Nick Jonas wants fans to campaign for him to play Nightwing 

Way back in February, we reported that Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay and The Accountant’s Bill Dubuque were developing a DC superhero movie about Nightwing, a.k.a. Dick Grayson, the original Robin. Grayson has been one of DC’s most popular characters for years (partly due to his famous butt), so the idea…

Not everything is bad: Here’s Laura Dern talking to BB-8

Actor and national treasure Laura Dern has said her role as purple-haired Amilyn Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is meant to be divisive, though we’re not sure whether that’s because she might be replacing Carrie Fisher’s Leia or because she got it confused with the Twin Peaks finale. Regardless, a video posted to…

Bryan Singer releases statement, says Fox wouldn't allow him to take care of ill parent

Earlier today, we reported that 20th Century Fox had fired director Bryan Singer from Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after he essentially stopped showing up to the set, with other reports saying that he had clashed with star Rami Malek and that he was suffering from “post-traumatic stress disorder” over…

The best films of 2017 that we didn’t review

Deciding which movies to review and which ones to skip is one of the toughest decisions The A.V. Club makes on a weekly basis. Seriously, it can be quite agonizing. In a perfect world, we’d review a much larger percentage of the sometimes couple dozen new releases that hit theaters or streaming platforms every week.…

Weekend Box Office: Limited release mania

Last week’s No. 1, the Pixar animated film Coco, retained its top spot this weekend, bringing in another $26.1 million, while No. 2
Justice League ($16.6 million) and No. 3 Wonder ($12.5 million) similarly kept their places. Much of the rest of the Top 10 was filled with similar wide-release holdovers, including Thor:…

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,…