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The A.V. Club's A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss the week's biggest and best films.

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The A.V. Club's A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss the week's biggest and best films.

    Premise-Dome: White House Down vs Olympus Has Fallen

    Premise-Dome: White House Down vs Olympus Has Fallen

    With nothing new coming to theaters for the foreseeable future, Film Club, our weekly movie-discussion series, is switching gears and entering the Premise Dome. Each week our critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife will take two movies with similar setups—think Armageddon and Deep Impact, or Smallfoot and Abominable—and duke it out over which is superior. This week’s matchup features two movies from 2013 about the President Of The United States under siege with only a lone Secret Service agent to protect. Of course, we’re talking about Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.
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    • 38 min
    How COVID-19 is shaping the future of the film industry

    How COVID-19 is shaping the future of the film industry

    Welcome to a brand new episode of Film Club, The A.V. Club’s weekly movie-discussion series. Normally on the show, cohosts A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife talk about the most notable new films coming to a theater near you. But because of the Coronavirus, nothing notable or otherwise is coming to any theaters this week (or the next one or the one after that and so forth). So instead, our critics had a long discussion about how this global health crisis might affect the film industry and its future, and what it could mean for the next few weeks or months of movie-watching. They also found room to discuss an older film with some sudden, chilling contemporary resonance: George Romero’s 1978 horror classic Dawn Of The Dead, an all-time favorite of both critics.
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    • 46 min
    The Hunt and Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    The Hunt and Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Since its trailer was released last July, Blumhouse’s The Hunt has drawn the eyes and ire of many on folks in the MAGA crowd—with the President himself weighing in on the matter. The studio subsequently canceled the film’s September release, citing concerns about “timing” in the wake of the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings. Several months later, the Craig Zobel-directed satire is uncanceled and dropping in theaters today. On today’s first episode of Film Club, our critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife wade into the controversial waters of The Hunt, but quickly discover it’s not worth the fuss. Plus, a discussion of Eliza Hittman's acclaimed film out of Sundance, Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
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    • 18 min
    Onward and First Cow

    Onward and First Cow

    For the better part of two decades—starting with Toy Story in 1995—Pixar seemed like one of the most reliable forces in Hollywood filmmaking. But their latest—Onward, starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt—is a clear reminder that the beloved animation studio is just as fallible as the rest of the industry. On today’s episode of Film Club, our critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss the merits and missteps of the 22nd film from Pixar. Plus, a discussion of Kelly Reichardt's First Cow—a gentle, touching story of two best friends who want to make a living selling buttermilk biscuits. 
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    • 20 min
    The Invisible Man and The Whistlers

    The Invisible Man and The Whistlers

    Welcome back to another edition of Film Club. This week, senior writer Katie Rife is joined by contributor Ignatiy Vishnevetsky to discuss a pair of new releases: writer/director Leigh Whannell’s ingenious update on The Invisible Man, and Corneliu Porumboiu’s deligthful neo-noir, The Whistlers.
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    • 18 min
    Sonic the Hedgehog and Downhill

    Sonic the Hedgehog and Downhill

    Welcome back to another episode of Film Club. Today, our critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife sit down to discuss Sonic The Hedgehog—Paramount’s completely unnecessary adaptation of the beloved 90s video game character—and Downhill—the American remake of Ruben Östlund’s marital drama about a male ego in crisis, Force Majeure.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

Guy Gallo ,

Unfair of Me to Say

I grew up on reading the A.V. Club. Nathan Rabin, Scott Tobias, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson.

Today, it’s not a great website. A lot of advertisements for hiking gear I’ll never need and video games I’ll never play.

But there is a small pocket of critics I still appreciate, albeit their blogger-ironic-the-world-is-melting material is grating.

With that said, I will listen to every episode of this iteration of the A.V. Club. However, Katie Rife really needs to dial back the laughter. It is a podcast after all. And the laughter is loud and often. This criticism is perhaps unfair of me to say and perhaps there’s nothing Rife can do about it. She’s just being herself and enjoying film talk. But yeah, it’s what stops the podcast version from being great for me as a listener.

DawsonOler ,

Best in the Industry

These two are some of the best in the industry. I look forward to listening to every podcast you put out! Also, hope to see you out at Music Box every now and again.

J. Katsanakis ,

Quite lovely

Loved the original A.V. Film Club and always hoped it would go the podcast route eventually.

AA Dowd is my favorite film critic — even if I don’t always agree with his scores, he writes intelligently and accessibly. Having Ignatiy Vishnevetsky in the original Film Club video episodes was great, but the show does not suffer without him, as his replacement Katie Rife is just as smart and (fun to listen to!).

The episodes are indeed short, but that’s preferred! I love that I can listen to this quickly before bed or on the drive to work.

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