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

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…

Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones on finding hope in nightmares

The two Black Mirror episodes that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September—“San Junipero” and “Nosedive”—are unexpected in that their endings don’t make us feel too terrible about humanity. One might even go so far as to suggest that they are somewhat heartwarming. But just before the The