Tag: Oscar Nominated Films

Films with Academy Award nominations or nominees.

Movie Review – “Molly’s Game”

“Molly’s Game is a fascinating story of boldness, charisma, and integrity. A Top-5 film of 2017!” -Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Making his directorial filmmaking debut, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin deals moviegoers in on the true-life exploits of poker game hostess Molly Bloom. Portraying Bloom, the Olympic-class skier turned moderator of high-stakes underground gambling, is... Read More »

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 »

Movie Review – “Darkest Hour”

  “Darkest Hour” is a top contender for Film of the Year! – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF In a historic masterpiece, “Darkest Hour” presents us with a battle-weary England on the verge of collapse at the evil hands of Adolf Hitler in World War II. Covering a politically troublesome and potentially devastating four-week period for... Read More »

Movie Review – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“The intricate, and often hostile, interaction between the strong-willed personas of Harrelson, McDormand, and Rockwell makes for sensational filmmaking and movie watching…  The early Oscar front-runner for Best Picture!” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF A trifecta of superb acting performances will surely earn “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” a well-deserved spot on nearly everyone’s shortlist... Read More »

5 Heartwarming, Powerful Movie Rentals

“Five heartwarming and powerful stories available to rent.” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Film enthusiasts looking for “must-see” movies to rent over the Fourth of July holiday will enjoy these winners: The Way (2010) Martin Sheen plays an ophthalmologist living the country club lifestyle when he gets the terrible news that every parent dreads and... Read More »

My 2017 Oscar Picks!

And the Winner is… This Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards show on ABC is one of the most uncertain and open races in recent years.  First-time Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel kicks off the telecast at 5 pm, Arizona time.  Despite La La Land netting a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations (joining Titanic and All About... Read More »

Movie Review – “Patriots Day”

“The real star of “Patriots Day” is the city of Boston.”  Patrick King, REEL BRIEF No one, right now in Hollywood, is sharper at crafting heroic true-life stories onto the big-screen than Clint Eastwood or Peter Berg. Both directors have powerfully depicted ordinary people doing extraordinary acts of bravery.  Each visionary storyteller so keen at providing... Read More »

Movie Review – “Manchester by the Sea”

Casey Affleck’s spectacular performance in this film earned him a Golden Globe on Sunday and should end any further speculation as to which Affleck brother has the best acting chops.  Sorry, Batman. Chatter from the Left Coast early last year told us film critics to expect a particularly stunning job from the younger Affleck in... Read More »

The Top 10 Films of 2016

Ten films that should be on everyone’s “Must-See List”.  Drum-roll please! Here are the year’s best films in storytelling and performances: 10. Sing Street  Director John Carney, who gave us the 2007 romantic music trifecta of guitar, piano and vocals in the Irish movie “Once”, returns to Dublin for a stellar encore performance involving a... Read More »

Movie Review – “La La Land”

Not always an enthusiastic fan of watching musicals on the big-screen, my apprehension only heightened during the opening dance number of this sure-fire hit. It wasn’t until Emma Stone’s wishful actress persona–the distracted barista Mia Dolan–raised her middle finger to Ryan Gosling’s impatient, cocksure alter ego musician Sebastian in L.A. rush hour traffic that “La... Read More »

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