Are the detractors right about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?

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. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argue the merits of …

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SNL host Sam Rockwell dances through a musical tribute to fellow character actor Stanley Tucci

Character actor all-star and recent Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell’s first Saturday Night Live hosting gig saw the notoriously limber actor showing off his joyously smooth dance moves in the monologue musical number. It also saw him drop another in SNL’s long and infamous history of accidental f-bombs, which, along…

The unpredictable Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pits Frances McDormand against the world

On a lonely backstretch of road largely unused since the highway was built, a message appears in big black letters, spread across three bright red canvases. “Raped While Dying,” the first reads. “And Still No Arrests?” goes the second. And finally: “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” This is the doing of one Mildred Hayes…

The family of F Is For Family continues to make lived-in laughs out of hard times

With ten episodes this season, F Is For Family is spending some time filling out its world outside the Murphy home. And while that’s a fine idea in theory, the series’ supporting characters continue to be jarringly unpleasant and—what’s worse—deeply uninteresting. Sam Rockwell’s purring hedonist Vic is always fun in…

Sue gets drowned out in her own showcase on a cacophonous F Is For Family

“A Girl Named Sue” opens on the same flashback to 1958 that opened the season, flipped to the college age Sue’s point of view. Happily studying a physics textbook in her sorority house, she’s roused by her housemate’s announcement that “another pervert” is lurking outside. But Sue’s delighted to see Frank in his…

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Inside Amy Schumer focuses on fame because it’s super down-to-earth

A few minutes into “Fame,” Amy Schumer gets two longtime colleagues to confirm her view that “I have always been exactly how I am right now.” That might well be true, but the sentiment is undermined by the half-dozen guest-starring luminaries in this episode alone—pop singers, Oscar nominees, gossip mongers, they all…