HBO gives green light, Green Room director to True Detective season 3

Cursing the comedy writers of the world to come up with yet more variants on their old “time is a flat circle” jokes, HBO has officially given the green light to a third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. As previously reported, Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will take on the lead role in the crime anthology’s…

The 20 best films of 2016

When people talk about what a terrible year 2016 has been, they could be referring to any number of things, from virus scares to the death of beloved celebrities to whatever the fuck happened on November 8. What they can’t mean is the movies, though. Only those who spent all their money on the biggest Hollywood…

The best film scenes of 2016

Even at their most cohesive, movies are still collections of individual moments. And any movie, no matter how bad or forgettable, can achieve greatness for at least a few isolated minutes—with a particularly inspired conversation, an especially beautiful shot, or a set piece that transcends everything around it.…

What’s the best pop culture of the year so far?

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…

Read This: Making the fake punk band in Green Room look as real as possible

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, a well-reviewed survival/horror film that pits a punk-rock band against a group of violent racists, is entirely fictional. Patrick Stewart is not a white supremacist in reality, and the movie’s heroes, The Ain’t Rights, are not a real band. But Saulnier didn’t want them to look blatantly…

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The A.V. Club’s 2016 Spring Holiday Movie Guide

One year ago, The A.V. Club surveyed three months of upcoming films through the lens of Valentine’s Day, offering a dater’s guide to the spring movie season. This year, we’re thinking a little bigger, a little further outside the heart-shaped candy box. Why, after all, should we limit ourselves to one seasonal holiday…

From Archer to X-Men: 79 of our most anticipated entertainments of 2016, part 1

When last we left Archer’s intrepid spy crew, they were stranded in a desert with no prospects on the horizon after having ruined their “last” chance at making right with the CIA, leading a fed-up Mallory to ask what they plan on doing to make money. With Ray dying of sepsis in a wheelbarrow just behind him, Sterling…