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…

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,…

Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life is growing 50 minutes longer for a new Criterion edition

The Tree Of Life, Terrence Malick’s symphonically ambitious rumination on his ’50s Texas childhood and overall place in the cosmos, is coming to the Criterion Collection. That’s no surprise, considering that the storied deluxe video label has already produced DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the reclusive filmmaker’s first…

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RBG makes an unconvincing case for the Supreme Court’s most memed Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Is the subject of RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg the centrist 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice, the feminist lawyer, or the liberal-moderate meme? The truth is that it’s a bit about all three, though no topic gets more than a cursory overview in Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s breathlessly superficial, school-presentation-ish…