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 month, we’ll be previewing all the major movies coming to theaters (or laptops or gaming systems or Rokus) near you, helping narrow down these upcoming releases by making educated guesses on whether they’re worth your time and money. Mary Queen Of Scots Select theaters December 7 Period pieces about European royalty aren’t exactly in short supply, but Mary Queen Of Scots at least looks to highlight, Elizabeth-style, a less common era of female rule. Saoirse Ronan plays the titular Mary Stuart, who returned to her home of Scotland after being a widowed French queen at 18 and began angling to claim the throne from England’s Elizabeth I … [Read more...] about Spider-Man, Aquaman, Dick Cheney: It’s a month of heroes and villains at the multiplex
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The A.V. Club hasn’t traditionally structured its year-end round-up with some authoritative ranking, choosing instead to look back at the myriad experiences we had in games over the year and sorting for the ones we really, truly liked. The result is a list that’s as true to our writers and their own predilections as it is to the year that was. There isn’t a clean-cut narrative to the games that stuck with us in 2018—which span massive superhero extravaganzas, elliptical horror experiments, and psychedelic VR rhythm games—which is, truly, proof of how rich and exciting games can be. As always, you’re invited to write your own retrospectives in the comments, following the rubric laid out here. Feel free to overlap with our own picks; we’re interested to hear why you liked these games, too! We’ll collect some of our favorite responses for our annual Games You Liked round-up on Wednesday. Beat Saber I liked Beat Saber because it … [Read more...] about ’s favorite games of 2018
Into the Spider-Verse is Sony’s first feature-length animated Spider-Man film, and it’s the first time we’ll see Marvel’s Miles Morales on the big screen. Though it could appear on the surface to have no connections to the live-action films, there’s a very real possibility the movie could establish some major connections between all of Sony’s Spider-Man flicks going back to the Tobey Maguire era. Most Spider-Man fans know that Miles Morales, Peter Parker, and Gwen Stacy became superheroes after being granted superpowers thanks to bites from radioactive spiders. But the characters are also part of a much larger, multiverse-spanning destiny that was fleshed out in 2014's “Spider-Verse” event. While every webhead’s exact backstory is somewhat different, “Spider-Verse” explored the concept of all spider-themed heroes from every possible universe being chosen by an interdimensional being known as the Master Weaver. Under … [Read more...] about Could Connect
AVQ&A Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences. As we wind down 2018, our best-of coverage continues with the following question: What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV? Kyle Fowle There’s hardly reason to argue with almost any year-end list these days because of the sheer number of good TV shows out there, but I’m genuinely surprised that HBO’s High Maintenance didn’t make our list. The second season of the HBO run keeps with the anthology-esque spirit of the show, but it goes deeper in ways surprising and touching. So, there’s still the random characters that populate New York and The Guy’s life, but what’s different this time around is a narrative through-line involving The Guy’s ex. That character arc, one of pain and … [Read more...] about What’s missing from our list of 2018’s best TV?
Start the Countdown The vibrating Nimbus 2000 broomstick, which looked similar to these models, was such an embarrassment that Mattel had to pull it from the shelves of stores everywhere. © Henning Kaiser/dpa/Corbis Since the 1930s when studios released the Shirley Temple doll to capitalize on the fame of the young star, toy-makers have attempted to merchandise movies to the hilt in order to maximize revenue. After all, people will pay about 50 percent more for a toy linked to an entertainment property — like a movie or TV show — than they will for a non-entertainment associated toy [source: Zimmerman]. With such a premium for movie merchandise, toy-makers and movie producers are eager to wring every dime they can from hot films, even if it means releasing a few bombs along the way. Read on to learn about some of the biggest head scratchers and missteps in the billion dollar world of movie merchandising. 10: Jar Jar Binks Candy Poor Jar Jar Binks. With … [Read more...] about 10 Embarrassing Movie Tie-in Toys