HUSTLERS
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 09/13/2019
Running Time: 109
Rated: R
Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B.
Crew: Director: Lorene Scafaria. Producers: Lorenne Scafaria, Jennifer Lopez, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Benny Medina. Executive Producers: Alex Brown, Megan Ellison, Adam Fogelson, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Robert Simonds and Pamela Thur. Screenwriters: Lorene Scafaria and author Jessica Pressler (2015 New York Magazine Article: "The Hustlers at Scores") which the movie is based). Cinematographer: Todd Banhazi.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“Hustlers,” the new movie from writer/director Lorene Scafaria (“The Meddler” made a splashy debut last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, which is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores,” is a sexy, revenge thriller that chronicles the lives of female strippers at a posh Gentlemen’s club in New York City and how they band together and turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clients.

In Hustlers,” Jennifer Lopez delivers a tour de force performance that could erase any memory of her critically panned 2003 movie “Gigli.”

Seriously. It’s time to stop hating on Lopez. The former “Fly Girl” is “Super fly” in “Hustlers” as Ramona Vega, a gorgeous, marquee stripper whose steamy pole dancing moves like “The Fireman,” “The Peter Pan” and “The Martini,” keeps hordes of horny men drooling and throwing their cash on stage.

And it’s all about the Benjamins for Ramona. She completely understands the business aspect of her hustle.

She even tells her fellow strippers, Mercedes (KeKe Palmer, “Scream: The TV Series”), Diamond (Cardi B), Liz (Lizzo), Annabelle (Lili Reinhart, TV’s “Riverdale”) and newcomer Destiny (Constance Wu, “Crazy Rich Asians”) that one year she made more money than a brain surgeon.

Ramona has all the trappings to show for her hard work. There’s the tony pad, designer handbags and shoes, fur coats and plenty of bling along with the luxury of being able to give her young daughter an even better life than hers.

Although Mercedes, Diamond, Liz and Annabelle are making a comfortable living stripping, Destiny is so new to the game, that she needs help at building her clientele, not to mention her weak pole dancing. Plus, she needs money to care for her ailing grandmother (Wai Ching Ho, “Daredevil”).

By the time the greedy club managers get their cut, Destiny barely has enough to take care of herself.

So, Ramona takes Destiny under her wing and teaches her a few tricks of the trade, notably, how to work the men in the champagne room. Ramona and Destiny soon develop a special bond of sisterhood that pays off for both in a big way.

“Hustlers” loses much of its steam when it reverts to flashbacks and fast forward scenes with Destiny being interviewed by journalist Jessica Pressler. She’s played here by Julia Stiles (TV’s “Riviera”).
The movie regains its footing when the 2008 financial crisis hits and knocks the women for a loop. Suddenly, the high rollers, aren’t rolling anymore and the club is left high and dry.

The women’s lavish lifestyles start to lose much their luster too, until Ramona comes up with a plan to drug their old clients with a concoction that makes them feel great but causes them to forget everything.

That means, the women can steal their cash, credit cards and anything else they have on them of value.

It works like a charm and suddenly the hustlers are really hustling. This time everyone is living large much to the chagrin of the guys who don’t know what hit them when they come around.

Of course, this ruse doesn’t last forever and when the cops and Feds get involved, Ramona and her crew, are busted big time.

Director and writer Lorene Scafaria don’t glamorize the women’s plight here. They’re flawed for sure and their greed stems from years of being exploited at every turn. And as Ramona says, these Wall Street wolves have been hustling people in a much bigger way then they ever could and have gotten away with it.

You may or may not sympathize with these hustling women, but Lopez sure sizzles and sells the seedy and salacious “Hustle.” It’s worth paying for.

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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

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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum <b> (Sept. 10) </b> Title: John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Sept. 10)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 122
Production Company: Summit Entertainment
Director: Chad Stahelski
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM”

I hope that as of this writing, everyone associated with the “John Wick” franchise is sitting down discussing doing a fourth installment after the success of “John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum.”

This series just gets better and better as it goes along and "JW3" is just flat out thrilling. It picks right up where “John Wick Chapter 2” left off.

Our man John Wick (Keanu Reeves, “Toy Story 4”) has been declared "excommunicado" now and has nowhere to run or hide ever since he violated the rules of the High Table by killing Santino D’Antonio (Ricardo Scamarcio) in the “Safe Haven” space of the New York Continental Hotel. It’s owned and managed by the ironfisted elder statesman, Winston (Ian McShane, TV’s “American Gods”).

Consequently, there’s a $14 million bounty on John’s head and everyone in New York it seems, including an assassin named Zero (Mark Dacascos, TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”) and “Tick Tock Man” (Jason Mantzoukas, TV’s “Big Mouth”) wants it on a platter.

The clock is ticking. John has one hour to come up with a plan to save his life. First, he decides to take a cab and get his dog to safety.

Meanwhile, The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon, TV’s “Billions”) is paying a visit to the Continental Hotel to chat with Winston (McShane), and the Bowery King (Lawrence Fishburne, TV’s “Black-ish”) who had a hand with Wick’s escape.

She informs them that their involvement with John Wick can’t go unpunished either. They have seven days to vacate their posts or else.
And that “else” includes some relentless “Wick”-ed action. It starts with an outrageous fight at the New York Public Library with John and a giant Yugoslavian (NBA star Boban Marjanovic).

As unbelievable as that scene is, it pales in comparison to a vicious knife-wielding attack between John and a bunch of highly skilled judo, kung Fu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu martial arts masters. It’s a nod to Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly and Jackie Chan.

John Wick uses everything at his disposal to take down the baddies and even goes after them galloping on a horse.

Out of desperation, he turns to his protector, “The Director” (Angelica Houston, TV’s “Angie Tribeca”) with hopes of obtaining clearance to Casablanca.

While there, he also calls in a favor to his good friend/assassin, Sofia (a badass Halle Berry, “Kidnap”) who runs a local branch of the Continental Hotel.

Sofia rises to the occasion along with her beautiful Malinois who are trained to viciously attack men’s crown jewels. It’s an over the top crazy scene. Then again, so is most everything in this movie which is why I loved it and I bet you will too.
(Highly Recommended).

Ma <b> (Sept. 3)</b> Title: Ma (Sept. 3)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 99
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Tate Taylor
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“MA”

Octavia Spencer is fierce and wicked in the horror thriller “Ma” which reunites her with director Tate Taylor who helmed and wrote “The Help” and earned Spencer an Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress.”

In “Ma” Spencer plays Sue Ann Ellington, a small-town veterinarian assistant who works alongside her demanding boss, Dr. Brooks (Allison Janney, upcoming, “The Addams Family” and TV’s “Mom”).

Immediately you sense that something isn’t quite right with Sue. She lives alone—or so it seems initially—in a big, old but comfortable looking house and doesn’t have any friends drop by.

That all changes when a group of high schoolers--including the new girl in town, Maggie (“Glass”)—asks Sue to buy them some alcohol.

At first, Sue says no, but changes her mind when she meets the rest of Maggie’s friends, Darrell (Dante Brown, TV’s “Lethal Weapon”), Haley (McKaley Miller, “Unfollowed”) and Chaz (Gianni Paolo, TV’s “Power”).

If only these kids had listened when their mama told them never talk to strangers, chances are they could have been spared such agony.

Then again, Sue is so nice to them and seems so incredibly cool. She even promises not to tell on them and they swear they won’t say a word to anyone about her either.

Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother Erica (a very good Juliet Lewis, TV’s “The Act”) is just glad to see her daughter is meeting new people and adjusting to her new digs. It hasn’t been easy for either of them, especially Erica who after a painful divorce is right back in the small town she grew up in working as a waitress to make ends meet. And to think, she was the girl “Most Likely To Succeed” in her high school yearbook.

Now that the cool kids have found a friend in Ma, they call on her a few more times for their alcohol runs and Sue comes through. However, Sue insists they bring the party to her house and they can cut loose in her big basement.

Darrell (Brown) doesn’t like the idea, because, well, they don’t know that woman. Still, he goes along to get along. Sue has a couple of rules they must follow while at her house: No profanity and they can’t go upstairs at any time. Before long, the kids are partying, drinking and calling Sue “Ma” because she makes them tasty snacks too.

The more these kids start talking to Ma, the more they see she’s a bit off her rocker especially when she tells them that the big thumping sound from upstairs is just the ice-maker. The kids slowly start to piece things together. Ma went to the same high school as most of their parents. Andy’s father, Ben (Luke Evans, TV’s “The Alienist”) has a dark, creepy past with Sue that comes to light in brutal fashion for him. The rest of these youngsters soon fall prey to Ma’s house of horror and all hell breaks loose.
(Highly Recommended).

MIB: International <b> (Sept. 3) </b> Title: MIB: International (Sept. 3)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 105
Production Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: F. Gary Gray
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL”

“Men in Black: International,” from director F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”), is a loopy sci-fi comedy.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson bring it to life and without them it wouldn’t be nearly as good as it is.
Then again, asking these two to fill the shoes of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith who kicked things off with the 1997 “Men in Black” movie franchise, is a very tall order.

Yet Hemsworth and Thompson manage to muster some of that edgy chemistry they shared in “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

Thompson plays Molly, aka Agent M. However, we first meet her as a kid (Mandeiya Flory, “Beautiful Boy”) in Brooklyn nestled in her bedroom reading Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History in Time.”

She’s startled when an adorable, furry little creature darts through her window. Molly is immediately intrigued by it. She does her best to protect the alien from a couple of MIB agents that are outside talking to her Morris Day loving mom and dad (Inny Clemons, (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Marcy Harriell (TV’s “Gone”).

When Molly sees the agents erasing her parents’ memories with their Neuralyzer wands, she vows to hunt down these guys and find out everything about them.
Now, all grown up, Molly makes good on her word and finds the agents and their clandestine agency.

Not everyone has what it takes to be an MIB. So, when Molly meets Agent O, (a funny Emma Thompson, “Late Night”) who is the leader of the MIB's US branch, Molly shows her she has some nifty skills that could serve them well.
Agent O is impressed and lets Molly temporarily join the elite organization until she proves she’s worthy of officially becoming a card-carrying member.

Molly, now known as Agent M gets her first major test. It’s an assignment in London working alongside Agent H (Hemsworth), who heads the MIB’s top UK branch. He’s cocky as hell too since saving Earth from an alien species called The Hive. You’d probably be too if you looked as great as he does wearing pink linen pants.

Even so, Agent H’s reckless behavior has his boss, High T. (Liam Neeson, “Cold Pursuit”) wondering if he’s losing focus of the organization’s mission. Despite, his missteps, Agent H manages to keep his job much to the dismay of Agent C, (Rafe Spall, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) who wishes he had it like that.

Agents H&M have their hands full when some indestructible, shape-shifting alien twins, (Les Twins, Laurent and Larry Bourgeois) touch down and begin to wreak all sorts of havoc. Who knew a couple of French, hip-hop dancers could be so intense?

When Agents H&M learn there’s a mole in the MIB organization, they’re soon jetting to Paris, Marrakech and Italy to find out who it as well as elude the blue-eyed aliens.

Fortunately, during their globetrotting, they get a big assist from an unlikely source, a tiny, chess board figure named Pawny (voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, “Stuber” and TV’s “Silicon Valley”) who nearly steals the show with his wisecracking and cuteness.

Screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) have taken a new direction with “Men in Black: International,” which is the fourth installment of the franchise. I like it. Hopefully the journey will continue.
(Recommended).

The Last Black Man In San Francisco <b> (Aug. 30) </b> Title: The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Aug. 30)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 121
Production Company: A24 Productions
Director: Joe Talbot
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO”

The indie movie “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” from A24 productions and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment may have peaked too soon.

The film garnered critical acclaim when it opened in wide release this past June and held its own among the superhero and animated fare. However, the buzz has dwindled. That’s too bad since “The Last Black in San Francisco” is one of the most unique and provocative movies this year.

San Francisco native Joe Talbot directed and co-wrote “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” with his childhood friend Jimmie Fails who makes his big screen debut in the movie. It’s loosely based on Fail’s life.

The movie features an eclectic cast of Danny Glover, The Dead Kennedy’s Jello Biafra, Finn Wittrock (“If Beale Street Could Talk), comedians Mike Epps (Upcoming “Dolemite is my Name”) and Tichina Arnold (TV’s “The Neighborhood”).

Jimmie grew up in a beautiful Victorian house in San Francisco’s Fillmore District, once known as the “Harlem Of the West.” A series of unfortunate events including gentrification displaced his family from the house which his grandfather built in 1946.

The movie’s plot twist centers around whether Jimmie is telling the truth about his grandfather.

For now, Jimmie lives with his best friend Montgomery (a terrific Jonathan Majors, “White Boy Rick”). Montgomery is an aspiring playwright who sees and jots down things he can use for potential shows like the rough looking characters that hang out on his street corner. They spout off a bunch of macho profanity laced nonsense because, well, that’s just what they do. Although there’s something about the one guy Kofi (newcomer Jamal Trulove) that stands out from the others.

Honestly, Montgomery could write plays for years based on all the stuff going on in the neighborhood like those hazmat suited workers who are attempting to clean a toxic portion of the bay. Ironically, Montgomery works at a fish market and questions just how safe their food and water is.

He’s able to take his mind off things by coming home and watching old movies with his blind father (SFSU Alum, Danny Glover, “The Dead Don’t Die”) and shooting the breeze with Jimmie.

Neither Jimmie nor Montgomery have a car. They get around on the Muni. When it doesn’t arrive, they hop on Jimmie’s skateboard to his old house in the Fillmore. Jimmie wishes he still lived there. The way he and Montgomery paint and do touch up work on the outside of the house, you would think they did.

The $4 million Victorian is occupied by an older white couple. They don’t take kindly to Jimmie popping over playing handyman despite his good intentions.
“This is our neighborhood” Jimmie tells Montgomery over and over. Both guys feel as if they are on the outside looking in as they watch the city that they love change so fast.

When an estate issue arises involving the owners of the house and they are forced to leave; Jimmie and Montgomery talk to a realtor (Wittrock) and he tells them it could take years to get the owner’s issues resolved.

That’s all Jimmie needed to hear. He contacts his aunt (the excellent Tichina Arnold) who has kept some of the family furniture. He hauls it off to the house and begins living there with Montgomery as squatters until their gig is up and Jimmie’s father (Rob Morgan, TV’s “Stranger Things”) hips him to some cold hard facts.

With “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” Talbot and Fails shine a spotlight on the city’s beauty and despair.

It’s a tale of the haves and have-nots, but it’s done in such a poignant and almost poetic manner. This indie movie will definitely make my year-end Top 20 Movie List.
(Highly Recommended).
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SUPERPOWER DOGS IMAX By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

NEW IMAX DOCUMENTARY “SUPERPOWER DOGS” OPENS MARCH 15

The latest IMAX documentary from IMAX Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare, “Superpower Dogs,” will open in IMAX 3D at The Esquire IMAX Theatre in Sacramento on March 15.

From the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentaries “Jerusalem” and “Journey to Mecca,” “Superpower Dogs” takes audiences on an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most amazing dogs.

The film is narrated by Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Gifted”).

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

“Superpower Dogs” follows six real-life working dogs from around the world as well as their human partners as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs.

Audiences will discover the amazing abilities of different breeds and the astonishing science behind their superpowers. We’ll never look at our best friends the same way again.

Meet the stars of Superpower Dogshere:

“Halo”--Is a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America.

“Henry”-- Is an avalanche rescue expert saving lives in the mountains of British Columbia.

“Reef”-- Is a Newfoundland lifeguard in the Italian Coast Guard.

“Ricochet”-- Is a surf and therapy legend in California who heals people with special needs.

“Tipper and Tony”-- Are Bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa.

"I am really happy to be part of Superpower Dogs," said Chris Evans. "I am a proud dog owner and completely understand the connection that humans have with these remarkable animals. I love the way this film highlights incredible working dogs who utilize their real-life superpowers to help and protect people."

“Superpower Dog”s was a joy from start to finish, said Daniel Ferguson, Writer/Director. “The real-life heroism of these animals and the bond they share with their human partners is such a moving, epic story that lends itself perfectly to the IMAX format. We hope audiences come away with a deeper appreciation for our best friends.”

Mars Petcare, one of the world’s leading pet care companies, is proud to be the exclusive presenting sponsor of “Superpower Dogs,” as the film aligns with the company’s purpose of “A Better World For Pets” by spotlighting the amazing true stories of dogs with extraordinary abilities who save lives and make the world a better place.

As the presenting sponsor, several Mars Petcare brands will be actively supporting the film, including: the Pedigree and Eukanuba dog food brands, Banfield Pet Hospital, Whistle GPS Pet Tracker and Wisodom Panel Canine DNA Test. Through its sponsorship, Mars Petcare is providing museums and theaters with a variety of educational materials on the science of dogs, importance of responsible pet ownership and how to help end pet homelessness from its various programs and brands, such as Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Banfield Pet Hospital and Better Cities For Pets.

“Superpower Dogs” was filmed using IMAX cameras and mixed in immersive IMAX 12.0 channel sound. With the clearest picture on the largest screens and immersive, heart-pounding audio, The IMAX Experience will put audiences in the heart of the action and highlight the profound connection people have with dogs.

“Superpower Dogs” is a family-friendly film and has a run time of 45 minutes. For more information, please visit www.superpowerdogs.com and follow @SuperpowerDogs.

Fans of “Superpower Dogs,” can also check out the books inspired by the film: “Superpower Dogs” (Photographic picture book) and “Superpower Dogs: Halo: Disaster Response Dog” (non-fiction middle-grade novel).

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.

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


lionsgate fatale By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

LIONSGATE PICKS UP SACRAMENTO FILMMAKER DEON TAYLOR’S “FATALE” STARRING HILARY SWANK, MICHAEL EALY, MIKE COLTER AND TYRIN TURNER.

“Fatale,” centers on a married man who finds himself living a nightmare as he is relentlessly compromised, out-witted and morally manipulated by a mysterious woman with whom he had a wild one-night stand. How far will he go to save his marriage from his mistake?

“Fatale” is written and produced by David Loughery(“The Intruder,” “Lakeview Terrace” and “Obsessed”). The film is produced by Sacramento filmmaker Deon Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylorand is executive produced by partner Robert F. Smith.

Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti (“L.A. Confidential” and “Heat”) served as DP, marking his third collaboration with Taylor on “Fatale.”

Taylor is definitely on a roll. His low-budget thriller “The Intruder” which arrived in theaters this past summer made $37 million and was produced for merely $8 million.

Look for Taylor’s upcoming Screen Gems drama “ Black and Blue," starring Oscar Nominee Naomie Harris, Frank Grillo, Tyrese Gibson and Mike Colter.

Written by Peter A. Dowling, “Black and Blue” follows a rookie African American female cop who stumbles upon corrupt officers who are murdering a drug dealer, an incident captured by her body cam.

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from Lionsgate Films.


hidden film group award By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

HIDDEN EMPIRE FILM GROUP TO RECEIVE LMGI 2019 HUMANITARIAN AWARD

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) have named Hidden Empire Film Group's Roxanne Taylor, (Middle) Deon Taylor (Right) and Robert F. Smith (Left) as recipients of the 2019 LMGI Humanitarian Award for their philanthropic reach across the globe.

The 6th Annual LMGI Awards highlight international features, television and commercials in which the creative use of filming locations set the tone, enrich the character and enhance the narrative.

Winners will be revealed during the formal ceremony on Sept. 21, at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California.

"The Hidden Empire Film Group's deep compassion and active engagement in raising awareness of human rights and social issues is a unique, and inspiring hands-on brand of activism," said LMGI VP and Awards Co-Chair Lori Balton. "Their commitment to advancing social change, improving education, and promoting human dignity is seemingly endless. HEFG is about helping people find a voice and opportunities they would never otherwise have. They have an inspiring, hands-on brand of activism."

Through the creative vision of director Deon Taylor, Hidden Empire Film Group's 2018 film “Traffik” spread awareness on human trafficking. Producer Roxanne Taylor comments, "It's happening everywhere...to everyone, and minorities are 90 percent of the victims."

Like his wife, former pro basketball player Taylor overcame hardship. "I have become who I am today simply because I was told 'no' everywhere I went. I'm the product of no." Joining forces with Smith, the couple strives to help others climb beyond adversity.

They mostly fly under the radar, particularly producer and philanthropist Robert F. Smith who recently was lauded for erasing student debt for the Morehouse College class of 2019. He also has signed the Giving Pledge-an effort to address society's most pressing problems by inviting the world's wealthiest individuals to commit more than half their wealth to giving back or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will.

Hidden Empire Film Group developed the "Be Woke. Vote" initiative.

It's philanthropic social media at its finest, fueling activism around the upcoming US elections with prominent voices like Jamie Foxx and Chelsea Handler. This nonpartisan political series encourages voter registration and inspires young people to discuss political issues affecting our communities.

Another endeavor is Roxanne Taylor's charitable non-profit CLIMB: Community, Learn, Inspire, Motivate, Build. CLIMB encourages young people to learn ALL THAT it takes to make better life choices and become a success within the community.

Their filmography includes: “The Intruder,’ “Traffik,” “Meet the Blacks” and “Supremacy;”as well as the aforementioned “Black & Blue,” “Fatale” and upcoming Meet the Blacks 2: The House Next Door.”

Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir (“Witness” “Dead Poets Society,” “The Truman Show” and “Master and Commander”) will receive the Eva Monley Award, which recognizes and honors industry members who support the work of location professionals. Location Manager Michael J. Meehan (“Dead Poets Society,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,””Master and Commander”) will receive the 2019 LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Location Managers Guild International (LMGI)