Westworld recap: Season 4, Episode 1

Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld Photo: John Johnson/HBO Westworld is a show about storytelling. Throughout its first three seasons, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have made clear they are fascinated by the way narratives rule our world: Concepts like free will and agency are, in the show’s cosmology, intimately tied to the stories we … Read more

Super Hero’s Opening Recreates the Red Ribbon Saga

For 90s kids, Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball was one of our first steps into anime and manga. It was Dragon Ball Z on Toonami that was The Show back in the day, and the franchise has gone on in the years since to produce countless games, spinoff anime, and films. With the upcoming Super Hero … Read more

We were genuinely not expecting the Nazi twist in this trailer for the Wonder spin-off

Okay, quick show of hands: Who remembers 2017’s Wonder? Sweet little movie, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay? Kid has facial anomalies, kid overcomes prejudiced society, kid is declared a “wonder,” all is well? Okay, now, show of hands: Who watched that movie and thought “Damn, there are just not enough Nazis in this thing?” … Read more

A Review Of Kevin Hart’s The Man From Toronto

(from left) Kevin Hart as Teddy and Woody Harrelson as The Man From Toronto in The Man From Toronto.Photo: Netflix The Man From Toronto introduces us to a world in which a network of hitmen represent various cities, and in many cases, embody the broadest stereotypes about their hometowns. And the one from Toronto, Canada, … Read more

A New J.R.R. Tolkien Collection Gathers the Author’s Writings on Middle-earth’s Second Age

Image: HarperCollins With Prime Video’s prequel series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arriving in early September, it stands to reason there’ll be a renewed interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings on Middle-earth’s Second Age. So the timing is perfect for The Fall of Númenor, which gathers all of Tolkien’s works on the … Read more

There’s at least one truly horrifying image in the Smile trailer

Here on The A.V. Club’s trailer beat, we tend to see a lot of snippets of horror movies that are doing their damnedest to freak us out. Nursery rhymes slowed down, abrupt jump cuts, demon faces: You get kind of inured to it all after a while. Smile | Official Trailer (2022 Movie) So it … Read more

Blumhouse’s They/Them teaser welcomes kids to camp

Carrie Preston as Cora Whistler, Anna Chlumsky as Molly, Boone Platt as Zane, Kevin Bacon as Owen WhistlerPhoto: Josh Stringer (Blumhouse) Hello, muddah. Hello, faddah. Here we are at Kevin Bacon’s weirdo conversion camp for LGBTQIA+ teens. Formerly the playground of neo-conservative ideas and reductive sexual anxieties, the campground slasher movie is getting a modern … Read more

Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe aims low, scores high

(from left) Butt-head and Beavis (both played by Mike Judge) in Beavis And Butt-head Do The Universe.Photo: Paramount+ One of the prime “rules” of screenwriting is that your main character has to change. Not just throughout the movie, but a little bit by the end of every scene, even. Yet part of the appeal of … Read more

Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2 Trailer: Vecna’s Revenge

Image: Netflix As we come closer to the final two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4, Netflix has released a preview trailer for the finale. This season had a split release schedule, with the first seven episodes released on May 27th, and the last two slated for a July 1 drop. And after that intense … Read more

Crash director Paul Haggis arrested in Italy

Paul HaggisPhoto: Andres Iglesias Rodriguez (Getty Images) Paul Haggis, the filmmaker behind 2006’s surprising Best Picture winner Crash, has been arrested in Italy on “charges of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury.” That comes from Variety, which says a “still unidentified woman” (all we know is that she is not Italian) pressed charges against Haggis, … Read more