Category: Film Reviews

Review: The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts (2019)

The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Rating

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Director

David Fine, Alison Snowden (Animal Behavior); Domee Shi (Bao); Louise Bagnall (Late Afternoon); Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas (One Small Step); Trevor Jimenez (Weekends); Vincent Lambe (Detainment); Jeremy Comte (Fauve); Marianne Farley (Marguerite); Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Mother); Guy Nattiv (Skin)

Screenplay

Alison Snowden, David Fine (Animal Behavior); Domee Shi (Bao); Louise Bagnall (Late Afternoon); Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas, Shaofu Zhang (One Small Step); Trevor Jimenez (Weekends); Vincent Lambe (Detainment); Jeremy Comte (Fauve); Marianne Farley (Marguerite); Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Mother); Sharon Maymon, Guy Nattiv (Skin)

Length

14 min. (Animal Behavior); 8 min (Bao); 10 min. (Late Afternoon); 8 min. (One Small Step); 16 min. (Weekends); 30 min. (Detainment); 17 min. (Fauve); 19 min. (Marguerite); 19 min. (Mother); 20 min. (Skin)

Starring

Ryan Beil, Taz Van Rassel, Leah Juel, Andrea Libman, Toby Berner, James Kirk, Alison Snowden (Animal Behavior); Louise Bagnall, Fionnula Flanagan, Aislin Konings Ferrari, Michael McGrath, Niamh Moyles, Caoimhe Ni Bhradaigh, Lucy O’COnnell (Late Afternoon); Ely Solan, Leon Hughes, Will O’Connell, David Ryan, Tara Breathnach, Morgan C. Jones, Brian Fortune, Kathy Monahan, Killian Sheridan, Martin Phillips, Caleb Mason, Barbara Adair, Julie Lockey, Helen Roche, Tom Pigot (Detainment); Felix Grenier, Alexandre Perreault, Louise Bombardier (Fauve); Beatrice Picard, Sandrine Bisson (Marguerite); Marta Nieto, Blanca Apilanez, Alvaro Balas, Miriam Correa (Mother); JOhnse Allende Jr., Zeus Campbell, Lonnie Chavis, Jared Day, Sam Dillon, Shelley Francisco, Maliq Johnson, Ronnie Tyrone Lee, Danielle Macdonald, David Maloney, Jahdai Pickett, Katie Ryan, Jackson Robert Scott, Ashley Thomas, Jonathan Tucker (Skin)

MPAA Rating

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Review: BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman

Rating

Director

Spike Lee

Screenplay

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee

Length

2h 15m

Starring

John David Washington, Adam Driver, Robert John Burke, Brian Tarantina, Arthur Nascarella, Ken Garito, Frederick Weller, Michael Joseph Buscemi, Laura Harrier, Damaris Lewis, Ato Blankson-Wood, Corey Hawkins, Dared Wright, Faron Salisbury, Ryan Eggold, Jasper Paakkonen, Paul Walter Hauser, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin

MPAA Rating

R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references

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Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Rating

Director

Bob Perischetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Screenplay

Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman

Length

1h 57m

Starring

Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velex, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Imiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Natalie Morales

MPAA Rating

PG for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language

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Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

Rating

Director

David Yates

Screenplay

J.K. Rowling

Length

2h 14m

Starring

Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action

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Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rating

Director

Marielle Heller

Screenplay

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty

Length

1h 46m

Starring

Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella, Christian Navarro, Pun Bandhu, Erik LaRay Harvey

MPAA Rating

R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use

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Review: Roma (2018)

Roma

Rating

Director

Alfonso Cuarón

Screenplay

Alfonso Cuarón

Length

2h 15m

Starring

Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy Garcia Garcia, Veronica Garcia, Andy Cortes, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerror, Jose Manuel Guerror Mendoza

MPAA Rating

R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language

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Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Rating

Director

Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Screenplay

Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad

Length

1h 52m

Starring

JOhn C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Sean Giambrone, Flula Borg

MPAA Rating

PG for some action and rude humor

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Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place

Rating

Director

John Krasinski

Screenplay

Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

Length

1h 30m

Starring

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for terror and some bloody images

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Review: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Mary Poppins Returns

Rating

Director

Rob Marshall

Screenplay

David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca

Length

2h 10m

Starring

Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Jim Norton

MPAA Rating

PG for some mild thematic elements and brief action.

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Review: Widows (2018)

Widows

Rating

Director

Steve McQueen

Screenplay

Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen (Series: Lynda La Plante)

Length

2h 9m

Starring

Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Carrie Coon, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Coburn Goss, Alejandro Verdin, Bailey Walters, Michael J. Harney, Eric Lynch, Molly Kunz, James Vincent Meredith, Brian King

MPAA Rating

R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual content/nudity

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Review: Suspiria (2018)

Suspiria

Rating

Director

Luca Gudagnino

Screenplay

David Kajganich

Length

2h 32m

Starring

Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Malgosia Bela, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angelina Winkler, Renee Soutendijk, Jessica Harper

MPAA Rating

R for disturbing content involving ritualistic violence, bloody images and graphic nudity, and for some language including sexual references

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Review: Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary

Rating

Director

Ari Aster

Screenplay

Ari Aster

Length

2h 7m

Starring

Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd

MPAA Rating

R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity

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Review: A Star Is Born (2018)

A Star Is Born

Rating

Director

Bradley Cooper

Screenplay

Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Length

2h 16m

Starring

Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle, Alec Baldwin, Ron Rifkin, Michael J. Harney, Greg Grunberg

MPAA Rating

R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse.

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Review: The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite

Rating

Director

Yorgos Lanthimos

Screenplay

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Length

1h 59m

Starring

Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, James Smith, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn

MPAA Rating

R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.

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Review: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Bad Times at the El Royale

Rating

Director

Drew Goddard

Screenplay

Drew Goddard

Length

2h 21m

Starring

Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman, Xavier Dolan

MPAA Rating

R for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity

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