It’s Frances McDormand’s award to lose in the Oscar race for Best Actress

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

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead 2018 SAG Awards nominees

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are out, and the frontrunners will be familiar to anyone who’s watched premium cable, independent films, or just looked over the Golden Globes nominees this year. Big Little Lies and Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri lead their respective packs, with the HBO drama…

Guillermo Del Toro’s love of other movies is the real romantic center of The Shape Of Water

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In Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape Of Water, a mute janitor falls in love with a towering merman: She doesn’t mind his scales, and he doesn’t speak the language she can’t. But the real romance powering this baroquely whimsical Cold War fairytale isn’t the one between woman and fish, but rather a lifelong infatuation…

Guillermo Del Toro gets in touch with his sentimental side in extravagant The Shape Of Water

Guillermo Del Toro’s baroquely whimsical Cold War fairytale The Shape Of Water (Grade: B) is one of those movies that seems to imprint its gushing love affair with other movies—with the flickering euphoria of classic cinema—onto every image. Cinephilia has always been creative elixir for the Mexican genre maestro…

Wade into the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape Of Water

Although Guillermo Del Toro recently revealed that the real reason for his Pacific Rim 2 departure was the rather prosaic “scheduling issues,” the film he made in the interim is anything but. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for The Shape Of Water, an otherworldly romance directed and co-written by Del…

Michael Shannon and Guillermo Del Toro are making a romantic movie together

In what sounds like—but, blessedly, is not—the setup for the world’s worst piece of slash fiction, actor Michael Shannon and director Guillermo Del Toro are teaming up to make a romantic movie. Variety is reporting that the two are getting in bed with each other—sorry—for a supernatural romance that might be titled …

Asa Butterfield stares down math itself in the trailer for A Brilliant Young Mind

Asa Butterfield is developing a real knack for playing off-kilter young men who solve complex problems by staring them down until—unnerved from exposure to the giant sapphires he uses as eyes—they sheepishly fix themselves. The latest Butterfield Staredown happens in the trailer for A Brilliant Young Mind, in which…

Paddington is a sweet, playful take on a children’s classic

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In a bid for this year’s Lord-Miller Prize, writer-director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) stuffs Paddington—his ’90s-style, mostly live-action adaptation of Michael Bond’s children’s book series—with gags, visual puns, and imaginative framing devices, all the while preserving a sense of easygoing sweetness. A dollhouse…

Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot gains a Catherine Keener and a Sally Hawkins

Charlie Kaufman’s new FX comedy pilot, How And Why, will see him reuniting with at least one frequent creative collaborator, as Catherine Keener signed on to a role in the pilot yesterday. Should the pilot go to series (which, c’mon, it’s going to), Keener will play a recurring guest role on the series, which will…