What does the Academy’s changing makeup mean for Best Picture?

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 are breaking down a category and giving us their picks for who …

It’s pretty baffling that Gary Oldman is the front-runner for Best Actor

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 …

The Academy’s taste may be improving, but it still finds room for Oscar bait like Darkest Hour

The Oscars are less than a month away, but there are a handful of films from this year’s Best Picture lineup we haven’t covered on Film Club. So we’re catching up with these contenders in a few special-edition episodes. First up, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss Darkest Hour

Here are the winners at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards felt sort of like a turning point in our modern age of celebrities publicly speaking out on political topics, coming right on the heels of President Shithole’s first attempt at a travel ban. This year, with the Time’s Up campaign in full swing and the Women’s March events…

Gary Oldman struggles to lead Joe Wright’s eye-catching Darkest Hour

The baroque competence of Joe Wright, the director who never met a camera movement he couldn’t overwork, makes Darkest Hour one of the more enjoyable entries in the endless, post-King’s Speech cycle of mannered prestige biopics; it turns out there is something of an art to these things. But no amount of distancing…

It’s Thor versus the Justice League, plus 21 other movies coming this November

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…

Gary Oldman plays Churchill, and a revitalized Paul Schrader gives Ethan Hawke one of his best roles

“Did Jesus worry about being liked?” The unexpected surprise of this year’s TIFF turned out to be Paul Schrader’s First Reformed (Grade: B+), a grotesque dual homage to Diary Of A Country Priest and Winter Light in which the alcoholic rector of a nearly empty church in upstate New York is asked to hide a suicide bomb…

Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill is all that matters in this trailer for Darkest Hour

There are probably some historical figures who have been portrayed on film more times than Winston Churchill, but he’s definitely up there. That means if a movie or TV show is going to have Winston Churchill as a character, it has to do something really special or noteworthy to set its Churchill apart from the…

The A.V. Club’s songs of the summer 2017 for indoor kids

The summer is upon us, and everywhere you go, you can expect to hear songs from Drake, Lorde, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and the like blaring from the stereos of convertibles bound for the beach, soundtracking backyard cookouts and sweaty dance floors alike, and generally heating things up wherever you find open air and…