The House With A Clock In Its Walls loses the book’s gothic tone, but gains ’80s-movie magic

The young-adult books of John Bellairs were, above all else, a way for the late author to indulge in his fondness for gothic mystery. Through nearly all of his 15 YA novels, the author installed regal cemeteries, ornate mansions, ancient tomes, and unnatural mist, all in service of eerie supernatural goings-on. These…

Eli Roth, of all directors, brings Amblin magic to the kid-lit horror of The House With A Clock In Its Walls

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Striking the right tone for a family-friendly horror movie is tricky. You want it to be scary enough to freak out the big kids, but not so scary that the little ones cry and have nightmares for months. Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment banner arguably perfected the formula back in the ’80s with films like

Jack Black and Jonah Hill on getting the chance to work with Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the memoir of the same name, tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Starring opposite Phoenix are Jonah Hill and Jack Black as…

Gus Van Sant on how Robin Williams helped bring Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot to the screen

Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the memoir of the same name, tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. At the premiere of the film, Van Sant talked to The A.V. Club about…

Gus Van Sant, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black reveal their all-time favorite movies

Gus Van Sant’s newest film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Ahead of the film’s opening on July 13, we spoke with Van Sant and stars Jonah Hill and Jack Black, who told…

Gus Van Sant on why he didn’t cast a quadriplegic lead in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Based on the memoir of the same name, Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Earlier this year, disability advocacy group Ruderman Family…

Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill bond in trailer for Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

It’s been a while since Gus Van Sant both wrote and directed a film—since 2007’s Paranoid Park, in fact—and nearly as long since one has scored with either audiences or critics. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot aims to reverse that downward trend by returning to a favorite theme of friendships forged among the…

Jack Black and Jenny Slate can’t find the satire in The Polka Kings goofy true crime

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Very late into the true-story comedy The Polka King, polka singer and entrepreneur Jan Dewan (Jack Black) is aghast when his wife, Marla (Jenny Slate), tells him that people associate her with his financial crimes. “You don’t know anything!” he protests in heavily Polish-accented English, and then comes the kicker: “I

Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass on space, Skrillex, and their Festival Supreme

A powerful comedy duo that’s been setting the world—and junior bacon cheeseburgers—on fire for over 20 years, Tenacious D is more than just the best band in the whole world. The group’s two members, actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass, are also entrepreneurs, as evidenced by their Festival Supreme, held every October in…