Han Solo brings not enough fun to Cannes, while a superb film makes its late-festival premiere

It’s a question that comes up every time a Mad Max or a Pixar creation crashes the Palais, and every time one doesn’t: Do Hollywood blockbusters really belong at Cannes? To see one at the festival, an event theoretically devoted to provocation and innovation and basically any kind of world cinema not processed for…

Sorry, but that Lando Calrissian spin-off is still just a beautiful dream (for now)

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy—or, rather, a loose translation of something she said—set off a minor internet emergency earlier this morning, when an interview she did with Premiere France was translated thusly: “We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian. Of course, there are still…

Eat or be eaten: The A.V. Club reacts to the Atlanta Robbin’ Season finale

The second season of Atlanta, subtitled Robbin’ Season, ended with the stunning, tentatively optimistic “Crabs In A Barrel.” After weeks of hard truths and consequences, an embattled Earn (Donald Glover) comes perilously close to losing it all. The finale sees Earn flailing, as usual, while Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry)…

As Atlanta’s Robbin’ Season comes to an end, Earn pulls off a daring reverse heist

Of the many compliments that can be hurled at Atlanta, the highest has to do with the show’s tendency to dramatically shapeshift from week-to-week. It’s a horror anthology. It’s an indie comedy. It’s a commentary on contemporary black life. It’s a high-art after-school special about the grave consequences of fashion…

Donald Glover reveals Billy Dee Williams' advice about being Lando on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

On the same day of his series Atlanta’s season finale and the Hollywood premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Donald Glover was Lando-cool on Jimmy Kimmel Live! All the more impressive since Glover’s also coming off a fine hosting turn at Saturday Night Live, has the most buzzed-about song and music video in the world,…

Donald Glover shoots a promo for the other Cleveland Cavaliers in this cut SNL sketch

Donald Glover did a predictably good job on Saturday Night Live last night, since he’s good at everything he does already, but if him hosting, performing as the musical guest, and then releasing a video for his new single “This Is America” wasn’t enough Donald Glover for you this weekend, NBC has just released an SNL …

Atlanta can be anything it damn well pleases, even a coming-of-age period piece

“FUBU” has a vestigial quality, which probably sounds like an insult, but it’s not intended to. Perhaps it’s because Atlanta has acclimated its audience to ten-episode seasons, and Robbin’ Season features 11, including “FUBU,” the first episode of the show in which none of the regular cast members appear. But it feels…

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Another chaotic road trip leads to a fateful confrontation in Atlanta Robbin' Season

Nine episodes into Atlanta Robbin’ Season, each of the four central characters has lived their own surreal horror movie. In “Helen,” Earn was stalked by the Schnappviecher but ultimately succumbed to his fear of commitment. Darius witnessed the bloody final confrontation between Teddy Perkins and his brother after…

Keeping it real goes wrong for Alfred in a brilliant, harrowing Atlanta

It’s hard to tell if anything will ever truly stick in the Atlanta universe. At the risk of belaboring the point, we’re now two full episodes out from “Teddy Perkins,” and that ghoul-white visage continues to haunt my dreams, and yet here is Darius looking no worse for the wear. Hell, he’s even making fresh pasta, if…