“THE IRISHMAN” LEADS FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS  “WHEN THEY SEE US” LEADS TELEVISION RACE WITH SIX NODS, “THIS IS US” AND “SCHITT’S CREEK” CLOSE BEHIND  NETFLIX GARNERS 61 TOTAL NOMINATIONS, HBO EARNS 33  GALA EVENT WILL AIR LIVE ON THE CW NETWORK SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020 FROM THE BARKER HANGAR IN SANTA MONICA 

 

 

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“THE IRISHMAN” LEADS FILM NOMINATIONS FOR

THE 25TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS 

“WHEN THEY SEE US” LEADS TELEVISION RACE WITH SIX NODS,

“THIS IS US” AND “SCHITT’S CREEK” CLOSE BEHIND 

NETFLIX GARNERS 61 TOTAL NOMINATIONS, HBO EARNS 33 

GALA EVENT WILL AIR LIVE ON THE CW NETWORK SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020

FROM THE BARKER HANGAR IN SANTA MONICA 

(Los Angeles, CA – December 8, 2019) – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced today the nominees for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.  The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, which will once again be hosted by film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs, and broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).

“The Irishman” leads all films this year with 14 nominations including Best Picture, Robert De Niro for Best Actor, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, and Best Score.

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” impressed with 12 nominations, followed by “Little Women” with nine, “1917” and “Marriage Story” with eight, and “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” and “Parasite” with seven each.

Several actors received multiple nominations across both the film and television fields.  Laura Dern could take home two trophies for her work in “Big Little Lies” and “Marriage Story,” while Scarlett Johansson received nominations for her roles in both “Jojo Rabbit” and “Marriage Story.”  Newcomer Asante Blackk also received two nominations for his roles in “This Is Us” and “When They See Us.” 

Many of this year’s director nominees pulled double duty, and are nominated for their screenplays as well, including Noah Baumbach for “Marriage Story,” Greta Gerwig for “Little Women,” Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite,” and Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”

Netflix has earned 61 nominations across their series and films.  HBO received 33 nominations, followed by Amazon with 14, and NBC with 12.  Topping the list of nominated series is “When They See Us” (Netflix) with six, followed by “This Is Us” (NBC) and “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop) with five each.  Several programs received a total of 4 nominations including “Barry” (HBO), “Chernobyl” (HBO), “Fleabag” (Amazon), “Fosse/Verdon” (FX), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “The Crown” (Netflix), “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access), “Unbelievable” (Netflix), and “Watchmen” (HBO). 

“This has been a truly great year for television and movies,” said CCA CEO Joey Berlin.  “In every genre, from every viewpoint and distribution platform, brilliant storytellers are challenging and delighting us.  We are so excited to have the opportunity to celebrate them, and their work, on January 12 on The CW!” 

“Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.  Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig. 

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The CW Network will continue their partnership with the presentation of the fourth annual #SeeHer Award.  This award recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement — to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape.  The award will bear significant importance as 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  Past recipients of the #SeeHer award include Claire Foy, Gal Gadot and Viola Davis.  The 2020 honoree will be announced soon.

Follow the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.

FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE

1917

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Parasite

Uncut Gems

 

BEST ACTOR

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Robert De Niro – The Irishman

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

 

BEST ACTRESS

Awkwafina – The Farewell

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Zhao Shuzhen  – The Farewell

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Julia Butters – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit

Noah Jupe – Honey Boy

Thomasin McKenzie – Jojo Rabbit

Shahadi Wright Joseph – Us

Archie Yates – Jojo Rabbit

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Bombshell

The Irishman

Knives Out

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Parasite

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Greta Gerwig – Little Women

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Rian Johnson – Knives Out

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won – Parasite

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Lulu Wang – The Farewell

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Greta Gerwig – Little Women

Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes

Todd Phillips & Scott Silver – Joker

Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Steven Zaillian  – The Irishman

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Roger Deakins – 1917

Phedon Papamichael   – Ford v Ferrari

Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman

Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Lawrence Sher – Joker

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran – Joker

Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales  – 1917

Jess Gonchor, Claire Kaufman – Little Women

Lee Ha Jun – Parasite

Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Bob Shaw, Regina Graves – The Irishman

Donal Woods, Gina Cromwell – Downton Abbey

 

BEST EDITING

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems

Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker – Ford v Ferrari

Yang Jinmo  – Parasite

Fred Raskin – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Thelma Schoonmaker – The Irishman

Lee Smith – 1917

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ruth E. Carter – Dolemite Is My Name

Julian Day – Rocketman

Jacqueline Durran – Little Women

Arianne Phillips – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson – The Irishman

Anna Robbins – Downton Abbey

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Bombshell

Dolemite Is My Name

The Irishman

Joker

Judy

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Rocketman

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1917

Ad Astra

The Aeronauts

Avengers: Endgame

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

The Lion King 

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Abominable

Frozen II

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

 

BEST ACTION MOVIE

1917

Avengers: Endgame

Ford v Ferrari

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Spider-Man: Far From Home

 

BEST COMEDY

Booksmart

Dolemite Is My Name

The Farewell

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

 

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE

Ad Astra

Avengers: Endgame

Midsommar

Us

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Atlantics

Les Misérables 

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

 

BEST SONG

Glasgow (No Place Like Home) – Wild Rose

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

Into the Unknown – Frozen II

Speechless – Aladdin

Spirit – The Lion King 

Stand Up – Harriet

 

BEST SCORE

Michael Abels – Us 

Alexandre Desplat   – Little Women

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker

Randy Newman – Marriage Story

Thomas Newman  – 1917

Robbie Robertson – The Irishman

 

 

NOMINEES BY FILM FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

1917 – 8

Best Picture

Best Director – Sam Mendes

Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins

Best Production Design – Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales

Best Editing – Lee Smith

Best Visual Effects

Best Action Movie

Best Score – Thomas Newman

 

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – 2

Best Supporting Actor – Tom Hanks

Best Adapted Screenplay – Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue

 

ABOMINABLE – 1

Best Animated Feature

 

AD ASTRA – 2

Best Visual Effects

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

 

ALADDIN – 1

Best Song – Speechless

 

ATLANTICS – 1

Best Foreign Language Film


AVENGERS: ENDGAME – 3

Best Visual Effects

Best Action Movie

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

 

BOMBSHELL – 4

Best Actress – Charlize Theron

Best Supporting Actress – Margot Robbie

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Hair and Makeup

 

BOOKSMART – 1

Best Comedy

 

BREAKTHROUGH – 1

Best Song – I’m Standing With You

 

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME – 4

Best Actor – Eddie Murphy

Best Costume Design – Ruth E. Carter

Best Comedy

Best Hair and Makeup

 

DOWNTON ABBEY – 2

Best Production Design – Donal Woods, Gina Cromwell

Best Costume Design – Anna Robbins

 

FORD V FERRARI – 5

Best Picture

Best Cinematography – Phedon Papamichael 

Best Editing – Andrew Buckand, Michael McCusker

Best Visual Effects

Best Action Movie

 

FROZEN II – 2

Best Animated Feature

Best Song – Into the Unknown

 

HARRIET – 2

Best Actress – Cynthia Erivo

Best Song – Stand Up

 

HONEY BOY – 1

Best Young Actor/Actress – Noah Jupe

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD – 1

Best Animated Feature

 

HUSTLERS – 1

Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lopez

 

I LOST MY BODY – 1

Best Animated Feature

 

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM – 1

Best Action Movie

 

JOJO RABBIT – 7

Best Picture

Best Supporting Actress – Scarlett Johansson

Best Young Actor/Actress – Roman Griffin Davis

Best Young Actor/Actress – Thomasin McKenzie

Best Young Actor/Actress – Archie Yates

Best Adapted Screenplay – Taika Waititi

Best Comedy

 

JOKER – 7

Best Picture

Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix

Best Adapted Screenplay – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Best Cinematography – Lawrence Sher

Best Production Design – Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran

Best Hair and Makeup

Best Score – Hildur Guðnadóttir

 

JUDY – 2

Best Actress – Renée Zellweger

Best Hair and Makeup

 

KNIVES OUT – 3

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Original Screenplay – Rian Johnson

Best Comedy

 

LES MISÉRABLES – 1

Best Foreign Language Film

 

LITTLE WOMEN – 9

Best Picture

Best Actress – Saoirse Ronan

Best Supporting Actress – Florence Pugh

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Director – Greta Gerwig

Best Adapted Screenplay – Greta Gerwig

Best Production Design – Jess Gonchor, Claire Kaufman

Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran

Best Score – Alexandre Desplat

 

MARRIAGE STORY – 8

Best Picture

Best Actor – Adam Driver

Best Actress – Scarlett Johansson

Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Director – Noah Baumbach

Best Original Screenplay – Noah Baumbach

Best Score – Randy Newman

 

MIDSOMMER – 1

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

 

MISSING LINK – 1

Best Animated Feature

 

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD – 12

Best Picture

Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt

Best Young Actor/Actress – Julia Butters

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Director – Quentin Tarantino

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino

Best Cinematography – Robert Richardson

Best Production Design – Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh

Best Editing – Fred Raskin

Best Costume Design – Arianne Phillips

Best Hair and Makeup

 

PAIN AND GLORY – 2

Best Actor – Antonio Banderas

Best Foreign Language Film

 

PARASITE – 7

Best Picture

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Director – Bong Joon Ho

Best Original Screenplay – Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won

Best Production Design – Lee Ha Jun

Best Editing – Yang Jinmo

Best Foreign Language Film

 

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE – 1

Best Foreign Language Film

 

ROCKETMAN – 3

Best Hair and Makeup

Best Song – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again

Best Costume Design – Julian Day

 

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – 1

Best Action Movie

 

THE AERONAUTS – 1

Best Visual Effects

 

THE FAREWELL – 4

Best Actress – Awkwafina

Best Supporting Actress – Zhao Shuzhen

Best Comedy

Best Original Screenplay – Lulu Wang

 

THE IRISHMAN – 14

Best Picture

Best Actor – Robert De Niro

Best Supporting Actor – Al Pacino

Best Supporting Actor – Joe Pesci

Best Director – Martin Scorsese

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Adapted Screenplay – Steven Zaillian

Best Cinematography – Rodrigo Prieto

Best Production Design – Bob Shaw, Regina Graves

Best Editing – Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Costume Design – Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson

Best Hair and Makeup

Best Visual Effects

Best Score – Robbie Robertson

 

THE LIGHTHOUSE – 2

Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe

Best Cinematography – Jarin Blaschke

 

THE LION KING – 2

Best Visual Effects

Best Song – Spirit

 

THE TWO POPES – 2

Best Supporting Actor – Anthony Hopkins

Best Adapted Screenplay – Anthony McCarten

 

TOY STORY 4 – 1

Best Animated Feature

 

UNCUT GEMS – 4

Best Picture

Best Actor – Adam Sandler

Best Director – Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

Best Editing – Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie

 

US – 4

Best Actress – Lupita Nyong’o

Best Young Actor/Actress – Shahadi Wright Joseph

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

Best Score – Michael Abels

 

WILD ROSE – 1

Best Song – Glasgow (No Place Like Home)

MARRIAGE STORY – Rated R – 2 hrs. 16 mins. – A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

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“Gripping throughout, and more powerfully moving with each passing frame, Marriage Story takes you emotionally to where few films have dared to venture this year…” – Kathy Kaiser, matineechat.com / AM590 THE FAN 

MARRIAGE STORY – Rated R – 2 hrs. 16 mins. – A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Directed & Written by Noah Baumbach

Starring:  Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Merritt Wever, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Alan Alda, and Azhy Robertson 

Music by Randy Newman 

Drawing from his own life experience with divorce, including the demise of his parent’s marriage, his own divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2010, plus the added bonus of gaining knowledge on the ill-fated marriages of many of his family and friends, Director/Writer Noah Baumbach has created a captivating, and authentically real film, facing head on the realities of life, love, heartbreak, and what is the most important thing in this life for all of us, Family!

As we meet the characters within the frames of this exquisite film, we are thrust into the lives of Stage Director Charlie (Adam Driver), and his beautiful wife and actress Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), who are at the height of their marriage disintegrating, even though neither of them presently has the strength, or fortitude, to face the situation head on…

As they both struggle to keep their careers, and marriage intact, it seems that the inevitable is happening, when Nicole seeks refuge and a new start, with her family in LA.  Let the bicoastal de-coupling, and custody battle begin, as Charlie must stay focused on his Stage Production, and Company in NYC, but alas with the help of numerous Lawyers assisting in the demise of their relationship, including Nora Fanshaw (Laura Dern), Bert Spitz (Alan Alda), and blood thirty tyrant Jay (Ray Liotta), anything is possible!  Now with the pain of divorce looming, and the failure they both feel consuming them more and more with each passing week, Charlie and Nicole must focus on not letting this situation totally implode their lives, or the life of the most important person to them both, their son Henry (Azhy Robertson), as they try to form a “new normal” of what works best, for everyone involved…

I give MARRIAGE STORY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Even though it pops on Netflix today 12/6,  I suggest that you venture to catch this film at a theater near you instead (It’s showing at Landmark’s Tivoli in St. Louis), as the performances throughout are so exceptional, they are beckoning you to experience them initially on the big screen.  The entire cast throughout this film is sheer perfection, from Johansson playing the struggling actress and Mother, trying to come to terms with her husband’s aloofness for her own passions, career, and his infidelity too.  Dern is perfection as well throughout, playing lawyer extraordinaire, playing hard ball on Nicole and Henry’s behalf, every step of the way.   Although, for me, the ultimate standout performance throughout every inch of this film comes from Driver, as he hits his full acting stride with the portrayal of this character, as he immerses you in the intense pain and anguish this Divorce is inflicting upon his son, himself, and ultimately, the woman he just knew would be in his life with, forever.  2019 has to be hailed as Adam Driver’s “best year yet”, as his performance here ~ along with his incredible performance in THE REPORT ~ and his much anticipated performance still to hit on the big screen, with his next installment as Kylo Ren in Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker, he is proving, without a doubt, that he has what it takes to make his mark in Hollywood!  And I must send some kudos in the direction of Writer/Director Noah Baumbach as well, as his muse of real-life experiences which he recreates for us to enjoy on the big screen, has once again served him very well, as this latest creation hits on my list of the Best films of 2019!

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Check out the NEW TRAILER for NO TIME TO DIE – Hits Theaters April 10, 2019

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NO TIME TO DIE is in theaters

April 10, 2020

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Producers: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, with Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes as “M”

Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen

Official Website: https://www.007.com

Twitter: @007

Facebook: @JamesBond007

Instagram: @007

YouTube: James Bond 007

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In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Producers: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, with Ralph Fiennes as “M”

Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen

Official Website: https://www.007.com

Twitter: @007

Facebook: @JamesBond007

Instagram: @007

YouTube: James Bond 007

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Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, “Black Widow” hits U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020.

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KNIVES OUT – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 10 mins.

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“A Modern Day, yet classic “Who Done It” you don’t want to miss! – Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

KNIVES OUT – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 10 mins.

DIRECTOR & WRITER:  Rian Johnson

STARRING:  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Ana De Armas and Toni Collette

Do you love mysteries?  Do you love suspense?  Do you love the game CLUE? Well. If you said yes to any of these questions, then let’s travel to home of renowned Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who has just celebrated his 85th Birthday with the entire family in attendance, and who has now been found dead at his estate…

Enter Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who has somehow been summoned to investigate Thrombey’s mysterious demise.  Now as Blanc starts his intense investigation, a who’s who of “who done it”, is about to unfold…

I give KNIVES OUT a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Exhilaratingly fun the whole way through, Knives Out is one of those films that keeps you intrigued more, and more through each passing frame.  Daniel Craig is fabulous, as the sleuth on a mission to uncover who was the culprit behind Harlan Thrombey’s untimely demise, and it’s so awesome to0, to see him in another role than 007.  Chris Evans is superb throughout this film too, although he doesn’t get quite as much screen time as I would have liked along the way, what time he does get is sheer perfection,  without any Captain America flashbacks either along the way! And talk about a star-studded cast – from Jamie Lee Curtis as the “perfect daughter”, to Don Johnson playing her POS husband, to Michael Shannon filling in quite nicely as the “Chosen Son”, with way too much pressure coming at him from every direction, Knives Out is one of those impeccably crafted films that everyone above the age of 12 should venture out to see this Thanksgiving Holiday!  Kudos to Writer and Director Rian Johnson too, as she has managed to create a modern-day murder mystery classic, that is just as funny, as it is dramatic.  And I have to give a shout out too to the fabulous marketing team for this film too, as those commercials on knives featuring Martha Stewart and Jamie Lee Curtis, is some of the best “out of the box” film marketing I’ve seen in quite some time!  So gather the family and head out to catch Knives Out at some point this Thanksgiving holiday,  as it will totally help you to avoid that awkward family drama you know is coming, and those political discussions at nauseum too, making for one extremely enjoyable Thanksgiving that whole family won;t mind remembering, come next year!

THE IRISHMAN:  Rated R – 3 hrs. 29 mins. – Hitting in theaters NOW and on Netflix November 27th

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 “Astoundedly crafted every step of the way!  Netflix is giving the Studios a run for their money again this year!” Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

THE IRISHMAN:  Rated R – 3 hrs. 29 mins. – Hitting in theaters NOW and on Netflix November 27th

DIRECTOR:  Martin Scorsese

WRITERS:  Based on the book by Charles Brandt, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian 

STARRING:  Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel

Based on the supposed true Story of his life, we meet the notorious about town Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), working as a mobster for the Russell Bufalino’s (Joe Pesci) Crime family, and looking out for his friend and confidant, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) too.  Caught between his life as a mobster, and his beautiful family, filled with daughters that he truly loves, Frank finds as the years roll by, keeping Russell’s boys at bay, and keeping Hoffa’s mouth from setting off a firestorm, is becoming a full-time job.

When Hoffa manages to finally piss-off the wrong guys, Frank has no choice but to follow orders, and do what he’s told…and if what Frank decided to share later on in his life is really true, then we just may finally know what lead to the mysterious disappearance of Hoffa, back in 1975…

I give THE IRISHMAN a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  We have been waiting quite a while for Netflix Studios most star-studded film to arrive, and now that it’s here, you most definitely will not be disappointed Scorsese manages yet again to make a Mobster movie for the ages, as whether you believe the story that Frank Sheeran shared while wasting away in a retirement home is true or not, this film will lead you to believe every inch of it!  DeNiro is superb, playing the Mobster/Teamster/Family man Frank Sheeran.  Pacino is even better in my eyes, playing the arrogant ruler of the Teamsters Union, Jimmy Hoffa.  And when you add in the superb performances too from Pesci, Romano, and Cannavale, you have a film filled with lots of Italians, that really know their stuff!  Even more astounding to me than the fabulous directing and acting throughout, is the way this film literally just flies by as you are viewing it, even though it comes in at 3 and ½ hours long.  I was also truly impressed by the digitalized de-aging techniques that were used to make these rather mature actors, look as if they were 30-something again.  Believe me when I tell you, from the extensive and very entertaining storyline, to the fabulous acting, to the flawless cinematography throughout, THE IRISHMAN is going to put Netflix at the top of heap come awards season again this year – as apparently snagging the nod for the Best Foreign Film last year with Roma, was just the tip of the iceberg.  So, make plans to head out to a theater near you throughout he next few weeks, as this is one film you have to catch on the big screen, long before you can tune it in on your small screen at home on Netflix, starting November 27th.

FROZEN 2 – Rated PG – 1 hr. 43  mins. 

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“It’s Hard to believe, but FROZEN 2 is better than the original, in sooooo many ways! “- Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

 

FROZEN 2– Rated PG – 1 hr. 43  mins. 

DIRECTORS:  Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee 

WRITERS: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Marc Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

STARRING THE VOICES OF:  Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood and Jason Ritter

As we venture back to Arendelle to find out what Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) have been doing for the last 6 years, it seems that our sisters are as happy as ever together, and lucky for us, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven and Olaf (Josh Gad), have been able to hang around the castle, and Arendelle this whole time too…

But now it seems, a strange voice from the mist is calling to Elsa…harkening her to a land that neither she, nor Anna know, but as they both vow to stick together, not matter what lies ahead, they both, along with their trusty sidekicks of course, will find themselves venturing into the great unknown…

I give FROZEN 2 a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Wow, it was quite a long wait to catch our favorite Princesses in action again, but oh was it soooo worth it!  Disney has managed to once again outdo themselves, as the storyline and music this time around, is even more incredible than in the original film!  And whether you loved FROZEN just as much as your kiddos did, or you were one of those parents that thought ” if I have to hear “Let it go…” or “Do you want to build a Snowman?” one more time, I’m going to lose it!”…I assure you that the songs from Frozen 2 won’t nearly annoy you as much, as they are truly magical and much needed for this incredible storyline, the whole way through.  Kudos too to Writers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Marc Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, as they managed to take Anna and Elsa on an adventure that’s even more exciting, than their first escapade into the wilderness!  Suffice to say too, that Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are even better in their respective roles as well this time around, as they seem more confident as to who Elsa and Anna are, and who they are both destined to become!  So, buckle in for another Disney Magic excursion that is going to leave you wanting more, even though I’m not sure if this is the plan, or not, this time around.  And I think that this second Frozen is focused more on the older children this time around too, and why wouldn’t it be, as the children who fell in love with the original are all 6 years older, and more mature as they say, although its perfect for the younger ones too, in so many ways! Rest assured all the fun, all the emotional connection and of course, all the love you felt for the first film is about to return, and then some…so gather up all the youngsters in your household, and all the old farts too, as everyone in the family is going to want to check out Disney’s latest masterpiece ASAP, at a theater near you!

21 BRIDGES – Rated R – 1 hr. 39 mins. 

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“21 Bridges falls short, and in a big way…”  Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

 

21 BRIDGES – Rated R – 1 hr. 39 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Brian Kirk 

WRITERS: Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan

STARRING:  Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch and Keith David

As we are thrust into the life of NYPD Detective Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman), it seems that there are two drug smugglers/Cop Killers on the loose, having just killed too many NY City cops to count.  And, who better than to track them down than Davis, as his own father was sadly taken out by just these kind of thugs, when he was just a kid…

With Direction from Captain McKenna (J.K. Simmons) and with his partner Frankie Burns (Sienna Miller) by his side, Davis should have no issues catching these criminals and putting them behind bars, that is once he closes down all 21 Bridges out of Manhattan, until he gets these creeps!

But not so fast there, as Detective Davis comes face-to-face with a criminal underworld that’s full of his fellow NYPD officers, as he now must decide, who he’s going after…and who is ultimately trying to take him out every step of the way too…

I give 21 BRIDGES a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX or other STREAMING SERVICE:  As much as I love Boseman, Simmons and Miller, it pains me to tell you to wait and catch this film at home, but sadly, I must do just that.  I think part of the main issue I have with this film is that it plays out just like an episode of a cop melodrama on TV, and since that is what Director Brian Kirk’s background of Directing is in, I guess it kind of makes sense.  But for a feature film, I needed a lot more uncertainty throughout this storyline, as you totally know where we were heading throughout every inch of this film, every step of the way.  And let me not totally put blame on Kirk’s Directing, because maybe this is exactly what writers Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan had in mind, but as a movie goer, 21 BRIDGES is so obvious with the direction it’s taking at every turn, it takes away from the enjoyment of actually viewing the incredible actors they managed to secure for this film.  Like I explained to the distribution studio rep last evening after viewing the film – “this is one film where the incredible actors they secured just didn’t have enough good material to work with.”  I mean, don’t get me wrong, Boseman is good playing the Detective who’s focused on riding the NYC of its cop killers.  And Miller is good too, playing his partner, while juggling motherhood as well.  And Academy Award winning actor J.K. Simmons is good to view throughout this movie too, even though he has a pertinent, but rather small role.  And you will also get to experience some good acting from Stephen James and Taylor Kitsch along the way too, but the storyline throughout this film just puts it all in your face so easily, that no one is forced to act to their full potential, thus leaving me with no choice but to suggest that you wait to catch 21 BRIDGES in the comfort of your own home, as I am certain it will be hitting a streaming service you have in just a few short weeks from now…

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Rated PG – 1 hr. 48 mins.

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“One of the most incredible films of the year!” – Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

  

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Rated PG – 1 hr. 48 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Marielle Heller

WRITERS:  Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster

STARRING:  Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Maryann Plunkett and Christine Lahti

Get ready to once again venture into the world of make believe, as we meet cynical Journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), who has been tasked with interviewing one of the sweetest and kindest men of our generation, our favorite friendly neighborhood guy himself Mr. Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). And as you will soon come to find, even someone as cynical and negative about life in general as Lloyd is, can ultimately be affected by Mr. Rogers incredible philosophies on life, and on how we should all learn to treat our fellow man with nothing but kindness, and respect…

I give A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  FABULOUS, STUPENDOUS, DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT…as we finally get to view exactly how incredible Hanks is, playing the quiet, noble and more understanding than most, Mr. Fred Rogers.  And making this film even better, Matthew Rhys’s performance is just as incredible as Hanks is, playing journalist and family man, Lloyd Vogel.  From the minute this film starts, you are totally transported back to that wonderful place, where Mr. Rogers taught so many of us, so many things, most importantly to be kind to one another, and to make room in our hearts for everyone we met, no matter whether they seemed to like us in return, or not!  And as this true story storyline emerges between Fred, and real life journalist and friend Tom Junod, you too will be drawn into this film, whether you watched Mr. Rogers back in the day, or not.  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is one of those feel good stories that everyone should see, whether your 6, 10 or 102! This story also focuses on those misconceptions we sometimes feel, about individuals we don’t really know, as these two journey together for a short period in time on life,  but becoming fast friends in the end, once they gave each other the time and space to really see, who each of them were, and who they could be.   I would also like to suggest that if you didn’t get the opportunity to view the Documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor ~ which came out about Fred Rogers life last year ~ you need to make a point to check out that film out too, before you head out to theater near you – as it really is a good companion film to this one, which actually encompasses more about Fred’s life, before you journey into this short, but significant period of Mr. Roger’s life that you are about to experience with this film.  But different from the previous film I’ve mentioned, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD will leave you with such a wonderful feeling about life, and the importance of being kind to everyone you meet, that you will absolutely find yourself wanting to venture out to do something good for your fellow man now, all throughout the rest of your life,  I guarantee it!

FRANKIE – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 38 mins.

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The review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

 

FRANKIE – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 38 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Ira Sachs

WRITERS:  Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias

STARRING:  Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Vinette Robinson, Ariyon Bakare, and Jeremie Renier

As we meet the exquisitely beautiful French actress Francoise Cre’mont, aka Frankie, (Isabelle Huppert), she has ventured to Sintra Portugal with family and friends in tow, including her husband Jimmy (Brendan Gleeson), in an attempt to free her mind, and soul, from the life-threatening illness she is forced to face yet again.  As Frankie’s best laid plans to spend some much-needed time with her Daughter Sylvia (Vinette Robinson) and her family, and Frankie’s son Paul (Jeremie Renier) too, aren’t coming to fruition exactly as she had hoped, it does seem her inclination to invite close friend Ilene (Marisa Tomei) to join them, might just be what the doctored ordered, to save this trip of a lifetime…

I give FRANKIE a rating of DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY:  Although this film did receive a shout out at the Cannes film festival this year, and at the Toronto film festibal too, but I am not sure what the viewers there were watching, because for me, FRANKIE became more mundane and depressing with each passing frame.  This fact is sad, in so many ways, because Isabelle Huppert is one of the most beautiful actresses EVER, and her acting is sooooo much better than this material would allow.  I also was looking forward to some exceptional work this time from Gleeson (I love watching him in Mr. Mercedes on the Audience Network), and seeing Tomei and Kinnear returning to the big screen was pretty exciting too going in, but also sad is the fact that none of them were given any material that they could leave their mark throughout this film either.  Even the exquisite beauty of Portugal was short-changed throughout this somber and melancholy tale of family disconnect and illness.  I was hoping early on that this film might have some potential, but when it was all said and done, FRANKIE doesn’t resonate, on any level, with the story that could have been created from the gathering of such incredible actors, and the memorable scenes they could have created too, with the beauty of Portugal as its backdrop…thus leaving me no choice but to give FRANKIE one of the worsts reviews I given this year, as i tell you to stay home as to not waste your time, or your hard earned cash, on seeing this film ;(

Review of THE GOOD LIAR – Rated R – 1 hr. 49 mins.

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THE GOOD LIAR – Rated R – 1 hr. 49 mins.

Directed by:  Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, Beauty and the Beast)

Written by:  Based on the novel by Nicholas Searle, Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher 

Starring:  Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey and Jim Carter

If you love suspense and intrigue, then follow me into the life of meek and mild new widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren).  Betty has been looking for a new companion, when she happens upon the likes of smooth, and very shrewd Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen).  Smitten to say the least, or so it seems, Betty and Roy are embarking on a courtship per se, that is until Betty’s grandson Steven (Russell Tovey) starts poking around in Roy’s past, in an attempt to save his grandmother, from this troll of a man…

Well, needless to say Betty knows best, as she ventures into a business agreement with Roy, and his partner in crime Vincent (Jim Carter) too, but in this game of cat and mouse, who’s really playing who???

I give THE GOOD LIAR a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  If suspense is your game, and if you love twists that you definitely won’t see coming, then you have to catch Mirren and McKellen in action, as these a little more mature than usual con artists, totally keep you guessing the whole way through!  Mirren is spectacular once again, playing the meek and mild, or maybe not so much new widow, and McKellen is awesome as well as the smooth, and debonair older gentleman, hell bent on sweeping his latest endeavor, right off her feet.  Jim Carter is excellent too, playing the con man’s accomplice to his dastardly ways!  But the most important part for me within this film, was the plot twist that arrives slowly and methodically, without any warning, alas stopping me in my tracks. Yes, THE GOOD LIAR totally eluded me as to where we would actually end up, with one of the best plot twists in any film I’ve viewed so far this year! So, with all the accolades, why not a perfect review?  Sadly, because I found it rather annoying the lack of chemistry on and off with our leads throughout this film, but as I pondered and analyzed the incredible turn of events that actually ends up taking place once the incredible twist in the storyline arrives, maybe that disconnect was purposefully orchestrated by Director Bill Condon, and if that’s truly the case, then all I can say to that is bravo dear sir…BRAVO!!