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‘Waves’ review: Dir. Trey Edward Shultz (2020)

Trey Edward Shultz follows up his 2017 psychological horror movie It Comes At Night with a very different fare for 2020, a family-focused slow-burner of a drama full of blistering performances set on the sun-soaked coast of south Florida.

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Waves was placed at various film festivals during the late part of 2020 and arrives in cinemas off the back of largely rapturous applause received at most screenings, and rightly so as we have one of the best films of the year so far.

Split into two very distinct halves, Waves focuses on the middle to upper-class Williams family, specifically Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a well-motivated eighteen-year-old in his final year of high school. We open to him riding in the glowing sunshine, young and care-free, leg dangling out the car window, the camera spinning around and around in a very technically impressive move we see duplicated throughout proceedings. He’s with his beautiful girlfriend,
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‘1917’ posts excellent second weekend at UK box office; ‘Bad Boys For Life’ makes strong start

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‘1917’ posts excellent second weekend at UK box office; ‘Bad Boys For Life’ makes strong start
The action threequel opened to £3.8m across the weekend.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Jan 17-19)Total gross to date Week 1 1917 (eOne) £6.2m £18.4m 2 2 Bad Boys For Life (Sony) £3.8m £3.8m 1 3 Little Women (Sony) £1.5m £16.4m 4 4 The Gentlemen (Entertainment Film Distributors) £1.09m £7.9m 3 5 Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) £1.07m £31m 6

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Sam Mendes’ 1917 stayed top of the UK box office for a second consecutive weekend with an excellent hold, as action franchise title Bad Boys For Life exceeded expectations with a £3.8m start.

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1917 took £6.2m on its second weekend, a fall of just 15.7%, to put it
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Sbiff: Virtuosos Cynthia Erivo, Taron Egerton, and Aldis Hodge Sing Favorite Karaoke Songs

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Sbiff: Virtuosos Cynthia Erivo, Taron Egerton, and Aldis Hodge Sing Favorite Karaoke Songs
Eight actors were honored for their breakout roles in film with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (Sbiff) Virtuosos Award event held at the historic Arlington Theatre on Saturday night. The annual award is presented to “up-and-coming” actors with noteworthy performances in film.

This year’s award recipients were Awkwafina for her first dramatic leading role in the dramedy “The Farewell”; Taron Egerton as Elton John in the biopic “Rocketman”; Cynthia Erivo, also in a biopic, playing Harriet Tubman in “Harriet”; Beanie Feldstein as the valedictorian of her high school class in the comedy “Booksmart”; Aldis Hodge for his role as a death row inmate in the drama “Clemency”; George MacKay for his performance in the World War I drama “1917”; Florence Pugh for her work in both the coming-of-age period drama “Little Women” as well as the folk horror film “Midsommar”; and Taylor Russell as a shy teenager in
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How the Oscar Date Change Will Affect the Outcome

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This year, there are 8,469 eligible Oscar voters, a jump of 35% from four years ago. The membership increase may affect the outcome, but without seeing a numerical breakdown of branches, gender and geographic location of voters, we will never know for sure.

There is another important factor affecting the results: The changing calendar.

This year’s ceremony, on Feb. 9, is the earliest ever. The accelerated schedule has been the source of anxious jokes for months; the attitude seemed to be that this year’s awards season is filled with familiar stuff, but at a faster pace.

However, it is not the same stuff. The differences affect two key areas: the all-important buzz, and voters’ access to watching the films. If a film hasn’t established itself by mid-October, it’s an uphill battle. The faster schedule removes the opportunity for people to discover films, especially late-year openers.

As always, the SAG
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UK box office preview: ‘Bombshell’ battles ‘Bad Boys For Life’

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UK box office preview: ‘Bombshell’ battles ‘Bad Boys For Life’
Also opening: ‘Just Mercy’, ‘Waves’, ‘A Hidden Life’.

Awards contender Bombshell goes up against franchise reboot Bad Boys For Life at the UK box office this weekend.

Released through Lionsgate, Bombshell tells the true story of several women at Fox News who exposed former CEO Roger Ailes for multiple cases of sexual harassment in 2016.

The film stars Charlize Theron as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, with Nicole Kidman as fellow host Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie as a young producer at the network who is a composite of several people.

Directed by Jay Roach, Bombshell has garnered significant awards attention,
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Movie Review – Waves (2019)

Waves, 2019. Directed by Trey Edward Shults. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Sterling K. Brown. Synopsis: A South Florida family deals with a loss in many different ways. Waves is a movie that reached into my chest, ripped my heart out, and handed it back to […]

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Waves review – high-school sports star wrestles with emotion | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Trey Edward Shults’ heartfelt redemption parable takes an unexpected route through the story of a teenager’s struggles at home and in class

After disturbing us all with survivalist thriller It Comes at Night in 2017, Texan film-maker Trey Edward Shults – still just 31 – steps up his already impressive game with this vehemently acted and formally audacious drama about an African American family in Miami. It is a parable of redemption, and about a kind of spiritual or metaphysical resonance between the unhappy lives of two siblings.

At film festivals worldwide, Waves has already been much praised for an experimental, anti-narrative approach and a supposed privileging of vignettes, scenes and moods over regular storytelling. Actually, this is misleading. The movie is perfectly legible in conventional linear terms. But where it goes, how it gets there and how it comes back again, is more unexpected. There is a wonderful score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
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How Waves unpicks the pressures of ‘black excellence’

Newcomers Kevin Harrison Jr and Taylor Russell on writer-director Trey Edward Shults’s drama about the aftermath of a family tragedy

When Kelvin Harrison Jr, 25, was working on his lead role in Waves, his manager asked him if he wanted to pull out. “There was a fear,” he says, about whether he and the film’s writer-director Trey Edward Shults could pull off its ferocious, narrative-shifting central event.

That tour-de-force moment, which we can’t get into without breaking the law of spoilers, would alter the direction of the film entirely, abruptly switching its lead from Harrison to fellow newcomer Taylor Russell, and transforming a joyful tale of young romance into a bruising one of violence and its consequences. If Waves is a film of two halves, then this jaw-dropping scene, lasting just a few minutes, is its crucial pivot. “Even A24 was scared!” says Harrison. “But I was like: ‘No!
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Top 20 Oscar snubs of actors and actresses: Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Awkwafina, Eddie Murphy …

Top 20 Oscar snubs of actors and actresses: Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Awkwafina, Eddie Murphy …
Our predictions for the 2020 Oscar nominations proved to be pretty accurate. Upwards of 80% of those that we tipped to hear their names called are indeed among those contending for the 92nd annual Academy Awards. But we feel bad that we encouraged some famous folk to set their alarms early on Monday morning, only to find out that they did not number among the nominees.

Six SAG Awards nominated performers won’t be in contention at the Oscars: leads Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”), Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) as well as supporting players Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”), Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”) and Nicole Kidman (“Bombshell”).

Scroll down for our list of the top 20 biggest snubs, and check out the full list of the 92nd annual Academy Awards nominees.

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Not Nominated: Best Actress

Awkwafina, “The Farewell

Jessie Buckley,
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay (Updated: January 12)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay (Updated: January 12)
Since the academy expanded the Best Picture category at the Oscars in 2010, Best Original Screenplay has gone to writers of a wide-range of genres: dramas; comedies (“Midnight in Paris”); biopics; true-life stories (“Spotlight”); period pictures (“Django Unchained”); war movies (“The Hurt Locker”); sci-fi (“Her”) and horror (“Get Out”). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Original Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay.)

Regardless of the type of film, a nominee needs broad academy support to win this race. Indeed, all 10 of these most recent Best Original Screenplay winners were, at the least, Best Picture nominees. And five of them won the big prize, bringing the total number of Best Picture champs with Oscar-winning original screenplays to 17. By comparison, 41 films have done this on the adapted side.

In 2019, four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: January 12)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: January 12)
As with the award for leading men, the winner of Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars is usually one of the more seasoned competitors. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali won for “Green Book.” He had previously prevailed in 2017 for “Moonlight.” He was the 29th winner of this award to be in his 40s. Sam Rockwell, who won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the 30th, having picked up this prize eight months before he turned 50. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

A lucky 13 winners were in their 50s and 11 more were in their 60s. For eight men, it took till they were in their 70s to win while two (George Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”) were north of 80 when they took home their only Oscars. Conversely, only four Best Supporting Actor champs were in their 20s and just 14 have been thirtysomething.
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Winners at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards Include Us, Parasite, Knives Out

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Last night the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards Ceremony took place in Los Angeles, and we're thrilled that Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson was on hand to present the award for Best Horror. Thrilling entertainment was well-represented at the awards ceremony, as Jordan Peele's Us, Bong Joon Ho's Parasite, and Rian Johnson's Knives Out were among the winners.

You can check out the full list of winners below, and to learn more about the Hollywood Critics Association, visit their official website.

Press Release: – The members of the Hollywood Critics Association celebrated 2019 and the end of the decade at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Below is the full list of winners:

Best Picture - 1917

Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best Actress - Lupita Nyong’o, Us

Best Supporting Actor - Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
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Final Oscar Predictions For Phase One

The time has come. The Academy Award nominations are only a few days away. Oscar voters turned in their ballots earlier this week, so what’s done is done. We’re just waiting patiently to find out. The Academy has locked in their picks, but what about my predictions? Well, that gets finalized now. Below, you’ll find my final predictions for Phase One of the awards season. I’m doing this now, as opposed to closer to Monday morning, purely to make sure I don’t obsess over them…or don’t obsess over them any more than usual. Phase One has largely confirmed who and what we thought the frontrunners for the Oscars were, so this is just about figuring out how well they’ll do. The main questions to figure out surround how many Best Picture nominees they’ll be, which contenders will fill out the bottom of the lineup,
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‘1917’ Wins Best Picture at 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards

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‘1917’ Wins Best Picture at 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards
The members of the Hollywood Critics Association celebrated 2019 and the end of the decade at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Sam Mendes’ “1917,” which, in a surprise move, took home the Golden Globes’ best picture award, also snagged the best picture award from the Hca. It was awarded best action/war film, best cinematography for Roger Deakins, and best editing for Lee Smith as well, giving it the most awards of the evening with four.

Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” took home three awards, for best female director for Wilde, best performance by an actress 23 and under for Kaitlyn Dever, and best comedy/musical, tied with “Rocketman.”

Other major winners included Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker” — again mirroring the Golden Globes — and Lupita Nyong’o for “Us.” Joe Pesci was awarded the best supporting actor trophy for “The Irishman,” while Jennifer Lopez was recognized for “Hustlers.”

Formerly known
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NAACP Image Awards Nominees: ‘Harriet,’ ‘When They See Us’, Netflix Lead Way

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NAACP Image Awards Nominees: ‘Harriet,’ ‘When They See Us’, Netflix Lead Way
The nominees for the 51st NAACP Image Awards were announced Thursday, the prelude to the two-hour live televised awards airing on Bet on February 2 at 8 Pm Et/Pt.

The Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of TV, music, literature, and film and also recognizes individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Voting is now open to the public to determine winners.

Netflix leads the TV category nominations with 30 mentions, thanks to series like When They See Us (nine noms), with an additional 12 in the motion picture categories (Dolemite Is My Name leads there with seven) for a total of 42. Universal leads the motion picture categories with 15 nominations, paced by Us and Queen & Slim.

In the marquee Entertainer of the Year category, the nominees are Angela Basset, Billy Porter, Lizzo, Regina King and Tyler Perry.

Nominees were revealed this morning at a
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‘Euphoria,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees

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‘Euphoria,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees
Nominees for the 2020 Guild of Music Supervisors (Gms) Awards were announced today. The annual event is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Wiltern Theater and coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Gms.

Films up for awards include “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” “Frozen II,” “Aladdin,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Hustlers” and “Wild Rose,” among others.

Television shows nominated include “Euphoria”; “Pose,” supervised by the dynamo trio of Amanda Krieg Thomas, Alexis Martin Woodall and Ryan Murphy; and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Emmy winner in the music supervision category, although the Gms lists only Robin Urdang, where the Television academy awarded showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.

Among the songs recognized are: “Spirit” from “The Lion King,” “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II,” “Don’t Call Me Angel” from “Charlie’s Angels,” “Invisible Ink” from “This Is Us,” “Jenny of Oldstrones” from “Game of Thrones” and “On a Roll” from “Black Mirror.
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Guild of Music Supervisors Nominates Beyonce, Regina Spektor, Mary Steenburgen and More

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Guild of Music Supervisors Nominates Beyonce, Regina Spektor, Mary Steenburgen and More
Beyonce, Regina Spektor and Mary Steenburgen are among the songwriters who have been nominated by the Guild of Music Supervisors, which announced its annual awards for film, television and videogame music and music supervision on Thursday.

N0minees in the Best Song Written for a Film category are Beyonce, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Timothy Mckenzie for “Spirit” from “The Lion King”; Regina Spektor for “One Little Soldier” from “Bombshell”; Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”; Caityln Smith, Kate York and Mary Steenburgen for “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” from “Wild Rose”; and Alma-Sofia Miettinen, Ariana Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Elizabeth Grant, Max Martin, Miley Cyrus and Savan Kotecha for “Don’t Call Me Angel” from “Charlie’s Angels.”

Neither “One Little Soldier” nor “Don’t Call Me Angel” were on the Academy’s list of the 75 songs eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar. The other three
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Demitra Kampakis’ Top 10 Films of 2019

Following our top 50 films of 2019, we’re sharing personal top 10 lists from our contributors. Check out the latest below and see our complete year-end coverage here.

What a way to bid the decade adieu! 2019 boasted an incredible lineup of foreign, art-house and independent films—ranging from character studies to multi-genre fare to ghost stories and socially charged thrillers—and in many ways, this year’s offerings were the perfect distillation and culmination of ten years’ worth of technical, cultural, political and artistic transformations. The growing embrace of large format lenses (Midsommar) and de-aging technology (The Irishman), and bolder experimentations with frame rate, storytelling, structure (Climax) and guerilla filmmaking techniques or Diy methods of production (every Safdie brothers film including Uncut Gems) are but some of these changes, while the proliferation of streaming sites from the popular to the curated breathed new life into overlooked films by allowing smaller-scale titles, inaccessible
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Dorian Awards: Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ Nabs 5 Awards

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Dorian Awards: Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ Nabs 5 Awards
South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” nabbed five wins, including Film of the Year, Director, Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Foreign-Language Film at the Dorian Awards, Galeca: The Society of Lgbtq Entertainment Critics announced on Wednesday.

Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress Award for “Judy,” with Antonio Banderas winning Best Actor for “Pain and Glory.” “Little Women’s” Florence Pugh won The Rising Star of the Year, Jennifer Lopez won Best Supporting Actress for “Hustlers,” “Booksmart” won Unsung Film of the Year, and “Cats” won Campy Film of the Year.

“Galeca members strive to determine the best cinematic experiences through the distinct Lgbtq lens, and this year was particularly rich in options,” said Galeca President Diane Anderson-Minshall in a statement. “Yet when director Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ practically swept our awards roster with five wins, I was not surprised. The dynamic, darkly comic drama about a poor
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‘Beanpole’: Russia’s Oscar-Bidding Psychodrama Pushed Its First-Time Actresses to the Brink

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‘Beanpole’: Russia’s Oscar-Bidding Psychodrama Pushed Its First-Time Actresses to the Brink
28-year-old Kantemir Balagov’s second film “Beanpole” has sickness in its marrow. Russia’s shortlisted entry for the 2019 Best International Feature Film Academy Award centers on a sometimes-toxic symbiosis shared by two women in post-wwii Leningrad, damaged by their experiences on the battle lines and eking out what remains of an existence working in a veterans hospital — a rust-colored hovel in the ruins of the city.

This slow-motion twist of the gut features impressive first-time performances from two actors Balagov plucked from obscurity in a country-wide casting call. Viktoria Miroshnichenko plays the long-limbed, ghostlike, sickly Iya, aka Beanpole, who’s rattled by a Ptsd condition that causes sudden spells of shortness of breath. Vasilisa Perelygina plays Masha, prone to her own flights of mania, and the two women are locked in a folie a deux that careens from tenderness to freaky, vampiric obsession.

In taking a look at the breakdown
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