Danny Boyle stops short of making a musical out of the Beatles songbook in Yesterday

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Though his flashy style and use of pop music suggests otherwise, Danny Boyle didn’t come into filmmaking through directing music videos. Maybe that’s why he’s so unusually smart about integrating music-video technique into his movies. While plenty of former video helmers of the ’80s and ’90s fire up empty spectacle,…

June brings a Dark Phoenix, the Men In Black, and lots of living toys to theaters everywhere

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

Tough talk and wish fulfillment struggle for control of Mindy Kaling's talk-show comedy Late Night

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The hook of the new comedy Late Night is supposed to be the sight of Emma Thompson, as a veteran network talk show host, reacting with flinty skepticism to a scrappy novice writer played by Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the film. But the project’s real promise lies in the fact that confirmed romantic comedy fan Kaling…

The mini-adventures of Secret Life Of Pets 2 belong on a disc of bonus features, not in theaters

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Home video releases of animated movies often boast of bonus-feature “mini-movies” featuring characters from the main film. For the most part, this is a pointless rebranding of a century-old practice; these “mini-movies” are otherwise known as animated shorts. But that inorganic marketing terminology does naturally…