THE SHAPE OF WATER
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 12/08/2017
Running Time: 123
Rated: R
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Crew: Director: Guillermo del Toro. Producers: Guillermo del Toro, David Greenbaum, Matthew Greenfield and Daniel Kraus. Executive Producer: Liz Sayre. Screenwriters: Guillermo del Torro and Vanessa Taylor. Cinematographer: Dan Lausten.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

A few years ago, I sat down with director/screenwriter
Guillermo del Toro
in San Francisco and asked him how he comes up with such fascinating ideas and characters for his movies.
He chuckled and said as a kid he always had a very active and vivid imagination and it has just “matured” over the years.

Lucky for us, del Toro’s wellspring of creativity/maturity has been on display ever since his 1993, debut film, “Cronos” and his critically acclaimed creature features “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001) and “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006).

However, it’s his latest movie, “The Shape of Water” that’s generating plenty of buzz. The film premiered this year at the Venice International Film Festival and earned the top prize. It was shown plenty of love at Telluride (Colorado) and Toronto too.

Most importantly, “The Shape of Water” received 14 nominations from the BFCA/Critics’ Choice Awards including: “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay” (Del Toro), “Best Picture,” “Best Actress” (Sally Hawkins), “Best Supporting Actress” (Octavia Spencer) and “Best Supporting Actor” (Richard Jenkins).

“The Shape of Water” will also land prominently on N2Entertainment.net’s year-end Top 20 Movies list.

Here’s why.

Like most of del Toro’s films, “The Shape of Water” is captivating and unpredictable, but this magical, romantic fantasy feels like his most passionate, cinematic achievement yet.

“The Shape of Water” is set in Baltimore 1962 against the backdrop of Cold War era America. It’s here we meet Elisa Esposito, (Sally Hawkins, “Paddington 2”) who was violently abused as an orphan child and had her vocal chords cut out.

Now mute, Elisa makes a decent living working at a high-security underground, government facility.

Aside from her friendly co-worker, Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer, “Gifted”) and her cat loving neighbor Giles (an excellent Richard Jenkins, TV’s “Berlin Station” and “Comrade Detective”), Elisa is pretty much a loner. She enjoys her cozy apartment, taking relaxing baths and watching musicals on her small TV.

But, Elisa’s life takes a lively and lovely dramatic turn when an odd looking, sinewy creature in a metal cage known as “The Asset/Amphibian Man” (Doug Jones, TV’s “Star Trek: Discovery” is hauled into her office.

Colonel Richard Strickland, (Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”) oversees the creature research team that found the Amphibian Man in the Amazon. The colonel and lab scientist, Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Post”) plan to conduct an experiment on it which will give the United States a leg up on scientific research.

However, the colonel is not as sympathetic towards the blue tinted being and abuses it with an electric cattle prod. Thankfully Dr. Hoffstetler has much more compassion toward it. Then again, he has some ulterior motives at play here too.

Elisa, has bigger and better plans for the creature. During her nightly rounds, she summons Zelda (Spencer) to help her free it from its cramped water tank. Oddly, Elisa becomes enraptured by this squishy thing. She even flirts with him, feeds him hard-boiled eggs, teaches him sign language and turns him on to Benny Goodman records.

Is there anything possibly more romantic?

Not in del Toro’s mystical and magical world. Elisa and the creature fall madly in love and Elisa is hell-bent on protecting her new, romantic interest at all costs especially since some Russian operatives have discovered the agency’s location and are coming after him.

Hawkins delivers a genuinely heart-felt performance. The wonderful, weird and erotic attraction she has with the creature and the twisty storyline and characters all make the “The Shape of Water” really soar.

It’s another cinematic marvel from the ever “maturing” mind of Guillermo del Toro....
 

Rated: R
Opens: 12/08/2017
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Opens: 11/22/2017
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Rated: R
Opens: 11/22/2017
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Rated: R
Opens: 11/17/2017
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Rated: R
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Lady Sings The Blues Title: Lady Sings The Blues
Year Released: 1972
Running Time: 144
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Director of Photography: John A. Alonzo
Screenwriter: Suzanne De Passe
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: When you’ve watched a movie so many times that you basically know the dialogue verbatim, that movie really means something and resonates with you.

The 1972 autobiographical drama, “Lady Sings the Blues” is the one for me. No matter how many times I see it, it never gets old.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (“Iron Eagle” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”), “Lady Sings the...
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Detroit <b >(Dec. 12)</b> Title: Detroit (Dec. 12)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 143
Production Company: Annapurna Pictures
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“DETROIT”

Although director Kathryn Bigelow’s critically acclaimed drama “Detroit” didn’t receive any Golden Globe or Critics’ Choice Awards nominations--although I cast my CCA vote for it--the daring drama from screenwriter Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”) remains one of the most electrifying and powerful films this year.

(See “Reel Movie News” interviews with “Detroit” cast).

“Detroit” centers around the Algiers Motel incident that took place in the Motor City on July 25, 1967 and the racially charged 12th Street Riot which resulted in the death of three black men and the beatings of seven black men and two white women.

The movie opens with partygoers enjoying a night of celebrating the return of a well-respected Vietnam soldier named Greene (Anthony Mackie, “Captain America: Civil War”).

As police round up and arrest the club members and take them outside to waiting vans, a crowd of angry passersby and other patrons gather and start shouting, throwing bottles and rocks at the police.

Despite pleas for peace from young Congressman John Conyers (Laz Alonso, TV’s “The Mysteries of Laura”), the situation soon gets out of control.
Fighting breaks out between the police and residents in the community. The cops are soon outnumbered, stores set on fire, and just like that Detroit is under attack. Enter the Michigan National Guard.

Meanwhile, as properties and streets burn Larry Reed (Algee Smith, TV’s “The New Edition Story”), the lead singer of the up and coming group The Dramatics ("Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”) are set to go on stage at Detroit’s legendary Fox Theatre. Instead, they and everyone else are asked to immediately evacuate the premises.

Larry, along with his friends Fred Temple (Jacob Latimore, “Collateral Beauty”) and Lee (Peyton Alex Smith, “Mad Money” and TV’s “The Quad”) try to escape the chaos outside by heading to the old, rundown Algiers Motel.

While there, they meet two young white women named Karen (Kaitlyn Dever TV’s “Last Man Standing”) and Julie (Hannah Murray, TV’s “Game of Thrones”) who are hanging out with their friend Carl (Jason Mitchell, “Straight Outta Compton”). They talk, drink and discuss what’s going on around them.

Greene (Mackie) finds his way over to the motel which is being watched along with other nearby properties, by Melvin Dismukes (John Boyega, “Star Wars: The The Last Jedi” and the upcoming “Pacific Rim: Uprising.”), an African-American, private security guard who has been tasked with working a double shift to try and keep the peace.

With jittery cops strategically stationed all over the streets, Carl (Mitchell) is angered by their presence and does something stupid. He fires a toy starter pistol. The police believe the shot is sniper fire and they go off.

Seconds later, the National Guard, Melvin (Boyega) and local police officers Krauss (Will Poulter, “The Revenant” and “We’re the Millers”) and Demens (Jack Reynor, “Sing Street”), storm the three-story Algiers motel looking for who shot at them.

What happens next to the young men and women in the Algiers at the hands of the two police officers, is some of the most heart-wrenching and abusive form of harassment, intimidation and racism imaginable.

Krauss makes everyone inside the Algiers line up facing the hall wall and for hours he berates them and sadistically beats them. He even makes the young women strip naked and calls them whores for associating with black guys.

Bigelow and Boals don’t sugar-coat the racism that percolates throughout “Detroit” which is what makes it so powerful.
(Highly Recommended).

Kingsman: The Golden Circle <b>(Dec. 12)</b> Title: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Dec. 12)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 141
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” two guys are placed headfirst into a meat grinder and turned into hamburger patties, a young woman has a tracking device slipped into her vagina, Elton John appears as a foul-mouthed, hostage/wacko and Juliane Moore (“Suburbicon”) plays a psycho billionaire drug lord.

These are just some of the highlights—or low-lights depending on your sensibilities—in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to 2014’s sleeper hit, “Kingsman: Secret Service” which earned a staggering $414.4 million.

Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”), who directed the first “Kingsman,” is back at the helm in “The Golden Circle” and he ramps up the violence, action and sheer absurdity. More is more. Actually, more comes close to being too much as “The Golden Circle” runs a dizzying 141 minutes.

Still, Vaughn has choreographed some doozy action sequences throughout the movie starting with the opening scene that has two guys throwing down inside a speeding car while Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” blasts your eardrums wide open.

And speaking of music. You know “Kingsman:The Golden Circle” is going to be one crazy ride when it features John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Annie’s Song” along with a countrified version of Cameo’s monster jam, “Word Up!” Larry Blackmon must have given his stamp of approval. And I have to admit, it’s a pretty unique cover of Cameo’s party anthem.

Most all of the players are back this time around in “The Golden Circle” including Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth, “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.”) who in the first movie was shot in the head and supposed to be dead. Turns out he only lost his eye and a bit of his memory and has been holed up in a private medical facility.

Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton, “Billionaire Boys Club” and “Eddie the Eagle”), the savvy, young Londoner who Harry/Galahad mentored and recruited, now has his work cut out for him as a full-fledge member of the covert spy organization comprised of well-dressed gents.

Eggsy would rather spend time with his girlfriend, Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström, “Sami Blood”), but duty calls. Eggsy has to find who blew up the Kingsman headquarters.

All signs point to the crazed drug leader Poppy Adams (Moore). She runs a 1950s styled theme park like operation that’s hidden in a remote jungle that’s loaded with robotic attack dogs and several strapping bodyguards.

For some strange reason, Poppy—who keeps Elton John on lockdown and in a shock collar--wants to decimate the planet. Consequently, she’s laced her drugs with a virus that sends users on a really bad trip. They develop these weird looking blue colored marks on their faces and over time become paralyzed.

Poppy even has the president of the United States (Bruce Greenwood, TV’s “Young Justice”) in a bind and is forcing him to legalize narcotics.
So Eggsy and his John Denver loving handler, Merlin (Mark Strong, “Miss Sloane”) join forces with another U.S. spy team—the Statesman--based out of Kentucky and who work out of bourbon distillery.

They’re led by head Statesman, Champagne “Champ (Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”), secret agents, Tequila, (Channing Tatum, “Logan Lucky”), Jack Daniels/Whiskey, (Pedro Pascal, TV’s “Narco”) and a tech assistant named Ginger Ale (a nerdy/homely Halle Berry).

There is plenty of blood-spattering shoot ‘em up moments to satisfy the most ardent fans of Matthew Vaughn’s madcap spectacle. It’s just not as golden as the original.
(Recommended).

Despicable Me 3 <b> ( Dec. 5) </b> Title: Despicable Me 3 ( Dec. 5)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Universal Pictures “Despicable Me 3” is chockfull of wackiness, amusement and a Pharrell Williams driven soundtrack to accompany its fast-paced 90-minute run time. The animated adventure also delivers as much fun as its predecessors.

This time around a soft-hearted Gru (Steve Carell, “The Last Flag Flying”) and Lucy (Kristen Wigg, TV’s “The Last Man on Earth” and “Big Mouth”), are agents for the Anti-Villain League (AVL), but their membership is revoked and they’ve been relieved of their duties by new director Valerie Da Vinci (Jenny Slate, “Zootopia” and “Obvious Child”).

The reason?

They’ve been unable to capture bad boy Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker, “South Park”). He’s the former and once popular 1980s child star who played a young super-villain in the television show, “Evil Bratt.”

Problem is he grew up, got old and his show was cancelled. Now, Bratt can’t deal with his waning celebrity. He’s decided to become a real-life supervillain and is out to get revenge on the Hollywood honchos who axed his show.

Bratt loves that Gru and Lucy couldn’t catch him and he’s set his sights on a bigger prize: stealing the world’s largest diamond.

This guy is so caught up in his 1980s persona that he still rocks a weird looking high-top fade and mullet hairstyle and suits with shoulder pads. Whenever Bratt makes an entrance, he’s often accompanied by the beat of an awesome music mixtape that features Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” among others. Yes, it’s hilarious.

Since leaving the AVL, Gru and Lucy are having a bit of a time adjusting to married life and raising their adopted daughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove, “Despicable Me 2”), Edith (Dana Gaier, “Despicable Me 2”) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel, “Fun Size Horror: Volume One”).

Meanwhile, the adorable, banana loving Minions are disappointed that Gru won’t revert to his evil ways now that he’s out of work. Consequently, they revolt and go on strike. They manage to crash a singing competition and provide ample doses of humor while doing it and even wind up in prison which is also pretty funny.

While all this is taking place, Gru has his hands full too especially when he discovers he has a long-lost, wealthy twin brother named Dru (Carell again).

Once they begin to bond, Gru realizes Dru has a dark side to him as well and that Dru has always wanted to be “despicable” like him. Together they recognize that being bad can feel pretty good.
(Recommended).

Good Time <b>(Nov. 21)</b> Title: Good Time (Nov. 21)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 99
Production Company: A24 Pictures
Director: Benny Safdie
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"GOOD TIME"

In “Good Time,” directed by the brother team of Benny and Josh Safdie (“Daddy Longlegs” and “Heaven Knows What”), Robert Pattinson branches out and a delivers a stark, gritty and dark performance as a thugged out petty criminal named Connie Nikas.

We don’t know why Connie’s (Pattinson) life has spiraled out of control. However, we see that he doesn’t want to be without his mentally disabled brother Nick (Benny Safdie).

Connie can’t bear the thought of Nick being placed in a special needs facility in New York, so he breaks in one of his therapy sessions and insists he go with him.

You know right away things aren’t going to turn out good for either of them especially when Connie convinces Nick to help him rob a bank. Even Nick knows that’s a stupid idea and looks as if he’d rather be back at his therapy session. But Nick goes along with Connie’s crazy scheme anyway.

Nick and Connie pose as masked wearing black guys and head into the local bank demanding the African-American teller place $65,000 in a bag. She does, but Nick and Connie don’t get far before their easy money literally blows up in their faces.

The cops spot them walking away all red-faced. Nick panics and runs. He’s soon caught and taken to jail. Connie gets away and is determined to get Nick out of jail. So much so, he reaches out to his girlfriend, Corey (Jennifer Jason Leigh, TV’s “Twin Peaks”) hoping she can get one of her mom’s credit cards to pay for his bail.

As this drama unfolds, poor Nick is getting beat down by an inmate at Rikers Island. He winds up in the hospital. Connie, messes up again when he sneaks into the hospital to get Nick, but somehow mistakenly gets another patient in a wheelchair. Turns out the guy is a parolee named Ray (Buddy Duress, “Heaven Knows What”) and a really stupid criminal too.

If you think all this sounds pretty crazy, well, you’re right. It is. However, “Good Time” screenwriters Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein (“Heaven Knows What”) makes sure your eyeballs stay glued to this frenetic thrill ride. It’s a gritty, good time.
(Recommended).
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LAST JEDI By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

BEGINNING DEC. 11 CITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT FOR CUSTOM MADE STAR WARS INSPIRED PLATES

Before the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Sacramento’s Esquire IMAX Theatre is giving fans the chance to win custom made Star Wars memorabilia.

Over the course of four days, starting Dec. 11 until opening day Dec. 14, fans will be able to find Star Wars-inspired glass collector’s plates hidden in a scavenger hunt around Sacramento, California.

Limited edition custom glass collector’s plate as well as two complimentary tickets for any available show will be given out once a day. Fans can expect a post on Esquire IMAX Theatre’s social media pages with a hint for the location of the items at noon each day.

If fans would like to participate, follow us @esquireimax on Instagram, FB and Twitter.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants should obey all traffic laws and travel safely while in route to each location.

ABOUT “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI:

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” The IMAX Experience will open on Dec.14 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

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.

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 department.


AND THE NOMINEES ARE... By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” AND “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” LEAD NOMINATIONS FOR THE 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today (Dec. 6) the nominees for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

N2Entertainment.net is a member of the BFCA and was part of the Critics’ Choice Awards nominating process.

The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Jan. 11. The awards show will return to The CW Network and will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

“The Shape of Water” leads all films this year with 14 nominations including “Best Picture,” Sally Hawkins for “Best Actress,” Richard Jenkins for “Best Supporting Actor,” Octavia Spencer for “Best Supporting Actress.”

Guillermo del Toro is nominated for both “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay” alongside Vanessa Taylor, Dan Laustsen for “Best Cinematography,” Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, and Jeff Melvin for “Best Production Design,” Sidney Wolinsky for “Best Editing,” Luis Sequeira for “Best Costume Design,” “Best Hair and Makeup,” “Best Visual Effects,” “Best Sci-Fi” or “Horror Movie,” and Alexandre Desplat for “Best Score.” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Post” impressed with eight nominations each, and are all in the running for “Best Picture” and “Best Director,” among others.

“Blade Runner 2049” earned seven nominations, followed by “The Big Sick” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” each with six, and “Get Out” and “I, Tonya” with five.

“2017 has proved to be an incredibly exciting year in movies – and one of the most wide-open in terms of awards possibilities,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “The mix of legendary filmmakers and performers along with vibrant new voices representing fresh and varied styles and perspectives has entertained and challenged critics and audiences alike. It’s been a joy to experience these films and we can’t wait to celebrate them all on Jan. 11.”

“Choosing a handful of outstanding programs or personalities to nominate in any category is a daunting task given the sheer volume of high quality options today on broadcast and cable television and streaming services,” said BTJA President Ed Martin. “But after much careful consideration and thoughtful debate I believe we have filled all of our categories with the most deserving nominees.”

“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.

The BFCA is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics.

BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME. Take a look at 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards Nominees:

BEST PICTURE: “The Big Sick” “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “The Florida Project” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST ACTOR: Timothée Chalamet – “Call Me by Your Name” James Franco – “The Disaster Artist” Jake Gyllenhaal – “Stronger” Tom Hanks – “The Post” Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out” Daniel Day-Lewis – “Phantom Thread” Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”

BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain – “Molly’s Game” Sally Hawkins – “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Margot Robbie – “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep – “The Post”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Willem Dafoe – “The Florida Project” Armie Hammer – “Call Me By Your Name” Richard Jenkins – “The Shape of Water” Sam Rockwell – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Patrick Stewart – “Logan” Michael Stuhlbarg – “Call Me by Your Name”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mary J. Blige – “Mudbound” Hong Chau – “Downsizing” Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” Holly Hunter – “The Big Sick” Allison Janney – “I, Tonya” Laurie Metcalf – “Lady Bird” Octavia Spencer – “The Shape of Water”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Mckenna Grace – “Gifted” Dafne Keen – “Logan” Brooklynn Prince – “The Florida Project” Millicent Simmonds – “Wonderstruck” Jacob Tremblay – “Wonder”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: “Dunkirk” “Lady Bird” “Mudbound” “The Post” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro – “The Shape of Water” Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird” Martin McDonagh – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Christopher Nolan – “Dunkirk” Luca Guadagnino – “Call Me By Your Name” Jordan Peele – “Get Out” Steven Spielberg – “The Post”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor – “The Shape of Water” Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird” Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – “The Big Sick” Liz Hannah and Josh Singer – “The Post” Martin McDonagh – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Jordan Peele – “Get Out”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: James Ivory – “Call Me by Your Name” Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – “The Disaster Artist” Dee Rees and Virgil Williams – “Mudbound” Aaron Sorkin – “Molly’s Game” Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky – “Wonder”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins – “Blade Runner 2049” Hoyte van Hoytema – “Dunkirk” Dan Laustsen – “The Shape of Water” Rachel Morrison – “Mudbound” Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – “Call Me By Your Name”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin – “The Shape of Water” Jim Clay, Rebecca Alleway – “Murder on the Orient Express” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis – “Dunkirk” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola – “Blade Runner 2049” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – “Beauty and the Beast” Mark Tildesley, Véronique Melery – “Phantom Thread”

BEST EDITING: Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar – “The Post” Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos – “Baby Driver” Lee Smith – “Dunkirk” Joe Walker – “Blade Runner 2049” Sidney Wolinsky – “The Shape of Water”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Renée April – “Blade Runner 2049” Mark Bridges – “Phantom Thread” Jacqueline Durran– “Beauty and the Beast” Lindy Hemming– “Wonder Woman” Luis Sequeira– “The Shape of Water”

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP: “Beauty and the Beast” “Darkest Hour” “I, Tonya” “The Shape of Water” “Wonder”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: “Blade Runner 2049” “Dunkirk” “The Shape of Water” “Thor: Ragnarok” “War for the Planet of the Apes” “Wonder Woman”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “The Breadwinner” “Coco” “Despicable Me 3” “The LEGO Batman Movie” “Loving Vincent”

BEST ACTION MOVIE: “Baby Driver” “Logan” “Thor: Ragnarok” “War for the Planet of the Apes” “Wonder Woman”

BEST COMEDY: “The Big Sick” “The Disaster Artist” “Girls Trip” “I, Tonya” “Lady Bird”

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Steve Carell – “Battle of the Sexes” James Franco – “The Disaster Artist” Chris Hemsworth – “Thor: Ragnarok” Kumail Nanjiani – “The Big Sick” Adam Sandler – “The Meyerowitz Stories”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” Zoe Kazan – “The Big Sick” Margot Robbie – “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird” Emma Stone – “Battle of the Sexes”

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE: “Blade Runner 2049” “Get Out” “It” “The Shape of Water”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” “A Fantastic Woman” “First They Killed My Father” “In the Fade” “The Square” “Thelma”

BEST SONG: “Evermore” – “Beauty and the Beast” “Mystery of Love” – “Call Me By Your Name” “Remember Me” – “Coco” “Stand Up for Something” – “Marshall” “This Is Me” – “The Greatest Showman”

BEST SCORE: Alexandre Desplat – “The Shape of Water” Jonny Greenwood – “Phantom Thread” Dario Marianelli – “Darkest Hour” Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – “Blade Runner 2049” John Williams – “The Post” Hans Zimmer – “Dunkirk”

TELEVISION NOMINATIONS FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS:

BEST DRAMA SERIES: “American Gods” (Starz) “The Crown” (Netflix) “Game of Thrones” (HBO) “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) “Stranger Things” (Netflix) “This Is Us” (NBC)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC) Paul Giamatti – “Billions” (Showtime) Freddie Highmore – “Bates Motel” (A&E) Ian McShane – “American Gods” (Starz) Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul” (AMC) Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander” (Starz) Christine Baranski – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) Claire Foy – “The Crown” (Netflix) Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black” (BBC America) Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) Robin Wright – “House of Cards” (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Bobby Cannavale – “Mr. Robot” (USA) Asia Kate Dillon – “Billions” (Showtime) Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones” (HBO) David Harbour – “Stranger Things” (Netflix) Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) Michael McKean – “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Gillian Anderson – “American Gods” (Starz) Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones” (HBO) Ann Dowd – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) Cush Jumbo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) Margo Martindale – “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon) Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us” (NBC)

BEST COMEDY SERIES: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) “Black-ish” (ABC) “GLOW” (Netflix) “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) “Modern Family” (ABC) “Patriot” (Amazon)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC) Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” (Netflix) Hank Azaria – “Brockmire” (IFC) Ted Danson – “The Good Place” (NBC) Thomas Middleditch – “Silicon Valley” (HBO) Randall Park – “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Kristen Bell – “The Good Place” (NBC) Alison Brie – “GLOW” (Netflix) Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) Sutton Foster – “Younger” (TV Land) Ellie Kemper – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) Constance Wu – “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) Walton Goggins – “Vice Principals” (HBO) Sean Hayes – “Will & Grace” (NBC) Marc Maron – “GLOW” (Netflix) Kumail Nanjiani – “Silicon Valley” (HBO) Ed O’Neill – “Modern Family” (ABC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) Betty Gilpin – “GLOW” (Netflix) Jenifer Lewis – “Black-ish” (ABC) Alessandra Mastronardi – “Master of None” (Netflix) Rita Moreno – “One Day at a Time” (Netflix)

BEST LIMITED SERIES: “American Vandal” (Netflix) “Big Little Lies” (HBO) “Fargo” (FX) “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) “Godless” (Netflix) “The Long Road Home” (National Geographic)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TV: “Flint” (Lifetime) “I Am Elizabeth Smart” (Lifetime) “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO) “Sherlock: The Lying Detective” (PBS) “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES: Jeff Daniels – “Godless” (Netflix) Robert De Niro – “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO) Ewan McGregor – “Fargo” (FX) Jack O’Connell – “Godless” (Netflix) Evan Peters – “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX) Bill Pullman – “The Sinner” (USA) Jimmy Tatro – “American Vandal” (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES: Jessica Biel – “The Sinner” (USA) Alana Boden – “I Am Elizabeth Smart” (Lifetime) Carrie Coon – “Fargo” (FX) Nicole Kidman – “Big Little Lies” (HBO) Jessica Lange – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) Reese Witherspoon – “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES: Johnny Flynn – “Genius” (National Geographic) Benito Martinez – “American Crime” (ABC) Alfred Molina – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) Alexander Skarsgård – “Big Little Lies” (HBO) David Thewlis – “Fargo” (FX) Stanley Tucci – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES: Judy Davis – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) Laura Dern – “Big Little Lies” (HBO) Jackie Hoffman – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC) Michelle Pfeiffer – “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO) Mary Elizabeth Winstead – “Fargo” (FX)

BEST TALK SHOW: “Ellen” (NBC) “Harry” (Syndicated) “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS) “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” (BRAVO)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES: “Archer” (FX) “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX) “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix) “Danger & Eggs” (Amazon) “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim) “The Simpsons” (FOX)

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES: “Born This Way” (A&E) “Ice Road Truckers” (History) “Intervention” (A&E) “Live PD” (A&E) “Ride with Norman Reedus” (AMC) “Teen Mom” (MTV)

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES: “The Carbonaro Effect” (truTV) “Fixer Upper” (HGTV) “The Profit” (CNBC) “Shark Tank” (ABC) “Undercover Boss” (CBS) “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES: “America’s Got Talent” (NBC) “Chopped” (Food Network) “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) “Project Runway” (Lifetime) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGOtv) “The Voice” (NBC)

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST: Ted Allen – “Chopped” (Food Network) Tyra Banks – “America’s Got Talent”(NBC) Tom Bergeron – “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) Cat Deeley – “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX) Joanna and Chip Gaines – “Fixer Upper” (HGTV) RuPaul – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGOtv)

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Our pics of who we’d like to see win will also be posted to N2Entertainment.net the week prior to the show. Should be a very fun night.

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DETROIT QA By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“DETROIT” BACK IN THEATERS FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA— Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest movie “Detroit,” which opened in wide release this past August, is being re-released in theatres for a limited run starting Dec. 1.

“Detroit” is an emotional juggernaut. The film is based on true events surrounding the Algiers Motel incident that took place in the Motor City on July 25, 1967 and the racially charged 12th Street Riot which resulted in the death of three black men and the beatings of seven black men and two white women.

The five days of civil unrest involved nearly 10,000 people and left Detroit--a city that was already plagued by high unemployment and crime--reeling.

Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker”) have another riveting thriller on their hands which is bolstered by a remarkable cast that includes: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Hannah Murray, Tyler James Williams, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, and John Krasinski.

“Detroit” recently received four NAACP Image Award nominations: “Outstanding Motion Picture,” “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture” (Algee Smith), “Outstanding Independent Motion Picture” and “Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture” (Mark Boal).

N2Entertainment.net recently caught up with a few members of the “Detroit” cast during a press luncheon at Nerano restaurant in Beverly Hills to discuss the film, the impact it’s had on them and the importance of it being re-released on Dec. 1 and will be in theaters for a limited time.

Here’s what they had to say.

TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS (LEON) ("Dear White People"), (TV's "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and "Everybody Hates Chris").

Q. What was your feeling when you went to Detroit? What was the vibe?

A. Detroit was very aware of what we were filming when we were filming. There was a sense of ‘don’t mess this up. This is the only shot we have to tell this.’ You’re not just telling a story – you are telling our story. It was interesting. I remember flying into work, the driver was telling me about the incident, not knowing I was there to work on a movie about the incident. He was telling me about what happened at the Algiers. And I was just sitting there listening to him. We had no idea this existed. No idea this happened. Country that very well remembers it. It led more to the gravity. This is something not easily forgotten. People remember this as if it was yesterday.

Q. Did you feel a sense of responsibility?

A. An incredible sense of responsibility. Everybody did. For my role, I immediately made parallels to Mike Brown. That was my goal. I’m telling his story today. It mirrored so much in the sense of inside the corner store. What he’s doing is up for debate, although most people would say, ‘ah he was clearly stealing. He was in that neighborhood he could have worked there. You don’t know that, but either way he didn’t deserve to die. And that for me when reading what my role was going to be that was a punch in the stomach. I kept saying, “I’ve read this story before, but like recently.”

Q. It’s been 50 years since this incident. Has anything changed in your opinion?

A. NO. The greatest lie the devil ever told was that he didn’t exist. I think right now we’re telling ourselves the lie that we fixed this already. We didn’t. We never, ever fixed it. It’s still a problem and that’s why I think we’ve run into a hesitation. People know this is a great movie, but are like, “Eh, I don’t want to see it.” People don’t want to look in the mirror and see where they live. That’s all.

Q. Some black men say they when they leave their homes – they leave their homes as black men. They must be conscious of everything they do. You’re young. Do you feel the same thing?

A. I’m a young, black man who is heavily tattooed, who drives an all blacked-out Range Rover. I get pulled over left and right. Yes!

Q. What happens when you’re pulled over?

A. I know how to move now. I know the world that I live in. I’m aware of that. That doesn't make it right, but I know how to communicate with police officers. But that doesn’t mean on any day of frustration my communication doesn’t change and I can end up like anybody else. My dad was a cop and made me very aware of the world that I live in. Even from a cop perspective, he’d say, “You are a black male. You will be targeted. I’ll tell you right now.” I read the curriculums. I know how cops work. Watch out! Especially in LA and California, a black male with money is not attractive. There are no rose-colored glasses here. There are no illusions of fame. Money and success change nothing.

Q. Does success for this movie come from what’s on the screen or the money it has made?

A. To me, it’s what’s on the screen. We knew this would be a hard movie to sell to people because people don’t want to look at their history. They just don’t. They much prefer films about slavery because they feel it’s far away. They can watch because that’s not our generation. With this movie, we’re dealing with something where, yeah, there are some people still alive who experienced this incident, so we can’t have changed the conversation that much. So we knew that. If you think anybody got into this movie to make money then…. you don’t understand the type of people who were pulled into this movie. None of us got paid like that. To me, the success is when people see it, they can’t unsee it. So eventually you’ll see it whether it’s on HBO one day or TNT and as long as you leave feeling conflicted, well…

WILL POULTER-- (OFFICER PHILIP KRAUSS) ("The Revenant," "The Maze Runner" and "We're the Millers").

Q. When you’re shooting this kind of movie and it’s in Detroit and it’s so emotional and so racist, how does an actor even get in that mode? You play the most disgusting person in the film. Loved you, but you were disgusting. I know you’re an actor but how do you prepare for that type of role?

A. First and foremost I have to give an immense amount of thanks to all the filmmakers and the team behind the film because we couldn’t have been better prepped as actors. We are operating with a script that is so well researched and constructed in a journalistic manner by Mark Boal and Katheryn (Bigelow), so already you’re operating with something that is striving to achieve authenticity and is paying respects to the facts of the event and the reality of what happened. So, that makes the job easier form the jump. In terms of adopting the psychology of a racist, it was incredibly difficult because how do you form a psychology based on such a flawed and misguided logic about other human beings? How do you build an opinion that is entirely mythological and is based on propaganda about people of color? I’ve played less than likeable characters before but, never one as reprehensible as this, or disgusting as you say. And I found that it was nothing at all that I respected about him. The breakthrough I made for Officer Krauss and his psychology was when I distilled the racist rhetoric down to it being a self-righteous form of ignorance. He’s self-righteously ignorant. I just embraced it. It’s an oversimplification of what racism is, but that was the scariest thing about Krauss and racist people to me. They are so undeniably wrong, but they are so confidently right in their own minds.

Q. Did this role change you in any way?

A. From the perspective of a straight young white male that’s lived his life exempt from any kind of prejudice, it’s helped me to realize and understand better my privilege. I hope that my experience will be something that is felt by everyone seeing this film which is a greater sense of empathy and understanding for people who have a different life experience than yours. I learn so much just by being on set with my castmates. I receive an education every time I do a panel or a Q&A. I hear something that Algee (Smith) says that changes my perspective or Laz (Alonso) that I never knew, or Tyler (James Williams) that makes me rethink what I thought before. It’s such an amazing opportunity to be educated with this movie. Socially, political conscious work is synonymous with Kathryn Bigelow.

KAITLYN DEVER (KAREN) (TV's "Last Man Standing").

Q. What were your thoughts about this movie?

A. I got the script three days before we started shooting. I knew the movie was about the Algiers incident, but I didn’t know what character I was doing. When I found out it was a true story, I was excited to know that I was going to be part of something so powerful, that would start a conversation and I was excited that Katheryn was directing it.

Q. Can you talk about the importance of the re-release?

A. Ultimately, I think people need to see it. I know Kathryn (Bigelow) gave this movie such a voice.

Q. How do you talk to other millennials about this movie?

A.I think being for me—and I’m not even 21-years-old yet-- this has a been a learning experience. I knew about the tragedies today with police and violence in the black community, but I didn’t know about this story. My friends didn’t know about it either. There are a lot of millennials that are fans of Katheryn Bigelow. Young people today are stepping up and millennials want to know the truth and will want to see this movie.

Q. What’s next for you?

A. I’m shooting a movie in Ohio called “Them That Follow” and it’s about snake handlers in a small community in the Appalachians where believers handle poisonous snakes to prove their righteousness before God. It’s very intense and I play a regular girl in the community. I took a break from it and flew in just for this event because I wanted to be here with my “Detroit” castmates and promote this movie.

Editor’s Note: “Detroit” is currently back in theaters for a limited run. If you missed this outstanding movie the first time around, be sure to check it out.