Our film critics dive into Richard Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying

On this episode of Film Club, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talk about Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel (of sorts) to the classic Hal Ashby film The Last Detail. It’s billed as the hangout-flick master’s first proper road movie, a 2003-set drama about three Vietnam veterans…

Richard Linklater takes on war and grief in Last Flag Flying

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The films of Richard Linklater, small miracles of humanism and ambivalence, ask simply, “How do we live? What does it mean? Where did it all go?” Many of them are to some extent about America—the leisurely national pastimes of baseball, conspiracy theory, and drugs—or at least Americans, usually southeast or central…

Hulu's Dana Carvey Show documentary looks at the failure of genius—and the genius of failure 

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How does a sketch show featuring some of comedy’s most brilliant minds become “one of the most spectacular failures in all of television history”? How does a series starring one of the most popular comedians on the planet alienate his fan base so swiftly and decisively that his career never fully recovers? And…

Battle Of The Sexes turns an outrageous tennis match into a modest crowdpleaser

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The Battle Of The Sexes, which pitted the 29-year-old top-ranked women’s tennis player Billie Jean King against the 55-year-old retired men’s pro Bobby Riggs, was a circus. Riggs, in the part of the avowed male chauvinist and opponent of women’s lib, entered the Houston Astrodome—about as un­-tennis a setting as…

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…

Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston go on a sad road trip in this trailer for Last Flag Flying

The melodramatic, life-affirming road trip is primarily a young person’s game, since only young people have the time and healthy bladders necessary for spending an extended period of time in a car, but that doesn’t mean older people can’t have their own melodramatic, life-affirming road trips. That’s what happens in…

The time has come to do rigorous data analysis on all of The Office’s dialogue

In addition to being one of the most comforting shows to put on while you drift off to sleep, The Office is recognized as being one of the more quotable comedies of the 2000s. The show’s lovable cast of characters provided nine (or at least seven) seasons of memorable moments and one-liners. But now that we’ve got a…

Leslie Mann and Janelle Monáe join new Robert Zemeckis movie

Steve Carell signed on to star in Robert Zemeckis’ fictionalized version of the documentary Marwencol way back in 2015, and now Deadline is reporting that he’s finally getting some company in the form of Leslie Mann and Janelle Monáe. The yet-untitled movie—like Marwencol—is about a man who dedicates all of his time…

Emma Stone and Steve Carell hold court in first Battle Of The Sexes trailer

Although our rights remain under constant attack from primarily male legislators, women can take solace in the knowledge that once upon a time, one of the top women’s tennis player was goaded into playing against a washed-up, albeit formidable pro for lots of money. Okay, that’s cold comfort, but there are only so…

Steve Carell adds another silly voice to his repertoire in a new Despicable Me 3 trailer

The first Despicable Me 3 trailer played as an introduction to Trey Parker’s 1980s-obsessed super villain. But this new trailer, released today, goes in a totally different direction, introducing a new, but somewhat familiar face. Meet Dru, the long lost twin brother of Steve Carell’s Gru, who is also being voiced by…

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne join Richard Linklater film

As reported by Variety, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell have signed on to star in Last Flag Flying, the next film from Richard Linklater. The movie is an adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel of the same name, which was a sequel to his 1970 book The Last Detail. That book was previously made…

A decade later, Little Miss Sunshine is the perfect film for an election year

When it debuted 10 years ago today, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine was quickly embraced by critics and audiences as an offbeat, quirky comedy about a dysfunctional family. It was then just as quickly dismissed as a terminally twee collection of indie movie clichés and somewhat forgotten. But…