The best of film 2016: The ballots

As usual, our list of the best movies of the year has been mathematically assembled from the ranked favorites of a small number of contributors—the six writers who worked the review beat all year long, bringing you graded takes on everything playing in a theater near you. (Okay, not everything.) Below, we’ve presented…

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.…

Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) HBO Go/Now in December

December is going to be pretty big for HBO. Not only will it have the usual array of new and old movies for streamers to enjoy, but it will also be airing the season-one finale of new hit Westworld. If HBO can deliver a satisfying resolution to some of the show’s ongoing mysteries (like “how long can people stay in…

The Coen brothers sure do use green a whole heckuva lot, don’tcha know

In his 1998 book The Big Lebowski: The Making Of A Coen Brothers Film, William Preston Robertson identified a few important motifs in the films of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, including “howling fat men,” “blustery titans,” “peculiar haircuts,” and “lost hats.” But there may be at least one major theme Robertson…

Who’s your favorite fictional communist?

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…

The Coen brothers keep making the same film twice—and it’s brilliant

In his Histories, the Greek writer Herodotus records a curious custom of the Persian government. When faced with a crucial decision, the leaders would discuss the matter twice: once when sober, and again when drunk (or vice versa). This way they could be sure to consider multiple options and find the best solution to…

The Coens swipe at religion, counterculture, and Hollywood in Hail, Caesar!

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“We’re not talking about money—we’re talking about economics!” Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen’s broadest comedy since The Ladykillers, lampoons Christian and leftist dogma by pitting straw men and stuffed shirts against whatever passes for common sense in the Coensverse, embodied by yet another of the sibling…

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…

Scarlett Johansson is “The Starlet” in an exclusive Hail, Caesar! pop-art print

Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ madcap musical tribute to one day in the life of “fixer” Eddie Mannix in the last days of the Hollywood studio system, hits theaters this Friday, February 5. Trailers for the film have promised plenty of Old Hollywood razzle-dazzle punctuated with the Coen’s signature wit, a vibrant…

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