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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn today at 06:16. 4 comments

Matt Damon to play a different kind of dirty cop in James Mangold's The Force

Matt Damon to play a different kind of dirty cop in James Mangold's The Force

Don Winslow’s The Force is like if the final season of The Shield unfolded across 496 pages. Its protagonist, NYPD detective Denny Malone, is a Vic Mackey type who leads an “elite crime fighting squad” that’s as dirty as it is efficient, and the book chronicles both his spinning moral compass and the anxious lead-up to his catastrophic reckoning, which impacts everyone from crooks and...

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today at 06:00.

Hey, let's not do this: Bambi is the next film slated for a "live action" Disney remake

Hey, let's not do this: Bambi is the next film slated for a "live action" Disney remake

Today in Christ, They’re Really Never Going To Stop Now, Are They? News: Disney has announced that it’s beginning development on a live-action* remake of its beloved 1942 animated film Bambi. Per Variety, the studio has tapped Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer to write a script for the film, presumably still adapted from Austrian author Felix Salten’s 1923 novel Bambi, A Life In The...

today at 03:38. 1 comments

The real Wolf Of Wall Street is accusing the producers of scamming, which is perfect

The real Wolf Of Wall Street is accusing the producers of scamming, which is perfect

Yes, we are still talking about Martin Scorsese’s high-octane biographical romp Wolf Of Wall Street seven years later, but there’s actually a good reason for this. According to a report by Variety, Jordan Belfort—the man whose fraudulent Wall Street exploits in the early ‘90s earned him 22 months in federal prison and inspired the theatrical hit—is accusing the producers of scamming him. In...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife today at 02:00.

Ford V Ferrari makes happy dads out of us all

Ford V Ferrari makes happy dads out of us all

In honor of the fast-approaching 92nd Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 9, Film Club is taking a break from covering this week’s film releases to look back at the Best Picture nominees we didn’t cover last year. Yesterday, we hit Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood and Joker . For this week’s final episode, A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss the unabashed joy of watching James Mangold’s...

Reid McCarter Reid McCarter today at 01:46.

Jack Cruz, the monkey from David Lynch's new short film, just released a record

Jack Cruz, the monkey from David Lynch's new short film, just released a record

It was already enough of a surprise gift when, last Monday, an underseen short film from David Lynch appeared on Netflix without any warning. Not content just to give us “What Did Jack Do?”—an intense interrogation between Lynch as an unnamed detective and Jack Cruz, a suit-wearing, talking monkey accused of murder—we’ve now been presented with a companion piece in the form of two songs from...

today at 01:35. 1 comments

Taylor Swift crashes Sundance, but opening night belongs to a horror movie from the creator of Dear White People

Taylor Swift crashes Sundance, but opening night belongs to a horror movie from the creator of Dear White People

The incongruity usually begins at the airport. Year in and year out, a casual clash of cultures greets anyone stepping off a plane into the brisk mountain air of Salt Lake City, at least on the first day—the feverish opening Thursday—of the Sundance Film Festival. The terminal rings with the chatter of industry professionals, many in from Los Angeles, barking into phones almost from the moment...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter today at 00:24. 10 comments

Watch 2019's Aladdin as it was meant to be seen: With an overjoyed toddler babbling over it

Watch 2019's Aladdin as it was meant to be seen: With an overjoyed toddler babbling over it

Disney’s CGI and live action remakes of their best-loved animated films have been pretty hit or miss so far. Last year’s Aladdin, for instance, received a pretty lukewarm critical reception overall, with our own review calling it “the worst of a batch” of the recent “forced march of listless live-action Disney remakes.”All the same, as Aladdin’s box office success demonstrated and a video...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter yesterday at 23:27.

Sonic gets far better music video movie tie-in than he deserves, courtesy of Wiz Khalifa and friends

Sonic gets far better music video movie tie-in than he deserves, courtesy of Wiz Khalifa and friends

There is no reason to expect much of anything from the Sonic The Hedgehog movie. Now that the blue creature has been redesigned to smooth away his awe-inspiring anatomical idiosyncrasies , the movie looks like it’ll at best just be an okay exercise in brand-boosting nostalgia indulgence that, hopefully, some people enjoy watching before immediately forgetting what they just saw as soon as...

Marah Eakin Marah Eakin yesterday at 22:30.

Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant on whether gentlemen wear flip-flops

Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant on whether gentlemen wear flip-flops

As Fletcher in Guy Ritchie’s new movie The Gentlemen, Hugh Grant embodies one of the people who’s bothered him most in recent years: A British “pay-for-play” tabloid journalist. It’s an irony not lost on Grant, who tells The A.V. Club in the interview above that he wasn’t quite sure he could pull off the role—which Ritchie pitched Grant on his wedding day, in the middle of the street. After a...

yesterday at 11:00. 5 comments

There’s star power but no drama in feature-length salute to sacrifice The Last Full Measure

There’s star power but no drama in feature-length salute to sacrifice The Last Full Measure

More of a two-hour ceremony than a movie, The Last Full Measure recounts strenuous real-life efforts to secure a very belated, posthumous Medal Of Honor for William H. Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who was killed in Vietnam while saving fellow soldiers’ lives. It’s a full-throated, misty-eyed celebration of heroism—“Thank you for your service” writ large—and only a churl would...

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yesterday at 10:47. 6 comments

Bong Joon ho teases some of the stories he might dig into with the Parasite TV show

Bong Joon ho teases some of the stories he might dig into with the Parasite TV show

[Note: This article discusses plot details from the film version of Parasite.]

Of the various exciting improbabilities surrounding Bong Joon ho’s cross-cultural class warfare hit Parasite , few have been odder than its potential future status as a prestige HBO TV show . News of the adaptation of Bong’s Oscar nominee broke two weeks ago (back before it had achieved the aforementioned Oscar...

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yesterday at 06:57. 13 comments

Yes, Bill Murray will be in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Yes, Bill Murray will be in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Well, here’s something that you don’t see everyday: Dan Aykroyd was right about something. Back in November , he insisted that Bill Murray would return in some capacity for Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife—the new sequel to the original two movies that’s being made for the “real” fans, but not in a way that’s sexist (apparently) —and now Vanity Fair is reporting that, yes, Murray will...

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yesterday at 06:30. 1 comments

Joker's trick is that we're still talking about the damn thing

Joker's trick is that we're still talking about the damn thing

In honor of the fast-approaching 92nd Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 9, Film Club is taking a break from covering this week’s film releases to look back at the Best Picture nominees we didn’t cover last year. Earlier today, our critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife revisited Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood . Now, they take a look back at the most nominated film at this year’s ceremony ,

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yesterday at 06:29.

Here's what's coming to (and going from) HBO in February

Here's what's coming to (and going from) HBO in February

Celebrating the true American entrepreneurial spirit—i.e., ripping off a bunch of regular people from beneath the ostensible auspices of corporate benevolence—HBO (and its accompanying streaming service, HBO Now) are going in hard for its new docuseries McMillion$ with next month’s slate of releases. Produced by Mark Wahlberg, the six-part series will begin airing, on both the network and the...

yesterday at 04:09.

The Karate Kid to be adapted into a Broadway musical

The Karate Kid to be adapted into a Broadway musical

Get ready to start learning the lyrics to a song about doing a crane kick, because Deadline is reporting that The Karate Kid screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen is developing a Broadway musical based on the classic ‘80s movie, with Drew Gasparaini (who wrote the amazing Skittles musical from last year’s Super Bowl , among other things that aren’t that) doing the music and lyrics. The musical will...

yesterday at 02:36. 4 comments

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Dan Levy join Clea DuVall's rom-com Happiest Season

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Dan Levy join Clea DuVall's rom-com Happiest Season

The cast of Clea DuVall’s upcoming romantic comedy Happiest Season already seemed good when we just knew it was about Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, but it just got even better: As reported by Variety, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Mary Steenburgen, and Victor Garber have all joined the cast. We don’t know who most of them are playing, but the movie centers around Stewart as a...

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yesterday at 02:30. 3 comments

Quentin Tarantino finally made his hangout movie—and it gets better the more you hang with it

Quentin Tarantino finally made his hangout movie—and it gets better the more you hang with it

In honor of the fast-approaching 92nd Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 9, Film Club is taking a break from covering this week’s film releases (do we really need to cover The Gentlemen ?) to look back at the Best Picture nominees we didn’t cover last year. First up, our critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood , one of the best of 2019 ...

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yesterday at 00:34.

Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Netflix in February

Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Netflix in February

February will be pretty big for Netflix, if only because the streaming service will have managed to defy the fates by actually producing and releasing an adaptation of Locke & Key—the white whale of indie horror comic adaptations. After many years and many different networks and streaming services all taking a stab, we thought it would never happen. Now, frankly, we’re still not convinced...

Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 23, 2020 at 23:30. 2 comments

Bo Peep's Toy Story 4 transformation to be explored in new Disney+ short film

Bo Peep's Toy Story 4 transformation to be explored in new Disney+ short film

Bo Peep made a triumphant return in Toy Story 4, having refashioned herself, as our review put it , as a “take-no-shit nomad survivor, liberated by life on the road and her lack of attachment to any one child.” Well, if you’re wondering how she snapped off that lamp, found her voice, and landed in a thrift store, you’re in luck, as Disney+ is dropping a short film later this month that tells...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Jan 23, 2020 at 23:10.

Color Out Of Space combines Nic Cage, Richard Stanley, and H.P. Lovecraft to predictably wild effect

Color Out Of Space combines Nic Cage, Richard Stanley, and H.P. Lovecraft to predictably wild effect

At this point, Nicolas Cage the meme has overtaken Nicolas Cage the person, and the mere mention of his name is enough to send a certain subset of filmgoers into a hysterical giggle fit. And with this unspoken set of expectations looming in the background, it takes a visionary director to keep the circus inside the tent, so to speak. Color Out Of Space adds Richard Stanley—a noted wild man...

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