Tiffany Haddish? One of the funniest women alive. Melissa McCarthy? Also extremely funny, Yes, The Kitchen is a dramaWidows should probably pay attention to it. McCarthy, Haddish, and Moss play wives of Irish mobsters who land in jail and to make a little more money (or a lot more, judging by the piles of cash in the trailer) the women grab some guns and each other and take over the crime family. “Just to be clear, now we run this neighborhood,” McCarthy says. Advertisement Expect a lot of polyester, heavy Brooklyn accents, and gritty New Yaaaawk. The movie … [Read more...] about Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish Become Mobsters in
This week’s question comes from reader Kate Lander: During a recent viewing of the largely mediocre Lie To Me, I found myself thinking about how my interest in the show is almost entirely based on Tim Roth’s lead performance. So my question is: Who is an actor that you find so compelling, you watch films or television shows you’re not otherwise interested in, simply because of their involvement? Advertisement A.A. Dowd It’s getting to the point where I think I’d watch Jesse Eisenberg in anything. This isn’t the coolest answer, and given Eisenberg’s pretty lame potshot at critics, one I’m sure he himself would scoff at. But it dawned on me recently that he’s excellent in pretty much everything he appears in. This year alone, he’s been quietly heartbreaking as a panicked new father, successfully transformed from earnest beta to smooth alpha before our eyes, and injected some much-needed scenery-chewing lunacy into a dour … [Read more...] about Which actor is so good, you’d watch them in anything?
It seemed virtually inevitable that I would be thrown out of AutismOne, a yearly conference that has been accused of being a hive of anti-vaccine sentiments, bad science, scaremongering and worthless products. The conference has, after all, ejected several science bloggers who have previously attended, as well as a Chicago Tribune journalist, a filmmaker, and a representative from the California Department of Public Health. Also, I did not have a press pass. I will spare you the suspense: I was thrown out of AutismOne. Specifically, I was politely taken out of a lecture by an ex-police officer working security, stripped of my attendee badge, and accused, wrongly and at some length, of working with a journalist for NBC. They also gave me my money back. “We don’t want you to do a hacked-up job,” explained the ex-police officer, guiding me hastily towards the exit. In truth, and this has been the case for a long time, AutismOne doesn’t want journalists to do any … [Read more...] about Everything I Learned While Getting Kicked out of America’s Biggest Anti-Vaccine Conference
As you’ve no doubt heard, Gilmore Girls will return after a lengthy absence this Friday, November 25, with four season-themed episodes on Netflix, just in time for your tryptophan-induced binge-watch. But what if you’re a GG novice? Do you really have to slog through seven seasons to fully appreciate that Stars Hollow magic? Fear not: The A.V. Club is here to help with our quick-and-handy road map to Stars Hollow. Our writers have taken on a season or two, added a helpful summary, and chosen some categories to streamline your binge. “Must-stops” are can’t-miss episodes. “Drive-bys” are episodes you can absolutely skip. And “roadside curios” are fun-but-nonessential departures that capture the quirkiness that is Stars Hollow and its inhabitants. It’s why we’re all so excited about the show’s return in the first place. The GG return is only days away, so get cracking! We suggest fueling yourself with lots of … [Read more...] about Trace the quickest path through
In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. The subject of 5 To Watch’s first installment: Gilmore Girls, which debuts on Netflix October 1. Gilmore Girls comes pre-loaded with seemingly high barriers to entry—prospective viewers should be well-versed in pop-culture arcana, tolerant of twee, and ready to parse rapid-fire dialogue—but it’s also one of the most effortlessly enjoyable TV shows of the 2000s. The best of the series to come out of The WB’s post-Dawson’s Creek small-town-drama boom, Gilmore Girls took a lighter, friendlier tone than Dawson’s or One Tree Hill, highlighted the keen, distinctive voice of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. Advertisement Alongside husband Daniel Palladino, Sherman-Palladino guided the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore … [Read more...] about A new feature launches with 5 episodes you must watch when
Last year was a great year for movies and it looks like 2018 is going to be the same. Let’s face it, though—we may want everything on this list to be good, Very bad. But who knows? Best to just drum up some optimism and take a look at all of the genre films coming to theaters in 2018 (that we know of). Note: All dates are subject to change. January Insidious: The Last Key The Insidious franchise is back and this time, Elise (Lin Shaye) will have to deal with the demons not just from the Further, but her past too. We’ve seen it and it’s very different from what you’re expecting—in a good way. (Jan. 5) Paddington 2 The first Paddington was a very solid, entertaining, and ultimately underrated piece of family entertainment. Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the sequel, which is a very good sign. (Jan. 12) Mary and the Witch’s Flower If you ever wondered, “What would a Harry Potter movie look like if it was made by Studio Ghibli?” … [Read more...] about io9’s Guide to All the Movies You Should Give a Damn About in 2018