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…

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Chris Elliott and Paula Neidert always knew their kids were going into show business

The Elliott family—that’s Chris Elliott, Paula Niedert, and their two daughters, Abby and Bridey Elliott—is collaborating on a film for the first time. Written and directed by Bridey, Clara’s Ghost follows a self-absorbed showbiz family over the course of a single evening as they deal with personal demons. At the…

Lady Bird avoids the traditional pitfalls of the coming-of-age drama

The Oscars are less than a month away, but there are a handful of films from this year’s Best Picture lineup we haven’t covered on Film Club. So we’re catching up with these contenders in a few special-edition episodes. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss number two on…

Where did the phrase “get medieval on your ass” come from?

Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club’s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America’s favorite colloquialisms. In today’s edition, Kory tells us about the origins of the phrase “get medieval on your ass,” a threat made popular by Pulp Fiction.

Lakeith Stanfield tells us what he can about the new season of Atlanta

Atlanta’s second season, officially titled Atlanta Robbin’ Season, is almost upon us, but details remain scarce. We’ve seen a few slick trailers, and we know the structure was inspired by Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, but that’s about it. To get a better idea of what’s to come, we spoke with…

The Lodgers’ Eugene Simon explains why the film stands out in the horror genre

Game Of Thrones star Eugene Simon’s new project, The Lodgers, has the characteristics of an old-fashioned horror film: a period setting, a crumbling family estate, and a set of mysterious twins. But, as Simon tells us, there’s a bit more going on beneath the surface. In the video above, Simon, explains to us why the…

Max Silvestri dishes out relationship advice while taking on a plate of ketchup nachos

Welcome back to Dice Of Disgust, where we test the limits of both our question-writing abilities and our guests’ gustatory stamina. Today, actor, comedian, and occasional television host Max Silvestri joins us to dish out some relationship advice while eating a plate of nachos topped with radishes, gummy worms, and…

Noah Gundersen wraps up his session with an emotional performance of “The Sound”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. For this round, singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen joins us in the studio to play a few songs from his latest project, White Noise. In the second video from his session, Gundersen…

Get Out’s Oscar nominations were a welcome surprise from the stodgy Academy

The Oscars are less than a month away, but there are a handful of films from this year’s Best Picture lineup we haven’t covered on Film Club. So we’re catching up with these contenders in a few special-edition episodes. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss one of last…

Jason Mantzoukas wants fans to know he’s just acting crazy

Jason Mantzoukas has played a long list of crazy characters: Parks And Recreation’s Dennis Feinstein, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Adrian Pimento, The Good Place’s (admittedly lovable) Derek. But his most iconic role is arguably Rafi on FX’s The League. He’s become so recognizable in that role that fans often don’t…

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Noah Gundersen gives an intimate performance of  “Send The Rain (To Everyone)”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. For this round, singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen joins us in the studio to play a few songs from his latest project, White Noise. In the first video from his session, he performs…

Black Panther is one of Marvel's best and most dramatically complex movies

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky return to discuss the latest—and one of the greatest—from Marvel Studios, Black Panther. Directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther veers from the template established by Marvel’s previous 18 films by introducing a…

Gael García Bernal doesn’t take on projects for the money

After the fiery events from Mozart In The Jungle’s third season finale, we’ve been hotly anticipating its return, and early reviews indicate the wait has been well worth it. In the video above, we chat with star Gael García Bernal about taking on projects he loves, like Mozart and his upcoming film Museo, and why he’s…