The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces nominees for its annual awards. Members have narrowed the films from 2017 to the top nominees in each category. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads with 7 nominations, followed by 6 nominations for Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, and 5 nominations for Jordan Peele’s Get Out.
The Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as the best sequel of all time, as well as the best of all the Star Wars films, and with the new trilogy of the saga from a galaxy far, far away reaching its all-important second act, early trailers and marketing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggested director Rian Johnson (Looper) took a similar and darker approach. While the film is definitely no Empire, The Last Jedi does surprisingly follow its own path in a very unique and wildly entertaining Star Wars installment.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk provided audiences with a gripping look at one of the most harrowing moments of World War II, told from the perspective of those closest to the struggle. Conversely, Darkest Hour gives us a glimpse into another aspect of this same conflict, following newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) as he navigates treacherous political waters and rapidly waning support during his first month in office, culminating with the evacuation depicted in Nolan’s film.
Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space is often regarded as the worst film in the history of cinema, but if you set out on a journey to find another project worthy of that moniker, you wouldn’t need to look much further than 2003’s The Room. Written and directed by Tommy Wiseau (who also plays the leading role) and produced for a rumored $6 million, the film grossed less than $2000 during its initial theatrical run, yet somehow went on to become a cult classic that spawned legions of fans across the world.
Looking for something to beat those post-holiday blues this January? Then look no further our nerd brethern because ACE Comic Con has a tremendous event coming to Glendale, AZ packed full of huge stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the legendary Stan Lee along with Cap and Spidey themselves: Chris Evans and Tom Holland! Excelsior!
Even since the first Avengers film (and arguably, even before that), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building toward a showdown between the Earth’s mightiest heroes and the Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin). That showdown will be hitting big screens next year, but you can get a glimpse right now with the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War.
In Mexico, November begins with the festivities of Dia de los Muertos, celebrating in life those who have passed but are still remembered through our memories and stories. That custom is what Disney and Pixar had in mind with their latest film, Coco, which will be released closer to our family gathering holiday and will hopefully inspire folks from all walks of life to see themselves in a family from another place.
Pixar’s 19th animated feature starts from a familiar place, centered around a young boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) with only one passion: to become a great musician, a dream which seems to echo the singular passion of Ratatouille’s aspiring chef, Remy. Miguel idolizes the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a world famous guitar player whose career was cut short by an unfortunate incident with an oversized stage prop, and whose legend lives on via his numerous black and white movies, his signature ballad “Remember Me” and the statue which stands prominently in the center of Miguel’s village.
Packed with out-of-this-world action unlike anything you’ve ever seen, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets heads to 4K, Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate; and on Digital HD November 7 and On Demand November 21 and your pals at The Nerd Repository are giving away a copy on Blu-Ray.
On a lonely stretch of road in the Midwest, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) drives a beat-up station wagon past a trio of dilapidated billboards less than a mile from her home. It’s near this spot where her daughter Angela was brutally murdered the previous year, and frustration with the local police and their lack of progress on the investigation finally boils over, sending Mildred into the offices of local advertising man Red Welby (Caleb Landry Jones).