Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan go to war in the first Mary Queen Of Scots trailer

If you are thirsty for some big, expensive, historically based drama with lots of swords and wild-ass costumes in it—and who isn’t, really—the Mary Queen Of Scots trailer will slake your long thirst. Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan and I, Tonya’s Margot Robbie square off as the titular character and Elizabeth I,…

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan reunite for a new movie version of Little Women

According to reports, Greta Gerwig has set the seventh Hollywood adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age novel Little Women as her next directorial project. In case you’ve never read it, the novel—which was previously made into films in 1917, 1918, 1933, 1949, 1978, and 1994—follows the lives of the…

Intimacy divides a young couple in the effective Ian McEwan adaptation On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan’s 2007 novella On Chesil Beach, about a young couple’s disastrous honeymoon in southern England circa 1962, presents a classic adaptation problem: The book runs less than 40,000 words, the prose largely examines the characters’ interiority, and the majority of the action takes place over the course of an…

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 …

Lady Bird avoids the traditional pitfalls of the coming-of-age drama

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 discuss number two on…

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…

The women of Saturday Night Live tell men shocked by sexual harassment revelations, "Welcome To Hell"

On last night’s very good Saoirse Ronan-hosted Saturday Night Live, the show’s women wheeled out another in SNL’s winning string of female-fronted music videos. Always cleverly conceived and ably performed by the show’s female cast members and hosts, last night’s new entry—which addressed the now-daily exposure of…

Chicago, swoop in for a chance to see Lady Bird early and for free

In her solo directorial debut Lady Bird, mumblecore pioneer Greta Gerwig delivers a coming-of-age story that soars above its peers. Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan stars as the eponymous Lady Bird, a rebellious teen who’s itching to get out of Sacramento, a city she mocks as the “Midwest of California” (ouch, we say from our…

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird soars into the upper echelons of coming-of-age cinema

Every time I watch Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha (at this point, the number has to have climbed into double digits), I become more convinced that it’s one of the great comedies of the 21st century, not to mention one of the great films, period, about postgraduate life. Suddenly, I’m now also convinced that calling it…

Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan to star in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut

Deadline reports that Saoirse Ronan has been cast in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Gerwig will direct from her own script, and it marks her solo directorial debut (in 2008, she co-directed the relationship drama Nights And Weekends with Joe Swanberg). Ronan is set to play Lady Bird’s protagonist, a high school senior…

Saoirse Ronan gives a winning performance in the rich romance Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a very nice movie. It’s an arthouse picture for people who don’t frequent arthouses—a tale of cultural displacement so sanitized and swooningly romantic that film buffs could recommend it to their parents and grandparents without hesitation. All of that may sound like a slam, but it’s not meant to be. It’s…

Sundance 2015, Day 6: Shut out of Jupiter Ascending, charmed by Guy Pearce

Yesterday afternoon, on my final day of Sundance, Variety officially brought to an end the hours of speculation that have become an annual pastime among press in Park City. This year’s secret screening—the mystery movie scheduled for a “TBA” slot on Tuesday evening at the Egyptian Theatre, just as Nymphomaniac: Volume…