Weekend Box Office: The man in black fled across the desert, and audiences sort of followed

August is traditionally the quietest month of the summer movie season. Instead of opening big-budget sequels and other projects with a lot riding on their success, major studios fill the calendar with their less-expensive, often less-promising titles; not surprisingly, audiences tend to respond to this junior-varsity…

From The Dark Tower to Batman & Robin, crappy blockbusters share one guilty party

This past weekend greeted eager popcorn-movie fans with a dispiriting barrage of negative reviews for The Dark Tower, the would-be franchise starter of the messy but popular Stephen King book series of the same name. Everything from the lackluster direction by Nikolaj Arcel to poor choices in cutting and pasting…

The Mist’s 7th episode saves The Dark Tower from being this week’s worst Stephen King adaptation

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Roughly three-quarters of the way into The Mist’s first (and only?) season, it’s fair to say this series is yet another exhibit in the Museum Of Failed Stephen King Adaptations, displayed somewhere next to 1993’s The Tommyknockers and around the corner from this weekend’s The Dark Tower. For what it’s worth—and it’s…

Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara joins the Dark Tower TV prequel

Against all odds, the Dark Tower movie is actually going to hit theaters tomorrow, and with that seemingly impossible event already checked off, it’s time to start thinking about another thing that seems like it’ll probably never happen: the Dark Tower TV series. Just a few days ago, Dark Tower movie director Nikolaj…

Stephen King’s fantasy saga is reincarnated as a dud in The Dark Tower

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Oh, to think what a director like Guillermo Del Toro—or anyone from the current crop of hungry young genre directors—might have done with a film version of Stephen King’s fantasy cycle The Dark Tower. But instead of the sort of nerdy fantastist the material deserves, we’ve ended up with Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair),…

Stephen King’s Tower, Steven Soderbergh’s return, and 27 other movies coming in August

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

Chicago, follow the Man in Black to The Dark Tower early and for free

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling The Dark Tower series that’s been 10 years in the making is finally almost here, abbreviated 95-minute running time and all. And whether you’re a fan who’s dying to know how the movie differs from the books or are just curious about the final product of this long and…

Idris Elba explains the Gunslinger’s backstory in new Dark Tower featurette

With the release of The Dark Tower finally approaching, it’s time to get acquainted with its lore. Thus—after some expository spots—Sony has released a featurette explaining just what a Gunslinger is for those who might be new to Stephen King’s universe. Specifically, it delves into Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain, the…

New teasers for The Dark Tower dole out the exposition and threats

Sony has released three new teasers for the long-awaited—and long-delayed—The Dark Tower, and each serves as a bit of a primer on the complicated world of the Stephen King adaptation, outlining the central conflict between Idris Elba’s good guy gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey’s nefarious Man In Black. Above, we get…

Meet the gunslinger and the Man In Black in the first clips from The Dark Tower

Against all odds, it’s really finally happening: 35 years after Stephen King published The Gunslinger, we have our first glimpse at Nikolaj Arcel’s Dark Tower movie. Earlier today, stars Idris Elba (who plays heroic gunslinger Roland) and Matthew McConaughey (who plays the villainous Man In Black) started tweeting…