Jeremy Renner shoots and misses in a directorial debut from the writer of Sicario

Sundance isn’t going quite as smoothly as it usually does. That’s okay. The world isn’t going too smoothly right now either. Yesterday, on the first Saturday of the festival (usually a very well-attended day), the shuttle service everyone uses to get from venue to venue sputtered to a crawl. That’s okay, too, because…

Fun physicality infuses a sister-centric Drunk History

“There’s always someone behind-the-scenes that’s helping people,” Lauren Lapkus declares at the end of her Drunk History segment about Katharine, Orville, and Wilbur Wright. She immediately walks that statement back, clarifying that it’s probably more of a “sometimes” thing than an “always” thing. But her observation…

It’s Avenger on Avenger in Marvel’s superior Captain America: Civil War

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a villain problem. With a few blessed exceptions—Tom Hiddleston’s arrogant trickster god Loki; the ex-boyfriend-from-hell played by David Tennant on Jessica Jones—its bad guys aren’t half as interesting as its good guys. That’s true, mostly, of the sneering Machiavellian schemer…

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What famous siblings would you like to see switch places?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Oddly hypnotic Avengers: Age Of Ultron B-roll strips heroes of their CGI powers

It’s not clear why this reel of behind-the-scenes Avengers: Age Of Ultron B-roll footage was posted to YouTube, nor is it clear why it’s so hypnotic to watch. But it is—to this writer, at least. The video plays out like a series of Vines from the set of Ultron, some with audio, and some without. Sometimes, the clips…