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Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (★★★★)

KiKi Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece;  a lush, visual love story and the first English-language film adaptation of James Baldwin’s work It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. In the film’s opening shot, a gorgeous crane movement …

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Beale Street’ lead Black Reel Awards nominations

Black Panther If Beale Street Could Talk The largest grossing domestic film of the year, Marvel’s Black Panther continued it’s historic run as it shattered the record for most nominations in a single year. Director Ryan Coogler’s cultural touchstone secured 17 nominations to top Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls’ previous record of 14 from the group. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could …

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SAG Noms: 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) It’s no secret that the Screen Actors Guild, which is comprised of over 160,000 members of SAG and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) utilizes a randomly selected group of about 2000 members – the SAG nom comm – to come up with the yearly nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  In …

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‘The Favourite’ leads Seattle Film Critics nominations

The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) The Seattle Film Critics Society has announced nominations for the 2018 Seattle Film Critics Society Awards, honoring the best in film for 2018. Leading the field with 11 nominations is Yorgos Lanthimos’ spellbinding comedy, The Favourite, earning nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), and two Best Actress in a Supporting …

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Philadelphia Film Critics: ‘ROMA’ Best Picture, Barry Jenkins Best Director, Viola Davis Best Actress

ROMABarry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)Viola Davis (Widows) The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle has chosen ROMA as the best film of 2018, Barry Jenkins as Best Director (If Beale Street Could Talk), Viola Davis (Widows) as Best Actress and Christian Bale (Vice) as Best Actor. Here is their full list of winners. Best Movie: ROMA Best Director: Barry Jenkins, If Beale …

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) predictions

Last year, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association went in for Call Me By Your Name, giving it Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet) and Luca Guadagnino tying in Best Director with The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro. Only Guadagnino didn’t manage to turn his win into an Oscar nomination (or win, as in del Toro’s case). This year, …

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Washington DC critics go for ‘ROMA,’ Cooper and Gaga are Best Actor and Actress

Alfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio (ROMA)Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) ‘The Favourite’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ also earn double wins ROMA triumphed with four wins when The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their top honorees for 2018 this morning. A poignantly observed, Mexico-set period drama dedicated to director Alfonso Cuarón’s real-life …

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Golden Globe Predictions – Motion Picture

A Star Is Born The FavouriteIf Beale Street Could TalkBlack Panther Even with a group as unpredictable as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of just over 90 international journalists based in Los Angeles, it’s probably safe to say that A Star Is Born and The Favourite will probably do very well here.  That said, the Golden Globes are …

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