Yet another study shows that playing football will almost certainly give you brain disease

The NFL’s brain injury crisis might not always make for compelling Will Smith movies, but it can still make for a pretty fascinating read. Take, for instance, this article, “111 NFL Brains,” which ran in The New York Times today, illustrating that, out of 111 brains taken from former NFL players, 110 were shown to…

Coconut water and spooky gnomes: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

James Bond and Jurassic World: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Beyond Making A Murderer: 18 more true-life injustices brought to light in pop culture

Netflix’s runaway hit documentary series Making A Murderer is currently raising the ire (and pulses) of viewers across the country, but it’s far from alone in the ranks of real-life injustices that have been documented in hopes of raising awareness among the general public. Here are some other infuriating—and…

Will Smith’s confidence goes quiet in the workmanlike Concussion

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Concussion takes two things that America has consistently loved—Will Smith and investigative medical procedurals—and pits them against an even bigger cultural touchstone: the NFL. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian doctor working in Pittsburgh who examines the body and brain of deceased local hero Mike Webster…

Chicago and Milwaukee, see Will Smith in Concussion early and for free

Why does Will Smith look so sad? Is it because his teenage daughter just dropped an album with a track titled “dRuGz”? Well, yeah, probably, but it’s also because he’s playing Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life neuropathologist whose discovery of a life-threatening brain trauma puts him at odds with the the NFL. Though…

The A.V. Club’s risk-assessment guide to the 2015 fall movie season, part 2

Yesterday, we appraised the big releases of September and October, doing our best to determine which among them could be most worthy of your patronage. Today, we do the same for November and December’s coming attractions, applying investment advice to the boxers, super spies, Jedis, and CGI rodents of the year’s final…