Our critics are split on Alex Garland’s Annihilation

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing director Alex Garland’s Annihilation. As in his previous films, including the Oscar-winning Ex Machina, Garland tries to strike a balance between intellectual sci-fi and visceral…

Alex Garland's Annihilation is weirder, wilder, and much scarier than Ex Machina

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Years from now, someone’s going to stroll down the science-fiction aisle of the last remaining video store on the planet, where they’ll find the last remaining physical copy of Alex Garland’s new movie, Annihilation, shelved neatly between Aliens and Arrival. It will be exactly where the film belongs, and not just…

Natalie Portman, Alex Garland address accusations of whitewashing in Annihilation

Annihilation, director Alex Garland’s follow-up to his sleeper sci-fi hit Ex Machina, is being praised as a new classic (at least, by early Twitter buzz—the film doesn’t come out until February 23). But that’s only part of the story: The film is also being accused of whitewashing by two activist groups, MANAA (Media…

Chicago, see  Annihilation, Alex Garland's monstrous follow-up to Ex Machina, early and for free

After years of writing and producing well-regarded sci-fi features like 28 Days Later and Dredd, author Alex Garland made a name for himself as a director with 2015's Ex Machina, a tense, often horrifying look at humanity’s ever-evolving impulse to destroy itself (with a little assist from technology, to boot). Now,…

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Natalie Portman isn't sure if she's the hunted or the hunter in first Annihilation teaser

Alex Garland’s follow-up to 2015's Ex Machina is another sci-fi project, this time an adaptation of Jeff VanDerMeer’s Nebula-winning novel Annihilation. The writer-director has teamed up with Oscar Isaac again, who’s mostly out of commission in this first teaser for the film. Natalie Portman plays Lena, the character…

Oscar Isaac reunites with Alex Garland to lead us to Annihilation

Although production on Star Wars: Episode VIII could probably keep him busy until that film’s December 2017 release date, Oscar Isaac has just boarded Alex Garland’s latest sci-fi project, Annihilation. The film, an adaptation of the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s The Southern Reach trilogy, will reunite Isaac with…