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2021 Golden Globes Complete Winners List

HFPA Here’s the full winners list: Best Motion Picture – Drama  “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) “Mank” (Netflix) “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) (WINNER) “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) […]

2021 Golden Globes Complete Winners List
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REVIEW: “The Vigil” (2021)

In the upcoming indie chiller “The Vigil” a troubled young man encounters a malevolent spirit while watching over the body of deceased man from his Jewish community in Brooklyn. It’s a religious ritual where the person watching (called a shomer if male, a shomeret if female) both protects and comforts the deceased’s soul until time […]

REVIEW: “The Vigil” (2021)
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Norway’s Best International Feature Oscar contender “Hope”

Love, and a terminal diagnosis. Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård co-star as “artist partners” put to the relationship test when she is diagnosed with cancer. “Hope” is a shortlisted Oscar contender, so a nomination would ensure it’d get some distribution in the US. Looks intriguing.

Movie Preview: Norway’s Best International Feature Oscar contender — “Hope”
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Slamdance 2021: “Post Office”

Photo Credit: Slamdance ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3.5 out of 5. We never know how our short road trip may end up in; who we will encounter or unforeseen events we might find ourselves in. What if someone requires our help along the way, and when we decide to do the right thing, it backfires at us? […]

Slamdance 2021: “Post Office”
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Slamdance 2021: “Taipei Suicide Story”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. What can go wrong for someone who decides to end his or her life? Perhaps, all the attempts to change one’s mind ended with no success. And when the time comes, there’s one last chance to stay and give a second chance to life or leave it behind for […]

Slamdance 2021: “Taipei Suicide Story”
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Slamdance 2021: “A Brixton Tale”

⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3 out of 5. A romantic relationship, especially for youth, can be hectic and unpredictable because they always try to prove something. It could quickly transform the young and innocent into a ruthless and dangerous adult, or a sweetheart which, quite obviously, “A Brixton Tale” is all about. Leah, a wealthy and ruthless […]

Slamdance 2021: “A Brixton Tale”
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The Nevada Film Critics Society Honors Promising Young Woman

Earlier today, The Nevada Film Critics Society announced their picks for the best of 2020–early 2021 and what’s interesting is that Nomadland didn’t win a thing.  Instead, Promising Young Woman took the awards for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Meanwhile, in the supporting races, Daniel Kaluuya picked up another win […]

The Nevada Film Critics Society Honors Promising Young Woman
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Nomadland Wins At The Satellite Awards

Here’s what won at the Satellite Awards on the 15th.  I apologize for being a bit late in posting this but the weather conspired to keep me from watching the Satellite Awards. Actually, did anyone watch the Satellite Awards?  Does anyone even know who is even giving these things out? Well, regardless, here’s what won […]

Nomadland Wins At The Satellite Awards
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Sundance: On The Count of Three

Work sucks. Home sucks. Life sucks. Val (Jerrod Carmichael) springs his best friend Kevin (Christopher Abbott) from the psychiatric facility where he’s being held so they can commit suicide together. Kevin attempts it regularly, which is why he’s currently being held, and Val has recently begun to think that this is the only logical solution. […]

Sundance: On The Count of Three
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Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI

I reviewed MINARI for Cine-file Chicago. This would have made the list of my ten favorite films of 2020 had I seen it before last year ended. Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI (US)Available to rent through the Gene Siskel Film Center hereThe title of Lee Isaac Chung’s wonderful semi-autobiographical film refers to an edible, parsley-like plant cultivated throughout Asia. […]

Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI
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Sundance 2021: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Prisoners of the Ghostland is a collaboration between America’s most bonkers actor, Nicolas Cage, and Japanese auteur Sion Sono, known for grotesque violence, extreme eroticism, and surreal imagery. I’m not the biggest fan of Nic Cage’s recent reincarnation as a b-movie cartoon, but I thought this combination was made in movie heaven and couldn’t wait to […]

Sundance 2021: Prisoners of the Ghostland
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Movie Review: Italian tween grows up with Granny, “Alone With Her Dreams”

We meet them all at a tearful Italian dockside farewell. A family is disembarking for France, looking for better opportunities than their tiny coastal village can provide them. Mamma is crying, but little Lucia is inconsolable. Mother and father area leaving, and taking her kid brother with them. Tweenage Lucia (Marta Castiglia) insists, “I’m all […]

Movie Review: Italian tween grows up with Granny, “Alone With Her Dreams (Picciridda – Con i piedi nella sabbia)”
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Here Are The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominations!

Yesterday, the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association announced their nominees for the best of the year.  After it was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and SAG, it’s nice to see at least one group acknowledging First Cow.  (Actually, a lot of groups have been acknowledging First Cow.  I just worry it’s the type […]

Here Are The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominations!
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SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Eight for Silver” (2021)

One of the biggest surprises coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been “Eight for Silver”, a gory old-fashioned horror movie that offers a fresh spin on the age-old werewolf story. The film comes from British writer-director Sean Ellis who is no stranger to debuting his films at Sundance. His latest film looks […]

SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Eight for Silver” (2021)
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Sundance 2021: “Son of Monarchs”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3.5 out of 5. As children, we were all fascinated with something that either stayed as it was or materialized into something productive. Dreaming was the only tool of entertainment as a child. But once we become an adult, only then do we understand the value of the past, the life and the […]

Sundance 2021: “Son of Monarchs”
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