Accent expert verifies that Natalie Portman did a freaky good job emulating Jackie Kennedy

Erik Singer is one of this country’s foremost experts in dialects and accents, so every now and then Wired brings him in to analyze the performances of actors taking on voices other than their own. The latest edition might be the most fascinating, as Singer spends a half hour comparing and contrasting performances…

Watch actors perform side by side with their real-life counterparts

It’s always impressive seeing an actor assume the role of a real, well-known person, which always prompts the follow-up question of how accurate their portrayal was. Natalie Portman’s eerie ethereality in Jackie, for example, has been praised for its striking similarity to the former first lady, and we’ve previously …

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 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…

Our film critics debate Jackie and sing the praises of La La Land

Every Thursday, film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down in The A.V. Club’s studio to talk movies and answer questions on Film Club, an extended discussion broadcast through our Facebook page. This week, they found themselves at loggerheads over Pablo Larraín’s biographical drama Jackie,…

Movie critic enshrines best films of the year by editing them all together

When December rolls around, it’s standard operating procedure for critics and cinephiles to release their “best movies of the year” lists. While these can be perfunctory, Indiewire film critic (and former A.V. Club contributor) David Ehrlich takes a drastically different approach with his self-edited “The 25 Best…

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Natalie Portman reveals the artifice and the agony of Jackie in an arresting biopic

It’s tempting, at a glance and an early listen, to dismiss Natalie Portman’s performance in Jackie as a distracting impression—the usual collection of precisely replicated tics that movie stars often adopt to portray real people. Portman has been cast as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former first lady of the United…

Natalie Portman plays Jackie Kennedy, and a great film takes TIFF by storm

Three actors, three ages, one soul: Barry Jenkins’ beautiful, sensitive Moonlight (Grade: A) tells a coming-of-age story in passages, each possessed of enough standalone power to operate as a wonderful short film, even as the whole proves much greater than the sum of the parts. It’s only Jenkins’ second feature, after…