Los Angeles film critics pick Call Me By Your Name as best movie of the year

This years awards season is shaping up to be a heated competition, with no clear favorites coming out among the handful of groups that have announced their end-of-the-year lists. The National Board Of Review loved Steven Spielberg’s Oscar machine The Post, the New York Film Critics Circle preferred Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird

Pretend you saw every movie in 2017 with this 6-minute trailer mashup

It can be hard to keep up with every notable movie that hits theaters in a given year, especially with the rising cost of Buncha Crunch and how exhausted the average person is after browsing Twitter for a few moments. Thankfully, YouTube page Sleepy Skunk has introduced a fun solution to this problem with a mashup of…

There’s at least one absolutely great scene in Justice League

Alex McLevy: Justice League has been out for a couple of weeks now, and to say opinions are mixed would be gentle. Some people love it, some hate it, but most, like we here at The A.V. Club, just think, “Meh.” To be fair, the film had an uphill battle. Its primary architect had to withdraw well before it was done, due…

Mad Max: Fury Road might already be the best action movie ever made

It takes a whole lot to turn The Road Warrior into an afterthought. George Miller’s second Mad Max movie, released in 1981, is a total masterpiece, and it’s one of the defining action movies of the ’80s, the golden age of the action movie. With that movie, Miller invented a whole new visual language for the way the…

Harley Quinn is apparently still getting a solo spin-off along with her other 3 movies

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie was largely terrible, but some people seemed to enjoy Margot Robbie’s take on Harley Quinn, and now it seems like we’re going to be getting plenty more of her for the foreseeable future. Robbie’s Quinn is definitely going to have a big role in Suicide Squad 2, she’s reuniting with Ayer…

Wonder Wheel is one of Woody Allen's sourest, stagiest, and most disturbingly personal movies

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What the hell is anyone to make of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, in which a self-proclaimed romantic entertains leaving his lover for her much younger stepdaughter? Separating the man from the art is always difficult when it comes to the legendary New York neurotic of American moviemaking, whose personal life remains…

Finland's deadpan Aki Kaurismäki comes home with the Capra-esque Other Side Of Hope

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The Other Side Of Hope begins like one of those 1930s French movies about angry barge workers or existentially compromised longshoremen: shots of faceless workers at the Helsinki docks; close-ups of bollards and ropes; dusk falling over the clamshell bucket cranes. From the coal hold of a Polish freighter, a Syrian…

If you haven’t seen The Room, will The Disaster Artist mean a damn thing to you? 

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 The Disaster Artist, the James Franco-directed tribute to Tommy Wiseau and the most famous bad movie of all time, The Room.

Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse is developing a Super Fly remake

According to Variety, Sony has begun developing a remake of Super Fly, Gordon Parks Jr.’s cult blaxploitation hit from 1972. The original Super Fly got a sequel, so Variety notes that Sony is hoping that this new movie will also “lead to a series of films”—even though every studio hopes that every movie will somehow…

The Last Jedi arrives, plus 26 other movies coming this December

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…

The Disaster Artist is a lousy tribute to the greatest bad movie of our time

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If there was ever a behind-the-scenes story that begged to made into a movie of its own, then it’s the making of the mind-boggling cult classic The Room, a uniquely American accident of money, incompetence, and ego. The magnum opus of Tommy Wiseau, an eccentric and paranoid Polish immigrant with the looks of a B-movie…

Gremlins is returning to theaters just in time for Christmas

Gremlins is a Christmas movie much like how Die Hard is a Christmas movie, which is to say that it’s a movie that takes place during Christmas and has vague themes of gift-giving and family togetherness. People talk about Die Hard too much during the holidays as it is, though, so anyone looking for a seasonal film…

Hip dude Adam Driver claims he doesn't know what "emo" means

The “emo” label is applied pretty liberally, as any sensitive boy singer from an alternative rock band can attest, but it specifically seems to be given to a lot of fictional characters who primarily wear black, have stylish hair, and are often sad or angry. Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3 was totally emo, for example,…

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…

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…