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A slower Expanse struggles to convey war's impact

After the high of last week—space battles! Yelling! Avasarala and Bobbie boarding the Contorta!—”Assured Destruction” slows things down a bit, …

TV

Everybody out there is real horny for Venom

The full trailer for Tom Hardy’s <i>Venom</i> wasn’t great, both because the monster himself looks kinda goofy and because Jenny Slate is definitely …

Construction

It's raining idols again as a big Survivor move backfires

<i>Because</i> The A.V. Club <i>knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For</i> …

TV

Shh! Paramount wants a Quiet Place sequel

Reminding us that there’s no thoughtful, intimate concept for a genre movie that won’t be met with raucous, desperate cries for “More!”—provided that …

Jokes

George R. R. Martin announces release date for new book that's not The Winds Of fucking Winter

It’s a long-standing irony of the <i>A Song Of Ice And Fire</i> series that there are more trolls writing these books—i.e., one—than there are actually …

George R.R. Martin

Alia Shawkat tries to fast-forward through courtship in the hipster sex comedy Duck Butter 

Fast-forwarding through a romantic relationship is an appealing concept, at least in theory. After all, one of the most painful pangs of regret is …

Relationships

Insiders say John Lasseter won't return to Disney and Pixar after misconduct allegations

John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation took a leave from those companies over …

Animation

Virtual reality, cowboy hats, and gonorrhea: Four days at this year's tech-addled Tribeca Film Festival

In the four days I spent at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, I watched a crew of light-up human billboards chase pedestrians outside a Manhattan …

Tribeca Film Festival

Hulu looks to Lindy West and Bret Easton Ellis in hopes of finding its next Handmaid's Tale

As we noted last night when we reported that Hulu had canceled <i>The Path</i>, the streaming service seems to be making a conscious effort to trim its …

Entertainment

Juliette Binoche plays an enigmatic seductress in an early, captivating role

<i>Watch This</i> <b></b><i>offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. This week: As a new Juliette</i> …

Juliette Binoche

John Early finally presents Toni Collette with a collage he made for her as a teenager

<i>The A.V.</i> Club’s own A.A. Dowd said that the upcoming horror movie <i>Hereditary</i> steps past being “scary” and becomes something closer to “emotional …

Collage

The Oscar-winning director of A Fantastic Woman returns to grief and repression in the subtle, sensual Disobedience

<i>Disobedience</i>, the English-language debut of the Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio (<i>A Fantastic Woman</i>, <i>Gloria</i>), is one of those rare films that …

Transgender

Screaming Females bring the fiery "Agnes Martin" to AVC Sessions

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. This …

New Jersey

Harrison Ford to charmingly mumble his way through his first animated movie

Harrison Ford has done many things, like crashing a few airplanes, repeatedly dumping on Ryan Gosling, and rescuing a stranded driver after a car …

Tiffany Haddish

Fleetwood Mac announces massive, Buckingham-less North American tour

The members of Fleetwood Mac past and present have all been keeping it civil in the wake of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s reported firing from the …

Fleetwood Mac

God Of War declares its cinematic ambitions with an incredible super-powered fistfight

As far as corporate talking points for video games go, it’s unusual for a publisher to tout that its action epic is presented as if it were shot in …

The Stranger

Paul Scheer to talk about movies that are actually good on new podcast

In the podcast world, comedian Paul Scheer is best known as one of the hosts of <i>How Did This Get Made?</i>, a show in which he dismantles famously …

Entertainment

The Handmaid's Tale continues its transformation into The Handmaid Tales

In the second episode of its second season, <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> goes somewhere that the novel on which its based never did: the Colonies (and also the</i> …

TV

The Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller says they're aware of the show's mishandling of race

One of the most common criticisms of Margeret Atwood’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> and its Hulu adaptation is that race is never examined critically in the …

TV

Action Comics #1000 is a powerful tribute to Superman’s enduring legacy

<i>Action Comics</i> #1 changed comic books forever when it debuted 80 years ago, introducing a new character whose wild popularity created the genre that …

Comic Books

The final scene from Whiplash is even better with music from F-Zero

It’s pretty clear from the scripts for both <i>Whiplash</i> and <i>La La Land</i> that Damien Chazelle really wants his audiences to get into jazz. But a cursory …

Mario Kart

Jeffrey Wright says Westworld’s pilot contains “flashing neon breadcrumbs” about the show’s future

“I think, as an audience, it’s best to just surrender to it and enjoy the trip.” So says actor Jeffrey Wright about <i>Westworld</i>’s second season, …

TV Series

Reasonable Discussions: April 25

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Nickelodeon says “On your mark, get set, goooo!” to Double Dare revival

Throw some WD-40 on The 1-Ton Human Hamster Wheel and decongest that giant prop nose: <i>Double Dare</i> returns to Nickelodeon this summer. The cable …

Hamster

A break-in leads to new friendship in this All Summer Long exclusive

Hope Larson is fascinated by adolescence: The intense emotions, the crucial identity questions, the desire to grow up while holding on to the last …

Relationships

"Think you got him, Michelle": I'll Be Gone In The Dark team confirms Golden State Killer suspect arrest

In what we hope to be the satisfying coda that all involved feared might never come, Fox 40 Sacramento reports that an arrest has been made in the …

Crime

The Handmaid's Tale returns with a shock to the system

<i>And you shall obey his word, and the word of his servants here on earth.</i><p>Obedience is cultivated in Gilead, the dystopian society on which <i>The</i> …

TV

Hank Azaria says making this season of Brockmire was more challenging than the first

IFC’s <i>Brockmire</i>, in which Hank Azaria stars as the eponymous, disgraced baseball announcer, returns today for another season of alcoholism, …

Alcoholism

The shitty Avengers: 15 movie superheroes not ready for franchising

Minting a successful superhero franchise out of a preexisting comic book is easy (despite what <i>Green Lantern</i> might suggest). It’s far more notable to …

Comic Books

On The Late Show, Hank Azaria says recasting Apu "seems like the right thing to do"

Midway through a interview largely given over to the ongoing discussion about the problematic nature of his 29-year run as Springfield’s most …

Comedy