Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield headlines the inventive, sometimes exhausting satire Sorry To Bother You

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In a year featuring multiple cinematic depictions of Oakland, California (including the flashbacks from Black Panther and the entirety of the upcoming Blindspotting), it’s hard to imagine one as grabby or arresting as the Oakland of Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You. Though it uses real locations from the city,…

Steven Spielberg is open to a female Indiana Jones, so let's do some fantasy casting

In a recent interview with The Sun (via The Hollywood Reporter), Steven Spielberg suggested that he’d be open to a future Indiana Jones star being a woman, noting that they’d “have to change the name from Jones to Joan” and that there’s “nothing wrong with that” (other than the fact that last names don’t work that…

Men In Black becomes a Thor reunion as Tessa Thompson joins Chris Hemsworth

At the end of last month, we reported that Chris Hemsworth was in talks to star in F. Gary Gray’s new Men In Black movie—which, as we’ve noted many times, is a Jurassic World-style revival that expands the universe without using the same characters—and now we know at least one person who will be joining Hemsworth as…

Our critics are split on Alex Garland’s Annihilation

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing director Alex Garland’s Annihilation. As in his previous films, including the Oscar-winning Ex Machina, Garland tries to strike a balance between intellectual sci-fi and visceral…

Janelle Monáe channels Prince in video for "Make Me Feel"

Janelle Monáe has released the first song off her long-awaited follow-up to 2013's The Electric Lady, the forthcoming Dirty Computer. The playful but assured guitar on “Make Me Feel” has a distinctly Prince vibe, which Monáe doubles down on with the video’s gender-fluid imagery and overall sensuality. It’s really one…

Janelle Monáe announces new album, Dirty Computer, with a gorgeous teaser

It’s been five years since Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady, during which time she’s racked up the accolades for her work in films like Hidden Figures. But the “Tightrope” artist apparently snuck in a trip to the recording studio at some point, because she’s just announced a new album, Dirty Computer.

Laura Dern digs deep in the most powerful and disturbing of Sundance’s potential winners

Sundance really likes to push the idea that it’s a “community”—a network of artists converging on the same Utah ski town every January to support each other’s work, exchange positive reinforcement, and just bask in the glow of general movie appreciation. It’s not total bullshit; one reason this writer loves coming to…

Thor: Ragnarok ultimately cut the one scene that confirmed Valkyrie’s bisexuality

Last week, Tessa Thompson, who plays the fierce Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, responded to an online complaint from some narrow-minded butthead about the “tomboy-ish” look of her character. After a fan mistakenly wrote that the same Valkyrie from the comics, whose buxom figure was being called canon by said butthead,…

Tessa Thompson's Thor: Ragnarok character is the 1st openly bisexual one in the MCU films

Most people who watched Tessa Thompson gracefully but forcefully cut her way across the Thor: Ragnarok teasers have come away with a good impression of the Creed star’s portrayal of Valkyrie. Then there are the dinguses for whom 2D boobs will never be big enough, who think anything other than wasp-figured superheroes…

Natalie Portman isn't sure if she's the hunted or the hunter in first Annihilation teaser

Alex Garland’s follow-up to 2015's Ex Machina is another sci-fi project, this time an adaptation of Jeff VanDerMeer’s Nebula-winning novel Annihilation. The writer-director has teamed up with Oscar Isaac again, who’s mostly out of commission in this first teaser for the film. Natalie Portman plays Lena, the character…

It’s Rumor Time: Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie might be in Infinity War

At this point, we can basically assume that every person who has ever been in a Marvel movie will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, as long as they aren’t dead in the franchise—or Edward Norton. With that it mind, it looks like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will be showing up. How do we know? Well, per Screencrush,…