Ed is forced to confront the sins of his past on The Orville

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It was the moment she said she was cold. I don’t know if it’s that Lt. Janel Tyler (Michaela McManus) just felt more like a plot point than a character from the start, or if consuming decades of pop culture trains you to detect the Chekov’s Gun from even the most innocuous statement, or if you’re just very attentive…

Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are doing the rom-com thing, and we're pretty here for it

Every now and again, a film project floats its way across our desk for which no reasonable response is possible, save one: “Hey, nice!” Such is the fate of The Lovebirds, a new romantic comedy set to star certified A.V. Club favorites Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple on the run. Toss in the fact that it’s…

Red Bull Music Festival's LA lineup sits right at the intersection between music fests and film

Although music and film have been intimately wed for going on a century now—whether in concert films, biopics, or just, you know, songs and soundtracks playing in movies—the worlds of their respective festivals have had a harder time finding common ground together over the years. Even the monolithic SXSW, which…

The Good Place, annotated: “Chidi Sees The Time-Knife”

In addition to being one of the best shows on TV, The Good Place is a dense knot of running jokes, visual humor, references to dense philosophy tomes, and breadcrumbs for later episodes. In order to help you keep it all straight, The A.V. Club will be annotating the show’s third season. Catch something that we didn’t?…

Star Trek: Discovery is back and ready for action

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Star Trek: Discovery’s second season premiere doesn’t waste much time. Within ten minutes, we’ve got our portentous opening narration; a flashback establishing Michael Burnham’s difficult relationship with her brother; and, in the present day, Christopher Pike beaming over to the Discovery from a severely damaged …

Brooklyn Nine-Nine solves the mystery of "Hitchcock & Scully," as well as class relations

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“Hitchcock & Scully” isn’t all about Hitchcock and Scully, but it’s a no-brainer that it is and will live on to be the most memorable part of this episode. That would be the case even if it weren’t for the episode title, honestly. Terry, Rosa, and Amy’s “upstairs vs. downstairs” people plot is a footnote—a funny one,…

Marie Kondo doesn't actually want you to throw out your books 

Social media has a nasty habit of raging against things it barely understands, often as a joke, and one of the more recent targets of the public’s (possibly ironic) frustration is self-help guru Marie Kondo, the star of Netflix’s recent hit Tidying Up and the author of The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. In her…

This painting of every Bob's Burgers character is like a Where's Waldo of lovable, meat-punning weirdos

For nine seasons now, Bob’s Burgers has been the most consistently delightful thing in Fox’s animated line-up, slipping into the smart, funny, and warm family-based sitcom space vacated by The Simpsons as it settles ever more deeply into its dotage. And while the show’s Ocean Avenue can’t quite match Springfield’s…

Bandcamp is opening some sort of brick-and-mortar "record shop," whatever that's supposed to be

Those digital wunderkinds at online music retailer Bandcamp have done it yet again: Combining bricks, mortar, and, presumably, the raw stuff of pure, inspired genius, the site has announced it’ll soon be opening a physical store for music—a sort of recorded music shop, if you will—in California next month. Located in…

Nicholas Hoult's Tolkien biopic will be in theaters in May 

A couple years ago, when biopic’s about authors who used initials instead of first names were all the rage, Nicholas Hoult was tentatively attached to star in a biopic about Lord Of The Rings writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, with Amazon’s Tolkien show ramping up, the biopic is back in production with Hoult officially on…

Claire Foy and Damien Chazelle on the joys of working together for First Man

The unsung hero of First Man—one of our favorite films of 2018—is Claire Foy’s Janet Armstrong, one of the most public faces of NASA families during the Apollo program and the long suffering wife of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). Ahead of the film’s Blu-ray release next Tuesday, we sat down with Foy and director…

Fyre Festival's graphic designer left the country because "nobody abroad knows about Fyre"

There’s some palpable tension between Netflix and Hulu over their competing Fyre Festival documentaries, with both parties decrying the ethical implications of the other’s approach. The good news, however, is that, ethics aside, both are compelling, thoughtful, and funny as hell.

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