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 …

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,…

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst collective fears were realized and the future seemed to grow dimmer with every bad-news bulletin and misjudged tweet. If there was a constant, at least for cinephiles,…

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…

Hideo Kojima wrote an essay on the similarities between Dunkirk and Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima is the legendary game designer who created the long-running and absolutely insane Metal Gear series. He’s also a cinephile who loves to talk about his favorite movies and the ones that influenced his iconic game series. It seems he’s found another film to add to that list of essentials, Christopher…

Weekend Box Office: The man in black fled across the desert, and audiences sort of followed

August is traditionally the quietest month of the summer movie season. Instead of opening big-budget sequels and other projects with a lot riding on their success, major studios fill the calendar with their less-expensive, often less-promising titles; not surprisingly, audiences tend to respond to this junior-varsity…

Read This: In an era of nationalism, Dunkirk whitewashed an army

Hollywood’s getting a little better at telling stories that incorporate more diverse perspectives, with women and people of color getting more opportunities both in front of the camera and behind it. While that kind of representation is important in superhero films, action flicks, and comedies, it’s essential when…

IMAX realizes that America doesn’t want a bunch of lame 3-D films after all

The fad of post-converting every studio tentpole into 3-D that’s been around for the past seven years or so has officially gone on for six and a half years too long at this point. And while there are certainly films that are worth seeing in the format, those are the exception, not the rule, something it looks like…

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…