Amy Schumer stars in I Feel Pretty, a high-concept rom-com with more product placements than laughs

Amy Schumer plays yet another shallow New Yorker with self-esteem issues in I Feel Pretty, but it seems that with each starring role, the characters become more pitiful and the life lessons more corny. Here, the stand-up and TV sketch comedian is cast as Renee Bennett, a low-level employee at a world-famous luxury…

William Friedkin's ridiculous documentary The Devil And Father Amorth is almost trashy enough to be funny

The late Father Gabriele Amorth, founder of the International Association Of Exorcists, claimed to have performed tens of thousands of exorcisms in his career, a rate that realistically would have had him working office hours to cast out Satan seven days a week. There were other claims, too: that Stalin and Hitler…

The director of The Artist turns in a shallow portrait of a film icon with Godard Mon Amour

In the film canon, few figures enjoy a more divided reputation than the innovative Franco-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard, an artist of discontinuities, contradictions, and quotations who has spent his nearly 60-year career in a one-sided dialogue with the rest of cinema. His accessible early films—a run that spans…

Here’s a look at the Chicago city block that Hollywood loves to destroy

If you like going to Hollywood blockbusters—The Dark Knight, Divergent, and most recently, Rampage—there’s one city block that by now should look very familiar. Located at East Upper Wacker Drive between North State and North Wabash in The A.V. Club’s hometown of Chicago, the block is a one-of-a-kind collection of…

A stoned Kirk Douglas fights Harvey Keitel and a robot in the weirdest Alien knockoff of the 1980s

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Ready Player One still flying the flag for beloved touchstones of the Reagan years, we’re looking back on some unsung gems from the 1980s—the movies from that decade that deserve…

The dabbing, rapping medieval metal musical Jeannette is even stranger than it sounds

It’s a stereotype of comedians that they want to be taken seriously; think Woody Allen’s Bergman worship or The Day The Clown Cried, to cite a couple of the more notorious cases. But how often does the opposite happen, that a more or less humorless moralist sets out to reinvent themselves as a jokester? Bruno Dumont…

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Jon Hamm is a lush on a mission in Beirut, an entertaining but forgettable spy thriller

Beirut, a businesslike spy thriller set in the early 1980s, finally gives Jon Hamm a film role that makes something of the Mad Men star’s Humphrey Bogart qualities, playing Mason Skiles, an alcoholic, washed-up former diplomat with a perpetual hangover squint who has been enlisted by the CIA for a secret hostage…

Paterno fumbles college football’s biggest scandal

At this point, HBO’s real-life-scandal-based TV movies—its Emmy-bait character studies of influence and notoriety, its Profiles In Hubris—are something like an annual tradition. But the pay-cable titan’s long-in-the-works, Al Pacino-led drama about the fall of the popular Penn State football coach Joe “Joe Pa” Paterno…