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NYFF Film Review: MUDBOUND Channels Pain and Suffering in the Old South

The festival darling Mudbound, another Netflix acquisition that has made its way to this year’s New York Film Festival, tells the story of two families as they deal with the challenges of rural Mississippi from the 1930s through the 50s. Race, racism, war, violence are at the center of the melee, which has a distinctive and welcome female tone to its voice. But, like so other topics that make and will always make fodder for movie scripts, a movie that revisits our racial past is forced by its genre to provide something to distinguish it from its companions. For...

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Mary J. Blige Joins Netflix’s THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY

Splashers, I feel like it’s been too long since we’ve really sat down and listened to Mary J. Blige. Sure, we watched Waiting To Exhale recently and sang along to Not Gonna Cry. And, yeah, I was just binge watching Entourage, and love her cameo when the entire office treats her like royalty. And, yes, Mudbound was my jam too. But, what’s she been up to in the new year? Well, Netflix is overjoyed to have (can I call her the new queen of soul? screw it, I’m doing it anyway) The New Queen of Soul MARY J. BLIGE...

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The Shape of Water Leads 90th Oscar Nominations; Wonder Woman Out, Logan Makes History

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards of Merits with hosts Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis, and, as usual, the industry became aflutter with talk of surprises, snubs, and shoo-ins. Headlining the morning was Guillermo Del Toro’s exquisite fantasy love story about a mute woman and a mutant man, The Shape of Water. It led with 13 Oscar Nominations, one short of the record Titanic tied last year by La La Land. The movie did well all over the place, scoring Del Toro a nomination for Best Director and Original...

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Final Predictions for 90th Oscar Nominations

Tomorrow at an ungodly hour in Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will end months of speculation surrounding who will receive citations in the 90th Oscar Nominations. While the past few days have made clear that certain movies like The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, are ahead, the question on nominations morning is always who will be that surprise fourth or fifth nominee. And, as usual, everyone is wondering how many between 5 and 10 nominees for Best Picture there will be. Although I’m predicting 8, my gut is telling me...

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Three Billboards’ SAG Win Continues Topsy-Turvy Awards Season

The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) happened tonight as awards season continued into its final weeks. After a somewhat surprising win of the Producers Guild by The Shape of Water, it was clear that something had to give, since that movie was not up for the coveted SAG Best Ensemble award. Instead, the trophy was to be won by one of Mudbound, The Big Sick, or, more realistically, Get Out, Three Billboards, or Lady Bird. The award went to Three Billboards, which, after its Globes win, still appears to be slightly ahead of the Del Toro drama for...

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