The ambitious Mudbound gives a prestige literary epic the soul of a character study

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Drawn from the pages of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 international bestseller, Mudbound has the heft—the narrative and thematic meatiness, the thicket of characters and subplots and years-spanning incident—of a book you can’t put down. But if the film is novelistic in its sprawl, maybe sometimes to a fault, it’s written in…

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Tom Sizemore was once removed from a film set for allegedly "violating" a young girl

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Sizemore was “told to leave” the set of Born Killers in 2003 after he allegedly touched an 11-year-old actress inappropriately. The crew was taking photos with Sizemore for a plot element that involved pictures of a wife and daughter that his character abandoned, with the…

Sony developing a Spider-Man spin-off about Morbius, The Living Vampire

Of all the supporting characters in Spider-Man stories, Morbius, The Living Vampire is certainly one of them. He’s not as iconic or memorable as Venom, he’s not a core cast member like Mary Jane or even J. Jonah Jameson, and he’s not even a regular guest star like Silver Sable or Black Cat. Those characters are…

The beautiful but uneven Porto will make you miss Anton Yelchin all the more

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Whatever its other moments of beauty or weakness, Porto contains one bittersweet, potentially unnerving image that few other films can claim: the sight of Anton Yelchin growing old. The talented actor died tragically and far too soon last year at the age of 27, and while Porto is not the last film Yelchin shot or the…

Weekend Box Office: Thor rules again, but a smaller movie feels like the bigger winner

Let’s bury the lede for a moment, put the blockbusters on the back burner, and talk about what The A.V. Club considers very exciting news: Lady Bird has broken into America’s box-office top 10, grossing more than a million dollars on just 37 screens. That’s an average of about $33,000 per screen, which basically means…

Gal Gadot reportedly won't make Wonder Woman 2 unless WB cuts Brett Ratner out

According to a source for Page Six, Gal Gadot has put her foot down and informed Warner Bros. that she won’t make Wonder Woman 2 unless the studio cuts alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner and his RatPac-Dune Entertainment production company out of the project. Ratner and his company helped finance the first Wonder…

Frances McDormand isn't explaining herself in an exclusive clip from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the pleasures of Martin McDonaugh’s new drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is getting to see Frances McDormand spar with just about every other actor on screen. McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother waging war on the small-town police department that’s failed to solve her daughter’s…

The Marvel universe's heroes are basically movie stars with superpowers

From Iron Man on, the gajillion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe has toyed with portraying its characters as A-list and B-list celebrities or even actors cast in roles—a Hollywoodian fantasy where superheroes go to lunch, get asked for autographs, mingle at after-parties. (Avengers Tower is supposed to be in Midtown…

Daddy’s Home 2 doubles the daddies, but not the laughs

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And so, the Daddy’s Home saga continues. Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell), the sensitive daddy, is now best buds with his wife’s ex-husband, Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg), the cool daddy, and all is almost right in the decked halls of the perfect American McMansion. But as prophesied in the sequel’s ominous tagline (“More…

Harry Potter fans can blow their New Year's Day watching the whole series on HBO

New Year’s Eve is all about getting dressed up, putting on a sparkly hat, and getting so drunk that you don’t mind watching several hours of Anderson Cooper or Ryan Seacrest on TV, but New Year’s Day is about groggily rolling out of bed, pushing aside all of the previous night’s detritus, and either going for a…

Rian Johnson is developing a whole new Star Wars trilogy

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t be in theaters until next month, but Lucasfilm is apparently so happy with the movie that it has just announced that it’s letting Johnson create a brand new Star Wars trilogy of his very own. He’ll write and direct the first installment, like he did with The Last Jedi, and…

A real-life Irish massacre offers brutal facts, but little mystery, in Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned

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In June of 1994, masked gunmen entered a pub in the tiny Northern Ireland town of Loughinisland, spraying the patrons with assault-rifle fire, killing six. It was a remarkable act partly because of how unsurprising it was: The charmingly named “Troubles” of Northern Ireland—three decades of bloody, brutal civil war,…

The unpredictable Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pits Frances McDormand against the world

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On a lonely backstretch of road largely unused since the highway was built, a message appears in big black letters, spread across three bright red canvases. “Raped While Dying,” the first reads. “And Still No Arrests?” goes the second. And finally: “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” This is the doing of one Mildred Hayes…

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Kong: Skull Island writer and director reuniting for Metal Gear Solid movie

Way back in 2014, years before he directed Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts was attached to direct a movie version of Metal Gear Solid, the first game in what is arguably the greatest video game series of all time for people who like walking tanks, global conspiracies, elderly terrorists who dress like…

Kevin Spacey to be replaced by Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World

In a move that makes it pretty obvious just how poisonous Kevin Spacey has become since the allegations about him sexually assaulting underage boys came out, Ridley Scott and Imperative Entertainment have decided to completely remove Spacey from All The Money In The World, a movie that was not only finished, but also …

A perfect mystery jumps the rails in the star-studded Murder On The Orient Express

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Shot on 65mm, the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder On The Orient Express is diverting and glitzy; one should expect no less from a locked-room mystery set on board a luxury train in the mid-1930s. But suspense remains a foreign concept for actor-director Kenneth Branagh. His erratic direction—more…

Real emotions battle a muddled metaphor in the campus Carrie riff Thelma

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From a wide, overhead vantage, they look almost like insects, scuttling busily across the campus courtyard. Then the camera slowly zooms closer, and one student among many draws the eyes, as surely as Gene Hackman did in the similarly voyeuristic opening minutes of The Conversation. She is Thelma (Eili Harboe), and…

These baby Porgs are probably a delicacy to some freak in the Star Wars universe

We still don’t know very much about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to the extent that Mark Hamill recently had to assure everyone that Luke Skywalker hasn’t turned evil, but one thing is clear to all but the most obstinate Star Wars fan: Porgs are great. The little space penguins that hang out on Luke’s island walk the…