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…

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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,…

Black Panther takes on Christian Grey, plus 17 other movies coming this February

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…

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…