Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 02/03/2023
Running Time: 100
Rated: R
Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn and Rupert Grint.
Crew: Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Steve Desmond, and Michael Sherman. Producers: M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock. Executive Producers: Ashley Fox, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, and Steven Schneider. Cinematographers: Jarin Blaschke and Lowell A. Meyer.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Director and screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan is back with "Knock at the Cabin," a suspenseful, psychological thriller that is based on Paul G. Tremblay's 2018 novel, "The Cabin at the End of the World." This movie is so good that I want to read the book now.

"Knock at the Cabin" is less than two hours long and it wastes little time getting down to business. It begins with an adorable, little girl named Wen (a terrific Kristen Cui in her big screen debut). She's outdoors collecting grasshoppers to study them. Her tranquil moment is abruptly interrupted when a massive looking guy named Leonard (Dave Bautista, "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery") slowly makes his way toward her.

Wen knows better than to talk to strangers, but Leonard is nice and considerate. He even offers to help her collect grasshoppers. Within minutes the two are talking about being friends. Still, Wen is very astute for her age and senses something isn't right about this guy especially when Leonard tells her that he needs to immediately talk with her adoptive parents Eric (Jonathan Groff, "Hamilton") and Andrew (Ben Aldridge, "Spoiler Alert").

Then when she sees three of Leonard's sidekicks: Redmond (Rupert Grint, TV's "Servant"), Adriane (Abby Quinn, "Torn Hearts") and Sabrina (Nikki Amuka-Bird, "Old") carrying some huge, homemade weapons and they insist on going inside the cabin, she bolts and finds her parents and tells them about the creepy looking people lurking outside.

Suddenly, Leonard and his crew have burst into the vacation cabin. They tie up Eric and Andrew while explaining why they are there. It's definitely not good news. Leonard tells them that they must kill one of their own to avert an apocalypse that will wipe out mankind.

At first Eric and Andrew think that this is just some sort of crazy, cult or religious thing, but Leonard swears it's not. Eric and Andrew aren't buying into his ridiculous doomsday scenario. Yet, the fate of humanity is in their hands.

Their indecision comes with dire consequences. Soon, Andrew begins to slightly change his tune when he sees firsthand the broadcast news of the global destruction taking place.

Could Leonard really be telling the truth?

Shyamalan pumps up the suspense at every turn and keeps you guessing as to how this all plays out. The cast is sensational. Groff and Aldridge are convincing as overly protective parents and you certainly root for them and Wen (Cui) to survive this horrendous ordeal.

Even the bad guys are fully developed and have their own unique story that leaves you torn between their vision and truth. Oddly, you kind of want a good resolution for them as well.

Bautista is the story. He naturally strikes a commanding pose and really anchors the movie with brawn and charisma. It's another distinguished role for him and it comes on the heels of his star turn in "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery."

With "Knock at the Cabin" Shyamalan has delivered an emotional and haunting drama that works in every way.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays now at 5:17 p.m. and 6:47 p.m. on radio station KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM.

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<b> That Man Bolt</b> Title: That Man Bolt
Year Released: 1973
Running Time: 103
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Henry Levin and David Lowell Rich
Director of Photography: Gerald Perry Finnerman
Screenwriter: Charles Johnson and Ranald MacDougall
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Updated Feature--2023

After Fred "The Hammer" Williamson carved out a stellar career as a defensive back in the National Football League with teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs (Williamson played in Super Bowl I), The Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers, Williamson tackled Hollywood and became an...

Minions: The Rise Of Gru Title: Minions: The Rise Of Gru
Year Released: 2022
Running Time: 87
Production Company: Universal Pictures/Home Entertainment
Director: Kyle Balda
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


The biggest global animated franchise in history adds an all-new laugh-out-loud gru-vy movie is Illumination’s "Minions: The Rise Of Gru."

It’s available to own with over 60 minutes of despicably entertaining bonus features on Digital Aug. 30 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Now with even more frolic and fun from the world’s most irresistible Minions, fans get a chance to learn the comedy-filled origin story of how Gru and the Minions became the world’s most villainous team! Jam-packed with exclusive bonus content, this Collector’s Edition includes two all-new mini movies, hilarious outtakes, a how-to draw (& animate) lesson with co-director Brad Ableson and tons of activities the whole family can enjoy.

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. Packed with the franchise’s signature subversive humor, "Minions: The Rise Of Gru" features more thrilling action than any "Despicable Me" film ever before.

The film is written and directed by Kyle Balda ("Minions," "Despicable Me 3," "The Lorax"), co-directed by Brad Ableson (“Minions Holiday Special”) and Jonathan del Val ("The Secret Life of Pets 2"), and co-written by Matthew Fogel ("The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part") and Brian Lynch ("Minions, The Secret Life of Pets"), starring Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. The original score was created by Heitor Pereira.

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"Post Modern Minions" (Mini Movie)-- Experience one Minion’s rise and fall as an artistic genius when he sneaks into a 1970’s post-modern art gallery with a fellow Minion and unintentionally creates an explosive new art form that is declared by a snooty art critic as the greatest art he’s ever seen. When the critic moves onto the next new artist, our Minion tries everything to get back in the spotlight, which accidentally leads to his next unexpected career.

"Minions And Monsters" (Mini Movie) -- Follow a newbie Minion as he joins three more experienced Minions in playing a 1970’s fantasy role-playing game. After struggling to gain the skills needed to master the game, the newbie unexpectedly rises to the occasion and saves the day, earning him the magical crown and the appreciation of his buddies.

Gru-vy Animation-- Join Steve Carell and the directors as they take us through the animation process. From Concept Art, through Storyboards and on to the Final Film, with every Gru-vy step in between explained in fun and fascinating detail.

The '70s- Fashion, Food & Funk-- A behind the scenes look at the 1970’s through the lens of "Minions: The Rise of Gru." From fashion to music, cultural phenomenon and back – the cast and filmmakers are bringing the 1970’s to a whole new generation.

Minion Martial Arts-- In this 1970s inspired martial arts movie throwback, we hear from the film’s directors about their inspiration, how they created authenticity in animation, the role the many martial artists in the cast played to bring it to life and how you teach a Minion to fight.

How To Draw (& Animate) With Brad Ableson-- Co-director Brad Ableson shows us how to draw all of our favorite characters.

Lair Flair: Make Your Own Minion Hideout-- The Minions aren’t the only ones who can build a secret lair — now you can, too. (And yours doesn’t have to be built under Gru’s bed).

Super Style Shop-- The Minion uniform of overalls and goggles is timeless. Simple yet functional. But sometimes Minions have a casual day out and can abandon their work attire for something more fashionable. Here’s how you can create fresh new fashion for your Minions.

<b> The Black Phone</B> Title: The Black Phone
Year Released: 2022
Running Time: 103
Production Company: Universal/Blumhouse
Director: Scott Derrickson
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Without a doubt, the horror film "The Black Phone" will rank high on my Top 20 Movies List for 2022. The film, which stars a wickedly entertaining Ethan Hawke is directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson who collaborated with Hawke on 2012's "Sinister."

"The Black Phone" is based on the 2004 short story by Stephen King's son, Joe Hill and is set during the 1970s in a suburban, Colorado town. Hawke plays against type as an evil, masked child serial killer known as "The Grabber."

Although "The Black Phone" pays homage to classic horror films like "It" and "Halloween," there is a refreshing and distinctive vibe to it that is far from predictable and every bit of eerie.

"The Grabber" (Hawke) is on the prowl for young boys. He drives a black van with the logo “Abracadabra” on it and goes to schools and parks, hoping to lure his next victim with his magic tricks. This lunatic dresses in garish clothing and carries around black balloons and some kind of spray that makes kids unconscious after he grabs and tosses them inside the van.

Meanwhile, Finney Shaw (Mason Thames, "Evel") and his sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw, "The Mitchells vs. The Machines" and "A Christmas Wish"), are good, smart kids. Not only do they have to fear "The Grabber," but also their abusive and alcoholic father Terrence (Jeremy Davies, TV's "The Rookie" and "FBI"). Their dad hasn't been the same since their mother died. Now, he finds more comfort in drinking. He is easily agitated by most everything Finney and Gwen do around the house and often yells at them for no good reason. He's quick to use his belt too.

Gwen has a special gift. Not only can she sound off a slew of profanities with the best adult, but she also has these very realistic and vivid dreams that often come true. It's too bad Finney isn't as brave as she is because he's constantly bullied at school.

When Finney's baseball friend Bruce (Tristan Pravong, "Forever and a Day") is the first to go missing, Gwen has a bad feeling. It gets worse as more neighborhood boys disappear including Robin (newcomer, Miguel Cazarez Mora) a karate kid who rescued Finney from getting a beat down and who became his best friend.

Then while walking home, Finney runs into "The Grabber.” He asks Finney if he wants to see a magic trick. Finney starts talking to the guy. No Finney. Don't talk to strangers. Run. Within seconds, “The Grabber” covers him in balloons and throws him in the van.

When Finney awakes, he is in a dark basement with a locked door and barred window. A black dial-up wall phone that is not connected, somehow rings and soon Finney is talking with the "ghosts" of the previous victims. Although they weren't successful, they offer various tips for Finney on how to escape from "The Grabber."

However, all of Finney's attempts at escaping—and he mightily tries nearly everything--initially fail. He’s convinced he’ll never get away even as two of the city's top detectives, Miller (Troy Rudeseal, "Halloween Kills") and Wright (E. Roger Mitchell, "A Jazzman's Blues") are working around the clock to find “The Grabber.” Fortunately, they get a big asset from Gwen who has had a vivid dream that may lead directly to the house where Finney is.

Nearly every minute of this movie is suspenseful. The last 40 minutes are particularly exciting, and the jump-scares are well earned including a head-splitting scene involving a humorous James Ransome ("It Chapter Two") who plays Max, the brother of "The Grabber."

Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw will get my "Critics Choice Awards" vote for best young actors because they are excellent. However, it is Hawke's ghastly performance that will make you never want to talk to strangers.
(Highly Recommended).

Meat Me Halfway Title: Meat Me Halfway
Year Released: 2021
Running Time: 80
Production Company: Reducetarian Productions
Director: Brian Kateman
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


“Meat Me Halfway” is a new eye-opening documentary directed and written by Brian Kateman, founder and leader of the Reducetarian Organization. Kateman’s movement takes a guided and practical approach to addressing the harmful effects that eating meat has on people and the planet.

In case you are wondering what "Reducetarianism" is, well, it’s a concept that Kateman--a former vegetarian--crafted that encourages people to not avoid meat entirely, but simply reduce their consumption of it. Kateman believes this a more realistic approach rather than brow-beating people into becoming a strict vegetarian or vegan.

It’s a smaller step, but nevertheless he says is an effective one since people would still be helping to save the environment from increased greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as well as safeguard their health.

However, as Kateman, who is based in New York City discovers during his investigative journey—which leads him to a pig slaughterhouse in Los Angeles and a “ethically raised/slaughter” animal farm in Georgia and several points in between--there are strong and varying viewpoints from meat lovers and vegetarians/vegans.

Kateman is often ridiculed--even by his own skeptical parents--and other meat-eaters for his stance of “eating less meat.” He also angers animal rights activists who believe his position is counterproductive to theirs.

“Meat Me Halfway” features several notable scholars, scientists, doctors, and writers sharing their views on climate change and the cost of eating healthy. Michele Simon who is the founder of the Plant Based Foods Association notes that “taste,” “price” and “convenience” are the three most powerful drivers of food choices. She states that marketing and the environment people live in shapes their everyday food choices.

That’s a big reason why Olympia Auset started SUPRMARKT, the first organic produce pop-up in South Los Angeles to provide fresh and healthy vegetables and fruits to her community. The lack of major grocery stores in black and brown communities is alarming and that needs to change adds Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn New York. Auset and Adams maintain it's important to make healthy food accessible and affordable to everyone.

“Meat Me Halfway” lays it all out there but doesn’t take a stand in the end. Instead, the viewer is left to chew on all the information, draw their own conclusions and make their own decisions. It is a highly informative and well-done documentary.
(Highly Recommended).

"Meat Me Halfway" is available July 20 on VOD and streaming platforms.
Which one of the following 1970s TV shows was re-made into a big screen movie and starred Fred "The Hammer" Williamson?
"Starsky & Hutch"
"Charlie's Angels"
"Hawaii Five-O"
OSCAR NOMINATIONS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


LOS ANGELES, CALIF-- Oscar-winning actor/producer Riz Ahmed and actress Allison Williams announced the 95th Oscars nominations on Jan. 24), live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater and a global live stream on and

It was a history making morning for Angela Bassett who became the first person from a Marvel Cinematic Universe film to earn an Academy Award nomination.

Bassett received the “Best Supporting Actress” nod for her fiery performance as Ramonda, the Queen Mother” in director Ryan Coogler’s phenomenal movie, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Although there have been MCU movies that were nominated for--and won--various Oscars, including 2019’s “Black Panther,” this marks the first time one has been recognized for acting.

Bassett is also the first woman and first person of color to be honored. This is Bassett's second "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar nomination. Her first was for the 1993 Tina Turner biopic, "What's Love Got to Do With it?"

While Bassett’s nomination is groundbreaking, and comes on the heels of her "Golden Globe" and Critics Choice Awards wins, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” did not receive a "Best Picture" Oscar nomination like “Black Panther” did in 2018.

Still, there will be plenty to celebrate and cheer for when the 95th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles March 12 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

Take a look at all the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards. will have its picks posted to the Website a week before Hollywood's biggest night!

Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role: Austin Butler in "Elvis," Colin Farrell "The Banshees of Inisherin," Brendan Fraser "The Whale," Paul Mescal "Aftersun" and Bill Nighy, "Living."

Performance By An Actor in a supporting role: Brendan Gleeson in "The Banshees of Inisherin," Brian Tyree Henry "Causeway," Judd Hirsch "The Fabelmans," Barry Keoghan "The Banshees of Inisherin," and Ke Huy Quan in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Performance By An Actress in a leading role: Cate Blanchett in "Tar," Ana de Armas in "Blonde," Andrea Riseborough "To Leslie," Michelle Williams "The Fabelmans," and Michelle Yeoh in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Performance By An Actress in a supporting role: Angela Bassett in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," Hong Chau in "The Whale," Kerry Condon "The Banshees of Inisherin," Jamie Lee Curtis "Everything Everywhere All at Once," and Stephanie Hsu in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Best Animated Feature film of the year: "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley. "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" Dean Fleischer Camp, Elisabeth Holm, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan and Paul Mezey. "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" Joel Crawford and Mark Swift. "The Sea Beast" Chris Williams and Jed Schlanger. "Turning Red" Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins.

Achievement in Cinematography: "All Quiet on the Western Front" James Friend. "Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths" Darius Khondji. "Elvis" Mandy Walker. "Empire of Light" Roger Deakins. "Tar" Florian Hoffmeister.

Achievement in Costume Design: "Babylon" Mary Zophres. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" Ruth Carter. "Elvis" Catherine Martin. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Shirley Kurata. "Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris" Jenny Beavan.

Achievement in Directing: "The Banshees of Inisherin" Martin McDonagh. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. "The Fabelmans" Steven Spielberg. "Tar" Todd Field. "Triangle of Sadness" Ruben Ostlund.

Best Documentary Feature: "All That Breathes" Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer. "All the Beauty and the Bloodshed" Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin and Yoni Golijov. "Fire of Love" Sara Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman. "A House Made of Splinters" Simon Lereng Wilmont and Monica Hellstrom. "Navalny" Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris.

Best Documentary Short subject: "The Elephant Whisperers" Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga. "Haulout" Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev. "How Do You Measure a Year?" Jay Rosenblatt. "The Martha Mitchell Effect" Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison. "Stranger at the Gate" Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones.

Achievement in Film Editing: "The Banshees of Inisherin" Mikkel E.G. Nielsen. "Elvis" Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Paul Rogers. "Tar" Monika Willi. "Top Gun: Maverick" Eddie Hamilton.

Best International Feature film of the year: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Germany."Argentina, 1985" Argentina. "Close" Belgium. "EO" Poland. "The Quiet Girl" Ireland.

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Heike Merker and Linda Eisenhamerova. "The Batman" Naomi Donne, Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" Camille Friend and Joel Harlow. "Elvis" Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti. "The Whale" Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score): "All Quiet on the Western Front" Volker Bertelmann. "Babylon" Justin Hurwitz. "The Banshees of Inisherin" Carter Burwell. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Son Lux. "The Fabelmans" John Williams.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song): "Applause" from "Tell It like a Woman" Music and Lyric by Diane Warren. "Hold My Hand" from "Top Gun: Maverick" Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop. "Lift Me Up" from "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler. "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR" Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose. "This Is A Life" from "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne.

Best Motion Picture of the year: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Malte Grunert, Producer. "Avatar: The Way of Water" James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers. "The Banshees of Inisherin" Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers. "Elvis" Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, Producers. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert and Jonathan Wang, Producers. "The Fabelmans" Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, Producers. "Tar Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, Producers. "Top Gun: Maverick" Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, Producers. "Triangle of Sadness" Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober, Producers. "Women Talking" Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Frances McDormand, Producers.

Achievement in Production Design: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set Decoration: Ernestine Hipper. "Avatar: The Way of Water" Production Design: Dylan Cole and Ben Procter; Set Decoration: Vanessa Cole. "Babylon" Production Design: Florencia Martin; Set Decoration: Anthony Carlino. "Elvis" Production Design: Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy; Set Decoration: Bev Dunn. "The Fabelmans" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara.

BestAnimated Short film: "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud "The Flying Sailor" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. "Ice Merchants" Joao Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano. "My Year of Dicks" Sara Gunnarsdottir and Pamela Ribon. "An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It" Lachlan Pendragon.

Best Live Action Short film: "An Irish Goodbye" Tom Berkeley and Ross White, "Ivalu" Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan. "Le Pupille" Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón. "Night Ride" Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen "The Red Suitcase" Cyrus Neshvad.

Achievement In Sound: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Viktor Prasil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel and Stefan Korte. "Avatar: The Way of Water" Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers and Michael Hedges. "The Batman" Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray and Andy Nelson. "Elvis" David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson and Michael Keller. "Top Gun: Maverick" Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor.

Achievement in visual effects: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Frank Petzold, Viktor Muller, Markus Frank and Kamil Jafar. "Avatar: The Way of Water" Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett. "The Batman" Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands and Dominic Tuohy. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White and Dan Sudick. "Top Gun: Maverick" Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson and Scott R. Fisher.

Adapted Screenplay: "All Quiet on the Western Front" Screenplay by Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell. "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" Written by Rian Johnson. "Living" Written by Kazuo Ishiguro. "Top Gun: Maverick" Screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie; Story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks. "Women Talking" Screenplay by Sarah Polley.

Original Screenplay: "The Banshees of Inisherin" Written by Martin McDonagh. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. "The Fabelmans" Written by Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner. "Tar" Written by Todd Field. "Triangle of Sadness" Written by Ruben Ostlund.

For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website at

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from the Academy Awards publicity.

SALLY FIELD By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


SAG Award and Oscar-winning actress Sally Field has been named the 58th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Field will be presented with the performers union's top honor at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on Netflix’s YouTube channel,, on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

"Sally (Field) is an amazing actor with an enormous range and an uncanny ability to embody any character," said SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. I joyfully watched her early career when she portrayed "Gidget" and the "Flying Nun" and then, in ever more challenging roles, as Sybil and Norma Rae." Drescher added "she never stopped being extraordinary, including as recently as "Winning Time" in which she was simply sublime as Jessie Buss."

"She has an enduring career because she is authentic in her performance and always projects likability and humanity-- she just connects. That’s part of why she has sustained her massive fandom and incredibly rich and layered career. Sally is a massive star with a working actor’s ethos--just keep doing the work, being as good as you can. Every stage of an actor's life brings different opportunities, and you just need to keep working. Sally does not stop and we hope she never does."

Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the SAG Life Achievement Award will be the latest of Field's impressive accolades resulting from her career, in which she has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both large and small screens. She has previously received two Oscars, a SAG Award, three Emmys, two BAFTA Awards, the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor, Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and more.

In 2012, Field was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2015 she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. In 2019, she received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.

Field most recently appeared in director Michael Showalter's "Spoiler Alert" and will star opposite Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno in the upcoming comedy "80 for Brady."


Sally Field's film career includes numerous accolades and memorable performances including Robert Benton's Places in the Heart, for which she received both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and Martin Ritt's Norma Rae, receiving not only the Academy Award but also a Golden Globe, the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

For her performance as Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," she was given the New York Film Critics prize for best supporting actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA and an Academy Award. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in "Smokey and the Bandit," "Absence of Malice," "Kiss Me Goodbye," "Steel Magnolias" and received both SAG and BAFTA nominations for her work in "Forrest Gump."

Her other films include: "An Eye for An Eye," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Soapdish," "Not Without My Daughter," "The End," "Hooper," "Stay Hungry" (her first major film role) and "Hello, My Name is Doris." She starred in both "Punchline" and "Murphy’s Romance," which were produced by her then production company, Fogwood Films.


Born in Pasadena, California and raised in a show business family, Field began her career in 1964 in the television series "Gidget." She went on to star in "The Flying Nun" in 1967 and eventually starred in three television series by the age of 25.

She received Emmy Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries "Sybil," and for her performance as a bi-polar mother on "ER." For her role as "Nora Walker" on the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, which ran from 2006 to 2011, she received an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and two Golden Globe nominations. More recent television appearances include "Winning Time," "Maniac" and "Dispatches From Elsewhere."


In 2002, Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "The Goat" and in 2004 received rave reviews for her role as "Amanda" in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at The Kennedy Center. In 2017, she revisited that role on Broadway under the direction of Sam Gold at which time she was nominated for a Tony. Field made her West End debut in 2019 to critical acclaim in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" opposite Bill Pullman at the Old Vic.


Field is deeply committed to using her platform to support numerous charitable organizations and advocate for social change. Her activism placed a global spotlight on the alarming disappearances of young women in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, and on issues such as nuclear proliferation where she joined forces with Dr. Helen Caldicott and Lily Tomlin. She has fearlessly protested around the world for a variety of causes including climate change where she was arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building with her friend Jane Fonda. Having witnessed Save the Children’s work in Nepal, Field attended the historic women’s conference in Beijing on behalf of the organization in 1996.

Additionally, Field has served on the board of directors of Vital Voice for 20 years, an organization that empowers and connects courageous women across the continents to break barriers and overcome challenges to fight the injustices. In 2012, Field received the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award, an award that recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice to publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community. Field has also been involved with the Sundance Institute for many years, supporting their mission to nurture independent artists and diverse voices in the film industry and was a creative advisor for the Sundance Labs advising young filmmakers.

For 16 years, she served on the Board of Directors of The Sundance Institute and is currently an Emeritus Trustee.


Nominated and voted on by members of the SAG-AFTRA National Honors and Tributes Committee, the Life Achievement Award is bestowed for outstanding achievement in fostering the best ideals of the acting profession. The recipient of this award is a well-established performer who has contributed to improving the image of the acting profession and has a history of active involvement in humanitarian and public service endeavors.


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The 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be executive produced by Jon Brockett and produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. One of awards season's premier events, the SAG Awards annually celebrates the outstanding motion picture and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA with 122,600 eligible voters.

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2023 TOP 20 MOVIES By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


There were so many outstanding movies in 2022. It was challenging to compile 20 of the top films.

However, rose to the occasion once again and assembled its list of movies that we believe are exciting and honestly, worth multiple viewings.

We've also included our "Top Five Animated Movies" along with the "Best Documentaries" of 2022.

Take a look, and if you haven't seen some of them, we highly recommend you do. We also hope many of these movies will prevail at the Critics Choice Awards which airs Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on the CW Network.

Be sure and tune in for what is sure to be a really big show.

1. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"

2. "The Woman King"

3. "Till"

4. "Top Gun: Maverick"

5. "The Black Phone"

6. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

7. "Elvis"

8. "The Fabelmans"

9. "Women Talking"

10. "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery"

11. "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande"

12. "Avatar: The Way of Water"

13. "Devotion"

14. "The Whale"

15. "Causeway"

16. "Barbarian"

17. "The Good Nurse"

18. "Tar"

19. "The Pale Blue Eye"

20. "Aftersun"


1. "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio"

2. "Puss In Boots: The Last Wish"

3. "Wendell & Wild"

4. "The Bad Guys"

5. "The Sea Beast"


1. "Is That Black Enough For You?!?"(Netflix)

2. "Buried: "The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche" (AppleTV+)

3. "Sidney" (Apple TV+)

4. "Descendant" (Netflix)

5. "Citizen Ashe" (Magnolia/HBO Max/CNN Films).