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…

Transformers: The Last Knight is less than meets the eye

For this week’s edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky take a look at Transformers: The Last Knight, which finds Michael Bay, the maestro of pyrotechnic wreckage, pitting alien robots against the audience’s patience for the fifth time. Yes, it’s another overlong,…

Don’t worry, Transformers: The Last Knight won’t really be 3 hours long

Despite the fact that a significant number of them would probably never see Transformers: The Last Knight anyway, a bunch of people yesterday were horrified to discover that Michael Bay’s latest robot smash-fest would apparently be over three hours long. It’s unclear where that rumor began, but if you run a Google…

Anthony Hopkins is a huge fan of “genius” filmmaker Michael Bay

It’s pretty standard, when an actor is promoting their latest project, to speak well of the director during interviews. Even so, it’s hard to tell whether Anthony Hopkins’ recent ode to Transformers: The Last Knight director Michael Bay—in which he called Bay both a “genius,” and a “savant”—is a testament to his…

Optimus Prime is still being a dick in new Transformers: The Last Knight teaser

Michael Bay seems to be hell bent on making it clear that his Transformers movies aren’t just about giant toys fighting other giant toys. For his latest entry in the franchise, The Last Knight, he’s turned Optimus Prime into a real jerk, the kind who thrashes poor Bumblebee repeatedly. If we understand the previous …

The Autobots roll out again in this first teaser for Transformers: The Last Knight

Poor Anthony Hopkins just can’t get away from robots these days. The first season of Westworld just ended, and now he’s taking on Cybertronians in Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight. This first teaser for the highly anticipated sequel (very highly anticipated) doesn’t actually show the award-winning…

UPDATED: Fighting robots good excuse to drape Churchill birthplace in swastikas, thinks Michael Bay

Leave it to Michael Bay to potentially anger the ghost of Winston Churchill. The director—or at least his latest Transformers movie—has stirred the wrath of veterans in the U.K. for hanging giant swastikas from the former prime minister’s birthplace, according to The Sun. The upcoming installment in the Autobot…

Stanley Tucci won’t do a Devil Wears Prada sequel, is totally down for Transformers 5

Welcome to The Tour Of Tucci, The A.V. Club’s regular round-up of all the hottest news concerning everybody’s favorite bald guy with glasses who is named Stanley Tucci. This week, the Tour will be making stops at one of Tucci’s most-beloved film roles and one that we didn’t remember any details about until we looked…

Michael Bay reveals Transformers 5’s ridiculous new Bumblebee Camaro

Optimus Prime may have a nose and a mouth in Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, but Bumblebee has always been the face of the franchise. For Transformers: The Last Knight, though, the car version of that face is going to get a significant improvement…or “improvement,” depending on how well your eyes work. Michael Bay,…