Cannes winner Loveless is a bracing reminder that things aren’t going great in Russia either

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At a time when any mention of Russia on the news involves potential state-sponsored malfeasance, it’s useful to be reminded, courtesy of Russian cinema, that the country’s citizens have to deal with perfectly ordinary nightmares of their own. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s forbidding Loveless, which won the Jury Prize…

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Guillermo Del Toro’s love of other movies is the real romantic center of The Shape Of Water

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In Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape Of Water, a mute janitor falls in love with a towering merman: She doesn’t mind his scales, and he doesn’t speak the language she can’t. But the real romance powering this baroquely whimsical Cold War fairytale isn’t the one between woman and fish, but rather a lifelong infatuation…

Chinese actress Liu Yifei is Disney's live-action Mulan 

According to Variety, Chinese actress Liu Yifei has been cast as the lead in director Niki Caro’s live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan, finally ending an exhaustive search for the studio that apparently involved thousands of auditions and trips to multiple continents. The Variety story says Yifei will be playing a…

Fantastic Beasts 2 director defends casting alleged abuser Johnny Depp

Casting Johnny Depp in any movie is always a little risky, particularly from a financial perspective, but with abusers and harassers in Hollywood currently facing a reckoning, it seems like a matter of time before people start talking about the rumors of Depp’s physically violent behavior once again. However, …

National Board Of Review names The Post as best movie of the year

As reported by Variety, the National Board Of Review has named Steven Spielberg’s The Post as its Movie Of The Year, with stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep also landing the top acting honors. Spielberg himself got shut out, though, with Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig taking the directing award. Speaking of Lady Bird, Laurie…

Scooby-Doo's Velma and Daphne are getting their own live-action movie

In what seems like a major alteration to the established continuity of the Scooby-Doo universe (a.k.a. The Scooby-Dooby-Dooniverse), Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. and Blue Ribbon Content are developing a live-action prequel movie about Daphne and Velma, suggesting that they met up and became crime-solvers…

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…

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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…