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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 20, 2019 at 04:34. 1 comments

Unfortunately, there's an app for everything in this first look at season 4 of Rick And Morty

Unfortunately, there's an app for everything in this first look at season 4 of Rick And Morty

Making a season of Rick And Morty takes time. Like, a lot of it. It takes so much time, in fact, that the show has even explicitly poked fun at the long stretches between seasons, letting a certain little poopy pants cop to the “like, year-and-a-half… or longer” viewers would have to wait to see a finale-ending cliffhanger resolved. Far from dampening interest in the bleakly comic animated...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 18:52.

The Paranormal Activity series milks found-footage for all it’s worth

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With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

No popular variety of movie tends to take more heat from the viewing public than found-footage horror. Of all the reasons people purport to hate these films they still go to see in droves, the most reasonable is the complaint that they’ve made artlessness not just...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 18:25.

10 episodes that lay out the warped ethical calculus of Tales From The Crypt

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<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/10-episodes-that-lay-out-the-warped-ethical-calculus-of-1798286012" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">10 episodes that lay out the warped ethical calculus of <i>Tales From The Crypt</i></a>

With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with new shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. If you watch these 10, you’ll have a better idea of what that series was about, without having to watch the whole thing. These are not...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 16:03.

L For Leisure is either a bad grad-school comedy or a really dry spoof of one

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/l-for-leisure-is-either-a-bad-grad-school-comedy-or-a-r-1798183804" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>L For Leisure</i> is either a bad grad-school comedy or a really dry spoof of one</a>
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewL For LeisureB-Movie ReviewL For LeisureB-B-L For LeisureDirector

Whitney Horn, Lev Kalman

Runtime

74 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Cast

Keenan Hartsten, Bro Estes, Kyle Williams

Is L For Leisure just a clumsy Whit Stillman imitation, a bunch of amateur actors trying and failing to satirize pretentious academia? Or is it something stranger entirely—a kind of spoof of that very...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 15:32.

Finally, a slasher movie that doesn’t make sex a death sentence

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/finally-a-slasher-movie-that-doesn-t-make-sex-a-death-1798253646" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Finally, a slasher movie that doesn’t make sex a death sentence</a>

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. Because it’s Horrors Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re highlighting some of the best unsung slasher movies.

Cherry Falls (2000)

You have sex, you die. That’s one of the hard rules of horror laid out by video-store geek Randy (Jamie Kennedy) in Wes Craven’s Scream. It’s also the very...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 15:23.

The A.V. Club’s 2016 Spring Holiday Movie Guide

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/the-a-v-club-s-2016-spring-holiday-movie-guide-1798246439" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The</i> <i>A.V. Club</i>’s 2016 Spring Holiday Movie Guide</a>

One year ago, The A.V. Club surveyed three months of upcoming films through the lens of Valentine’s Day, offering a dater’s guide to the spring movie season. This year, we’re thinking a little bigger, a little further outside the heart-shaped candy box. Why, after all, should we limit ourselves to one seasonal holiday when there’s an almost limitless supply of them scribbled across the...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 15:14.

Ted 2 gets filthier but less charming

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Movie ReviewMovie ReviewTed 2C+Movie ReviewTed 2C+C+Ted 2Director

Seth MacFarlane

Runtime

116 minutes

Rating

R

Cast

Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried

There’s a scene in Ted 2 that so perfectly encapsulates what people detest about Seth MacFarlane that you’d swear he stuck it in there just to mess with the haters. In a darkened auditorium, Boston lunkhead John (Mark Wahlberg) and his...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 15:13.

Our film critics dive into Rogue One and look ahead to Silence and Paterson

Our film critics dive into Rogue One and look ahead to Silence and Paterson

Every Thursday, film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down in The A.V. Club’s studio to talk movies and answer questions on Film Club, an extended discussion broadcast through our Facebook page. In the final show of the year, they discuss the new stand-alone Star Wars film, Rogue One, and share their thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s long-in-the-works religious drama...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 14:06.

Collection-worthy vinyl, cheap coffee, and comedic commentary

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The Best Of Fraggle Rock LP reissue

My devotion to the work of Jim Henson goes beyond lengthy dissections of Henson’s greatest successes and most fascinating failures and into spaces like my record collection, which still includes the first piece of vinyl I ever spent a significant amount of time with: The Muppet Show’s 1977 spin-off album. Until recently, that collection was sorely lacking...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 13:31.

What went wrong with The BFG?

What went wrong with The BFG?

This weekend, Steven Spielberg reteams with E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison and Oscar-winning Bridge Of Spies actor Mark Rylance for an adaptation of The BFG, by cherished children’s author Roald Dahl. So why isn’t this a recipe for family-film bliss? On this pre-holiday episode of Film Club, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down on the A.V. Club set to discuss why Spielberg and Dahl...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 13:28.

Jim Jarmusch opens Cannes with a DOA zombie comedy for the Trump age

Jim Jarmusch opens Cannes with a DOA zombie comedy for the Trump age

The Cannes Film Festival opened tonight with a zombie movie, and I can’t be the only American in attendance who felt very seen. Not just because the film itself was American—that’s frequently the case on opening night of the world’s most prestigious film festival, which tends to commence with a burst of pure star power, the kind Hollywood can still most reliably deliver. No, if fest pooh-bah...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 12:51.

Our film staffers search their feelings about The Force Awakens

Our film staffers search their feelings about The Force Awakens

It’s the final Film Club of the year, so it only makes senses that our staffers, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, would spend it talking about the biggest movie of the year: J.J. Abrams’ relaunch of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens. (If you’re one of those folks who wants to go in completely blind, consider this your obligatory instruction to click away.) The two also find time,...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 11:53.

Everybody Wants Some in Richard Linklater’s new feature-length party

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Movie ReviewMovie ReviewEverybody Wants SomeB+Movie ReviewEverybody Wants SomeB+B+Everybody Wants SomeDirector

Richard Linklater

Runtime

117 minutes

Rating

R

Cast

Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Zoey Deutch, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman

Availability

Select theaters March 30; expands April 1; theaters everywhere April 8

There’s little room for villains in a Richard Linklater film; when the guy...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 11:51.

Jordan Peele’s woke horror thriller Get Out makes a surprise midnight debut

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Every screening at Sundance begins the same way: with a short video officially introducing the festival and acknowledging its sponsors. Most of the major public fests now include some variation on this branded bumper—Toronto has a whole maddening block of them, seemingly designed to destroy what’s left of the press corps’ sanity—and as these things go, the Sundance one is fairly bearable. It...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 04:26.

Joss Whedon grapples with the franchise obligations of Avengers: Age Of Ultron

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/joss-whedon-grapples-with-the-franchise-obligations-of-1798183614" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Joss Whedon grapples with the franchise obligations of <i>Avengers: Age Of Ultron</i></a>
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewAvengers: Age Of UltronB-Movie ReviewAvengers: Age Of UltronB-B-Avengers: Age Of UltronDirector

Joss Whedon

Runtime

141 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Cast

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader

The best moments in The Avengers, Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster crossover event, weren’t the ones that pitted Earth’s...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 03:55.

John Carpenter looms over a day of madness and violence at Cannes

John Carpenter looms over a day of madness and violence at Cannes

Of the three film festivals that happen at the same time as Cannes in Cannes, Quinzaine (or Directors’ Fortnight) is the one that comes closest to rivaling the main one in prestige, importance, and quality of selections. Two days in, it’s too early to say how this year’s Fortnight will measure up to this year’s Cannes. But the little festival has bested the big one already in at least one...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 02:19.

Bill Murray and Adam Driver face the end-times in Jim Jarmusch’s lame zom-com The Dead Don’t Die

Bill Murray and Adam Driver face the end-times in Jim Jarmusch’s lame zom-com The Dead Don’t Die

It takes all of five minutes for Jim Jarmusch’s new movie, the half-assed horror-comedy The Dead Don’t Die, to place a vast stretch of ironic distance between itself and its audience. The film’s eponymous theme song, a tongue-in-cheek country-western ditty by Sturgill Simpson, has just rolled over the opening credits. Not a moment later, Jarmusch cues it up again on the radio of a squad car....

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 15, 2019 at 02:04.

Poltergeist haunts every lame frame of The Darkness

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Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThe DarknessC-Movie ReviewThe DarknessC-C-The DarknessDirector

Greg McLean

Runtime

92 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Cast

Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry

Availability

Theaters everywhere May 13

Greg McLean is the new Tobe Hooper. The evidence is piling up faster than the bodies do in either man’s movies. McLean, an Aussie director who got his start back when the term...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 14, 2019 at 23:59.

There are few signs of life in the curiously dour alien-occupation drama Captive State

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Movie ReviewMovie ReviewCaptive StateCMovie ReviewCaptive StateCCCaptive StateDirector

Rupert Wyatt

Runtime

109 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Language

English

Cast

Ashton Sanders, John Goodman, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga, Alan Ruck, James Ransone, Kevin Dunn, Colson Baker, Kevin J. O'Connor

Availability

Theaters everywhere March 15

It’s really rather impressive, the extent to which Captive State sucks...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 14, 2019 at 23:09.

The gorgeous throwback romance Cold War finds love and strife on both sides of the Iron Curtain

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Movie ReviewMovie ReviewCold WarA-Movie ReviewCold WarA-A-Cold WarDirector

Pawel Pawlikowski

Runtime

89 minutes

Rating

R

Language

Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Croatian

Cast

Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Availability

Select theaters December 21

Cold War, from Polish writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski, is a haunted romantic epic in miniature, like a novel written with the...

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