Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 01/24/2020
Running Time: 113
Rated: R
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant.
Crew: Director: Guy Ritchie. Producers: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, Bill Block, Max Keene and James Joseph McDonald. Executive Producers: Robert Simonds and Alan J. Wands. Screenwriters: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies. Cinematographer: Alan Stewart.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

It’s good to see director/screenwriter Guy Ritchie back in stride again with his latest movie “The Gentlemen.”

While “The Gentlemen” doesn’t offer all the firepower and non-stop adrenaline rush of Ritchie’s debut feature, “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels,” or “Snatch” and “RocknRolla,” it’s still a thrilling ride and a welcome return to form for the British filmmaker.

In “The Gentlemen” Matthew McConaughey stars as Mickey Pearson, a crazy-sexy-cool, American born dreamer who grew up poor, moves to Britain and attends Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. While in Britain he soon becomes a major marijuana kingpin running a string of bunkers nestled underneath some wealthy estates throughout Britain.

The sticky-icky “Bush” has been very good for Mickey. He doesn’t use it, just deals it and has made enough money from his enterprise. Now, he’s ready to call it quits and sell his cannabis empire and enjoy some quality time with his sultry wife Rosalind (“Downton Abbey”).
A lot of people want a piece of Mickey’s action. There’s Matthew, (Jeremy Strong, TV’s “Succession”), a flamboyant Jewish-American billionaire. To say he has ulterior motives would be a huge understatement.

A notorious Asian crime boss named Dry Eye (a very good Henry Golding, “Crazy Rich Asians”) is ready to implement a power play move too.

Mickey’s right-hand man Raymond (Charlie Hunnam, “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword”) gets caught up even deeper in Mickey’s gangster world when the seedy and greedy tabloid journalist Fletcher (a terrific Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2”) drops in on him. Fletcher has been hired by publishing honcho, Big Dave (a funny Eddie Marsan, TV’s “Ray Donovan”) who is still ticked off at something Mickey did to him years ago.

Big Dave is looking for revenge and is eager to bring down the drug lord by any means necessary. Fletcher (Grant) has gathered a ton of damming information on Mickey and has even been filming the guy’s every move. There’s enough stuff to write a movie about Mickey. And Fletcher does just that. He presents a screenplay to Raymond called “Bush” and attempts to strong-arm him into buying it for a few million.

The clever plot--which becomes a movie within a movie and is narrated in part by Fletcher--works with surprising effectiveness. It also takes a wicked turn when the local boxing coach (Colin Farrell, “Widows”) arrives to rescue a few of his students who make the stupid mistake of trying to rob one of Mickey’s bunkers.

All these goofball characters collide in the most bizarre ways and that’s what keeps you fixated on “The Gentlemen.” It zigs and zags when you least expect it.

“The Gentlemen” is dark, edgy, violent and even politically incorrect. It’s Guy Ritchie getting back to his roots and it’s a crazy, good time.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards....

Rated: PG
Opens: 01/17/2020

Rated: R
Opens: 01/17/2020
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Rated: R
Opens: 01/10/2020

Rated: PG
Opens: 12/25/2019
Little Women

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 12/25/2019
Just Mercy

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 12/20/2019
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<b>“The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.”</b> Title: “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.”
Year Released: 1977
Running Time: 110
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: John Badham
Director of Photography: Bill Butler
Screenwriter: William Brashler
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: It must have been my recent chance meeting with former Dodger legend Dusty Baker that turned my attention to the Dodgers and baseball in particular. Then again, baseball season is right around the corner, so this review was just meant to me.

The truth is, I realized I hadn’t reviewed any baseball movies in a long time. One of my favorite...

The Lion King <b>(Oct. 22)</b> Title: The Lion King (Oct. 22)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 118
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Jon Favreau
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Disney’s “The Lion King” is a stunning re-imagining of the 1994 original movie.

Directed and produced by Jon Favreau (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”) who also helmed 2016’s outstanding movie, “The Jungle Book.”

When it comes to a classic like the original “Lion King,” sentimentality among fans runs deep. But, for those experiencing “The Lion King” for the first time, there is plenty of magic and wonder to be found in this beautifully rendered version.

Aside from the live setting, Favreau didn’t change much from the original. Even the dialogue is pretty much word for word.

What makes “The Lion King” really roar is how spectacular it looks and how realistic the animals are. It’s as if while watching the film you’re transported to an African Savanna.

Favreau and his talented filmmaking crew utilized state of the art motion capture technology and it’s a seamless transition that makes it appear as if the lions: Mufasa (voiced by the legendary James Earl Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), young Simba, played by JD McCrary (“Little” and TV’s “American Soul”) and Donald Glover (TV’s “Atlanta,”), Nala (a terrific Beyoncé), Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave” ) really can talk.

“The Lion King” is just a fabulous story. You’d have to go to great lengths to mess this up which is why I appreciate the few subtle liberties the filmmakers did take with it.

I like its dark moments that play out especially among the hyenas which are led by Kamari (a terrific Keegan-Michael Key, “Toy Story 4”). Ejiofer is also outstanding as Scar, the low-down dirty brother of Mufasa and the uncle of Simba. Scar manipulates his way to become king of the Pride Lands.

Seth Rogan as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon the meerkat are hilarious and have scene stealing moments. Although I would have enjoyed seeing and hearing more from Sarabi (Alfre Woodard, TV’s “Luke Cage”).

Simba also reconnects with his childhood friend Nala first voiced by (Shahadi Wright Joseph, “Us”) and later as Beyoncé who shines. They all convince Simba of his rightful place and that he must retain control of the Kingdom which is everything the light touches.

The music of “The Lion King” is unforgettable this time around too. When Nala/Beyoncé and Simba/Glover belt out “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” it’s palpable.

Equally moving is McCrary and Wright Joseph’s snappy, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and McCrary holds nothing back on “Hakuna Matata.”

Elton John’s new track “Never too Late” is a winner too.

It really is possible to love the original “Lion King” and this one too. It stands on its own and is a classic for a new generation.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: The Blu-ray and Digital DVDs of “The Lion King” offers viewers bonus features:

AUDIO COMMENTARY – By Director Jon Favreau.

PROTECT THE PRIDE – Director Jon Favreau, the Lion Recovery Fund and conservationists highlight efforts to protect the majestic lions and their home.

PERFECTING THE PRIDE – Join the filmmakers on their research trip to Africa as they immerse themselves in the real world of “The Lion King.” From the animals in the pride, to the smallest of insects and the grasslands in the savanna, experience the attention to detail that brought the film to life.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE-- Pride Lands Pedia —Dung beetle shares the importance of his “roll” in the African Savanna in a fun, bug’s eye view of the land and its inhabitants.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS: The Journey to “The Lion King”

THE MUSIC-- Go inside the studio with the cast and crew as they work to honor and elevate The Lion King’s beloved music.

THE MAGIC– Discover how the filmmakers blended the traditional filmmaking techniques with virtual reality technology to create amazing movie magic.

The Timeless Tale– Filmmakers and cast reflect on the story that has moved generations and share how this Lion King carries a proud legacy forward.

MORE TO BE SCENE – Recording studio and layer-by-layer progressions of some of most iconic moments in “The Lion King.”

“CIRCLE OF LIFE”– Peel back the layers of effects and go behind the scenes of this iconic musical moment from the film.

“I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO BE KING”-- See all the effects, talent and fun that went into creating this vibrant version of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” for the movie.

“HAKUNA MATATA”-- Join Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) in the studio for the making of this memorable scene.

MUSIC VIDEOS: “Never Too Late” (lyric video) by Elton John and “Spirit” performed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

SONG SELECTION: “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Spirit” and “Never Too Late.”

Stuber <b> (Oct. 22)</b> Title: Stuber (Oct. 22)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 93
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Dowse
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


The outlandish dramedy“Stuber” is an over-the-top, violent, actioner that features a hilarious star turn from Kumail Nanjiani (TV’s “Silicon Valley”) and Dave Bautista (Drax The Destroyer, “Avengers: Endgame”/”Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Nanjiani plays a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu. When you put Stu and Uber together you get “Stuber.”
By day, Stu works as a sales associate at a sporting goods store run by his jerk boss Richie Sandusky (Jimmy Tatro, TV’s “Modern Family”). Stu hates him and the lame job. He drives an Uber to make ends meet, but it’s really to try and get next to the girl of his dreams, Becca (Betty Gilpin, TV’s “GLOW”).

Although they had a one-night stand, their relationship hasn’t taken off and it’s driving Stu crazy. He loves Becca, wants more than a friendship and is willing to take things to the next level. So much so, he even invested a chunk of his money in a new “Spinster” cycling-class business Becca is launching.

However, Becca is kind of in a relationship with a pro basketball player who has agreed to be a spokesperson for her new company. Despite his best intentions, Stu is pretty much an afterthought for Becca.

Can life possibly get any worse for poor Stu?

Oh yes, it can.

What should have been just another routine day of driving customers around in his nice, leased Nissan Leaf, becomes a real nightmare.

That’s because LAPD police detective Victor "Vic" Manning, (Bautista) got a lead on a heroin dealer named Tedjo (Iko Uwais, “The Raid 2”). He’s been after this guy for years. Tedjo killed Vic’s partner Sarah Morris (Karen Gillan, “Avengers: Endgame”) so it’s payback time.

Here’s the thing. Vic just had Lasik eye surgery and can barely see. The doctor told him he can’t really do anything for a few days until his vision is fully restored.

Vic refuses to just sit around and let Tedjo get away again. Plus, he has a lot to prove to his boss Angie (Mia Sorvino, TV’s “The Code”). So, Vic hops in his car, all blurry eyed and runs over his neighbor’s yards and ultimately lands in a ditch. He finally realizes he can’t drive. He decides to call an Uber. It’s a good thing his art sculptor daughter Nicole (Natalie Morales, TV’s “Abby’s) set up the app on his phone.

When Stu gets the call, he picks up Vic not knowing the wild ride he’s about to take. Really all Stu is worried about is getting that coveted 5-Star Uber rating.

Vic and Stu are such opposites. They bicker back and forth about pursuing Tedjo, you expect they’ll kill each other before they catch him.

Yet, watching Vic’s brash, super masculine persona clash with Stu’s meek and calm demeanor as they get into one dangerous and crazy predicament after the other, is when the film really revs into high gear.

Spider-Man: Far From Home <b> (Oct.1) </b> Title: Spider-Man: Far From Home (Oct.1)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 129
Production Company: Sony/Columbia
Director: Jon Watts
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


“Spider-Man: Far from Home” turned out to be a big blast of summer fun. While I’ve enjoyed all the actors who have played the red-suited superhero like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, there’s a special boyish charm that Tom Holland brings as the web-slinger that makes “Spider-Man: Far from Home”even more special.

Directed by Jon Watts (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), “Spider-Man: Far from Home” finds Peter Parker (Holland) trying to lay low and enjoy life without having to deal with the burden of saving the world.

He’s now more interested in hanging with his high school friend Ned Leeds (a funny Jacob Batalon, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) and preparing for a class trip to Europe with his dopey and clueless teachers Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr, TV’s “Silicon Valley”) Mr. Bell (a funny J.B. Smoove, TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”).

Really, Peter hopes that he can get over his nerves and finally tell MJ (the feisty Zendaya, “The Greatest Showman” and TV’s “The OA”) just how much she makes his Spidey-senses tingle.

And while true love is in the air, so is danger. That’s why Peter’s Aunt May (a funny Marisa Tomei, “The First Purge”) insists on packing Peter's Spider-Man suit just as a precaution.

Peter does his best to avoid taking phone calls from Nick Fury (the always great, Samuel L. Jackson, “Shaft”) because that always means something is about to go down.

Fury can't believe Peter is avoiding him and his actions have Harold "Happy" Hogan (Jon Favreau, “Avengers: Endgame”) on edge too. Harold is the former driver and bodyguard of Tony Stark and now looks after Peter.

The latest threat involves the Elementals, a vicious monster that can wreak all sorts of havoc by taking the the form of Earth, Wind and Fire.

How can Peter possibly suit up as Spider-Man and do his thing without blowing his cover? Ned (Batalon) knows what’s up with him, but he’s really the only classmate that does.

With so many Avengers now gone, Peter must stand tall. The problem is that will leave Brad (Remy Hi, TV’s “Harrow”) time to move in on MJ. He loves her too.

It’s a tough call for the love-starved Peter to make. Does he save the world, or does he save his girl? If he plays his cards right, he might be able to swing both.

Fury and his crew design an all-black suit for Peter/Spider-Man to wear that will make him inconspicuous.

Still, Peter/Spider-Man is having a tough time using some of the cool devices at his disposal like a pair of high-tech sunglasses that his former mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) left for these types of sticky situations. The glasses are equipped with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to all databases of Stark Industries.

Fortunately, Peter doesn’t have to do all the heavy lifting. He gets a big assist from Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal, “The Sisters Brothers”). This guy is a master of trickery and illusion and considered an expert on the Elementals. Plus, he's out for payback. He goes after them in London, Venice, Prague and Berlin.

While “Spider-Man: Far from Home” gets a bit heavy-handed with the CGI fight sequences, what works best is the focus on the young characters and Parker’s love interest angle. Plus, the loads of hunor round out the film’s dramatic moments.

Maiden <b> (Oct. 1)</b> Title: Maiden (Oct. 1)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 97
Production Company: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Alex Holmes
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


“Maiden” is one of this year’s best sports films, yet it has flown under the radar. It’s actually a documentary about yacht racing, but before you yawn, it’s really worth checking out and is as gripping and inspiring as they come.

Directed by Alex Holmes (“House of Saddam”), “Maiden” tells the story of Tracy Edwards, an Englishwoman who after getting kicked out of high school winds up getting a job as a stewardess aboard a yacht in Greece and falls in love with sailing.

Edwards’ passion for sailing grew so much that she wanted to join the famous Whitbread Round the World yacht race, a 32,000-mile competition.

But no one took her seriously. She was ridiculed because of her inexperience and age. She was 24-years-old at the time. Edwards was constantly told she’d never be part of this traditionally male dominated sport. The male teams didn’t even want to hire her as a cook.

Their thinking was women weren’t cut out for such a tough and gruesome journey.

You know I love an underdog story, regardless of the sport. And “Maiden” is a very good one. Whenever someone can step up against all odds and show out after others have belittled and counted them out, it’s great to watch them rise to the occasion.

Even the yachting press took bets that Edwards would fail. She couldn’t land any sponsors either.
None of that stopped her.

Edwards remortgaged her house and scrapped together enough money to buy a 58-foot yacht and named it “Maiden.”
She reached out to other women interested in sailing and assembled an all-female crew. They entered the Whitbread Yacht Competition in 1989-1990.

As you might have guessed, the crew overcame every obstacle thrown at them—weather and inexperience proving among the biggest—yet they persevered and made history in the process.

Edwards’ journey is riveting from start to finish.
Which Of The Following Stars of "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings" Won A Tony Award As "Best Supporting Actor In A Musical?"
"Ted Ross"
"Richard Pryor"
"Billy Dee Williams'"
" James Earl Jones"
image awards naacp By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


The nominees for the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced on June 9.

The Image Awards recognize the achievements of people of color in TV, music, literature and film and those who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Once again, was honored to serve this year as an NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee Voting Member. There were so many outstanding movies and television shows this year and it was quite a challenge to choose from all the incredibly talented nominees.

The 51st NAACP Image Awards will air live on BET Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

"Harriet," the drama directed and written by Kasi Lemmons received 10 NAACP Image Awards nominations. That's the most of any film. The nominations included one for star Cynthia Erivo's original song featured in the film, "Stand Up."

The movie is also up for “Best Soundtrack,” “Outstanding Motion Picture,” “Best Actress” (Erivo), “Supporting Actor” (Leslie Odom Jr.), “Supporting Actress” (Janelle Monáe), “Breakthrough Performance” (Erivo), “Ensemble Cast,” “Writing” (Lemmons And Gregory Allen Howard) and “Directing” (Lemmons).

Other films nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards include Jordan Peele's “Us,” with eight nods; Eddie Murphy-starrer “Dolemite Is My Name” and Melina Matsoukas' “Queen & Slim.” which are up for seven awards each.

The Civil Rights drama “Just Mercy” and “The Lion King,” are up for six awards apiece, with Beyoncé's soundtrack contribution "Spirit" also nominated.

Take a look at the list of all the nominees in film, television and music. Be sure to log on to on Feb. 17 to see who we picked to win the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: · Angela Basset · Billy Porter · Lizzo · Regina King · Tyler Perry

TELEVISION CATEGORIES: Outstanding Comedy Series · “Ballers” (HBO) · “black-ish” (ABC) · “Dear White People” (Netflix) · “grown-ish” (Freeform) · “theNeighborhood” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES · Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC) · Cedric The Entertainer – “theNeighborhood” (CBS) · Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime) · Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO) · Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: · Logan Browning – “Dear White People” (Netflix) · Jill Scott – “First Wives Club” (BET+) · Tiffany Haddish – “The Last O.G.” (TBS) · Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC) · Yara Shahidi – “grown-ish” (Freeform)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: · Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) · Deon Cole – “black-ish” (ABC) · Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC) · Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) · Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: · Halle Bailey – “grown-ish” (Freeform) · Loretta Devine – “Family Reunion” (Netflix) · Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC) · Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime) · Tichina Arnold – “the Neighborhood” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: · “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX) · “Greenleaf” (OWN) · “Queen Sugar” (OWN) · “The Chi” (Showtime) · “Watchmen” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: · Billy Porter – “Pose” (FX Networks) · Forest Whitaker – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX) · Kofi Siriboe – “Queen Sugar” (OWN) · Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz) · Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: · Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX) · Regina King – “Watchmen” (HBO) · Rutina Wesley – “Queen Sugar” (OWN) · Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS) · Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: · Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) · Giancarlo Esposito – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX) · Harold Perrineau – “Claws” (TNT) · Nigél Thatch – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX) · Wendell Pierce – “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Prime Video)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: · CCH Pounder – “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS) · Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN) · Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC) · Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC) · Tina Lifford – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: · American Son (Netflix) · Being Mary Jane (BET Networks) · Native Son (HBO) · True Detective (HBO) · When They See Us (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: · Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix) · Ethan Henry Herisse – “When They See Us” (Netflix) · Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America) · Jharrel Jerome – “When They See Us” (Netflix) · Mahershala Ali – “True Detective” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: · Aunjanue Ellis – “When They See Us” (Netflix) · Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks) · Kerry Washington – “American Son” (Netflix) · Niecy Nash – “When They See Us” (Netflix) · Octavia Spencer – “Truth Be Told” (Apple TV+)

OUTSTANDING NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL): · PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (PBS) · Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime) · The Breakfast Club (REVOLT) · The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic) · Unsung (TV One)

OUTSTANDING TALK SERIES: · “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch) · “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) · “The Real” (Syndicated) · “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO) · “The Tamron Hall Show” (Syndicated)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM/REALITY COMPETITION SERIES/GAME SHOW: · “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN) · “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network) · “Rhythm + Flow” (Netflix) · “Sunday Best” (BET Networks) · “The Voice” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY (SERIES OR SPECIAL): · “2019 Black Girls Rock!” (BET Networks) · “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” (Netflix) · “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix) · “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) · “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: · “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior) · “Family Reunion” (Netflix) · “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History” (Netflix) · “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (Disney XD) · “Motown Magic” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH (SERIES, SPECIAL, TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED-SERIES): · Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix) · Lonnie Chavis – “This Is Us” (NBC) · Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC) · Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC) · Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HOST IN A TALK OR NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE: · Angela Rye – “Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall” (BET Networks) · Jada Pinkett Smith – “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch) · Lester Holt – “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (NBC) · Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) · Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro – “The View” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HOST IN A REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION, GAME SHOW OR VARIETY (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE: · Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN) · LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network) · Regina Hall – “2019 BET Awards” (BET Networks) · Steve Harvey – “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC) · Wayne Brady – “Let’s Make A Deal” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES: · Blair Underwood – “Dear White People” ( Netflix) · David Alan Grier – “Queen Sugar” (OWN) · Kelly Rowland – “American Soul” (BET Networks) · MAJOR. – “STAR” (FOX) · Sanaa Lathan – “The Affair” (Showtime)

RECORDING CATEGORIES--OUTSTANDING ALBUM: · “Cuz I Love You” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records) · “Homecoming: The Live Album” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) · “I Used To Know H.E.R.” – H.E.R. (RCA Records) · “Sketchbook” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG) · “Worthy” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST: · Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records) · Lil Nas X (Columbia Records) · Lucky Daye (Keep Cool/RCA Records) · Mahalia (Burkmar/Warner Music UK) · Mykal Kilgore (Affective Music)

OUTSTANDING MALE ARTIST: · Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) · Khalid (RCA Records) · Lil Nas X (Columbia Records) · (BOE Music Group/EMPIRE) · PJ Morton (Morton Records)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTIST: · Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) · Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG) · E.R. (RCA Records) · Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG) · Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)

OUTSTANDING SONG—TRADITIONAL: · “Enough” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG) · “Jerome” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records) · “SPIRIT” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) · “Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (Back Lot Music) · “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

OUTSTANDING SONG—CONTEMPORARY: · “Before I Let Go” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) · “Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records) · “Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records) · “Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records) · “Motivation” – Normani (Keep Cool/RCA Records)

OUTSTANDING DUO, GROUP OR COLLABORATION: · “Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé & WizKiD (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) · “No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records) · “Say So” – PJ Morton feat. JoJo (Morton Records/EMPIRE) · “Shea Butter Baby” – Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole (Dreamville/Interscope Records) · “Show Me Love” – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel (RCA Records)

OUTSTANDING JAZZ ALBUM: · “Carib” – David Sanchez (Ropeadope) · “Center of The Heart” – Najee (Shanachie) · “Love & Liberation” – Jazzmeia Horn (Concord Jazz) · “SoulMate” – Nathan Mitchell (Enm Music Group) · “The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron” – Vanessa Rubin (Vanessa Rubin)

OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN SONG (TRADITIONAL OR CONTEMPORARY): · “I Made It Out” – John P. Kee feat. Zacardi Cortez (Kee Music Group/Entertainment One) · “Laughter” – Bebe Winans feat. Korean Soul (Regimen Records) · “Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Records/RCA Records) · “Not Yet” – Donnie McClurkin (Camdon Music/RCA Inspiration) · “Victory” – The Clark Sisters (Karew Records/Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC VIDEO/VISUAL ALBUM: · “Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records) · “Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records) · “No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records) · “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG) · “Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records)

OUTSTANDING SOUNDTRACK/COMPILATION ALBUM: · “Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Terence Blanchard (Back Lot Music) · “Queen & Slim The Soundtrack” – Various Artists (Motown Records) · “The Lion King: The Gift” – Beyoncé w/Various Artists (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) · “The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Various Artists (Walt Disney Records) · “Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Michael Abels (Back Lot Music)

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES-- Outstanding Motion Picture: · “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix) · “Harriet” (Focus Features) · “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures) · “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) · “Us” (Universal Pictures)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: · Chadwick Boseman – “21 Bridges” (STX Films) · Daniel Kaluuya – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) · Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix) · Michael B. Jordan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures) · Winston Duke – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: · Alfre Woodard – “Clemency” (Neon) · Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet” (Focus Features) · Jodie Turner-Smith – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) · Lupita Nyong’o – “Us” (Universal Pictures) · Naomie Harris – “Black and Blue” (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: · Jamie Foxx – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures) · Leslie Odom, Jr. – “Harriet” (Focus Features) · Sterling K. Brown – “Waves” (A24) · Tituss Burgess – “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix) · Wesley Snipes – “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: · Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix) · Janelle Monáe – “Harriet” (Focus Features) · Jennifer Lopez – “Hustlers” (STX Films) · Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures) · Octavia Spencer – “Luce” (Neon)

OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE IN MOTION PICTURE: · Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet” (Focus Features) · Jodie Turner-Smith – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) · Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures) · Rob Morgan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures) · Shahadi Wright Joseph – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE: · “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix) · “Harriet” (Focus Features) · “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures) · “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) · “Us” (Universal Pictures)

OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE: · “Clemency” (Neon) · “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix) · “Luce” (Neon) · “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) · “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE (TELEVISION OR FILM): · Alfre Woodard – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios) · Donald Glover – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios) · James Earl Jones – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios) · Lupita Nyong’o – “Serengeti” (Discovery Channel) · Sterling K. Brown – “Frozen II” (Walt Disney Studios)

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES--OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (FILM): · “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” (Eagle Rock Entertainment) · “The Black Godfather” (Netflix) · “The Apollo” (HBO) · “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia Pictures) · “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION – SERIES OR SPECIAL) : · “Free Meek” (Prime Video) · “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” (Showtime) · “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix) · “Martin: The Legacy of A King” (BET Networks) · “ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” (Netflix)

WRITING CATEGORIES--Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: · Cord Jefferson – “The Good Place” – Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy (NBC) · Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce – “One Day at a Time” – Ghosts (Netflix) · Jason Kim – “Barry” – Past=Present x Future Over Yesterday (HBO) · Karen Gist, Peter Saji – “Mixed-ish” – Let Your Hair Down (ABC) · Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Steve King’s Comments Meet Trevor Noah: Racism Detective (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES: · Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury – “When They See Us” – Part Four (Netflix) · Damon Lindelof, Cord Jefferson – “Watchmen” – The Extraordinary Being (HBO) · Nichelle Tramble Spellman – “Truth Be Told” – Monster (Apple TV+) · Nkechi Okoro Carroll – “All American” – Hussle & Motivate (The CW) · Pat Charles – “Black Lightning” – The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son (The CW)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A MOTION PICTURE (TELEVISION): · Cas Sigers-Beedles – “Twas the Chaos Before Christmas” (BET) · Melissa Bustamante – “A Christmas Winter Song” (Lifetime) · Patrik-Ian Polk – “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks) · Suzan-Lori Parks – “Native Son” (HBO) · Yvette Nicole Brown – “Always a Bridesmaid” (BET Networks)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A MOTION PICTURE (FILM) : · Chinonye Chukwu – “Clemency” (Neon) · Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures) · Doug Atchison – “Brian Banks” (Bleeker Street and ShivHans) · Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures) · Kasi Lemmons, Gregory Allen Howard – “Harriet” (Focus Features)

DIRECTING CATEGORIES--Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: · Anya Adams – “GLOW” – Outward Bound (Netflix) · Justin Tipping – “Black Monday” -7042 (Showtime) · Ken Whittingham – “Atypical” – Road Rage Paige (Netflix) · Randall Winston – “Grace and Frankie” – The Pharmacy (Netflix) · Shaka King – “Shrill” – Pool (Hulu)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES: · Ava DuVernay – “When They See Us” – Part Four (Netflix) · Carl H. Seaton, Jr. – “Snowfall” – Hedgehogs (FX Networks) · Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – “Power” – Forgot About Dre (STARZ) · Debbie Allen – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Silent All These Years (ABC) · Jet Wilkinson – “The Chi” – The Scorpion and the Frog (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A MOTION PICTURE (TELEVISION): · Codie Elaine Oliver – “Black Love” (OWN) · Janice Cooke – “I Am Sombody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story (Lifetime) · Kenny Leon – “American Son” (Netflix) · Rashid Johnson – “Native Son (HBO) · Russ Parr – “The Bobby Debarge Story” (TV One)

OUTSTANDING DIRECITNG IN A MOTION PICTURE (FILM) : · Chiwetel Ejiofor – “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (Netflix) · Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures) · Kasi Lemmons – “Harriet” (Focus Features) · Mati Diop – “Atlantics” (Les Films du Bal Presente en Co-Production avec Cinekap et Frakas Productions en Co-Production avec Arte France Cinema et Canal+ International for Netflix) · Reginald Hudlin – “The Black Godfather” (Netflix)

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the 51st NAACP Image Awards airing live on BET Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

1917 OPENS AT IMAX THEATER By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deathly trap. “1917: The IMAX 2D Experience” opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at

The IMAX release of “1917: The IMAX 2D Experience” 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

ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION: IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined.

Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

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

BEST MOVIES OF 2019 By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

It has been a remarkable year for movies. Women, especially African-American women were all over the big screen this year. They also left their mark directing and writing some of the most celebrated films of 2019. Women like Kasi Lemmons, Naomie Harris, Cynthia Erivo and Lupita Nyong’o all shined.

As a member of the Critics’ Choice Association, (CCA), the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and founder and writer of, I'm privileged to review movies, at times interview the cast and crew and at the end of the year vote on their work.

Compiling the best movies of the year can be challenging, but it’s always fun and exciting. This year was no exception. So here is’s list of The Top 20 Movies Of 2019.

1. “The Irishman”

2. “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

3. “Black And Blue”

4. “Just Mercy”

5. “Dolemite Is My Name”

6. “Marriage Story”

7. “Little Women”

8. “1917”

9. “Rocketman”

10. “Us”

11. “Joker”

12. “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”

13. “Harriet”

14. “Breakthrough”

15. “Richard Jewell”

16. “The Last Black Man In San Francisco”

17. “The Two Popes”

18. “Hustlers”

19. “The Farewell”

20. “Parasite”