Strong performances can’t save the manipulative white-supremacist redemption drama Skin


“What if I take all of this stuff off and I’m still a piece of shit?” wonders Bryon “Babs” Widner (Jamie Bell) toward the end of Skin, Guy Nattiv’s “inspired by true events” drama about a reformed skinhead’s journey out of the white power movement. The “stuff” refers to Bryon’s tattoos, neo-Nazi ink that covers his…

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

The disappointing Domino is one of Brian De Palma’s clumsiest and most tedious thrillers


Before the rise of Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma reigned as the supreme fetishist of American movies, flirting with the absurd (and embracing camp) in thrillers, shockers, and occasional howlers that seemed to exist in part to indulge his own oversized appetite for kink and pastiche—a kind of pop cinema that…

Parabellum is a less elegant but still thrilling rampage for the man, the myth, the legend: John Wick


John Wick, angel of death, deliverer of headshots, the man in the bulletproof black suit. Even in his own comic book reality, the bizarre underworld of sharp-dressed super-assassins and henchmen introduced in 2014’s John Wick, he is a mythic figure—the boogeyman of the Russian mob, the Energizer Bunny-esque embodiment…

Olivier Assayas tries his hand at the neurotic highbrow gabfest with Non-Fiction


The original French title of Olivier Assayas’ self-conscious lit-world comedy Non-Fiction translates as Double Lives; it could be read as a reference to the characters’ mutual infidelities or the pretensions of personal fiction, both hinting at some kind of cultural midlife crisis. At the approximate center of it all…