BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee’s best and most entertaining film in ages

On this week’s episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the latest from Spike Lee, which tells the bizarre true story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white…

Christopher Robin gives Winnie The Pooh and his furry friends the Hook treatment

On this week’s episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky take a look at Disney’s new live-action Christopher Robin, inspired by the Winnie The Pooh stories by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard. In a Hook-esque twist, Christopher Robin follows a now grown-up, workaholic Christopher whose inner child…

How is Mission: Impossible still this good?

The summer movie season starts to wind down this weekend with Mission: Impossible—Fallout, the latest entry from one of Hollywood’s most reliably entertaining franchises. In a first for the series, which usually changes helmers with each film, Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie returns to orchestrate…

Not even Denzel can save the bland Equalizer 2 from itself

Welcome back to another edition of Film Club. For this week’s second episode , A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky follow up their discussion of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with a look at another lazy sequel. Although Denzel Washington has proven himself to be a credible action star in the past (see his collaborations…

"Here we go again" indeed: Our critics see more jukebox tackiness in the Mamma Mia! sequel

For the first of two Film Club segments today, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a combination sequel and prequel to the 2008 box-office hit. Even with a new writer-director (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s Ol Parker), Here We Go Again learns nothing…

Even with a much bigger building, Skyscraper falls way short of Die Hard

On this edition of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest star vehicle Skyscraper, the newest addition to Hollywood’s vast stable of Die Hard knockoffs, with the action in this entry taking place in The Pearl, a building that comfortably dwarfs Die…

Ant-Man And The Wasp is a fun (but inessential) entry in the MCU

Did the crushing cliffhanger of Avengers: Infinity War leave you anxious to find out what happens next? You’ll have to wait until next May, when the still-untitled fourth Avengers film hits theaters. In the meantime, there’s Ant-Man And The Wasp, a superhero digestif that finds Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the…

Leave No Trace proves that Winter’s Bone was no fluke

Debra Granik’s low-budget Ozarks crime drama Winter’s Bone jumpstarted the career of the then-unknown Jennifer Lawrence and established its director as someone to watch. But in the years since, Granik has mostly remained under the radar, completing a documentary, Stray Dog, in between a number of film and TV projects…

Is the new Jurassic Park movie dumb fun or just dumb?

Twenty-five years and four films later, Hollywood is still trying to recapture the magic of the original Jurassic Park. The latest effort, Fallen Kingdom, the follow-up to 2015's Jurassic World, comes courtesy of director J.A. Bayona, who, to his credit, delivers more memorable images than his predecessor. But can his…

Superhero set-pieces don’t come much better than the ones in Incredibles 2

It’s mid-June, which means Pixar is racing another shiny all-ages blockbuster into theaters: Incredibles 2, Brad Bird’s belated return to animation and to his first family of incognito superheroes, scrambling through another retro-futuristic adventure and some of the best action scenes in superhero-cinema history. On…

Despite a game cast, Ocean's 8 lacks the style and substance of its predecessors

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing Ocean’s 8, the female-fronted soft-sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy. Directed by The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8 unfortunately lacks the polish, charm, and wit of…

Solo provides the easy fan service that The Last Jedi daringly denied us

After a brief hiatus, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with a new edition of Film Club, discussing Disney’s latest trip to the galaxy far, far away, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Wherein the last entry in the Star Wars saga broke from convention (to the chagrin of some die-hard…

Our critics weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the biggest, busiest Avengers movie yet

Is Avengers: Infinity War too much of a good thing? Or do its merits—a daring finale, breakneck pacing, Drax—compensate for its bloat? Today on Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss Marvel’s biggest, busiest, most jam-packed crossover event yet. No major spoilers, we…

Rampage is crazy violent for a movie sort of targeted toward kids

On this week’s episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky take a look at the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson vehicle, Rampage, loosely based on the arcade game of the same name. The Rock stars as Davis, a primatologist whose best friend—an orphaned albino gorilla named…

Our critics plug in to Ready Player One

On today’s episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Ready Player One, the adaptation of the divisive novel by Ernest Kline, and the latest event from Hollywood’s blockbuster godfather, Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One imagines a bleak, ashen…

Is Isle Of Dogs one of Wes Anderson’s best movies, or just his most overtly political?

On today’s episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the delightful Isle Of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s second foray into stop-motion after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Set off the coast of the fictional Japanese metropolis Megasaki, Dogs imagines a dystopian…