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…

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…

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