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The best of film 2016: The ballots

As usual, our list of the best movies of the year has been mathematically assembled from the ranked favorites of a small number of contributors—the six writers who worked the review beat all year long, bringing you graded takes on everything playing in a theater near you. (Okay, not everything.) Below, we’ve presented…

The best film scenes of 2016

Even at their most cohesive, movies are still collections of individual moments. And any movie, no matter how bad or forgettable, can achieve greatness for at least a few isolated minutes—with a particularly inspired conversation, an especially beautiful shot, or a set piece that transcends everything around it.…

The Jungle Book’s Neel Sethi explains what it was like to film his entire role on blue screen

One of the more unbelievable facts about Disney’s recent Jungle Book remake is that nearly the entire movie is done with CGI. Not only were the talking animals created by a computer, but basically the film’s entire jungle world was rendered after the fact too. Which means that 12-year-old actor Neel Sethi—who played a…

Disney’s new take on The Jungle Book is gorgeous but under-conceived

Special effects take pride of place in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories that is as technically accomplished as it is thinly conceived. A paean to the harmony of nature created almost entirely in digital space, without a single real animal, landscape, or tree, Favreau’s…

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The A.V. Club’s 2016 Spring Holiday Movie Guide

One year ago, The A.V. Club surveyed three months of upcoming films through the lens of Valentine’s Day, offering a dater’s guide to the spring movie season. This year, we’re thinking a little bigger, a little further outside the heart-shaped candy box. Why, after all, should we limit ourselves to one seasonal holiday…

The first trailer for Disney’s live-action Jungle Book looks gorgeous and intense

The first full-length trailer for Disney’s new live-action version of The Jungle Book is here, and to be honest, it looks pretty great. We’ve had a lot of good times making fun of this project, but watching this trailer, it looks like nothing so much as the similarly impressive nature-aping CGI of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi…