The Top Ten Films of 2019

As we come to the end of another year, it's time to celebrate the very best that it had to offer in film. As usual, there were a few that didn't quite live up to the buzz surrounding them ("The Irishman" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" immediately come to mind), but there were still plenty of great films to choose from, so let's dive right in: 10. The King – Starting off with what will probably be considered an unconventional choice, we have David Michod’s “The King,” which received somewhat mixed reviews from critics, but was generally well-received by audiences. This gritty take on the story of Henry V’s rise to the throne and his campaign in France is similar in tone to Sir Kenneth Br

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker: The Trilogy Comes to a Crashing End

When the new “Star Wars” trilogy began back in 2015, it started on a somewhat shaky note. J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” ended up being a decent film, but there’s no denying that it amounted to little more than a beat-for-beat remake of “A New Hope,” leaving many fans disappointed that he hadn’t tried to do something a little more creative. However, all of that changed with Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi.” His film was big, bold, original, and dared to go off in unexpected directions, resulting in the best “Star Wars” film since the original trilogy. Now the time has come for the conclusion of the trilogy, and of the entire Skywalker Saga, with “The Rise of Skywalker,” where we once again s

Film Nominations for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild has just finished announcing their nominations, and as usual, there are plenty of big surprises to be found. Starting on a very sad note, it's extremely unfortunate to see that they snubbed the brilliant ensemble of Marriage Story. It seemed like one of the easiest picks of the year, so it's quite strange that they neglected to include it, and recalls their embarrassing mistake of excluding "The Favourite" last year. However, that wasn't the only shocker to be found in the Best Cast category. Apparently the committee REALLY like "Bombshell," as not only did it get the two expected nominations for Theron and Robbie, but also nods for Kidman and the entire ensemble. It

Ready or Not: A Middling Horror Outing That Doesn't Do Quite Enough (Blu-ray)

The Film: Sadly, 2019 has been a rather dismal year for the horror genre. From outright stinkers like “The Prodigy,” “Pet Sematary,” “IT: Chapter Two,” and “The Curse of La Llorona,” to overrated fare like “Us” and “Midsommar,” there just hasn’t been a whole lot of success in finding an entertaining film that could deliver a good scare or two. One that kind of fell in the middle in regards to its reception was the little horror flick “Ready or Not,” which features a rather intriguing premise involving a classic childhood game. It wasn’t exactly loved, but nor was it hated, and if past experience has proven anything, it’s that this is sometimes where little horror gems can be found (or decent

IT: Chapter Two: A Startlingly-Disappointing Follow-Up (Blu-ray)

The Film: Just two years ago, director Andy Muschietti delivered the remarkable first half of his adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT.” It was a box office phenomenon and opened to wide acclaim from critics and audiences, who praised it for its thrilling storytelling and exceptional young cast. With its major success, the pressure was on to deliver a second half worthy of going right alongside the first in terms of the epic scope of the narrative, the cast, and, of course, the scares. Two long years later, the wait is finally over, and we can at last see if Muschietti (and screenwriter Gary Dauberman) can finish the epic adaptation they began by bringing it to what would hopefully be a satisfyi

Nominations for the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Earlier this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and as usual, there were plenty of surprises to be found. For starters, after taking a backseat for the start of the critics' awards, it was Noah Baumbach's outstanding drama "Marriage Story" that ended up leading the pack with six nominations, followed by Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" and Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with five each. One of the biggest surprises was seeing Noah Baumbach miss out on a Director nomination, while, shockingly, Todd Phillips made a surprise appearance there for "Joker." Phillips' film also unexpectedly showed u

Parasite Named Best Film of 2019 by Los Angeles Critics

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has just finished announcing their awards, resulting in Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite" picking up yet another Best Picture win. The film also received Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Song Kang Ho). Other major awards were given to Antonio Banderas (Best Actor for "Pain and Glory"), Mary Kay Place (Best Actress for "Diane"), and Jennifer Lopez (Best Supporting Actress for "Hustlers"). Noah Baumbach also received the group's Best Screenplay honor for the outstanding "Marriage Story." Next up for Awards Season we have the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announcing their awards later tonight, as well as the Golden Globe n

Parasite Named Best Picture of 2019 by The New York Film Critics Online

The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) have just finished announcing their awards, with Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite" taking the top prize. The film also claimed Best Director and Best Screenplay. Other major awards were given to Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor for "Joker"), Lupita Nyong'o (Best Actress for "Us"), Joe Pesci (Best Supporting Actor for "The Irishman"), and Laura Dern (Best Supporting Actress for "Marriage Story"). Tomorrow sees a very busy day for critics, with D.C. and Los Angeles announcing their winners, so be sure to check back right here to see which films come out on top. In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of the NYFCO's winners: Best Picture: Parasite Fore

The New York Film Critics Circle Names The Irishman Best Film of 2019

The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) has just finished announcing their awards, and it's certainly a bizarre group of selections to say the least. The group has awarded Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" Best Picture of the year, while also receiving Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci Other peculiar picks included Best Director going to Benny and Josh Safdie for "Uncut Gems," Lupita Nyong'o receiving Best Actress for "Us," and Quentin Tarantino winning Best Screenplay for his curiously meandering script for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." That being said, there were a few good selections in there, including Antonio Banderas winning Best Actor for his outstanding performance in "Pain and

The National Board of Review Names The Irishman Best Film of 2019

The critics awards have officially kicked off with The National Board of Review naming Martin Scorsese's gangster epic, "The Irishman," the best film of 2019. The film also received Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Zaillian. It's a rather odd pick for Best Picture given how it's mostly a standard gangster flick, and an even stranger pick for Adapted Screenplay given how the screenplay was its biggest issue, but many people have enjoyed the film anyway, so it's not that big of a surprise to see it pick up a win here. Other curious choices included seeing "Uncut Gems" receive Best Actor for Adam Sandler and Best Original Screenplay, despite this being another film where the screenplay held i

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