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Lord Of The Rings vets bring the steampunk world of Mortal Engines to sputtering life Lord Of The Rings vets bring the steampunk world of Mortal Engines to sputtering life

There are exactly two good jokes in Mortal Engines, and they involve Minions and a Twinkie. These tiny scraps of humor jump out like Pop Rocks in a bowl of oatmeal, not only because everything that surrounds them is so dingy, but also because they remind us of the possibilities of the film’s core premise: that more…

Netflix’s post-apocalyptic Sandra Bullock vehicle Bird Box fumbles in the dark Netflix’s post-apocalyptic Sandra Bullock vehicle Bird Box fumbles in the dark

The once-wide aesthetic gap between film and television has functionally ceased to exist, and this year we saw a number of TV series shot to look like films, as our own Noel Murray noted last month. But while Hollywood’s obsession with tentpole filmmaking has sent a number of big-name auteurs to TV, it’s still rare to…

Here are the nominees for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards Here are the nominees for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

So who are the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, anyway? A topic to ponder another time, as this morning, just one day after announcing hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh (who’s now both a host and nominee, thanks to Killing Eve) for this year’s ceremony, the HFPA unrolled its list of nominees for the 76th Annual…

Natalie Portman plays a cynical pop star for an overstimulated age in the glib Vox Lux Natalie Portman plays a cynical pop star for an overstimulated age in the glib Vox Lux

We’re limping toward the end of 2018, and everyone is exhausted. In a culture where truth is malleable, spite and greed are celebrated, and unimaginable atrocities are reduced to just another fleeting set of stimuli, how could you not be? A similar sense of existential fatigue permeates Vox Lux, The Childhood Of A…

Have a glass of wine with a dude named Gaahl in an exclusive excerpt from Blood, Fire, Death  Have a glass of wine with a dude named Gaahl in an exclusive excerpt from Blood, Fire, Death 

Now that Lords Of Chaos, Feral House’s seminal (yes, seminal!) book on the Satanic origins and violent history of Norwegian black metal, has become a major motion picture, it’s time to welcome the next book in the publisher’s extreme metal series, Blood, Fire, Death: A Swedish Metal Story. Written by Swedish…

Chicago, find out what the deal is with Once Upon A Deadpool early and for free Chicago, find out what the deal is with Once Upon A Deadpool early and for free

To be completely honest, we’ve read up on it, and we’re still not entirely sure what the deal is with this Once Upon A Deadpool release. It’s a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2, with a name that makes it sound like a new cut of the original Deadpool, and it’s a cancer charity benefit that’s playing in movie theaters that has…

Fame is a family affair in an exclusive clip from Clara's Ghost

Clara’s Ghost is a film that’s difficult to put in a genre box: Our own Alex McLevy called it a “cracked dramedy” after seeing it at this year’s Cinepocalypse festival, and the film’s trailer swings between comedy, drama, and full-on horror, with a little Haley Joel Osment to boot. What we do know is that…

We've got an exclusive stream of Guided By Voices' latest earworm, "My Angel" We've got an exclusive stream of Guided By Voices' latest earworm, "My Angel"

It’s been a while—eight whole months!—since the last Guided By Voices LP, and as longtime fans have come to expect, the group has been busy. Along with the upcoming albums, Zeppelin Over China and Street Party, we told you about back in July that are coming in February 2019 and February 2020, respectively (Zeppelin…

Chicago, watch the throne with Mary Queen Of Scots early and for free Chicago, watch the throne with Mary Queen Of Scots early and for free

Call it the Game Of Thrones effect, or call it parallel thinking, or just call it a simple appreciation for fancy costumes and bitter hatred. Regardless of motivations, it’s been a big year for historical dramas about feuding British (and/or Scottish) royalty. First there was Chris Pine’s bloody Outlaw King, then the…

In the bleak, fascinating People’s Republic Of Desire, the techno-dystopian future is now In the bleak, fascinating People’s Republic Of Desire, the techno-dystopian future is now

Imagine the last 20 years of American pop culture on fast-forward. Now imagine the last 50 years of American history all happening at the same time. Neither of those statements can fully capture the experience of life in contemporary China, which director Hao Wu—a Chinese-American tech executive turned …

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