New York Film Critics Circle Names Roma Best Picture of 2018

The New York Film Critics Circle has just finished announcing their awards for 2018, naming Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" the best film of the year. The film also won Best Director (Cuaron) and Best Cinematography (Cuaron). With the film's immense popularity, this is sure to be merely the first of several major wins to come. The only other film to take more than one award was Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," which took Best Actor for Ethan Hawke's outstanding performance and Best Screenplay for Schrader. The only major surprise here was seeing Regina Hall win Best Actress for "Support the Girls" over frontrunners like Glenn Close for "The Wife" and Olivia Colman for "The Favourite." However, the

The National Board of Review Names Green Book the Best Film of 2018

Awards season has officially kicked off today with the National Board of Review naming Peter Farrelly's delightful comedy-drama "Green Book" as the best film of 2018. The film was also awarded Best Actor for Viggo Mortensen. Other big winners included "A Star is Born," which took Best Director (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), in addition to being named one of the year's ten best films, and "If Beale Street Could Talk," which was awarded Best Supporting Actress (Regina King) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins). Probably the single biggest surprise of the lot is the complete absence of Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite," which is still

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: A Considerably Weaker Sequel

Just two years ago, director David Yates and author J.K. Rowling sought to expand upon the wizarding world of “Harry Potter” by delving into one of the previously-unseen characters, magizoologist Newt Scamander. The resulting film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” was something of a mixed bag that offered some fun characters and striking visual effects, but little in the way of story thanks to Rowling’s weak screenplay. However, with the film being a major success (as was quite predictable), we knew we’d be seeing a sequel sooner rather than later, which brings us to “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Rowling’s had two years to polish her screenwriting skills, but did s