Paramount rolls for initiative, sets a Dungeons & Dragons movie for 2021

Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.’ DC movies division have a habit of charting out their release schedules a decade in advance, giving consumers the comfort of knowing exactly that they’ll be doing every May and November for the rest of their lives. Today, Paramount has decided to join in on that fun, handing out…

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Even Diane Kruger going after Nazis can't save the blunt courtroom drama In The Fade

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If 2017 has an official spokesman, it’s Indiana Jones in Last Crusade, muttering, “Nazis. I hate these guys.” It’s fitting, then, that the final movie opening theatrically this year features a pair of smirking neo-Nazis as villains. Set in present-day Hamburg, In The Fade stars Diane Kruger (in a rare German-language…

We need a Jewish action hero now more than ever

My favorite scene in Independence Day is probably the stupidest. Late in the film, as the aliens make their final push against humanity, Judd Hirsch’s character huddles deep inside a bunker. He’s wearing a kippah and holding a siddur. He asks James Rebhorn’s cowardly defense secretary to join him in prayer. “I’m not…

Rian Johnson is being very diplomatic about the Last Jedi backlash

Recently, the most reactionary Star Wars fans have jumped into two camps: Those who hated The Force Awakens for being too faithful to the old movies, and those who hated The Last Jedi for being too different from the old movies. Last Jedi director Rian Johnson isn’t letting a small number of angry Star Wars fans bring…

Pitch Perfect 3 is still likable, but it's singing on fumes

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With so many platforms available for film distribution, it’s a missed opportunity that Pitch Perfect 3 didn’t release directly to FX, preferably unannounced on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The box office success of its a predecessors in the rarified field of a cappella comedy ensured that could never happen, of course.…

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle gets by on the strength of its la-la-la-la-la-lead-leads

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If you’re going to coast on charm, you could do a lot worse than Dwayne Johnson. The former pro wrestler and consummate showman has displayed a knack for engaging in a little self-deprecation when the circumference of his biceps and the wattage of his smile prove a little too intimidating, and he trots out that…

Alamo Drafthouse is launching a crazy new thing called a "video store"

Everybody knows that watching a movie in 2017 is as easy as renting something on Amazon, logging onto Netflix only to realize that there’s nothing good, or pulling the dust-covered DVD box out of your storage unit, but the Alamo Drafthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, is planning to launch a revolutionary new movie…

The BBC is making a feature-length Harvey Weinstein documentary

The day before the explosive New York Times report on the harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out, the formerly influential movie producer dared to joke that the rumor about him being an abusive monster was such a good story that he wanted to “buy the movie rights.” Of course, tons of women then came…

Weekend Box Office: Gentle talking bull embarks on noble suicide mission against Star Wars

Before getting to the galaxy-shaking box-office results everyone saw coming from several lightyears away, let’s hear it for the counterprogramming that almost could. Ferdinand, a new animated movie based on the beloved children’s book, opened wide this weekend against a certain eighth chapter in a certain popular…

An adaptation of John Darnielle's Wolf In White Van is sort of in the works

John Darnielle is already the beloved frontman for indie darlings The Mountain Goats, but with 2014's Wolf In White Van he also revealed himself to be a damn good novelist. Now, Pitchfork is reporting that an adaptation of that book has been accepted into the Sundance Screenwriters Lab program, an exclusive writer’s…

The good and the bad of Aaron Sorkin are on full display in his directorial debut, Molly's Game

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When highly successful Hollywood screenwriters suddenly decide to direct, they generally do so out of a desire to protect their vision. That can hardly be the case with Aaron Sorkin. Whether his scripts have been interpreted by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men, The American President), David Fincher (The Social Network), or…

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Morgan Spurlock departs his production company after sexual misconduct confession

Last night, Morgan Spurlock shared a lengthy essay about his own history of sexual misconduct, revealing that a woman accused him of rape in college, that he paid a settlement to a former assistant who he would call “sex pants,” and that he cheated on everyone he’s been in a relationship with. Now, Deadline is…

The Old West is clinically depressed in the grim Christian Bale oater Hostiles

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Hostiles—a twilight-of-the-frontier Western as grim and obvious as its title and tagline (“We are all… Hostiles”), filled with greasy skin and scraggled, dimming landscapes—opens with a Comanche band gruesomely descending on a remote homestead and American soldiers torturing an Apache family in the reddish…

The Last Jedi brings the weird and the cool back to Star Wars

For the final Film Club of 2017, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are discussing what is sure to be the biggest film of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Although it’s the middle chapter of the sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi avoids being a retread of The Empire Strikes Back,…

George Clooney gave his best friends $1 million, but he seems to have forgotten us

Everybody already loves George Clooney, because he’s handsome and charming and did a very good job playing Batman (no matter what any jerks say), but it turns out that he’s actually a very generous friend with a penchant for giving fantastic gifts. That’s according to Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s husband and a…

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland go on a sentimental journey in The Leisure Seeker

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Americans are so used to exporting our culture to other countries that it’s always a bit of a novelty to see it reflected back onto us. But for every Paris, Texas there’s a The Leisure Seeker, a generic coming-of-old-age story starring Helen Mirren with a Southern accent and a no-nonsense wig worthy of a Republican…

The Writers Guild is not happy about the Disney-Fox deal

Everybody seems fairly wary of Disney buying up a bunch of 21st Century Fox’s assets—specifically its movie and TV studios—since it seems like a big step toward letting the mouse people take over all media, but the Writers Guild Of America West is particularly frustrated with this deal. As reported by Variety, the WGA…