Film Review: ‘The Beguiled’ is a Flawless Execution from Sofia Coppola

Touted with suspense and riveting performances from its cast, Sofia Coppola‘s “The Beguiled” stands alone as the single best film of 2017 so far, and the crowning jewel of the director’s career.  The film is packed with stunning imagery, an engaging story, and a skillful eye to capture emotions and complex ideas from its themes. […]

Film Review: ‘It Comes at Night’ Brings Refreshing Fear and Disturbing Intensity

An eye for thrill-seeking cinema, director Trey Edward Shults redefines the term “heart palpitations” with his newest film “It Comes At Night.”  With an all-star cast that boasts incredible performances in particular, Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, the film is constructed as one of the most disturbing and frightening experiences in years. “It Comes at […]

Film Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ Ignites the Screen with the Magic of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins

Color me surprised.  “Wonder Woman,” the newest film in the DC Cinematic Universe encompasses sincerity, heart, and a charismatic and endearing performance from its star Gal Gadot.  Directed by Patty Jenkins, her first feature since “Monster” in 2003, the marriage of character and vision is apparent in every frame, amounting to the best DC film […]

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’ Sings More Than Just Its Music

2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The power of the musical knows no boundaries but so seldom explored as we get to witness in début director Damon Cardasis’ invigorating film “Saturday Church.”  Capturing the spirit of youth and imagination, Cardasis taps into a subject that is all too familar in today’s cultural climate.  This is all brought […]

Oscar Circuit: End of the First Quarter, Any Academy Award Contenders So Far?

April may bring the “fools,” but along with that comes brand new predictions for the Oscars. With the first quarter of 2017 officially in the books, we haven’t yet been inundated with contenders. But over the last few years, films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The LEGO Movie” and “Zootopia” showed themselves as forces early […]

OSCARS: Taking A Look at the 2017 Hopefuls for the Academy

We’re already moving to a new Oscar season. As proven by the shocking Oscar win for Barry Jenkins’ masterpiece “Moonlight” at this year’s Academy Awards, the demographic and tastes of AMPAS is changing. While there are still hindrances and biases against certain films and genres (like superhero films, comedy or sci-fi), we could see some […]

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Film Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Shines In Diversity But Missteps in Originality

Walt Disney Pictures continues its stride to have diversity and inclusion in their films that reflect our growing and changing world. There are elements where their latest adaptation of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” gets upgraded by stunning visuals, but mirrored with some carbon copy replicas of the Oscar-nominated original, it tends to […]

Academy Award Winners – ‘Moonlight’ Upsets ‘La La Land’

The Oscars have begun! Come join the conversation and check back for winners. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight” Costume Design – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Makeup and Hairstyling – “Suicide Squad” Documentary Feature – “O.J.: Made in America” Sound Editing – “Arrival” Sound […]

BEST OF 2016: Personal Ballot of the Year

To start, and to simply put…this list is mine. Lots of thought and commentary went into naming the very best films and performances of 2016. Some were no-brainers, others were much more difficult. Even more commentary will be shared on Friday when the winners are announced, along with the order of the Top 10 Films of […]

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BEST OF 2016: The Unconventional Citations of the Year Part 2

We’re moving right along with the “BEST OF 2016,” naming the unconventional attractions that graced that are worth talking about.  Yesterday, I dabbed into some of the overlooked and underrated gems of the year. This time, it’s good to get into some unconventional specifics.  When MTV was at its prime, recognizing both music and movies, […]

2017 Guild Predictions: WGA and Art Directors Weighing In

A lot of major guilds will be announcing in the next seven days. It seemed like an appropriate time to offer up some predictions on how each of them will go. The major guilds that are announcing are: Writers Guild of America (Wednesday, Jan. 4) Art Directors Guild (Thursday, Jan. 5) BAFTA Nominations (Tuesday, Jan. […]