An extremely petty breakdown of everything dumb in the Jurassic World 2 trailer

There are two truths that must be acknowledged before we begin this exercise in pointlessly trivial sniping. First, it’s never fair to judge a film solely on the merits of its trailer. Especially these days—especially for would-be blockbusters—when previews exist largely as viral “events” jostling for attention among…

The Morgan Freeman geezer comedy Just Getting Started can't even get it up

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“I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap,” declares Kevin Costner’s fading minor-league catcher Crash Davis in a famous scene in Bull Durham, the movie that kicked off…

Margot Robbie is great, but I, Tonya is still about as sensationalistic as a tabloid

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the Goodfellas-biting biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as the disgraced figure skater. Craig Gillespie’s sensationalist take on the Tonya Harding story covers her life, her career, and of course the 1994 attack on Nancy…

The Post shows Spielberg's ideals—but not his wit

In this special afternoon edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about The Washington Post’s role in the 1971 publication of a leaked history of the United States’ operations in Vietnam. The film, which…

Trollhunter director André Øvredal to take on Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

According to Deadline, Trollhunter and The Autopsy Of Jane Doe director André Øvredal has signed on to scar a new generation of people by directing Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, the movie adaptation of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell horrifying trilogy of kids books that kids should not read. Guillermo Del…

P.T. Anderson reunites with Daniel Day-Lewis for the exquisite mad love of Phantom Thread

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An intimate love story set against the London fashion scene of the 1950s, Phantom Thread is as tastefully crafted as the haute couture its characters design and wear. But don’t be thrown by the immaculate embroidery. Paul Thomas Anderson, the justly revered American master who wrote and directed, is too obsessed with…

The gorgeously humane Quest documents a tumultuous decade in one family’s life

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There’s no real attempt at a thesis or story arc in Quest, Jonathan Olshefski’s long-in-the-making documentary about a decade in the life of a black family in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. It’s bookended, with subtle political overtones, by the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections, but there’s nothing as…

Warner Bros. is rethinking its DC movies in the wake of Justice League

Justice League was a fine movie, but its relatively mediocre take at the box office most likely wasn’t what Warner Bros. was hoping for when it began to develop its DC cinematic universe. Now, in a move that diehard fans will probably find a way to blame on some ridiculous conspiracy, Warner Bros. is reportedly…

Quentin Tarantino won't write his Star Trek movie, but it will be R-rated

On Monday, we reported that Quentin Tarantino had decided he wanted to make a Star Trek movie, developing a pitch with J.J. Abrams that he had then sold to Paramount. The studio thought his pitch was a “great idea” and quickly began looking for writers who could flesh out his concept into an actual movie idea, all…

J.K. Rowling is also fine with alleged abuser Johnny Depp being in Fantastic Beasts 2

Late last month, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald director David Yates defended casting Johnny Depp as the eponymous villain in the Harry Potter spin-off sequel despite the allegations that he physically abused ex-wife Amber Heard. Yates suggested that Depp is totally different from people like Harvey…

All The Money In The World moves its release date to Christmas Day

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has pushed the release date of Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World—a movie that does not have Kevin Spacey in it, so don’t bring up Kevin Spacey—from December 22 to December 25. Apparently, this has nothing to do with any Kevin Spacey-related controversies (because he’s…

Eddie The Eagle's Dexter Fletcher to replace Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody

Last Friday, we reported that director Bryan Singer had halted production on his Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody over a “personal health matter,” though by Monday we discovered that Singer had actually been fired by 20th Century Fox after he repeatedly failed to appear on set and had supposedly clashed with…

James Mangold is making a Patty Hearst movie that probably won't have a giant cat

Last week, we excitedly reported that Logan director James Mangold was making a movie based on Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw, a kids book about an imaginary kitty cat that is giant and also presumably fluffy and nice and a very good friend. It was the best news in a long time, because kitty cats don’t get enough…

The Shape Of Water and Feud lead Critics' Choice nominations 

The New York and Los Angeles film critics have already picked their best movies of the year, and now their Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association are preparing to follow suit by announcing the nominees for the Critics’ Choice Awards, with winners of which will be announced…

Original Crow director Alex Proyas is very opposed to that remake 

The long-in-the-works reboot of The Crow has been almost absurdly troubled, having already hit so many bumps on the road already that it’s a wonder anyone in Hollywood still thinks it’s worth the trouble, but there’s one man who definitely thinks the various studios, producers, and possible star should just cut their…

Margot Robbie skates around the diet-Scorsese tricks of the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya

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From the opening minutes of Craig Gillespie’s unreliably narrated, glibly entertaining biopic I, Tonya, it’s clear that Margot Robbie has disappeared into the role of disgraced figure skater and pop culture punching bag Tonya Harding. It’s not a precise imitation: However hard the wardrobe and makeup teams have worked…

Steven Spielberg can’t make great drama out of The Post’s timely celebration of journalism

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A pile of muck (old muck, too) with no rake, Steven Spielberg’s National Board Of Review-approved Nixon-era newspaper drama The Post lacks the exact thing it glorifies: a reporter’s instinct for story. Not that there isn’t anything to admire about the movie, which portrays the events that surrounded the leak of a…

Kurt Russell finally old enough to play a rugged, sexy Santa Claus for Netflix 

In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell played a charming man with a beard who traveled around the universe presenting gifts to women, and while he wasn’t literally Santa Claus, the connection seems fairly clear—as long as you ignore the stuff about him being a living planet that dreamed of intergalactic…

Hate is big these days, so another Westboro Baptist Church movie is in the works

According to Variety, Rod Lurie is set to direct Hate (A Love Story), a movie based on the twisted hate-mongers of the Westboro Baptist Church. Specifically, the movie revolves around the aftermath of the death of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, who died while serving in Iraq and whose funeral was protested by…