Michael Shannon is refreshingly ordinary in What They Had, a family drama with focus issues

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Michael Shannon is so great at playing over-the-top villains that it’s easy to forget how great he is at playing normal people, too. Writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature, What They Had, takes great advantage of Shannon’s everyman likability, casting him as a gruff Chicago bar owner…

New York: Come get creeped out with John Darnielle, Molly Ringwald, Michael Shannon, and us

It’s October, which means The A.V. Club is swept up in our annual hunt for all things thrilling, chilling, or some combination of the two. In at least one instance, the horrors have found us: On October 24, we’ll be in New York sponsoring an evening of “speculative, spooky, sensational stories” curated by AVC favorite…

Even with Michael B. Jordan in the lead, Fahrenheit 451 fails to generate much heat

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The success of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation and ABC’s Roseanne revival would suggest that timeliness is next to godliness. The former has raked in the accolades with its deft, often merciless exploration of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian themes, while the latter scored the highest-rated sitcom premiere in years,…

Stephen Colbert gets a ton of celebrities to act out a pilot written by actual children

It’s upfronts week, which means the TV universe is in upheaval. Cancellations! New shows! Surprise network switches! Stephen Colbert, whose Late Show is the sort of late-night institution typically immune to these forces, used the opportunity to flex some of his own creative muscles while appealing to the in-demand…

On The Tonight Show, Michael Shannon talks skipping the Oscars, playing the first feline Bond villain

On The Tonight Show to promote his upcoming role as the scariest person in HBO’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, scariest person in any room Michael Shannon was actually sort of adorable. Weird and intense, but adorable. Sort of like seeing a bear playing around with a puppy, Shannon goofed around with host Jimmy Fallon…

Waco dramatizes a colossal and deadly series of real-life mistakes

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There’s a certain morbid satisfaction—uncomfortable to admit, but that’s probably the right word for it—in watching the events of a tragic fuckup play out more or less exactly as you expect. Like watching a car crash in slow motion, there’s nothing to be done save for rubbernecking as the grim reality unfolds, replete…

Chris Hemsworth takes on the Taliban in 12 Strong, a war movie that’s more ho-hum than gung ho

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It’s become Hollywood tradition to sound reveille at the start of the year with stories of heroic Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and CIA contractors aimed at putting red-state butts into seats, and close out with a quavering awards-season “Taps” of dutiful acknowledgements that war is, in fact, terrible. And so it goes…

Man—specifically, Michael Shannon—is the real monster in the new red-band trailer for The Shape Of Water

Yesterday, our film editor, A.A. Dowd, got to dip his toe into Guillermo Del Toro’s latest weirdo fable at the Toronto International Film Festival, offering up his thoughts on the director’s ’50s Beauty And The Beast riff The Shape Of Water. The rest of us, meanwhile, will have to content ourselves with the new…

It’s Battle Of The Sexes vs. The Current War as historic feuds face off in Toronto

Our full-length review of Mother! (Grade: B+) will come later; suffice it to say that it’s the most irrational piece of filmmaking that Darren Aronofsky has produced since his black-and-white debut, Pi. So instead, I’ll start with the dumbest movie I’ve seen at TIFF so far, a nasty Z-grade exploitation flick by Ryûhei…

Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon electrify in first trailer for The Current War 

Either because he’s become a hero of the internet or because he was played by David Bowie in The Prestige, Nikola Tesla has become the superstar of the quest to bring electricity to the world, and while this trailer for The Current War emphasizes Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, Tesla’s brief appearance does set…

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon burn books in first Fahrenheit 451 photo

Burning books is rarely good, and it’s usually one of the go-to indications—both in fiction and in real life—that a society has lost its way. That being said, the people burning books aren’t usually Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, both of whom are awesome and will soon be starring HBO Films’ adaptation of …

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon to burn books in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451

The Trump administration hasn’t quite started burning books yet, but its dedicated war on facts still makes Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 a bit more relevant than it’s been in decades. For those who never read it in school, the book is about a dystopian future where the government takes advantage of…