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Only Ken Russell could make The Favourite seem tastefully restrained Only Ken Russell could make The Favourite seem tastefully restrained

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. With the Academy Awards right around the corner, we’re suggesting the perfect pairings for this year’s Best Picture nominees—movies to watch with, or instead of, each of them.

Bo Burnham, Barry, and Nathan For You win big at a satisfying WGA Awards Bo Burnham, Barry, and Nathan For You win big at a satisfying WGA Awards

Compared to the Emmys, Golden Globes and, presumably, next week’s Oscars, last night’s WGA Awards were a wildly—and satisfyingly—unpredictable affair. So much so, in fact, that several of the nominees, including Best Original Screenplay winner Bo Burnham and Best Comedy/Variety Sketch Series winner Nathan Fielder,…

Chicago, get obsessed with Greta early and for free Chicago, get obsessed with Greta early and for free

French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert gave us the creeps in Paul Verhoeven’s challenging, corrosive Elle, and she’s back in psycho mode in Greta, the latest film from The Crying Game director Neil Jordan. Chloe Grace Moretz co-stars as a naive young NYC transplant who becomes the object of Huppert’s sinister obsession…

Academy tries to make up for Best Original Song gaffe with a Bette Midler performance Academy tries to make up for Best Original Song gaffe with a Bette Midler performance

Humbled after a few humiliating spins on a roller coaster that began with the announcement, then eventual retraction, of the “Best Popular Film” category back in August of 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is attempting to appease its now thoroughly ruffled membership, as well as the audience for…

NYPD investigating commander who reportedly told unit to shoot 50 Cent "on sight" NYPD investigating commander who reportedly told unit to shoot 50 Cent "on sight"

A NYPD commander is currently under investigation for telling his unit to “shoot him on sight” if they saw Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, at a NYPD-sanctioned boxing match last June, as as the New York Daily News reports. Although Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez reportedly tried to pass the comment off as a…

The Star Wars: Episode IX wrap party featured a human disco ball and John Boyega singing Vanessa Carlton The Star Wars: Episode IX wrap party featured a human disco ball and John Boyega singing Vanessa Carlton

Star Wars: Episode IX—We Still Don’t Have A Title Yet officially wrapped shooting this past Friday after nine long months, and that only means one thing: wrap party! And it was truly a wrap party: Episode IX marks the official end of the so-called “Skywalker saga,” completing the narrative arc that began with the…

We're giving away the Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman soundtrack on vinyl We're giving away the Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman soundtrack on vinyl

Spike Lee’s pop-political crowd-pleaser BlacKkKlansman has been nominated for six Academy Awards this year, including a first-time Best Director nomination for Lee and a first Oscar nomination, period, for his longtime composer Terence Blanchard.

Enraging and enlightening, Lorena finally puts Lorena Bobbitt at the center of her own story Enraging and enlightening, Lorena finally puts Lorena Bobbitt at the center of her own story

“So many people think they know what they’d do” if they were the victim of domestic violence, National Network To End Domestic Violence president Kim Gandy says at one point in Lorena, Amazon Studios’ new four-part docuseries on the trial of Lorena Bobbitt. And we hear quite a few people, most of them male, say that …

Have a love-hate relationship with rom-coms? Then Isn’t It Romantic is for you Have a love-hate relationship with rom-coms? Then Isn’t It Romantic is for you

To be sure, the truly hardened cynic will find plenty to pick apart in the new Rebel Wilson-led rom-com, Isn’t It Romantic. But such committed misanthropes, by definition, don’t enjoy much of anything. On the other extreme, the doe-eyed and optimistic will like the film—which extensively employs romantic-comedy…

Millennium shelves Red Sonja, when it could just fire Bryan Singer Millennium shelves Red Sonja, when it could just fire Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer’s #MeToo moment has been coming for more than 20 years now, with the X-Men: Apocalypse director continuing to book high-profile gigs 22 years after his first lawsuit, filed in 1997 by the parents of a 14-year-old extra who alleged that Singer filmed their son and other minors naked without their…

Catch up with Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, and the rest of this year's Grammys performances Catch up with Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, and the rest of this year's Grammys performances

Not watching the 2019 Grammy Awards live? We get it. We really do. But there’s one downside to deciding to do literally anything else besides watch the Grammys, and that’s not being able to follow what everyone is talking about on social media. You can catch up with the trending performances from this year’s Grammys…

Horror Noire author Robin R. Means Coleman gives us a crash course in black horror history Horror Noire author Robin R. Means Coleman gives us a crash course in black horror history

This week marks the debut of Horror Noire, a new documentary premiering on Shudder that sheds much-needed light on a subject that’s often joked about, but rarely discussed in a comprehensive way: the relationship between African-Americans and horror movies. The documentary features writers, actors, directors, critics,…

Lords Of Chaos paints metal’s most infamous band as the poseurs they really were Lords Of Chaos paints metal’s most infamous band as the poseurs they really were

Jonas Åkerlund, who began his career as the drummer for influential proto-black metal act Bathory, is the perfect director for Vice Films’ long-gestating Mayhem biopic Lords Of Chaos. Åkerlund may not have been present at the drunken rager where corpse paint was introduced for the first time, but he understands…

Hey Chicago, celebrate Happy Death Day 2 U early and for free Hey Chicago, celebrate Happy Death Day 2 U early and for free

Hey, Chicago! Do you want to die? And die again? And again? And again? Then you’re in luck, because we’re presenting a screening of the Blumhouse horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U this coming Monday, February 11, at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St). The original Happy Death Day was a fun, if flimsy, entry into…

Here’s where you can stream this year’s Oscar-nominated films Here’s where you can stream this year’s Oscar-nominated films

Before we begin, a confession. Even The A.V. Club’s film staff has not seen every single film that’s been nominated for an Oscar this year, so don’t feel too guilty if you haven’t either. And if you do want to catch up on every Oscar film, you’ll have to drop some cash, as digital purchases—the only streaming option…

7 questions about Liam Neeson saying he wanted to “kill” a “black bastard” after a friend’s assault 7 questions about Liam Neeson saying he wanted to “kill” a “black bastard” after a friend’s assault

Just in case you haven’t yet read The Independent’s new interview with Liam Neeson, here’s the gist: During a routine junket interview for his new movie Cold Pursuit, Neeson inexplicably decided to drop a jaw-dropping story about how, in some indeterminate point in the past, an unnamed woman he knew was sexually…

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