24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards Winners – Live Updates

The BFCA and BTJA present the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards winners during a ceremony taking place tonight at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.  Please follow along for live updates throughout the evening! Motion Picture winners Best Action Movie: Mission: Impossible – Fallout Best Original Song: “Shallow” (A Star Is Born, Words & Music by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt) Best Young Actor/Actress: Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book Best…

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A Dog’s Way Home: Please Bring A Kleenex

While the dog doesn’t die in A Dog’s Way Home, you’ll want to bring along some Kleenex for all of the emotional moments in this film. If you’re a dog owner, you already know about the unconditional bond of love with your four-legged friend.  They come running to the door as soon as you come home because you mean so much to them.  We care about them so much that it hurts when we have…

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Perfectos Desconocidos: Secrets Get Revealed

At first glance, Perfectos Desconocidos (Perfect Strangers) is a gathering of friends for a dinner party but things soon get very intense. The film starts out with friends gathered around in the home of Eva (Cecilia Suárez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir).  Nothing is out of the ordinary for this group of friends aside from a lunar eclipse.  As friends continue to arrive, things don’t really get started until Pepe (Franky Martin) arrives.  While everyone was looking…

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The Upside Squanders So Much Potential

Despite the best efforts of Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, The Upside squanders so much potential during a film that is otherwise a laugh riot. Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston)–based on Phillippe Pozzo Di Borgo–is a quadriplegic billionaire as a result of a paragliding accident.  Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) is an ex-convict in need of a job.  In need of a signature to take to his parole officer, Dell’s attitude impresses Phillip to the point that he…

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John Lasseter Hired By Skydance Animation

It was announced today by Skydance Animation that the studio has hired ousted Walt Disney Animation Studios/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Lasseter was previously ousted by Disney following an investigation as a result of sexual harassment claims.  The former CCO was placed on a sabbatical in November 2017 when allegations first surfaced.  This led to his subsequent dismissal from Disney his role at several months later. This begs the question in this era of…

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Stan Lee Tribute Taking Place on January 30th

Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee will take place on January 30, 2019 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The tribute is being put together by Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.  Proceeds will benefit one of Stan Lee’s favorite charitable organizations, The Hero Initiative. The full press release is below: Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem…

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BAFTA Nominations Announced for 2019

The Favourite looks to be the film to beat as the EE Brtish Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for 2019 were announced by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. While the Oscars have expanded to anywhere from five to ten nominees, BAFTA has stuck with five nominees.  One could look to the Best Picture winner to come from these five films: A Star is Born, Roma, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, and Green Book. BAFTA and…

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Marco Beltrami talks scoring A Quiet Place

Film composer Marco Beltrami took some time yesterday evening to talk to Solzy at the Movies about his shortlisted score for A Quiet Place.  Oscar nomination voting comes to an end on January 14, 2019.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce Oscar nominations on January 22, 2019. Congrats on A Quiet Place making it into the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Score. Marco Beltrami:  Oh, thank you.  Thank you so much.…

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Sgt. Will Gardner: American Veterans Need Our Help

Sgt. Will Gardner tells the story of an Iraq War veteran and shows the effects that traumatic brain injuries have on America’s returning veterans. Writer-director Max Martini is known for portraying a number of military roles on screen.  Maybe it’s because of taking on those roles but it’s admirable for the actor to bring the troubles facing American veterans to the screen.  After all, thousands of American veterans can be found along many streets and…

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DGA Nominations and Snubs

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018. Once again, no women have been nominated.  I cannot stress this enough.  While Greta Gerwig was nominated for Lady Bird last year, you’d have to go back to Kathryn Bigelow’s nomination for The Hurt Locker (2009) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).  Before this, the most recent nomination had been Sofia Coppola for Lost in…

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