Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Comes to Digital HD February 13th and Blu-ray/DVD February

Hailed by many as the best film of 2017, Martin McDonagh's outstanding "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" has been buzzed about ever since it premiered last September at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, where it won the prestigious People's Choice Award for Gala or Special Presentation at the latter. It has since gone on to be nominated for a slew of awards, garnering four Golden Globes (including Best Picture (Drama)), three SAG Awards (including Best Cast of a Motion Picture), and an impressive seven Oscar nominations that includes Best Picture, and is even considered by many to be the favorite to win. Today, 20th Century Fox has officially announced the home release of the

Nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards

The nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards have just been announced, and as usual there were a few surprises to be had this morning. What was not surprising however was seeing Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" lead the way with a whopping 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. The film was followed at a distance by Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" with eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing. Perhaps the most notable, and extremely unfortunate, snub this morning was the omission of Martin McDonagh from the category of Best Director for "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," which hurts

The Winners of the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild has just finished handing out their awards for 2017, with the unsurprising result being the outstanding "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" winning the top prize of Best Cast in a Motion Picture. The film also received Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, making it only the fourth film in SAG history to receive three awards. As far as the film categories go, there were absolutely no surprises this evening, as all five categories went to those who were heavily-favored to win. With the film receiving so much love from the actors tonight, we can only assume that the film continues to be the frontrunner for the Best Pictur

The Winners of the 29th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards

The Producers Guild of America has just finished presenting their year-end awards, concluding with a pretty big and shocking finale. Guillermo del Toro's fantasy drama "The Shape of Water" has taken their top prize for Theatrical Motion Picture, defeating assumed frontrunners "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Lady Bird." So what does this mean for the awards race? Do we have a new frontrunner? At the moment, I would have to say that the answer is "no," especially given the fact that Del Toro's film is not favored to win anything at the Screen Actors Guild Awards tomorrow evening, on top of the fact that the film did not even receive a nod for Best Cast (a nomination that all B

Justice League Comes to Digital HD February 13th and Blu-ray/DVD March 13th

To say that the reaction to Zack Snyder's "Justice League" from critics and audiences was cold would be quite the understatement. After opening to scathing reviews that left the film with a 40% (5.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 45 on Metacritic, it went on to disappoint fans who had been waiting a long time to see all of these superheroes come together, resulting in a global intake that was far less than expected. The film did have a number of flaws, to say the least, but there were still a few that saw some good within the troubled production, noting some decent casting choices and special effects. Today, Warner Bros. has announced the release dates for the upcoming home releases, declaring

Blade Runner 2049: A Thinly-Stretched Technical Marvel (Blu-ray)

The Film: 35 years ago, Sir Ridley Scott gave us one of the most defining science-fiction films in all of cinematic history with “Blade Runner,” which subsequently went on to influence the genre with its grand, yet bleak, vision of a technologically advanced future. Whether the film is truly “great” is a somewhat debatable point, but there’s no denying that it laid the groundwork for similar-set works to come. When it became embraced as a classic of the genre, there were many who wondered if a sequel would ever materialize, one that would take us back to this strange and enrapturing world of replicants and those who hunt them. Several decades later, fans could scarcely believe that their wi

The Winners of the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards for Film

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has just finished announcing their "Critics' Choice" awards for 2017, with Gullermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" taking home the top prize for Best Picture. The film also received Best Director (Del Toro), Best Production Design, and Best Score. The other big winner of the night was Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," which took home Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Acting Ensemble. While seeing "The Shape of Water" take home the top prize may have been just a little surprising, it was certainly a possibility, as the BFCA clearly loved the film from the way they showered it wi

Film Nominations for the 70th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards

The Directors Guild of America has announced their feature film nominees for 2017, resulting in very little in the way of surprises. For Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, the nominees are: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk Jordan Peele, Get Out The first four nominees on this list were fully-expected, leaving that fifth slot somewhat up in the air between several different possibilities, including Steven Spielberg for "The Post" and Luca Guadagnino for "Call Me by Your Name," but in the end, it was Jordan Peele and his popular "Get Out" that snatched it up. Ho

Thor: Ragnarok Comes to Digital HD February 20th and Blu-ray/DVD March 6th

Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Marvel Studios have officially announced the home release of their latest superhero adventure "Thor: Ragnarok," which will be coming to Digital HD on February 20th, followed by the Blu-ray/DVD release on March 6th. The film was received extremely well, garnering a 92% (7.5/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 74 on Metacritic, with many calling it the best of the series and one of the most fun Marvel films to date. Indeed, it did certainly seem to have a larger dose of humor than the other two films, and one can hardly deny that it was a lot more lighthearted than previous entries, ultimately making it one of the better MCU entries of recent years not called "Guard

Nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has just just announced their nominations for their upcoming awards, and just as it was at the Golden Globes, it was Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" that led the way with an impressive 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. This was followed by "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Darkest Hour" with nine, with the former receiving nods that include Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (x2), and Best Original Screenplay, and the latter receiving nods that include Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Aside from the usual

IT: One of the Best Horror Films of Recent Years (Blu-ray)

The Film: Over the decades, adaptations of famed horror author Stephen King’s works have been hit or miss, ranging from clunkers like “Pet Sematary,” “The Mist,” and the recently ill-received “The Dark Tower” to upper-tier works like “Misery,” “The Green Mile,” and the masterful “The Shining” (which ironically diverts from the novel quite a bit). When it comes to one of King’s most acclaimed novels, the epically-lengthy “IT,” all we have is the middling miniseries from 1990, praised for a fantastic performance from Tim Curry, but maligned for just about everything else. For years, many have seen potential for a big screen adaptation that could do the beloved novel the justice that the first

The Winners of the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards have just wrapped up with an unexpected, but incredibly wonderful, result. Martin McDonagh's spectacular "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" has won the top award for Best Motion Picture (Drama), along with Best Actress (Drama) (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay (McDonagh). On the Comedy/Musical side, Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" walked away with Best Motion Picture and Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan). It's interesting to note that the only really big surprises were in some of the most competitive categories. Best Screenplay was thought to be leaning towards Greta Gerwig for "Lady Bird, while many were predict

Producers Guild of America Nominations for 2017

Earlier today, the Producers Guild of America announced their nominees for their year-end awards in both film and television, resulting in a group of 11 feature film nominees for their top award that were mostly expected, but with a surprise or two thrown in. First off, the major players still left in the Best Picture race all made the cut, including "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Lady Bird," and "Get Out." They are joined by other common nominees such as "The Post," "Call Me by Your Name," "The Shape of Water," and "Dunkirk." The biggest surprises in the main category are definitely "Wonder Woman," which received pretty good reviews, but was not expected to compete with the b

Writers Guild of America Film Nominations for 2017

Earlier today, the Writers Guild of America announced their film nominations for 2017, and as usual, there are a couple of surprises in the form of omissions and inclusions. However, as usual, we need to address the guild's main issue of not being all-inclusive. As you probably know, the WGA is the one guild that follows rules that dictate that, if a film doesn't follow their specific guidelines, then the screenplay will not be considered for their awards. Every year, this leads to major nominees being left out of the running, with this year's main casualty being Martin McDonagh's outstanding "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," a script that was sure to be nominated, and very well c

Hell Night (Collector's Edition): A Forgettable 80s Slasher Gets an Upgrade (Blu-ray)

The Film: A question that most horror fans have undoubtedly asked themselves at one time or another is “Whatever happened to Linda Blair after ‘The Exorcist?’” Most are aware of the infamously terrible sequel in which she took part, along with Richard Burton, but was there ever anything other than this series? It may surprise some of you to know that she actually had a number of starring roles in films like “Airport 1975,” “Roller Boogie,” and “Savage Streets.” However, one of the films that horror buffs have come to know her the most for is a little slasher called “Hell Night” from 1981, which was released amid the craze following the massive success of “Friday the 13th” in 1980 (which itse

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