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 …

Will the Academy’s new, more diverse makeup change this year's Oscars? 

Two years ago, the #OscarsSoWhite campaign sent ripples of change throughout Hollywood and forced the film industry’s ruling class to come to grips with its own lack of diversity. In response, then Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs launched an initiative to invite over 400 new, younger, and more diverse members…

Sam Rockwell will probably win Best Supporting Actor, but our hearts belong to another

The 90th Academy Awards are coming up Sunday, March 4th 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 will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

BAFTA Film Awards honor Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri above all others

The Shape Of Water and Get Out have been the favorites during this year’s award season, with both making good showings at multiple award shows and setting their hopes high for the upcoming Academy Awards in March, but the British Academy somewhat broke from the pack a bit for today’s BAFTA Film Awards by giving Three…

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 …

Natalie Portman will be happy to hear that the Director's Guild nominees aren't all dudes

“And here are the all male nominees,” is how Natalie Portman pointedly chose to introduce the total sausage party of a Best Director lineup at this Sunday’s Golden Globes. It was one of the most memorable moments of an evening whose unofficial theme was Hollywood’s ongoing reckoning with its legacy of sexism, abuse,…

Will Three Billboards get swept to victory on a wave of righteous anger or drown in its backlash?

If there were any doubts remaining that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the most divisive film of last year that got mostly glowing reviews, Sunday night’s Golden Globes—or, perhaps more accurately, the response to them on Twitter—decisively dispelled them. The backlash against Martin McDonagh’s gabby…

The Shape Of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead this year's BAFTA film noms

Awards-granting bodies tend to love movies about the love of movies (See also: La La Land), which helps account for the love currently being heaped upon The Shape Of Water. (It’s also a good film, if not one of our favorites of the year.) Either that, or the members of the British Academy are really into human-fish…

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst collective fears were realized and the future seemed to grow dimmer with every bad-news bulletin and misjudged tweet. If there was a constant, at least for cinephiles,…

Weekend Box Office: Thor rules again, but a smaller movie feels like the bigger winner

Let’s bury the lede for a moment, put the blockbusters on the back burner, and talk about what The A.V. Club considers very exciting news: Lady Bird has broken into America’s box-office top 10, grossing more than a million dollars on just 37 screens. That’s an average of about $33,000 per screen, which basically means…

Frances McDormand isn't explaining herself in an exclusive clip from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the pleasures of Martin McDonaugh’s new drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is getting to see Frances McDormand spar with just about every other actor on screen. McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother waging war on the small-town police department that’s failed to solve her daughter’s…

Chicago, fight for justice with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for free

Director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a woman who goes to war with a local police department over its inability to solve the rape and murder of her teenage daughter. The A.V. Club’s own A.A. Dowd says her performance is “heartbreaking, but also wildly,…

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…

It’s Thor versus the Justice League, plus 21 other movies coming this November

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…