’s Halloween, Goblin’s Suspiria, Christopher Young’s Hellraiser, Tangerine Dream’s Near Dark, Fabio Frizzi’s …

Harvey Weinstein given lifetime ban from the Producers Guild

As reported by Variety, now-former Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein has been given a lifetime ban from the Producers Guild Of America—a trade organization that honored Harvey Weinstein with a Milestone Award in 2013. The Producers Guild released a statement explaining that it unanimously voted to begin the…

Corey Feldman asks for $10 million to make movie about being abused in Hollywood

Corey Feldman has claimed for years that he and Corey Haim were molested and assaulted by men in the movie industry when they were kids, but he has consistently chosen not to name any of the alleged abusers out of concerns for the safety of his family (and to avoid legal threats). Now, though, People is reporting that…