The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Actual space people will be getting a special screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Very few people can relate to the characters in Star Wars like the astronauts working on the International Space Station can. After all, they’re the closest thing our universe has to the space-faring adventurers of the Rebel Alliance, since they also live among the stars and believe in an invisible Force that…

Die Hard, Titanic, The Goonies, and more added to the National Film Registry

The 2017 edition of the National Film Registry’s annual list of films to be saved first should American culture catch on fire—a joke we make every year, and which feels a little more prescient every time—was released earlier today. And, as usual, it stands astride the worlds of populist entertainment and rarefied…

The mediocre Ferdinand mostly fails to bring a beloved kid-lit bestseller to life

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The children’s book The Story Of Ferdinand was a commercial success upon publication in 1936, outselling Gone With The Wind to become the No. 1 bestseller in the United States. Written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, the book follows a peaceful bull who would rather smell flowers than battle matadors,…

Woody Harrelson might reunite with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer for Venom

Star Tom Hardy recently confirmed that the Venom movie he’s starring in will be based on the Lethal Protector miniseries from the ‘90s in which longtime Spider-Man villain Venom—the Eddie Brock flavor, for people who know the different Venoms—briefly moves to San Francisco and becomes an anti-hero. Now, we know one…

Jennifer Lawrence to play famous murderer for Call Me By Your Name director

According to Variety, Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in Burial Rites, a new film from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. The movie is based on Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel of the same name, which Variety says is about Agnes Magnusdottir, “the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830.”…

LAPD opens new investigation into rape claims against Roman Polanski

According to the Associated Press, the LAPD has confirmed that it has opened a new investigation into Roman Polanski after a woman came forward with accusations that he raped her in 1975 when she was 10 years old. The statute of limitations on the allegations ran out a long time ago, though, so the LAPD can’t charge…

New database lets you check if a movie features someone accused of sexual misconduct

It’s becoming difficult to keep track of which movies and TV shows include cast and crew members who have been accused of sexual misconduct, especially since more and more famous people are now facing allegations, but a new site called Rotten Apples is looking to “drive awareness of just how pervasive sexual…

Errol Morris boldly mixes nonfiction and fiction to tackle the unsolved mystery of Wormwood

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It seems absurd now, but back in 1988, when Errol Morris’ landmark true-crime documentary The Thin Blue Line was released, purists were up in arms about the film’s use of dramatic re-creations. Nobody could possibly have mistaken those impressionistic, essentially dialogue-free sequences for a record of what actually…

The Last Jedi locates that middle-chapter, Empire Strikes Back mojo

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Early into The Last Jedi, the zippy, operatic, and occasionally exhilarating new Star Wars movie, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) smashes his helmet into pieces. It’s chiefly a symbolic act: Kylo, who established his volcanic temper as the formidable new heavy of The Force Awakens, is determined to “let the past die”—to emerge…

Japanese Black Panther trailer holds the world's secret supply of new footage 

The most recent trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther movie was very cool (and not just because of literally everything about Michael B. Jordan’s character). That was almost two months ago, though, and the movie doesn’t come out until February, so people might be getting a little antsy for more awesome Black

Assassins and biopics dominate this year's Black List of unproduced screenplays 

A teenager befriends a cranky professor who has been hired to help her pass seventh grade, a rookie space trooper has to survive on an alien planet as her power suit begins running out of batteries, a man’s hallucinations are actually visions of a past life, a stripper is somehow the perfect candidate for a supercop…

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Creed 2 gets a new director with Steven Caple Jr. replacing Sylvester Stallone

According to Variety, The Land director Steven Caple Jr. has stepped in to direct Creed 2, with original Creed director Ryan Coogler stepping back to an executive producer role as he wraps up Black Panther. Back in October, Sylvester Stallone—who appeared in the previous movie and co-wrote the sequel’s script—claimed…