New York Film Critics Circle Announce 2019 Winners The Irishman Named Best Film

By | December 4, 2019

The New York Film Critics Circle voted today at Film at Lincoln Center for their 2019 awards winners. The awards will be handed out during their annual ceremony on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Tao Downtown.

The Irishman was awarded Best Film and Benny and Josh Safdie were named Best Director for Uncut Gems. Lupita Nyong’o was selected as Best Actress for Us. Antonio Banderas was chosen as Best Actor for Pain and Glory. Special Awards were given to IndieCollect, for their work preserving American independent film, and to Randy Newman, for providing so many essential soundtracks.Cole Kronman (NYU) was awarded the student scholarship. Full list of winners below.

“This year has felt more unpredictable than most in terms of what our members have championed. I’m thrilled that we ended up with such a varied array of choices, and that we managed to do so with minimal fisticuffs,” said NYFCC chair Alison Willmore of New York magazine.

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the web’s most respected online publications. Every year the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the calendar year’s films.

The Circle’s awards are often seen as shaping the Oscar race. The Circle’s awards are also viewed — perhaps more accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures.

Best Film:
The Irishman

Best Director:
Benny and Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

Best Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood

Best Actress:
Lupita Nyong’o, Us

Best Actor:
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Best Supporting Actress:
Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Little Women

Best Supporting Actor:
Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Cinematography:
Claire Mathon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Nonfiction Film:

Best First Film:
Atlantics (Mati Diop)

Best Animated Film:
I Lost My Body

Special Awards:
Randy Newman

JOKER – 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Release Date

By | December 4, 2019

Directed, co-written and produced by Oscar nominee, Todd Phillips, “Joker” stars Joaquin Phoenix in this character study of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham City’s fractured society.

“Joker” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.

Own it Early on Digital on December 17

4K, Blu-ray and DVD debut on January 7

Joker Blu-ray

“Joker” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

  • Joker: Vision & Fury
  • Becoming Joker
  • Please Welcome… Joker!
  • Joker: A Chronicle of Chaos
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    BLACK WIDOW – Trailer

    By | December 4, 2019

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film BLACK WIDOW. The film is directed by Cate Shortland, starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr.

    In Theaters May 1, 2020


    By | December 4, 2019

    Get Lit – Words Ignite, one of LA’s leading non-profit arts and literacy organizations of spoken word poetry and film, is hosting their annual gala at Avalon Hollywood (1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028). The evening will honor film director Carlos Lopez Estrada and production companies Little Ugly and Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF). The evening will feature performances by the Get Lit Players – Get Lit’s youth troupes and the young spoken word poets whose videos have received over 300 million views online making them the most watched youth poets on the internet. The Get Lit Gala will help raise money to expand Get Lit’s life-saving curriculum into additional schools in Southern California and beyond.

    Director Carlos Lopez Estrada received a nomination for first time director by the Director’s Guild in 2018 for his film Blindspotting starring Tony Award winning actor Daveed Diggs. He recently received an esteemed Gold Clio award for Best Music Video for his work with Billie Eilish, and is now directing an upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This past summer, Estrada directed the feature film Summertime co-written by and starring 27 of the Get Lit Players. Summertime was produced by Kimberly Stuckwisch and Carlos Lopez Estrada from Little Ugly and LAMF, which also financed the film.

    Little Ugly started when a small group of creatives decided to come together and try their luck at making things they considered unique and worthwhile. Producer Kimberly Stuckwisch and director Carlos Lopez Estrada founded Little Ugly with only one mission: to offer a stimulating home for creators to create. Two years later, they produced K-12 an album movie for Melanie Martinez and Atlantic Records, which garnered 32 million views on Youtube in one-month breaking Youtube film release records, and are currently producing a feature-length documentary titled The Kids Are Not Alright.

    Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF) was founded in 2014 by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman with a mandate to finance and produce feature films and scripted television. The company has since diversified into unscripted, Broadway and athlete management. In addition to financing and co-producing Summertime, LAMF recently produced Shirley, a psychological thriller directed by Josephine Decker. LAMF also financed and produced Juliet, Naked (Lionsgate / Roadside), The Space Between Us (STX), Bye Bye Man (STX), and Step Sisters (Netflix), along with the Emmy-nominated basketball documentary Shot in the Dark (Fox Sports), and United Skates (HBO), the Tribeca Audience Award winning documentary about America’s last standing roller skating rinks and a subculture that supports them. LAMF’s production of OKLAHOMA! won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

    In a day and age where diversity in all its forms is at the forefront of conversations, Summertime showcases the talents of a cross-section of young poets who developed their talents as a result of the Get Lit program. The writers represent a wide array of racial, ethnic and LGBTQ backgrounds. The Get Lit Players provide riveting performances of original spoken word poems which inspired Estrada to create Summertime. Get Lit is now a $1.3 million, 13-year old organization that empowers youth by pairing classic, iconic poetry with their own original spoken word responses. With an innovative curriculum in over 113 schools from San Diego up to the Central Valley, the program has helped tens of thousands of disenfranchised youth to find their voices, as well as forge professional opportunities and artistic, collaborative communities. Additionally, Get Lit fosters youth to become ambassadors for their own causes and agents of social change, through collaborations with the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, and more. The curriculum now includes film classes where students are trained to write, direct and produce projects based on their own poetry, which has led to the creation of the Literary Riot Production Company (a co-producer of Summertime). Get Lit graduates are now youth poet laureates, and attend colleges such as Brown, Wellesley, USC, Emerson and NYU.

    On DVD and Blu-ray December 3, 2019

    By | December 3, 2019


    THE GOLDFINCH   Blu-ray

    The last time 13-year-old Theo Decker (Oakes Fegley) saw his mother, she was gliding away from him into another gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seconds later, a terrorist bomb exploded destroying priceless pieces of art…and shattering Theo’s life forever. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, friendship and even love. Throughout the turbulent years, as he grows into adulthood, Theo (Ansel Elgort) secretly clings to a single, precious object—his one tangible connection to the mother he lost on that terrible day—a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

    Release Date: December 3, 2019




    READY OR NOT  Blu-ray

    READY OR NOT follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. .

    Release Date: December 3, 2019





    From creator/director/writer/composer Tim Janis, who has sold millions of albums and worked with a wide array of artists, comes this touching story of hope. BUTTONS: A CHRISTMAS TALE follows the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury), they discover that miracles really can happen when you find the power to believe.
    Release Date: December 3, 2019