Glass should be unbreakable in an especially dire-looking January for movies

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…

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly hit career lows in the abysmally unfunny Holmes & Watson

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We’ve been telling jokes about Sherlock Holmes since the beginning. The earliest send-ups of the world’s greatest detective appeared not long after Arthur Conan Doyle started publishing his stories about Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson, in The Strand Magazine, and by the early decades of the 20th…

Screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman talks On The Basis Of Sex and wrangling RBG for a cameo

Felicity Jones stars as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex, a new biographical drama from screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman that follows the Supreme Court Justice’s early career as a lawyer. In honor of the film’s release, we spoke with Stiepleman, who is actually RBG’s nephew, about the film, and getting his…

Chicagoland native Jake Johnson plays "Chicago Vs. The World"

Chicagoland native Jake Johnson co-stars as Peter Parker in the gorgeously animated new Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. In honor of the film’s release and the New Girl alum’s Chicago roots, we played a game with Johnson called “Chicago Vs. The World,” a game in which we ask him to pick between a…

Jennifer Lopez’s overstuffed Second Act offers three movies for the price of one

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Halfway through Second Act, Jennifer Lopez’s working-class-gal-turned-high-end-beauty-industry-consultant has a revelation: Consumers are overwhelmed by the enormity of choices out there. What they really want—even if they don’t realize it—is a single beauty product that can take care of all their skincare needs. Why…

The disastrous Welcome To Marwen strands a fascinating true story in the uncanny valley

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Robert Zemeckis, the Hollywood fabulist who made Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, remains a wizard of state-of-the-start spectacle—a filmmaker still perched, after three decades in the blockbuster trenches, on the cutting edge of motion-picture technology. At times, though, it’s hard to watch his movies and…

Costume designer Sandy Powell picks the 5 films that inspired her work the most

Sandy Powell is one of the great costume designers working today, having worked on films like The Aviator, Shakespeare in Love, and The Other Boleyn Girl. This month, audiences can see her costuming work in a pair of new films: Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. In honor of those films…

Amy Adams on Vice and trying to portray Lynne Cheney honestly

Out this Christmas, Vice, explores the story about how Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), a bureaucratic Washington insider, quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush. Ahead of the Vice’s release next week, we sat down with Amy Adams, who plays Cheney’s wife Lynne, to talk about…

The Faculty is the bleakest and most subversive film of the ’90s studio teen-horror cycle

On its surface, The Faculty is a conceptually clever if fairly unsurprising tweak on the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers formula: What if your high-school teachers had been taken over by aliens intent on taking over the world? That’s a sound premise for a horror movie. What makes The Faculty stand out is just how slyly…

Reilly & Coogan make a good Laurel & Hardy in the otherwise unexceptional Stan & Ollie

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Chronicling the slow, mournful fadeout of great artists: so hot right now. Just a couple of months after The Happy Prince, which focused on Oscar Wilde’s final years following his public disgrace, comes Stan & Ollie, the story of Laurel and Hardy as elderly borderline has-beens working the music-hall circuit. Apart…

After a clumsy opening statement, RBG biopic On The Basis Of Sex effectively argues its case

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Avoid the extended edition of this. Check out the director’s cut of that. Take a machete to the Star Wars universe. The history of movies is littered with recommendations on the best way to watch them. When it comes to the new biopic On The Basis Of Sex, improving the viewing experience could be simple: Just skip the…

Director Rob Marshall picks his 5 favorite on-screen musical numbers

Rob Marshall has been at the helm of three of the most high-profile movie musicals of the 21st century—the Best Picture winner Chicago, Nine, and Into The Woods. His latest, Mary Poppins Returns, the long-gestating sequel to the 1964 musical fantasy film, hits theaters this Friday. In honor of the sequel, we sat down…

The best films of 2018

In a year defined by division, the one thing we could all agree on was movies. Just kidding! If anything, film discourse grew more contentious and fractured than ever in 2018, which began with a battle for the soul of the world’s most popular franchise and moved on from there to debates about the value of Netflix and…

The best of film 2018: The ballots

Now that everyone’s had a chance to peruse The A.V. Club’s best movies of 2018, it’s time to address a timeless question, lobbed our way every December: How could we include that film and not this other film? Some kind of answer lies in the deconstruction of our list. Ten critics, each with their own sensibilities and…

Director Paweł Pawlikowski on the origins of Cold War, his Palme D'Or-nominated film

Polish filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest film is Cold War, the Palme D’Or-nominated love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-World War II Poland. In honor of the film, which recently made the Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film, we sat down with Pawlikowski to talk about the…

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