CREED II
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 11/23/2018
Running Time: 130
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.
Crew: Director: Steven Caple Jr. Producers: Sylvester Stallone, William Chartoff, Udi Nedivi, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler and Irwin Winkler. Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Guy Riedel. Screenwriters: Sylvester Stallone, Ryan Coogler, Cheo Hodari Coker, Sascha Penn and Juel Taylor. Cinematographer: Kramer Morgenthau.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

If Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and screenwriter Ryan Coogler live to be 120-years-old and still want to make “Creed” movies, well, that’s fine with me because this boxing saga will never get old.

Coogler isn’t in the director’s chair this time around for “Creed II.” Those duties have been passed to Steven Caple Jr. (“The Land” and TV’s “Grown-ish”), but Coogler still has screenwriting and executive producer credits and his imprint is apparent throughout “Creed II.”

Everything that worked in the 2015 movie “Creed” works even better in this sequel.

Stallone, who was robbed of the “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar for his role as Rocky Balboa in “Creed”—Mark Rylance won it for “Bridge of Spies”—is as good if not better than he was in the original.

And Michael B. Jordan and his love interest Tessa Thompson, are again superb and light up the screen here.
Life has been pretty good for Adonis Creed Johnson (Jordan), son of the late boxing champ Apollo Creed. He’s the man. Adonis is also holding on to the WBC heavyweight crown.

His love for his musician girlfriend Bianca (Thompson) keeps growing. So much so, that he’s ready to make her his wifey.

His adopted mom Mary Anne Creed (a terrific Phylicia Rashad, TV’s “Empire”) is proud of the man that Adonis has become. The relationship with his best friend and mentor, Rocky Balboa (a fabulous Stallone) is great too.

Still, something is missing in Adonis’s life. Despite all the accolades to prove his worth, Adonis doesn’t feel like he’s the best boxer in the world.

When Adonis crosses paths with an egotistical boxing promoter named Buddy Marcelle (a terrific Russell Hornsby, “The Hate U Give”) and he offers him a chance to fight the gargantuan Russian boxer Viktor Drago (Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), well, Adonis just can’t say no.

Plus, this dude Viktor has ties to Adonis’s past. Viktor’s father, Ivan Drago (a very good Dolph Lundgren, upcoming “Aquaman”) is the boxer who killed Apollo Creed while in the ring. (“Rocky IV”).

Rocky doesn’t need any more memories of that horrific day seeing that Apollo Creed died in his arms.

Rocky begs Adonis to let this fight go because Ivan Drago broke things in him that “ain’t never been fixed.” Rocky swears he can’t possibly train Adonis and put either of them through such an ordeal.

When Adonis informs his mom that taking the fight would have meant as much to his father as it does to him, she angrily tells him not to pretend that this has anything to do with his father.

Bianca isn’t crazy about the idea either, but she understands that Adonis is a fighter. It’s in his blood. Her biggest concern now that she’s pregnant is whether Adonis will be around or healthy enough to raise their child.

Adonis decides to take the fight and initially recruits Tony "Little Duke" Evers, (the ever talented Wood Harris, TV’s “The New Edition Story”).

Tony is the son of Apollo Creed’s trainer.

The first fight between Adonis and Viktor doesn’t go well at all for Adonis.

He really needs Rocky Balboa to train him for a rematch and to shake those demons telling him that he’ll never live up to his dad’s legacy.

Reluctantly, Rocky agrees to train Adonis. Cue the “Gonna Fly Now” theme song.

Rocky puts Adonis through the test with extensive running and weightlifting routines. But boy, when he’s finished with him, Adonis is one chiseled specimen.

The fight sequences in “Creed II” are remarkably choreographed and pack plenty of punch, but the real heart of this movie comes from the more intimate and smaller moments between the characters, notably Stallone, Thompson and Jordan.

There’s a touching scene with Rocky talking to Adonis about what he should say when he proposes to Bianca. And a funny one as they...
 

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 11/26/2018
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Opens: 11/16/2018
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Rated: R
Opens: 11/16/2018
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Rated: PG
Opens: 11/09/2018
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Rated: PG-13
Opens: 11/02/2018
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Rated: PG-13
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OLD SCHOOL VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

Now with summer behind us, the arrival of fall means weekends attending and watching plenty of football games. Whether they’re college, pro or high school, I’m all over them.

And when it comes to football movies, few move me as much as the 1971 drama...
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Mission Impossible: Fallout <b> (Dec. 4)</b> Title: Mission Impossible: Fallout (Dec. 4)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 148
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT"

When it comes to action movies, you can always count on Tom Cruise to give you your money’s worth. This guy never phones in a performance.

At 56-years-old, Cruise still delivers supersized entertainment by doing most all his stunts.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is 2½ hours of pure exhilaration from start to finish.

And yes, Cruise/Ethan Hunt’s action sequences here are just as jaw-dropping as the ones in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Ghost Protocol.”

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie sure knows how to crank up the mayhem. That bathroom fight scene is a real doozy. He even serves it all up with perfect amounts of humor. And with Cruise in control, “Fallout” works to perfection.

We first see Hunt at a safehouse in Belfast. It’s here he receives the details of his mission that involves retrieving three plutonium cores that have been stolen by a terrorist group known as The Apostles which are part of The Syndicate.

Hunt’s adventure takes him to Berlin. He meets up with his IMF crew Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames, “Con Man” ) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg, “Ready Player One”).

Complicating matters is Hunt’s old nemesis, Solomon Lane (a terrific Sean Harris, TV’s “Lucifer”).

According to Hunt’s boss, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), the former CIA Director now IMF Secretary, Lane has joined forces with an egomaniac terrorist who is hell-bent on destroying the world with a nuclear attack.

That’s not about to happen with Hunt around. When new, CIA Director Erica Sloane (the wonderful Angela Bassett, TV’s “9-1-1”) instructs Special Activities operative August Walker (Henry Cavill, “Justice League”) to shadow Hunt, well, it just raises the stakes even higher especially when August turns out to have ulterior motives.

And this is when “Mission Impossible: Fallout” goes all in with double and triple crosses and stunning twists that will just blow you away.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is one of the best action movies I’ve seen this year.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: Take a look at all the bonus features on “Mission Impossible: Fallout” (4K Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray Combo & Digital DVD).

Behind The "Fallout"
1. Light the Fuse.
2. Top of the World.
3. The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown.
4. Rendezvous in Paris.
5. The Fall.
6. The Hunt is On.
7. Cliffside Clash.

Deleted Scenes Montage With Optional Commentary By Director Christopher Mcquarrie And Editor Eddie Hamilton:
1. Foot Chase Musical Breakdown.
2. The Ultimate Mission.
3. Storyboards.
4. Theatrical Trailer.
5. Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise.
6. Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton.
7. Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe
8. Isolated Score Track.

"Mission Impossible: Fallout" will also be part of a 6-movie Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Collection hitting stores during the Christmas holiday season.

Blindspotting <b>(Nov. 20) </b> Title: Blindspotting (Nov. 20)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 95
Production Company: Summit/Lionsgate Films
Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"BLINDSPOTTING"

There have been a number of impressive independent films this year. One that will make my Top 20 list for sure, is “Blindspotting” from former music video producer Carlos López Estrada (Goo Goo Dolls and Passion Pit).

This movie simply blew me away with its originality and honesty. It wowed audiences too at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “Blindspotting” also arrives on the heels of director/rapper Boots Riley’s Oakland-based critical darling, “Sorry to Bother You.”

Not only is “Blindspotting” set in Oakland like “Sorry to Bother You,” but it’s also written by Oaktown natives Daveed Diggs (Tony Award-winning Play “Hamilton”) and newcomer Rafael Casal who got his start on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam."

The movie boldly, powerfully and uniquely illuminates contemporary hot button issues such as police brutality, race, gentrification and classism.

In “Blindspotting,” Diggs plays a convicted felon named Collin who wants nothing more than to ride out the last three days of his probation without any incidents and so that he can try to patch up things with his old squeeze Val (Janina Gavankar, “White Orchard”).

If Collin were just hanging out in Oakland by himself, that would be relatively easy to do.

However, his ghetto-fabulous best friend Miles, (Casal) who sports a grill and plenty of tattoos, grew up in the same neighborhood as Collin. This guy is a real knuckle-head with a nose for trouble. Even so, Collin enjoys hanging out at Miles’s house which he shares with his girlfriend Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones, “Hamilton”) and their young son Sean (Ziggy Baitinger in his debut).

Both guys work as furniture movers, but also share a love of freestyle rapping and spirited duels which help pass the time.

Oakland is a city they both love and have embraced since childhood. But, they can’t stand to see how gentrification is rapidly changing its culture and diversity. Some small, high-tech companies fronted by white millionaire yuppies are moving into Oakland’s impoverished neighborhoods and changing the landscape with cutesy, high priced coffee shops and pressed juice stores.

Even one of the local hamburger joints serves vegan patties unless you specifically ask for meat. There’s a funny scene involving Miles and the burger that he orders there.

However, despite their similar upbringing, Miles and Collin have strikingly different viewpoints about gentrification. Their relationship is severely tested one night after Collin witnesses a white cop (Ethan Embry, TV’s “Grace and Frankie”) gun down a black teen.

The situation haunts Collin because he felt helpless that he couldn’t do anything for fear of getting thrown back in jail. Yet, when he mentions to Miles what happened to him, it doesn’t nearly affect Miles in the same way. That kind of surprises Collin.

There are so many layers to “Blindspotting.” As each scenario unfolds you’re completely drawn in to the film’s forcefulness.

It’s rare to see a “buddy comedy” tackle such broad social commentary and not oversimplify it or understate it.

It’s a balancing act that “Blindspotting” director Carlos López Estrada juggles exceptionally well. The result is an incisive dramedy that is timely and absolutely brilliant.
(Highly Recommended).

Crazy Rich Asians <b> (Nov. 20) </b> Title: Crazy Rich Asians (Nov. 20)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 121
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Jon M. Chu
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“CRAZY RICH ASIANS”

A few years ago, when I interviewed director Jon M. Chu for his dance movie, “Step Up 2: The Streets,” I asked the Palo Alto, California native what other types of movies he’d like to make.

He said he wanted to direct a film—either musical or drama--that would spotlight a broad representation of his culture.

Now, nearly 10 years later Chu has done just that with his latest movie, “Crazy Rich Asians,” which is based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is a Hollywood gamechanger and comes at a perfect time as the industry scrambles to produce more diverse movies.

Yet, “Crazy Rich Asians” shouldn’t be applauded simply because it features a terrific and predominately Asian cast. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a pretty, big deal especially because it’s the first real major Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club” and 2005’s “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

The real reason you’ll want to see “Crazy Rich Asians” is simply because it’s a remarkable and excellent movie.
It’s a contemporary love story about family, money and classism. The balance of drama and comedy which comes courtesy of comedians Ken Jong (TV’s “Bobs Burgers”) and Awkwa-Fina (“Ocean’s Eight”) works to perfection.

The story centers on Constance Wu (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”) and Henry Golding (upcoming, “A Simple Favor”). They play young lovers. Rachel Chu (Wu) is New York University professor raised by a single Chinese working class mother (the delightful Tan Kheng Hua, “The Faith of Anna Waters”). Nick comes from a very rich family. He’s made it a point to keep his family’s wealth under wraps and from Rachel.

But when Nick (Golding) flies Rachel home to Singapore--first class of course--for a friend’s wedding and to visit his mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh, TV’s “Star Trek Discovery”), Rachel realizes Nick’s family is more than just comfortable. They’re filthy rich.

Rachel and Eleanor’s first meeting is far from love at first sight. And the more they talk, it appears the less likely Rachel will ever have a shot at being accepted into the family.

She tries mightily, along with the assistance of her fashionista college buddy, Peik Lin (a scene-stealing Awkwafina, “Oceans Eight”).

The Young’s have all sort of wacky family members and friends. When word gets out that the lowly Rachel has Nick completely sprung and will soon be his lovely wife, a few mean girls at the wedding go to great lengths to humiliate Rachel.

But over time, Rachel develops some spine and stands up to Eleanor. However, her actions do come with a price. It sets them on a collision course with the entire family. What’s worse is Rachel and Nick must now choose between love, money and happiness.

Although you can probably guess which one prevails in the end, “Crazy Rich Asians” takes you on a joyful and colorful ride filled with cultural delights of breathtaking views of Singapore and food so mouthwatering you can almost taste it.

I initially though this movie would be a silly slapstick sort of comedy. It’s not. It’s so much more. It’s wonderful and I really loved every minute of it.
(Highly Recommended).

Mile 22  <b> (Nov. 20)</b> Title: Mile 22 (Nov. 20)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 95
Production Company: STX Films
Director: Peter Berg
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"MILE 22"

Prior to his new movie “Mile 22,” Mark Wahlberg had collaborated with director Peter Berg on “Patriot’s Day,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Lone Survivor.” All of those were very good too.

So, with Berg at the helm again here and Wahlberg always rising to the occasion with these types of movies, it’s startling that “Mile 22” falls short of their previous efforts.

Despite a barrage of bullets, blood and mayhem, “Mile 22” becomes more tedious than exciting. The violence--which I rarely complain about in movies--here is just so gratuitous and extreme.

Wahlberg plays an assassin named James Silva who is part of a CIA tactical group called Overwatch. He’s also a bit of a jerk. He’s had a hyperactive disorder since childhood and has been able to only slightly manage it as an adult. James often flies off the handle and angrily berates colleagues or anyone else who gets in his way.

James and his hotshot crew which includes an underused Rhonda Rousey have been stationed in Southeast Asia at the U.S. Embassy. Under the direction of their boss, Bishop (a bored looking John Malkovich, TV’s “Billions”), they are tasked with obtaining some radioactive cesium so terrorists won’t get their hands on it and use to make bombs.

Only one person knows how to locate the radioactive cesium and that’s Li Noor (Iko Uwais, “The Raid” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). He’s a special forces officer who agrees to help James in exchange for political asylum and a one-way ticket to the United States. After all, Noor has a USB drive with info on the whereabouts of the cesium and he knows the special code.

The mission is for James and his team is to transport Noor through a 22-mile stretch of hostile territory and to an extraction point. However, that plan is compromised and soon goes south. And so does this movie at this point.

I will say the most thrilling scene in “Mile 22” features Uwais, a Silat, martial arts master who is handcuffed to a hospital bed, but manages to beat the hell out a group of thugs who come gunning for him.

Still, the big, bad star of “Mile 22” should be Mark Wahlberg. It’s disappointing that he’s not this time around.
(Recommended).
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Golden Globe Reactions By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“THEY SAID IT”…

FOCUS FEATURES GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES REACTIONS:

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Pictures--Musical or Comedy: CHARLIZE THERON for “TULLY”

Best Director--Motion Picture: SPIKE LEE for “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Motion Picture – Drama: “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Pictures--Drama: JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON for “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Performance By A Supporting Actor In A Motion Pictures – Drama: ADAM DRIVER for “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Original Song In A Motion Picture--REVELATION from “BOY ERASED”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Pictures – Drama: LUCAS HEDGES for “BOY ERASED”

"TULLY”

“I honestly didn't expect this and am completely thrilled. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible nomination. I loved playing Marlo, so this is a real honor.” Charlize Theron/Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Tully.”

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”

“I found out about these Golden Globe Nominations for “BlackKklansman” in between advising my NYU Grad School students because I teach on Thursdays. The first word that came to mind was “BOOM SHAKALAKA”. Thank you to the HFPA!” Spike Lee/ Best Director – Motion Picture.

“BlacKkKlansman was a responsibility none of us took lightly. With Spike Lee at the helm, we knew this important story would be told fearlessly. We are honored that the HFPA recognized this eye-opening film, Spike’s genius and the incredible performances by John David Washington and Adam Driver.” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Shaun Redick – producers of BlacKkKlansman Best Motion Picture – Drama.

“Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this incredible honor and for your support of BlacKkKlansman. My deepest appreciation to the legendary Spike Lee - we stand on your shoulders, sir. Thank you to the most talented group of actors and the crew, and to Focus Features for their unwavering support. Most importantly -- Ron Stallworth, you're a hero. Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow. Thank you.” John David Washington/ Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture–Drama

“I’m very thankful to the HFPA and pretty blown away by all of this. To be at the Golden Globes in January representingBlacKkKlansman with Spike and John David means a great deal to me. I’m very proud to be in their company.” Adam Driver/ Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture.

“BOY ERASED”

“Writing ‘Revelation’ for “Boy Erased” was an incredible honor for all of us. The song echoes the film’s message that love is love, and that not only is there no way to change who you love, but there is no reason to change. We’re thrilled that the HFPA and Golden Globes heard that in our song and are humbled by this nomination.” Best Original Song - Motion Picture –“Revelation” Written by Jon Thor Birgisson, Troye Sivan & Brett McLaughlin Performed by Troye Sivan and Jónsi.

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination, which I proudly share with the LGBTQIA community as well as with Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, the rest of the cast and crew, and most of all, with Garrard. I was honored to be a part of this story which will hopefully one day help put an end to conversion therapy in the United States where it is currently still legal in 36 states.” Lucas Hedges, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “BOY ERASED”

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES REACTIONS:

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - “The Favourite”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama - Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - Robert Redford, “The Old Man & the Gun”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture - Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture - Emma Stone, “The Favourite” AND Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture - “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Best Original Score--Motion Picture--“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat

Best Animated Feature Film - “Isle of Dogs”

“THE FAVOURITE”

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing The Favourite. I’m so proud to be nominated alongside such a brilliant group of actresses, including my incredible co-star Emma. And all hail our nominated Queen Olivia! These honors are a testament to the brilliance of our director Yorgos Lanthimos.” Rachel Weisz, “THE FAVOURITE”

"The Favourite has been in the works for two decades, so I can honestly say the HFPA nomination is a dream come true.. It was a privilege, a joy – and a lot of fun - to help once again bring Yorgos Lanthimos’ singular vision to the screen. It’s the story of three brilliantly clever women with equally strong survival instincts – and Olivia, Emma and Rachel could not have been more perfect for their parts.” Ceci Dempsey, producer of “THE FAVOURITE”

“We are delighted with these nominations, which are a brilliant tribute to the team behind THE FAVOURITE including Yorgos, the amazing cast and crew as well and Tony and Deborah. We are also so grateful to the HFPA and our wonderful partners Scarlet, Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint as well as the team at Element. This recognition is so important to the life of the film and will give it extra momentum as it continues its expansion in the US and beyond.’” Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, producer and executive producer of “THE FAVOURITE.”

“How does a writer describe the joy and excitement of being nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their first screenplay? Impossible! I am honoured to have played a part in Yorgos Lanthimos’s masterpiece. And of course this could not have happened without Tony McNamara. When I wake up tomorrow my first thought will be that I must have been dreaming!” -Deborah Davis, co-writer of “THE FAVOURITE”

“I am so grateful to the incredibly brilliant Yorgos Lanthimos. And to Deborah Davis for finding this incredible story. Also shout outs to the amazing Olivia, Emma and Rachel! It’s the first time I’ve been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press and it’s a lovely surprise. Thank you. ” Tony McNamara, co-writer of “THE FAVOURITE”

“CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?”

“I am utterly stunned and astonished to be nominated by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Humbled and enormously THRILLED to be sharing this honor with Melissa McCarthy, my true partner in crime!!! Gratitude abounds for our brilliant director Marielle Heller.” -Richard E. Grant, “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?”

“I am thrilled and amazed to be nominated by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I'm so proud of my non-biological brother - Richard E. Grant - on his nomination. Forever grateful to Marielle Heller, our brilliant ship’s captain. I’m humbled to be in the company of the other dreamy nominees.” -Melissa McCarthy, “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME”?

“ISLE OF DOGS"

“Thank you to the HFPA for the nomination for ISLE OF DOGS!” The film was a huge group effort that took years to make and I know that all of our many brilliant animators and craftspeople were very proud to have been part of bringing Wes’ vision to life in this special film and are especially thankful and flattered today for this recognition of their work. Also truly pleased to have our amazing composer, Alexandre Desplat, join us in this honor.” Jeremy Dawson, producer of “ISLE OF DOGS”

“What fantastic news! So many thanks to the HFPA. I love dogs. I love cats. I love Japan. I love Wes (Anderson)!” Alexandre Desplat, composer of “ISLE OF DOGS”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information used in this report obtained from Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features.


Critics Documentary Awards winners By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINEES ARE...

Nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced today (Dec. 6).

I love the selections for “Best Film Drama.”

They include: “Black Panther,” “BlackKklansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “A Star Is Born”.

However, I was taken back that Ryan Coogler was snubbed for “Best Director” (“Black Panther”) and Michael B. Jordan didn’t get a nod for “Best Supporting Actor.”

No superhero movie in the history of the Golden Globe Awards has ever been nominated for "Best Drama Picture" so this is a big deal. A big congrats to Marvel/Disney pictures.

The Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 6 on NBC, 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Now we’ll have to see how my organization, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) does. We’re voting this week on our nominations. They’ll be announced on Dec. 10. The Critics’ Choice Awards show will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Jan. 13 and air live on The CW Network at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).

N2Entertainment.net will be on the scene bringing you Twitter and Facebook posts/updates throughout the evening.

In the meantime, here’s a look at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie nominations:

BEST FILM DRAMA: “Black Panther” “Black KKKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “If Beale St Could Talk” “A Star Is Born".

BEST FILM DRAMA ACTOR: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”) Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”) Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”) Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) John David Washington ("BlacKKKlansman”).

BEST FILM DRAMA ACTRESS: Glenn Close (“The Wife”) Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”) Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”) Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”).

BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL: “Crazy Rich Asians” “The Favourite” “Green Book” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Vice”.

BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR: Christian Bale (“Vice”) Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) Robert Redford (“The Old Man & The Gun”) John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”).

BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS: Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Olivia Colman (“The Favorite”) Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”) Charlize Theron (“Tully”) Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”).

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) Timothy Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) Adam Driver (BlacKKKlansman”) Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Sam Rockwell (“Vice”).

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams (“Vice”) Claire Foy (“First Man”) Regina King (“If Beale St Could Talk”) Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”).

BEST DIRECTOR: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Peter Farrelly (“Green Book” Spike Lee (“Black KKKlansman”) Adam McKay (“Vice”).

BEST SCREENPLAY: Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”) Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”) Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) Adam McKay (“Vice”).

BEST SCORE: Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”) Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”) Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”) Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”).

BEST SONG: All the Stars (“Black Panther”) Girl in the Movies (“Dumplin’”) Requiem for a Private War (“A Private War”) Revelation (“Boy Erased”) Shallow (“A Star Is Born”).

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Mirai” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Capernaum” “Girl” “Never Look Away” “Roma” “Shoplifters”.

Editor’s Note: The Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 6 on NBC at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).


A STAR IS BORN IMAX By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

”A STAR IS BORN: THE IMAX 2D EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE DEC. 6

For ONE WEEK ONLY, experience every note of “A Star Is Born” in IMAX.

“A Star is Born: The IMAX 2D Experience” opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

Following the film, audiences will be treated to a viewing of “The Road to Stardom,” an exclusive look at the making of “A Star Is Born” featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

In “A Star Is Born,” Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life.

Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

The IMAX release of “A Star is Born” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of the IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

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Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from IMAX publicity.