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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…

Everything you need to get caught up with UnREAL before Monday's premiere

Note: The following video contains spoilers for season two of UnREAL.

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…

10 essential episodes of ER to kick off your binge watch

ER has been available on Hulu for over a month now, which means you’ve had plenty of time to get reacquainted with the good folks at County General. But if you’re unfamiliar with the show and don’t know where to start, we’ve rounded up the 10 most representative episodes of the groundbreaking drama.

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.

All of Dairy Queen’s Blizzards, ranked All of Dairy Queen’s Blizzards, ranked

When Dairy Queen introduced the Blizzard in 1985, it was a big step forward in ice cream shop innovation. Before, you had hand-dipped cones and soft serve, sundaes and splits. If your shop knew what it was doing, you might be able to swing a chocolate- or sprinkle-covered cone, and there was always the milkshake.…

Matthew Lillard talks about the stress of working on Twin Peaks

Matthew Lillard’s performance as the accused murderer Bill Hastings was a welcome addition to Twin Peaks: The Return, but according to Lillard, filming his part was extremely challenging. At the Sundance premiere of his latest project, Halfway There, we talked to Lillard about his experience being a part of Twin Peaks…

Cabin fever: Dial M For Maple returns with wild speculation about Riverdale's next act Cabin fever: Dial M For Maple returns with wild speculation about Riverdale's next act

When Riverdale returns in March, the Core 4 will be packing their bags for a steamy trip to the secluded Lodge cabin—a trip we’ve lovingly dubbed the “Sex Weekend.” And we’re doing some packing of our own, as Marah preps for her move to LA! With so much going on, she & Cameron decided it was time for an extra special…

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…

Noah Gundersen croons on the heart-wrenching “Bad Desire”

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…

Game Of Thrones’ Eugene Simon isn’t sure why we like scary movies

Game Of Thrones star Eugene Simon new project, The Lodgers, is an old-fashioned horror film, fully equipped with a period setting, a crumbling family estate, and a set of mysterious twins. In the video above, Simon, whose a fan of the genre, talks about the allure of horror films.

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…

Faux-lympic champions: 6 fictional gold medalists

The Winter Olympics have been underway for a week, and some pretty great storylines have already emerged—from breakout stars Adam Rippon and Chloe Kim, to the thrilling competitions themselves. In honor of the games, we have the third Olympic edition of 6 Things, where we’re taking a look at six fictional gold…

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…

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