Lady Bird unseats Toy Story 2 as Rotten Tomatoes' best-reviewed movie

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is quietly taking over the box office (in a way), but it’s also definitely taking over Rotten Tomatoes thanks to its 164 or so positive reviews. If that number seems oddly specific, that’s because it’s literally how many good reviews Lady Bird has on the site, breaking a record formerly held…

James Cameron has fond memories of swinging his Oscar at Harvey Weinstein

This December will be the 20th anniversary of the release of Titanic, James Cameron’s epic romance about the dangers of transatlantic boating, and in an extended profile from Vanity Fair, Cameron has shared a timely story about a memory he has of the night his movie won big at the Oscars. Apparently, during a break in…

Our critics sing the praises of Armie Hammer and Call Me By Your Name

We’re back with another edition of Film Club. This week, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Call Me By Your Name, the latest from Italian director Luca Guadagnino, and one of the most acclaimed films to come out of 2017’s Sundance Film Festival.

Universal pulls Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan's sci-fi movie Extinction from schedule

For the second time in a little more than a year, a movie studio has abruptly dropped a Michael Peña movie. Last time it was The Bringing, a movie that seemed kind of exploitative and never actually got filmed. Now it’s Extinction, which presumably did get filmed and was even set to come out on January 26, 2018, but…

Uma Thurman speaks out against Harvey Weinstein in Kill Bill-inspired Instagram post

Earlier this month, a clip began circulating of Uma Thurman refusing to offer a “tidy soundbite” to Access Hollywood about the sudden movement to expose sexual misconduct in Hollywood. “I have learned that when I’ve spoken in anger I usually regret the way I express myself,” Thurman said, “So I’ve been waiting to…

Jude Law joins Captain Marvel as a "mentor" character

According to Variety, Jude Law is in talks to play the male lead in Marvel’s Captain Marvel. Brie Larson is already starring as Carol Danvers, the marvelous captain herself, with Ben Mendolsohn playing the (presumably Skrull) villain. Variety says that Law’s role is being kept under wraps, but he’ll apparently be a…

Charles Dickens gets his own superfluous origin story in The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Movies about writers always struggle with the fact that the writing process is almost unfilmable; the manual work of scribbling and typing letters is only a small, visible part of it. But The Man Who Invented Christmas, which dramatizes the six weeks that it took a cash-strapped Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) to pen A…

New wave cult classic Liquid Sky lands on Blu-ray with a dazzling new 4k restoration

Named after the chemical reaction that degrades improperly stored film prints, cult film distributor Vinegar Syndrome specializes in saving some of the wildest films ever committed to celluloid from the very condition for which it’s named. Its newest preservation effort is an especially exciting one: A 4k restoration…

There aren’t many summer love stories as rapturously bittersweet as Call Me By Your Name

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In Luca Guadagnino’s sensitive, sensual Call Me By Your Name, a bright teenage boy living in the picturesque Italian countryside falls into a passionate summer fling with an older man, the American graduate student who’s come to study for the season. That’s about all there is to the story, a tale of gradual seduction…

Gary Oldman struggles to lead Joe Wright’s eye-catching Darkest Hour

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The baroque competence of Joe Wright, the director who never met a camera movement he couldn’t overwork, makes Darkest Hour one of the more enjoyable entries in the endless, post-King’s Speech cycle of mannered prestige biopics; it turns out there is something of an art to these things. But no amount of distancing…

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines for fans who wore Borat swimsuits in Kazakhstan

Recently, six Czechoslovakian tourists were reportedly arrested in Kazakhstan for wearing lime green Borat-style “mankini” bathing suits. They were detained on charges of “minor hooliganism” and fined about $67 (22,500 tenge in Kazakhstan), with the BBC adding that Kazakh social media users were divided on the…

Laura Dern says her Star Wars: The Last Jedi character is meant to be divisive

We still don’t know how the Star Wars movies will respond to the death of Carrie Fisher, as her General Leia was reportedly supposed to play a big role in The Last Jedi and whatever Episode IX will be called, but a new Entertainment Weekly piece dedicated to Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo might give us some…

We're not worthy of co-hosting this anniversary Wayne's World screening in Chicago

Wayne’s World is the best of the Saturday Night Live movies. Oh, there are those who will tell you it’s really The Blues Brothers or maybe the relatively recent MacGruber. There are even a few sick freaks who might cite A Night At The Roxbury. But let’s be real: In quotability, in laugh count, in gleeful irreverence,…

Lizzy Caplan joins Channing Tatum in Gambit

According to Variety, Lizzy Caplan is “in talks” to join Gambit, the X-Men spin-off that Channing Tatum is absolutely intent on making for some reason. Caplan’s role is being kept “under wraps,” but outside of popular X-Man Rogue, there are only so many comic book characters connected to Gambit who seem important…

Weekend Box Office: Lex Luthor wouldn't kneel to pick up what Justice League just made

$96 million is a lot of money. Hell, it’s astronomical, by the average person or motion-picture studio’s standards. Most of the time, when a movie makes that kind of cash at all, let alone in a single weekend, there’s no question that we’re talking about a runaway smash. But everything is relative in the box-office…

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are totally okay with losing the Han Solo movie

Earlier this year, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo movie—now formally dubbed Solo: A Star Wars Story—after reportedly playing too loosely with the production and wasting a lot of time on things don’t make a billion dollars like “fun” and “improv.” They bounced back quickly, though,…

Denis Villeneuve's Dune won't be anything like David Lynch's version

Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was a surprisingly faithful sequel to Ridley Scott’s original film, echoing its iconic style with new ideas and advancements that still felt honest to core of the original. For his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, though, Villeneuve’s has no interest in paying…

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