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Annabelle Comes Home plays the Conjuring franchise’s greatest hits Annabelle Comes Home plays the Conjuring franchise’s greatest hits

Eight films in, and the Conjuring franchise is holding up pretty well. By way of comparison, Friday The 13th Part VIII saw Jason taking Manhattan, and the less said about the eighth Halloween movie, the better. Of course, it helps that the films spawned from James Wan’s 2013 haunted-house chiller have spun off in…

The best music of 2019 so far The best music of 2019 so far

Just six months into a great year in music, we’ve seen strange, galactic records from R&B innovators Solange and Flying Lotus. In the crowded field of hip-hop, emerging talents like Denzel Curry, Little Simz, and Zelooperz have separated from the pack—not to mention Tierra Whack, whose five singles widened the view of…

Chicago, swing in to Spider-Man: Far From Home early and for free Chicago, swing in to Spider-Man: Far From Home early and for free

Hope you’re caught up on your Avengers movies, because Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latest in the ongoing adventures of everyone’s favorite radioactive teenage nerd, picks up where Avengers: Endgame left off. In the film, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is adrift after losing his superhero mentor—who we’ll decline to…

Chicago, let Yesterday make all your troubles seem so far away early and for free Chicago, let Yesterday make all your troubles seem so far away early and for free

It sounds like the premise of a Black Mirror episode: A guy named Jack (Himesh Patel) wakes up one morning and realizes that, somehow, he’s the only person on Earth who can remember who the Beatles were, or any of their hit songs. He then does what a lot of us would do in that situation, namely tell people he wrote…

A country-music star is born in the Scottish honky-tonk drama Wild Rose A country-music star is born in the Scottish honky-tonk drama Wild Rose

Country music has a long history of brazen women doggedly persevering over daunting personal and societal odds. As far back as 1952, Kitty Wells shredded the hypocrisy of sexual double standards in her song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” and Loretta Lynn had already given birth to three children when she…

Mick Garris gathers his famous friends for the horror anthology Nightmare Cinema Mick Garris gathers his famous friends for the horror anthology Nightmare Cinema

If there’s one person whose commitment to the horror genre can never be called into question, it’s Mick Garris. Garris, whose directorial credits include Critters 2 and the miniseries version of Stephen King’s The Stand, inadvertently set his life on its current path in 2002 by inviting a group of filmmaker friends…

Richard E. Grant to mentor a young drag queen in Fox's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Richard E. Grant to mentor a young drag queen in Fox's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

He didn’t win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, but he did get to meet Barbra Streisand, so it’s safe to say the Richard E. Grant renaissance continues apace. Grant appeared in Vanity Fair’s series of first-look photos from Star Wars: Episode IX—The Rise Of Skywalker in character as the…

Jim Jarmusch, who just made a zombie movie, isn't that into zombie movies Jim Jarmusch, who just made a zombie movie, isn't that into zombie movies

Although it does have its defenders, indie-film legend Jim Jarmusch’s new zom-com The Dead Don’t Die has unfortunately been declared D.O.A. with many critics—only 52% of them gave the film a positive review, according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Take The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd, who saw the movie at its world…

Chicago, stare into the glassy eyes of Annabelle Comes Home early and for free Chicago, stare into the glassy eyes of Annabelle Comes Home early and for free

Where they lie on the nightmare scale compared to clowns, spiders, and those red-eyed shadow creatures that appear to people in the throes of sleep paralysis is debatable, but there’s something a little ... off ... about dolls. That’s especially true of old-fashioned dolls with dead, glassy eyes, bright red lips…

Sleater-Kinney announces new album The Center Won't Hold, produced by St. Vincent Sleater-Kinney announces new album The Center Won't Hold, produced by St. Vincent

This morning, Sleater-Kinney confirmed what’s been suspected since it was revealed that it was working on new music with St. Vincent back in January: The rock trio has a new album—its tenth!—called The Center Won’t Hold coming out on August 16 on Mom + Pop Records. In a press release announcing the new album, the band…

Blumhouse announces Black Christmas remake directed by Sophia Takal Blumhouse announces Black Christmas remake directed by Sophia Takal

To its credit, Blumhouse seems to have taken criticisms of its previously all-male directorial lineup to heart: The company’s Hulu anthology series Into The Dark has featured three episodes helmed by female directors—two of whom were on our list of women we thought would fit in well at Blumhouse—since studio head…

There may be life on other planets, but there’s none in Men In Black: International There may be life on other planets, but there’s none in Men In Black: International

The Men In Black movies are about chemistry as much as they’re about aliens. Beginning with the gruff father/cocky son dynamic between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1997 original, the series has been powered largely by the interplay between its charismatic leads. Men In Black: International, the…

Spirits were high for the Overlook Film Festival's druggy, devil-worshipping return to New Orleans Spirits were high for the Overlook Film Festival's druggy, devil-worshipping return to New Orleans

Horror, once the leather-jacket-clad adolescent sulking in the corner of the film world, has grown up. The Oscars have been collected, the box-office receipts have been counted, and mainstream legitimacy has been established. What now? For every horror fan who celebrated the validation that came with Get Out and The…

June brings a Dark Phoenix, the Men In Black, and lots of living toys to theaters everywhere June brings a Dark Phoenix, the Men In Black, and lots of living toys to theaters everywhere

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

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