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…

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,…

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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…