Pacific Rim: Uprising proves that it is possible to screw up giant robots punching giant monsters

On today’s new episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky break down Pacific Rim: Uprising, the follow-up to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 mecha-vs.-kaijū spectacular. Directed and co-written by Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight, Uprising contains little of the geeky…

The makers of The Last Jedi respond to its 46-minute chauvinist edit the only way possible

Let’s say you’ve spent three or so years toiling away at a movie—the eighth canonical installment in one of the most storied and beloved franchises in cinematic history. Let’s say that film does really, historically well, first with critics, who hail it as one of the series’ absolute high points and also a bracing…

The Last Jedi locates that middle-chapter, Empire Strikes Back mojo

Early into The Last Jedi, the zippy, operatic, and occasionally exhilarating new Star Wars movie, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) smashes his helmet into pieces. It’s chiefly a symbolic act: Kylo, who established his volcanic temper as the formidable new heavy of The Force Awakens, is determined to “let the past die”—to emerge…

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast, gets Rian Johnson to give up one measly spoiler

In an entertaining spectacle of corporate synergy, Disney-ABC property Jimmy Kimmel Live! gave over its Friday show to director Rian Johnson and most of the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Such Jack Donaghy-esque product integration aside, the hour at least gave host Kimmel a chance to pepper the cast and director…

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos feature Luke, Rey, and space penguins

So far, we’ve seen a few tantalizing glimpses of Luke Skywalker’s new animals friends in Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, but other than the fact that they’re called porgs, that they’re very cute, and that we should not think of them as Ewoks, we haven’t gotten a very good look at the furry space penguins just yet. Finally,…

Kathryn Bigelow takes aim at racism and police brutality in the scattershot Detroit

Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s dramatization of the police killing of three black teenagers at the Algiers Motel in the middle of the riots that burned through Detroit exactly 50 years ago, is a mess, but at least it has its reasons. This, after all, is a story without a protagonist or…

Pacific Rim: Uprising teaser reminds us we’re just puny humans

We’ll have a flurry of updates over the next couple of days on just about every sci-fi and comic book property out there, thanks to San Diego Comic-Con. Part of that bounty is this first teaser for Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s kaiju-stomping robot movie that became a…

Chicago, see John Boyega in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit early and for free

It’s been five years since Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow last inflicted a national tummyache on America with one of her tense, politically resonant thrillers. The director’s latest film doesn’t sound like it’ll let up on the gut-churning pressure, either: Detroit sees Bigelow turn her camera on the title…

John Boyega gets interrogated in the new trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow has said that her new film Detroit will tell both big and small stories revolving around the eponymous city’s massive riots in 1967, and while the first trailer teased how John Boyega’s character will get involved, this new trailer delves into his story a bit more. Boyega plays a security guard who…