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…

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 best Funny Animals from Ape to Zazu

While some animals can be funny, not all animals can be Funny Animals. A trope that’s specifically defined by the existence of anthropomorphic animals that generally live as humans—homes, clothes, bipedal stance and all—Funny Animals are more Goofy than Pluto. Goofy’s got a hat and a voice, after all, while Pluto…