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 …

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 …

Here's an earnest plea to stop using Creedence Clearwater Revival in every damn Vietnam movie

Music makes a good thing better. Would Gwyneth Paltrow walking off a bus be so majestic were it not for Nico? Or would Rahad Jackson’s house be as transcendently warped without Ricky Springfield? And can we all agree that it’s Frou Frou’s fault for making us think Garden State was going to be good? Use an evocative…

Well, of course that Meryl Streep poster campaign was actually about Donald Trump

Yesterday, we reported on a street art campaign that cropped up recently in Los Angeles, targeting actress Meryl Streep with accusations that she knew, and stayed silent about, Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior toward women. There was a lot of speculation about who might have been behind the campaign, all of which…

The Post shows Spielberg's ideals—but not his wit

In this special afternoon edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about The Washington Post’s role in the 1971 publication of a leaked history of the United States’ operations in Vietnam. The film, which…

Steven Spielberg can’t make great drama out of The Post’s timely celebration of journalism

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A pile of muck (old muck, too) with no rake, Steven Spielberg’s National Board Of Review-approved Nixon-era newspaper drama The Post lacks the exact thing it glorifies: a reporter’s instinct for story. Not that there isn’t anything to admire about the movie, which portrays the events that surrounded the leak of a…

The Last Jedi arrives, plus 26 other movies coming this December

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

Not fake news: Stephen Colbert debuts the trailer for Spielberg's Pentagon Papers film The Post

Calling it “a big deal” akin to unveiling “a Marvel Trailer if Meryl Streep was playing Thor” (and with Tom Hanks as the Hulk), Stephen Colbert surprised his audience on Tuesday’s Late Show by nabbing the first-ever broadcast of the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film The Post. Since the film, getting a…

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep team up to win all the Oscars

La La Land may have been pretty controversial when it was getting all of the Best Picture buzz leading up to the Academy Awards—and for the minute or so that it was the Best Picture winner—but nobody’s going to have a hard time getting on board with future Academy Award favorite The Post. According to Deadline, the…