Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly bicker, bond, and chase a bounty as The Sisters Brothers

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When Quentin Tarantino coined the term “hangout movie,” he was describing one of the greatest Westerns ever made: Rio Bravo, Howard Hawks’ 1959 masterpiece, which kills most of its running time just laying low with a small-town sheriff and the motley posse he’s assembled to guard a jailhouse, eavesdropping on their…

See Charlie XCX’s famous friends as male video vixens in “Boys” video

Sometimes the meaning of art is as nebulous as a Lacanian theorum. Whether it’s Twin Peaks, the work of Ingmar Bergman, or a searing short by Stan Brakhage, we turn to outside sources of knowledge to help inform our own limited understanding. Those are the moments when we look to rigorous interpretation from critics,…

Riz Ahmed and K’naan get the job done in Hamilton Mixtape music video

Riz Ahmed has been in everything lately, and the latest thing he’s in is an appropriately political music video for the version of “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)“ that he (as Riz MC), K’naan, and Residente recorded for the Hamilton Mixtape. The video has kind of a Snowpiercer vibe, with people living on a train as…

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…

HBO’s crime drama The Night Of is an armchair detective’s dream come true

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Every bubble will eventually burst, so it stands to reason that the meticulously detailed crime saga, which was single-handed revitalized by the Serial podcast, should be on the wane by now. After all, Sarah Koenig’s hit series had an impact so seismic that last week a Maryland judge granted convicted killer Adnan…