James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction is a solid, albeit navel-gazing, primer

When AMC announced its new pop culture docuseries, Visionaries, at the Television Critics Association 2017 summer press tour, the network made it clear that these explorations of genres and media would be informative, but informal—expansive, but specific to whatever prominent filmmaker or producer was at the helm of a…

This year’s Best Director category is the strongest in recent memory

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

Natalie Portman will be happy to hear that the Director's Guild nominees aren't all dudes

“And here are the all male nominees,” is how Natalie Portman pointedly chose to introduce the total sausage party of a Best Director lineup at this Sunday’s Golden Globes. It was one of the most memorable moments of an evening whose unofficial theme was Hollywood’s ongoing reckoning with its legacy of sexism, abuse,…

Christopher Nolan walks you through the most terrifying scene in Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is one of the year’s best films, a propulsive World War II film that’s been celebrated by both critics and, well, people who were actually there. There’s plenty about it to praise—its score, for example—but on first watch it’s the urgency and intimacy Nolan cultivates that gives the film…

97-year-old veteran of Dunkirk reviews Dunkirk

There’s no shortage of World War II movies, and there’s no shortage of twentysomething critics pontificating about their “accuracy.” Whether a film like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk—a thrilling chronicle of the escape of Allied troops over the English Channel from the tip of France in 1940—is “accurate” is probably…

Weekend Box Office: Luc Besson’s The Fifth Place

Luc Besson’s dumb, fun, indulgent, miscast sci-fi adventure Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets was never going to beat Dunkirk, but it’s a shame to see this extremely expensive folly—a spiritual successor of sorts to Besson’s earlier The Fifth Element—bomb so badly. Of course, that’s always the risk when a…

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Let us begin the wearying task of debating the best Christopher Nolan film

Christopher Nolan’s 10th film—the terse, action-packed Dunkirk—comes out tomorrow, and it’s being hailed as one of the finest in the director’s career. That slate of 10 works, largely written and directed by Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, comprises one of the richer filmographies in popular cinema, traversing noir,…

Inception gets chillingly updated to be relevant in 2017

Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk comes out this week, which means it’s a fine time to look back at the director’s titanic filmography. While there are several through-lines to his work—byzantine plotting, masterful recurring actors, a relish for analog effects and the texture of film—it’s also surprisingly…

Christopher Nolan didn’t realize Harry Styles was famous before putting him in Dunkirk

Last March, we reported that Christopher Nolan had decided to make his war movie Dunkirk significantly more teen-friendly by casting One Direction’s Harry Styles in a relatively small role. Now, with Dunkirk arriving in U.S. theaters later this month, The Hollywood Reporter says that Nolan has shamefully revealed that…

Christopher Nolan and the apes go to war, plus 20 other movies coming this July

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…