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Top 10 Films of 2017

Here are the year’s best films in storytelling and performances: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Superb acting performances highlight this crime drama depicting a grieving mother seeking answers for her daughter’s brutal murder. The brilliant screenplay slowly unmasks the film’s key players, shining a spotlight on how each character’s past and present are interwoven into... Read More »

Coming Soon – ‘Bleed for This’

Last year, moviegoers found two well-acted and compelling boxing stories.  One rekindled a 40-year old story about a crowd pleasing Philly fighter.  The other, a less noticed but still knockout film, showed the difficult task of climbing back atop the boxing world after one loses almost everything. Now comes what looks like another very well made... Read More »

9/11 – A Personal Look Back

“10:30 a.m. – The 62nd Airlift Squadron (my unit) calls to notify me that my leave is now cancelled and I’m being recalled.”  – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF I repost my 9/11 story every year because it’s important to remember not only the tragic details of this horrific day but to honor those who died, or were forever changed,... Read More »

Oscar Watch: ‘Sully’

Look for “Sully” and Tom Hanks to make almost everyone’s 2016 Best Picture and Best Actor lists.  And don’t discount Eastwood for a Best Director nomination.  If this movie takes off at the box office in 4 weeks, it could find itself on short final for many end-of-the-year awards. Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Brace for... Read More »

Movie Review – ‘A War’

“A War” confronts the fog of war, the confusion and realities of split-second combat decisions and its consequences… Rarely has a film captured the sacrifices and hardships of military members and their families like “A War” does so effortlessly. A must-see for anyone who’s deployed or had a family member serve down range.  Patrick King,... Read More »

REEL BRIEF Predictions: 2016 Oscar Nominations

Tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Here are... Read More »

Home Movies (Special Effects Edition)

Great story here about a Dad who works at DreamWorks and makes the impossible appear possible for his 3-year old son.  A quick sample: Looks like just about anyone can create these cinema gold products using Adobe AfterEffects. You can read more about how to do it here.  And here’s a link the animator’s master special... Read More »

2015 REEL BRIEF Nominees for best ‘Cinematography’

Honorable Mention Bridge of Spies Carol   Other 2015 REEL BRIEF Award Nominations Best Visual Effects Best Supporting Actor Best Original Screenplay Best Actor in a Leading Role ***... Read More »

Phoenix Film Critics Society: 2015 Film Nominees

The Phoenix Film Critics Society, which this author is a member, has released its nominations for their 2015 Film Awards: Best Picture “The Big Short” “Bridge of Spies” “Brooklyn” “The Danish Girl” “Inside Out” “Mad Max: Fury Road” “The Martian” “The Revenant” “Room” “Spotlight” Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant” Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” Adam... Read More »

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ trailer

The first trailer for next summer’s sequel to “Independence Day” has come out… Count me among the unimpressed. The first problem appears to be the planet’s reliance on the U.N.  Secondly, the trailer looks, and sounds, too much like its original back during the Clinton Administration.  Yes, it’s been twenty years. Two, zero. When it comes to science-fiction movies... Read More »

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