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Parabellum is a less elegant but still thrilling rampage for the man, the myth, the legend: John Wick Parabellum is a less elegant but still thrilling rampage for the man, the myth, the legend: John Wick

John Wick, angel of death, deliverer of headshots, the man in the bulletproof black suit. Even in his own comic book reality, the bizarre underworld of sharp-dressed super-assassins and henchmen introduced in 2014’s John Wick, he is a mythic figure—the boogeyman of the Russian mob, the Energizer Bunny-esque embodiment…

Willem Dafoe is Pasolini in Abel Ferrara’s long-delayed biopic of the murdered artist Willem Dafoe is Pasolini in Abel Ferrara’s long-delayed biopic of the murdered artist

The murder of the Italian director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini on November 2, 1975—just weeks before the scheduled premiere of what would turn out to be his final and most notorious film, Salò, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom, the first part of a planned “trilogy of death”—remains a subject of morbid interest,…

Olivier Assayas tries his hand at the neurotic highbrow gabfest with Non-Fiction Olivier Assayas tries his hand at the neurotic highbrow gabfest with Non-Fiction

The original French title of Olivier Assayas’ self-conscious lit-world comedy Non-Fiction translates as Double Lives; it could be read as a reference to the characters’ mutual infidelities or the pretensions of personal fiction, both hinting at some kind of cultural midlife crisis. At the approximate center of it all…

Ralph Fiennes’ ballet biopic The White Crow can’t find its footing Ralph Fiennes’ ballet biopic The White Crow can’t find its footing

From the time he defected from the Soviet Union in 1961 until his health began to visibly decline in the 1980s, Rudolf Nureyev was arguably the most famous ballet dancer in the world—certainly the most famous danseur noble in classical ballet. He was unrefined, intense, a wild child of the dance world. Even in the…

An hour-long 3D shot is just one beguiling attraction of the movie-drunk Long Day's Journey Into Night An hour-long 3D shot is just one beguiling attraction of the movie-drunk Long Day's Journey Into Night

Drip-drip-drip, drizzle-drizzle goes the terrifically immersive soundtrack of the Chinese writer-director Bi Gan’s sophomore feature A Long Day’s Journey Into Night—a film in which it always seems to be raining, even when it isn’t. Drops recall tears, washing up misty fragments in the mind of the remorseful former…

The Best Of Enemies is another feel-good movie about those darn racists The Best Of Enemies is another feel-good movie about those darn racists

The Best Of Enemies, an adaptation of Osha Gray Davidson’s nonfiction book about the unlikely friendship of the Durham, North Carolina activist Ann Atwater and the local Klansman-turned-labor-organizer C.P. Ellis, wastes no time telling us where its two main characters are supposed to be coming from. It’s 1971, and…

Shazam! zaps an old-fashioned superhero into a blockbuster world Shazam! zaps an old-fashioned superhero into a blockbuster world

A phenomenon of the 1940s, the superhero formerly known as Captain Marvel embodies a simpler era of comics, the sock‘’em Golden Age of godlike costumed do-gooders. But then, what superhero-addled kid of any generation hasn’t at some point wished for a secret identity, powers, and an opportunity to fight evil in any…

Relaxer might be the grossest movie of the year Relaxer might be the grossest movie of the year

Twisted fantasies of depraved junk-food consumption and revenge, the slacker-psycho comedies of Joel Potrykus (Buzzard, The Alchemist Cookbook) plumb the dark corners of self-destructive Midwestern loserdom—though never as theatrically or as bizarrely as in the unhygienic delirium of Relaxer, a film that evinces the…

The Hummingbird Project could have used some of the crazed vision of its computer-age bandits The Hummingbird Project could have used some of the crazed vision of its computer-age bandits

Benjamin Franklin’s well-worn adage that time is money has led us, some centuries later, to the business of high-frequency trading, or HFT. Shares are bought and sold by algorithms in the blink of an eye for fractional profits that accumulate into millions—a mind-boggling business whose theoretical limits are the laws…

The surreal Western Two Plains & A Fancy is as funny as it is aggravating The surreal Western Two Plains & A Fancy is as funny as it is aggravating

Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman’s debut feature L For Leisure bewildered many critical minds (including The A.V. Club’s own), but their follow-up, the next-to-no-budget and barely representational Western comedy Two Plains & A Fancy, turns out to be even more of a confounding put-on. Not that its trio of 19th century city…

The dream of the ’90s is alive in the underwhelming Captain Marvel The dream of the ’90s is alive in the underwhelming Captain Marvel

For over a decade now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has plied us with its stories of conspiracies and smart-alecky celebrity heroes, returning again and again to the same theme: Our heroes are just like us, in that all wish they could go back in time. Think Peter Quill’s mixtape and Captain America’s missed date;…

Tyler Perry gives a schlocky, sloppy goodbye to Madea with a Family Funeral Tyler Perry gives a schlocky, sloppy goodbye to Madea with a Family Funeral

It’s true: Some 20 years after her stage debut, Tyler Perry’s drag persona “Madea” Simmons—the loud, crazy aunt from hell—is being retired. The big ruffled dress is being hung up, and the gray wig and the granny glasses are being put away. We will have no more of her mangled, malapropistic Bible verses, and no more of…

The Competition looks inside one of the world’s most elite film schools The Competition looks inside one of the world’s most elite film schools

The French film school La Fémis, which accepts only around 1 percent of applicants to its directing program, has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exclusive institutions of its kind. It promises world-class instruction and facilities to budding filmmakers, provided they speak near-fluent French and can pass…

Love Roma? Then check out this gorgeous triptych from a kindred spirit of Alfonso Cuarón Love Roma? Then check out this gorgeous triptych from a kindred spirit of Alfonso Cuarón

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.

Life is a Hotel By The River in a melancholy gem from South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo Life is a Hotel By The River in a melancholy gem from South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo

The characters of the wildly prolific and consistent South Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo are awkward guests in lives of missed opportunity and dreamlike repetition, their insensitivities and drifting attentions paralleled by a predisposition to smoke, drink, and overstay one’s welcome. In that sense, Ko…

What Men Want gender swaps and dumbs down an already dumb Mel Gibson hit What Men Want gender swaps and dumbs down an already dumb Mel Gibson hit

In Nancy Meyers’ 2000 hit What Women Want, Mel Gibson plays an alpha-dog ad executive who gains the power to read women’s minds after accidentally electrocuting himself in a bathtub, and quickly discovers that most of his female coworkers think he’s a massive tool: His aftershave stinks, and so do his jokes. But while…

It’s Mads versus nature in the survival thriller Arctic It’s Mads versus nature in the survival thriller Arctic

A crashed cargo plane sits on a sheet of snow, one wing twisted, nose blackened by an engine fire. Some distance away, a lone man works at the snow and ice with a long metal spike, clearing an “SOS” that’s been scraped into the rock underneath. We watch as he heads back in the direction of the plane and stops to check…

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