Monday Movie Report: Directors Guild, animation awards announced

“Roma” is continuing its good run this award season, picking up another big win in the Oscar race on Saturday.

At the 71st Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony Saturday, Alfonso Cuaron won the top prize for feature film. The win follows the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards also giving Cuaron the top honor for directing.

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Movie trailers with Super Bowl LIII

Over the course of a thrilling (?) 13-3 victory in the Super Bowl by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams, movie studios took time during the commercial breaks to push upcoming features. In between action on the field, previews for several films were broadcast over the airwaves.

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REVIEW: Poor twist sinks ‘Serenity’

On the surface, “Serenity” looks like a film maybe worth checking out. Written and directed by a filmmaker with plenty of experience along with a cast of Oscar winners and nominees, it seems like it could be fine.

However, one should beware of what lies beneath.

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Monday Movie Report: Screen Actors Guild Winners

The best performances of 2018 were celebrated in Hollywood Sunday evening with the Screen Actors Guild Awards Ceremony.

The annual event, now in its 25th year, gave its top award of the night to the ensemble of “Black Panther.” Another big winner on the night was Rami Malek, who won the SAG’s best male actor performance for his work in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Special Movie Report: Producers Guild Award Winners

The film “Green Book” followed up its Golden Globes success Saturday with another big win.

During its annual ceremony, the Procucers Guild of America honored the period piece dramedy with its top honor, the award for outstanding producer of a theatrical motion pictures. The win was another strong result for “Green Book,” which is having a good award season run.

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Top 10 Favorite Trilogies

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” releases to theaters this week, marking the conclusion of the trilogy which began with “Unbreakable” in 2000 and continued with 2016’s “Split.”

With another trilogy set to be wrapped up soon, I figured it was a good time to take a look at some of my favorite three-movie franchises. Small disclaimer, film is subjective and art can be difficult to quantify in numbers and data. With that in mind, this top 10 is more a way to organize these trilogies and less a matter of fact.

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REVIEW: By-the-books ‘Upside’ has its moments

“Upside” is a film with both ups and downs, leaving the overall quality of this film about friendship somewhere in the middle.

The film follows the story of Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), a man out on parole, estranged from his family and looking for a new job. In his search, he crosses paths with Philip (Bryan Cranston), a billionaire who became disabled in an accident and is in need of a life auxiliary.

In a state of depression and with little care to who works for him, Philip decides to hire Dell. Despite both being unenthusiastic about the situation, the two eventually form a friendship which is explored through the rest of the picture.

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Monday Movie Report: Critics’ Choice Award Winners

Weeks after awards were handed out by regional film critic groups, such as those in New York and Los Angeles,  the Broadcast Film Critics Association joined the party.

On Sunday, the BFCA held the Critics’ Choice Awards and gave its top honor to “Roma.” Other pictures having a good night included “The Favourite,” winning Best Ensemble and “Black Panther” snagging awards in several tech categories.

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REVIEW: ‘Replicas’ is a total misfire

Oof. This one was rough.

“Replicas” features Keanu Reeves as Will Foster, a scientist working at a research company, specializing in downloading a person’s mind and digitizing it. The goal is to be able to store the mind and transfer it, should a person’s body become destroyed in an accident, for example.

Unfortunately, that’s just what happens to Will’s family. Stricken by grief, and having access to amazing technology, Will, along with his assistant Ed (Thomas Middleditch), decide to conduct an experiment to clone and recreate the family, and transplant the brain data, as a way to bring them back to life.

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