Review: ‘The Fabulous Allan Carr’ illustrates an outrageous legacy.

SYNOPSIS Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Allan Carr threw the Hollywood Parties that defined the 1970’s.  A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega-hit musical film GREASE and the Broadway sensation LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, until it all came crashing Read More →

OSCAR® Nominated Documentary Films Now Streaming FREE Online, Showing in Theaters: ‘Knife Skills’ & ‘Edith+Eddie’

Not sure what to watch tonight? Give one of these a try. EDITH+EDDIE is now streaming for free at First Look Media’s Topic.com and YouTube  29:34 minutes “EDITH+EDDIE is one of the finest observational documentaries of the year. What starts as a sweet and tender portrayal of elderly interracial love transforms into a damning cry against institutionalized elder abuse. It’s currently [nominated] for Read More →

This year’s Oscar-Nominated movies on HBO

Get Out A black photographer’s weekend meeting his white girlfriend’s parents takes a terrifying turn in this horror hit from Jordan Peele. Performance by an actor in a leading role: Daniel Kaluuyain Achievement in directing: Jordan Peele Best motion picture of the year: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers Original screenplay: Written by Jordan Read More →

This year’s Oscar-Nominated movies to Rent or Buy

RENT OR BUY Blade Runner 2049 Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years. Achievement in Read More →

This year’s Oscar-Nominated movies on Netflix

Mudbound Two Mississippi families — one black, one white — confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming, and friendship in a divided World War II era. Performance by an actress in a supporting role: Mary J. Blige Achievement in cinematography: Rachel Morrison Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song): “Mighty River” Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Read More →

This year’s Oscar-Nominated movies with Amazon Prime

The Big Sick Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. Original screenplay: Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani Abacus: Small Enough to Jail From acclaimed Read More →

Review: ‘Maudie’ brings Sally Hawkins into the Oscar race.

Based on a true story, MAUDIE charts the unlikely romance between Maud Lewis, a folk artist who blossoms in later life, and the curmudgeonly recluse, Everett. Maud, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. When she answers an ad for a housekeeper Read More →

Review: Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Here I am back it after a brief hiatus and I’m happy that this year I am fortunate enough to bring you coverage of this year’s Oscar-nominated short films. Over the next few days, I will roll out reviews in each of the categories – documentary, animation and live action. Since I’m the resident documentary cat around here at Reel Read More →

The Academy unanimously voted to increase diversity of membership by 2020

### In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse.  The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of Read More →

2016 Oscar Nominations are Here!

Here’s the complete list for the 88th Academy Awards: BEST PICTURE The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight BEST ACTOR Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon, The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl BEST ACTRESS Cate Blanchett, Carol Brie Larson, Room Jennifer Lawrence, Read More →

2015 Razzie Award Nominations are Here

Every year there are those movies that make us glad to be alive…and then there are these turds. The Razzle awards stands as a beacon for all who stand for only good movies and call out those who put out anything less. Here’s the full list of nominees for the Razzies. Worst picture Fantastic Four Fifty Shades of Grey Jupiter Read More →

Which of these 20 films would you nominate for an Oscar?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist.  This year, in the Visual Effects category, the number of eligible films initially shortlisted for further consideration was increased to a maximum Read More →

‘CAROL’ comes to life on the silver screen today. Here are a few reasons why we think it shouldn’t be missed.

As one of the most anticipated films of this year’s New York Film Festival, CAROL most certainly blew everyone’s expectations out of the water. Here are just a few reasons why we adore this elegant film…The Plot:  In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves Read More →

Chris Rock returns to host the next Academy Awards

Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today.  The 88th Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network.  Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005. “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the Read More →

Academy Award Nominations & Winners

You can also check out 93 backstage photos here! ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE NOMINEES STEVE CARELL Foxcatcher BRADLEY COOPER American Sniper BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH The Imitation Game MICHAEL KEATON Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) EDDIE REDMAYNE The Theory of Everything ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE NOMINEES ROBERT DUVALL The Judge ETHAN HAWKE Boyhood EDWARD NORTON Birdman or (The Read More →

Loads of Interesting Random Facts About the Academy Awards aka Oscars

Here are a bunch of random facts about the Academy Awards. Some are quite surprising. which one shocked you the most? Top winner & nominee for Visual Effects Dennis Muren – 8 wins, 15 nominations Won: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Innerspace, The Read More →

If I Chose the Academy Award Winners and Nominees – 2015 edition

I’ve now seen most of the films that had a release in 2014. This makes me more qualified to vote for the Oscars than 97.548% of the Academy’s membership. With the Oscar ceremony occurring tonight, I’ve picked, as I have the previous two years, who I think the nominees and winners should be in the bulk of the major categories. Read More →