The best thing about Ocean's 8 is the women on the screen

Ocean’s 8, the all-female heist film with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett leading a truly magnificent cast, opened this weekend to middling reviews—our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky called it “more knock-off than spin-off,” giving it a C and calling Gary Ross’ direction “undexterous.” Many women on The A.V. Club staff…

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…

The Purge and John Wick are just two entrées reheated for the sci-fi buffet Hotel Artemis

On a typical Wednesday night in the satirical techno-future of 2028, while the rest of Los Angeles riots over the price of water, business continues as usual at the Hotel Artemis, a members-only underground hospital (or “darkroom,” in the movie’s cyberpunk parlance) with grungy, century-old art deco décor. The…

The caper comedy Ocean's 8 is more knock-off than spin-off

A belated spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s caper comedies (minus the earlier films’ wit, chemistry, and style), Ocean’s 8 could learn a thing or two about brevity and craft: It belabors the basic plot points Ocean’s 11 dispatched with a single cut or smirk, the result a hacky imitation of the series’ glitzy…

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. 

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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…