Superhero set-pieces don’t come much better than the ones in Incredibles 2

It’s mid-June, which means Pixar is racing another shiny all-ages blockbuster into theaters: Incredibles 2, Brad Bird’s belated return to animation and to his first family of incognito superheroes, scrambling through another retro-futuristic adventure and some of the best action scenes in superhero-cinema history. On…

Despite a game cast, Ocean's 8 lacks the style and substance of its predecessors

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing Ocean’s 8, the female-fronted soft-sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy. Directed by The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8 unfortunately lacks the polish, charm, and wit of…

Ocean’s 8, an Incredible family, and a whole Jurassic World of dinosaurs invade theaters this June

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

A couple struggles to define their child in A Kid Like Jake, an indie drama at odds with itself 

As a close look at liberal and upper-middle-class mores, Silas Howard’s Brooklyn-set indie drama A Kid Like Jake seethes with potential. Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg Wheeler (Jim Parsons) are, on the surface, a happily married couple. He is a therapist with a small practice (we only ever see one client in his office);…

In Out Of Sight, Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney made a perfect couple on opposite sides of the law

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. This week, as the galaxy’s most popular smuggler returns to the big screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite movies about charismatic crooks and cons. 

Solo provides the easy fan service that The Last Jedi daringly denied us

After a brief hiatus, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with a new edition of Film Club, discussing Disney’s latest trip to the galaxy far, far away, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Wherein the last entry in the Star Wars saga broke from convention (to the chagrin of some die-hard…

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Who’s there? It’s Dark Crimes, the dark crime thriller where Jim Carrey plays a Polish cop

In his 2008 article “True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery,” The New Yorker’s resident chronicler of deadly obsessions, David Grann, recounted the strange case of a Polish writer who became the prime suspect in an unsolved murder after a detective recognized details of the crime in his debut novel. The story was…

Paul Schrader's transcendent, outrageous First Reformed gives Ethan Hawke one of his best roles

The title of First Reformed, Paul Schrader’s best film in a very long time, refers to an old abolitionist church in upstate New York, a metaphor for Christianity’s neglected values. The First Reformed has no congregation to speak of, only visitors and tourists, and its care has fallen into the hands of a lost soul,…