Our critics are split on Alex Garland’s Annihilation

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing director Alex Garland’s Annihilation. As in his previous films, including the Oscar-winning Ex Machina, Garland tries to strike a balance between intellectual sci-fi and visceral…

Woody Harrelson’s makeup isn’t the worst thing about LBJ

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Rob Reiner’s LBJ hides Woody Harrelson under prosthetics and make-up. The result looks terrible, like a fish-lipped Dick Tracy villain with an elephant’s ears. Is this really supposed to be Lyndon B. Johnson, the guru of Senate politics who misread the first modern primary? The president who created the largest array…

Natalie Portman isn't sure if she's the hunted or the hunter in first Annihilation teaser

Alex Garland’s follow-up to 2015's Ex Machina is another sci-fi project, this time an adaptation of Jeff VanDerMeer’s Nebula-winning novel Annihilation. The writer-director has teamed up with Oscar Isaac again, who’s mostly out of commission in this first teaser for the film. Natalie Portman plays Lena, the character…

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving to play Benedict Cumberbatch’s mom and dad for Showtime

Variety reports that Showtime’s new Benedict Cumberbatch project, Melrose, has added Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving to its cast as the parents of Cumberbatch’s aristocratic title character. Based off Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, the series will track the life of St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical…

Netflix’s Atypical takes on autism and romance in first teaser

The first glimpse at Netflix’s new series Atypical features just a conversation between mother and son. The latter, played by Keir Gilchrist, is a teen on the autism spectrum who wants to date. His mom—the always wonderful Jennifer Jason Leigh—is supportive but wary. “Mom, I’m getting older,” he says as a means of…

Quentin Tarantino gets theatrical in the 70mm Western The Hateful Eight

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Stubbornly theatrical, Quentin Tarantino’s three-hour snowed-in Western The Hateful Eight is a difficult movie by a director who’s not known for making them. Slow in the early going, it withholds almost all overt action until just before the intermission, at which point it explodes into the meanest, most gruesome and…

Snow is falling and guns are blazing in the new Hateful Eight trailer

The Hateful Eight and its director, Quentin Tarantino, have been attracting heat lately as police unions nationwide call for a boycott of the film following Tarantino’s statements about police brutality last month. There’s also quite a bit of tension—albeit fictional—in the new trailer for the film, where we see our…