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HBO reclaims its true-crime crown with 5 tales of murder, mayhem, and mystery

As HBO scrambles to catch up to Netflix and its string of 2010s docuseries hits, this month the network attempts to reassert its dominance with a series of five true-crime documentary films burnished to a high shine with that HBO prestige gloss. → Read More

We've got (virtual) tickets to see Riz Ahmed in Sound Of Metal, early and for free

If you’ve been dying to slip on your ancient Rudimentary Peni T-shirt and rock out, then you’re in luck. → Read More

An evil plan comes together as The Mandalorian treads more familiar ground

"The Siege" gives The Mandalorian season 2 more urgent driving force, as Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon appears in the flesh to lay out his evil plan. → Read More

FX’s Black Narcissus remake is pretty, but uninspiring

If you’re not familiar with the source material, Black Narcissus is marvelous drama, an impressionistic and haunting tale of sensual madness in a setting that sparks the imagination. But it never quite manages to ascend to new heights of inspiration. → Read More

Kicking off award season with Mank, Hillbilly Elegy, and... Freaky?!

It seems that the Academy Awards are still happening next year, just a little later than usual. What that means is that an abnormally long awards season is upon us! On this week’s episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss two high-profile Netflix releases vying for a spot in the race: David Fincher’s Mank and Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy. But because it’s not all awards… → Read More

Dig into 11 outstanding shorts made by women with the Etheria Season 3 trailer

The A.V. Club debuts the exclusive trailer for Etheria Season 3, a collection of 11 short films as diverse as the women who made them. → Read More

Riz Ahmed's superb lead performance keeps Sound Of Metal on beat

A nuanced, naturalistic performance from Riz Ahmed, combined with a sophisticated sound design, helps the recovery drama Sound Of Metal overcome its narrative weaknesses. → Read More

Mando sails the high seas on a mythology-heavy episode of The Mandalorian

Mando’s guiding motivation in the season thus far has been to find others of his kind, and he gets that wish this episode—but not exactly the way that he planned. → Read More

Werner Herzog takes a limo ride into the heart of evangelical darkness in “God’s Angry Man”

Los Angeles-based TV preacher Dr. Gene Scott is is an example of one of Werner Herzog’s most enduring fascinations: the larger-than-life visionary tormented by his own quixotic genius. → Read More

Tragedy doesn’t hit much closer to home than in Murder On Middle Beach

What if the person behind the camera on a true-crime series was one of the victims as well? That’s the disarming spin of HBO’s four-part docuseries Murder On Middle Beach, where filmmaker Madison Hamburg investigates his mother Barbara Beach’s unsolved murder. → Read More

5 new releases we love: Elton John opens the vault, AC/DC is back from the dead, and more

Along with the two titans of pop and hard rock, great new music from Masego, Doma Molchat, and Kylie Minogue. → Read More

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan run hot and cold in the period romance Ammonite

The speculative lesbian romance Ammonite is explicit but curiously bloodless, despite the efforts of its stars, Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. → Read More

May Hillbilly Elegy mark the end of Trump-era myth-making about the white working class

Hillbilly Elegy, the new Ron Howard film based on J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir, offers little more than enduring stereotypes about Appalachia. → Read More

The Mandalorian recap: Season 2, Episode 2: Baby Yoda gets the creepy-crawlies

Although it picks up shortly after last week’s Western adventure, “The Caretaker” foregrounds a different, but equally essential, ingredient in the Star Wars recipe book: Puppeteering and creature work. → Read More

5 new releases we love: Tierra Whack and Dizzee Rascal both bring the flow

Plus, great new music from Oneohtrix Point Never and Teen Daze, as well as an addictive single from Sofi Tukker and Icona Pop. → Read More

Patton Oswalt curated a B-movie marathon, and we've got a giveaway to celebrate

Patton Oswalt hosts a 12-hour movie marathon on Shout! Factory TV this weekend, and we're giving away a prize pack to celebrate. → Read More

The Dark And The Wicked lives up to its title

The Dark And The Wickied is a film about vicious nihilism as much as it is about anything, and if a character expresses hope or happiness at any point during its compact 95-minute running time, you can bet that fate is going to make them look like a fool. → Read More

Ranking the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies

The secret to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre isn’t its mythology, or its characters: It's the sense of raw panic, an inescapable nightmare that short-circuits the logical parts of your brain and allows deeper, more animalistic instincts to kick in. → Read More

The Mandalorian kicks off season 2 in classic Western style

The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ for season two with the same Western style and new toys for Baby Yoda. → Read More

What's the better werewolf movie, The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?

Werewolves had a moment in 1981. Excluding Wolfen, whose killer canines technically don’t fit the species description, Hollywood produced not one but two odes to the lycanthrope that year: John Landis’ Oscar-winning An American Werewolf In London and Joe Dante’s franchise-launching The Howling. But which of these shaggy horror comedies was best in show? We polled Twitter earlier this week. Now,… → Read More