Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn try to get pregnant in the highlight of Sundance’s opening night

Most years at the Sundance Film Festival, there’s at least one title that qualifies, sight unseen, as a Very Big Deal. These are the highest-profile premieres, the new films from the major American directors, the marquee selections that could easily earn their place at any film festival in the world. Think of Richard…

The 35 best TV performances of 2016 (and one worst)

With more scripted television programs in production than ever before, it follows that there are now a wider range of opportunities for television actors. Looking back at the performances that caught The A.V. Club’s eyes in 2016 confirms that hypothesis: While some of our favorite character actors found new facets of…

Transparent is all fun and games until someone gets a turtle

Thanks to “Elizah” and “When The Battle Is Over,” we’ve caught up with Maura, Shelly, and the Pfefferman kids, the latter of whom are pretty much where we left them, which is right where they belong as long as they remain Pfeffermans, if that makes sense. Ali’s still grating on people, but now she can add clumsy…

Amazon’s new comedy pilots feature The Tick, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Kevin Bacon

Come August 19, Amazon will debut its latest batch of comedy pilots. The offerings are a motley mix. There’s I Love Dick, from Transparent’s Jill Soloway, which is based on a 1997 feminist text. It features frequent Soloway collaborator Kathryn Hahn alongside Griffin Dunne, as her character’s husband, and Kevin Bacon,…

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Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis are bad moms in this trailer for Bad Moms

Hollywood has made tons of movies about men saying “fuck it” and throwing away their responsibilities so they can have a wild bacchanal or whatever, but this trailer for Bad Moms—which doesn’t seem to feature any adult men whatsoever—flips that cliché and focuses on a trio of women (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn…

The Family Fang trailer turns family dysfunction into performance art

A trailer for the new Jason Bateman movie is out. No, not the one about an office Christmas party. It’s not the Watergate drama either. (How many movies is Bateman going to be in this year, anyway?) The trailer released today is for The Family Fang, directed by and starring Bateman. It’s a follow-up to his directorial…

Transparent pauses before the finishing stretch of the season

One of the best and worst things about Transparent is that so much happens. I know that “soap” isn’t a dirty word when it comes to TV in 2015 (seriously, it’s not, and if you think it is maybe go back to the drawing board with your taste), and part of the point of the show is that these characters’ lives are super…

Josh is in for big changes as Transparent reaches its halfway point

Well, that didn’t take very long. We’re halfway through the season, and two of the biggest changes to the status quo going in—Colton’s presence and Maura’s renewed relationship with Shelly—have been blown up by two kinds of Pfefferman capriciousness. (Indecision and confusion in Josh’s case, hastiness and cruelty in…