Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 02/14/2019
Running Time: 122
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.
Crew: Director: Robert Rodriguez. Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau and David Womack. Executive Producer: David Valdes. Screenwriters: Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. (Based on the Graphic Novel: "Gunnm" by Yukito Kishiro). Cinematographer: Bill Pope.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

The best way to watch the sci-fi thriller “Alita: Battle Angel” is in IMAX 3-D. It’s a truly heightened cinematic experience that way. Bigger is definitely better and “Alita: Battle Angel” is a sprawling and visual treat.

The cyber drama, from director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and TV’s “Spy Kids: Mission Critical”), is based on Yukito Kishiro's manga series “Gunnm.”

“Alita: Battle Angel” has been an overdue passion project for James Cameron (“Avatar” and “Titanic”) who produced and co-wrote the film and after many stops and starts. Every penny of its nearly $200 million production budget is put to good use on eye-popping stunts and special effects.

The year is 2563 and a catastrophic war has left Earth in shambles. A cyber-surgeon named Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz, “Downsizing”) is surveying the ruins in a junkyard located in the metropolis of Iron City.

It’s here he finds a severely damaged female cyborg. Strangely, her brain is intact. Fascinated by his discovery, Dr. Ido takes the cyborg home and works to rebuild it. And just like that he’s created a droid, who he affectionately names Alita after his deceased daughter.

The big, bright eyed robo-teen (played through motion capture by Rosa Salazar, “The Kindergarten Teacher” and TV’s “Bird Box”), brings a striking authenticity and realistic approach to the performance.

Alita has no recollection of her past. Against Dr. Ido’s wishes, she wanders away from home and meets a boy named Hugo (Keann Johnson, TV’s “Notorious”) who is a talented skater. Hugo would love to live in the wealthy sky city of Zalem. His skills on wheels could get him their soon.

Hugo introduces Alita to the competitive and brutal sport of Motorball, the Iron City’s major spectator sport where cyborgs battle to the death and winners can punch their ticket to Zalem.

Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Dr. Ido’s ex-wife Chiren (a glamourous Jennifer Connelly, TV’s “Snowpiercer”) has teamed with the conniving Vector, (Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”) to rig the games.

Suddenly Alita must defend herself against them as well as a group of killer cyborgs and a cyborg bounty hunter (Ed Skrein, “If Beale Street Could Talk”), who are gunning for her.

During the battles, Alita discovers some secret powers within her which helps her slowly recall and piece together her true origins and identity as she desperately tries to save the world.

Although “Alita: Battle Angel” becomes a bit convoluted with several characters popping in and out, the special effects trump that weightiness and makes it fly.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays now at 6:20 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Take A Look At This Trailer For "ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 02/13/2019
Isn't It Romantic

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 02/13/2019
Happy Death Day 2 U

Rated: PG
Opens: 02/08/2019
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Rated: R
Opens: 02/08/2019
What Men Want

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 01/18/2019

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 01/11/2019
The Upside


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

Now with summer behind us, the arrival of fall means weekends attending and watching plenty of football games. Whether they’re college, pro or high school, I’m all over them.

And when it comes to football movies, few move me as much as the 1971 drama...

Widows  <b>(Feb. 5)</b> Title: Widows (Feb. 5)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 129
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Steve McQueen
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


One of the best movies last year that has been overlooked this Awards Season is director/screenwriter Steve McQueen’s heist drama, “Widows.”

McQueen, who gave us the excellent movie, “12 Years a Slave,” co-wrote “Widows” with Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”).

Not only is McQueen’s film a twisty and daring little caper, but it has an explosive cast led by Viola Davis (TV’s “How to Get Away with Murder”).

In “Widows” Davis plays Veronica Rawlings. The movie opens with her spending some quality time in the sack with her career criminal husband Harry (Liam Neeson, “The Commuter”). They live well in a tony Chicago penthouse. She works for the school district, but clearly, Harry is the one with all the paper.

However, Veronica’s cozy and lavish lifestyle is suddenly upended when one of Harry’s robberies goes terribly wrong. Harry and his partners: Carlos (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”), Florek (Jon Bernthal, TV’s “The Punisher” and “The Walking Dead”) and Jimmy (Coburn Goss, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) are killed during a lengthy shootout.

Veronica barely has time to grieve over Harry before she’s thrown for another major loop by a crime boss named Jamal Manning (an excellent Brian Tyree Henry, (“White Boy Rick” and TV’s “BoJack Horseman”).

Jamal is the guy that Harry robbed for $2 million. He’s attempting to make the South Side of Chicago great again and is running for district alderman. He needs all that money to help finance his campaign.

While it might seem like Jamal is a shoo-in for the spot, he’s not because he’s running against Jack Mulligan (a terrific Colin Farrell, “Roman J. Israel Esq.”).

Jack is a debonair politician that knows how to reach out and connect with the black community. Jack is also the son of the incumbent Tom Mulligan (the always great, Robert Duvall, “The Judge”). The family has had a stranglehold on that ward for several years.

That's one showdown.

An even bigger one involves Jamal. He wants that $2 million now. He breaks into Veronica’s place and makes it known too by clutching her little dog and threatening to rip it and her to pieces if she doesn’t get it immediately.

As crazy as Jamal is, his brother Jatemme (an excellent Daniel Kaluuya, “Black Panther” and “Get Out”), the real enforcer, is even crazier.

Veronica is understandably terrified, but surely, she learned a thing or two from Harry about how criminals operate. And when she finds a blueprint of a heist that Harry left behind, she starts thinking about getting the money and not just for Jamal, but for her and the other widows left behind from that botched heist.

They include: Linda Perelli (Michelle Rodriguez, “The Fate of the Furious”) who has two kids and owns a clothing store, but now must shut down because she can’t afford it anymore. Alice ( a terrific Elizabeth Debicki, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), is in a bad spot too living with an abusive husband.

Fortunately, Alice meets a real-estate guy named David (Lukas Haas, “First Man”) and can latch on to him for a bit. Amanda (Carrie Coon, “Avengers: Infinity War”) has a new baby and is worried how she’ll make ends meet but doesn’t want part of the girl’s scheme.
Meanwhile Belle, (a fabulous Cynthia Erivo, “Bad Times at the El Royale”and upcoming “Harriet”) is a beautician who isn’t afraid to take a chance with her life.

The plan calls for these women to rent a van, buy some guns and find that blueprint building housing the money. It’s about $5 million. That’s more than enough to pay off Jamal and divvy up the rest between them.

Can they pull this thing off? You’ll be amazed at how they try.
(Highly Recommended).

The Sisters Brothers <b> (Feb. 5) </b> Title: The Sisters Brothers (Feb. 5)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 121
Production Company: Annapurna Pictures
Director: Jacques Audiard
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


“The Sisters Brothers” is another movie that was a hit with critics in 2018, yet kind of flew under the radar.

However, if you love westerns—which are becoming a dying breed in Hollywood—then you should see this movie.

It might seem strange that “The Sisters Brothers” is written and directed by France’s Jacque Audiard, whose work includes the excellent drama, “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone.”

Audiard and screenwriter Thomas Bidegain adapted the story from Canadian author Patrick deWitt’s award-winning novel of the same name.
They’ve brought a new twist to the old west saga.

What’s so good about “The Sisters Brothers,” is it has a bit of everything tossed in from tragedy to humor and yeah, even some brotherly love.

The movie is set in 1851. Eli (John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie”) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here” ) are ornery brothers and hit men from the Old West.

Like brothers, little brothers, they fight and bicker with each other a lot. But underneath their grimy, bad boy exterior and their penchant for good shoot ‘em ups, there’s something almost likeable about them.

Eli and Charlie answer to an even worse guy named The Commodore (Rutger Hauer, TV’s “Channel Zero”). He’s demanding that Eli and Charlie track down Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed, “Venom”), a well-known chemist and prospector who has something The Commodore wants.

It seems Hermann has created this glowing elixir that makes finding gold a lot easier along the Oregon mountains and the California coast. However, it does have one major drawback.

Eli and Charlie aren’t the only ones after Hermann. Detective John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal, “Wildlife”) apparently has some unfinished business to settle with him too.

“The Sisters Brothers” is an intriguing drama about male bonding and family ties that takes some unsuspecting turns. Best of all it shines from the star power of John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix.

The Hate U Give <b>(Jan. 29)</b> Title: The Hate U Give (Jan. 29)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 132
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


The critical acclaim bestowed on the stirring drama, “The Hate U Give” unfortunately wasn’t enough to make it an Awards Season contender.

That the film’s lead star, Amandla Stenberg (“The Darkest Minds” and “Everything, Everything”) name isn’t a part of the Awards conversation is equally mind-boggling.

“The Hate U Give,” from director/producer George Tillman Jr. (“Barbershop” series) is an astounding movie. It’s both heartbreaking and inspiring.
In addition to Stenberg it also has stellar performances throughout.

"The Hate U Give" is based on Angie Thomas’ young-adult novel of the same name and was adapted by the late, talented screenwriter Audrey Wells (“A Dog’s Purpose” and “Under the Tuscan Sun”) who died on October 4, 2018.

Stenberg plays Starr Carter, an outgoing 16-year-old living with her family in a crime infested neighborhood.

Starr’s parents, Lisa and Maverick (Regina Hall, “Girls Trip” and Russell Hornsby (“Creed II” and “Fences”) want the best for Starr and her two younger brothers, Seven (Lamar Johnson, upcoming, “Native Son”) and Sekani (TJ Wright, TV’s “MacGyver”).

Opportunities are limited in their community. The odds are automatically stacked against them and the chance of them making it out alive grows bleaker by the day. That’s why Starr’s mother insists that she attend Williamson, a predominately white prep school. Starr will get a better education and won’t have to deal with violence at every turn.

But, for Starr, she’s forced to deal with a dual identity and it isn’t easy. She must endure a disturbing scenario that plays out daily mainly at the hands of her so called best friend Hailey (Sabrina Carpenter, TV’s “Milo Murphy’s Law”).

Starr’s father, Maverick, (the outstanding Hornsby) has given his kids “The Talk” about what to do when approached by a police officer. The talk involves part of his Black Panther’s 10-point program and entails doing whatever the cops ask if you’re pulled over during a routine traffic stop.

While at school, Starr works overtime to fit in among her rich, white classmates, who “don’t see color,” yet in so many ways make disturbing racial comments toward her.

Compounding the issue for Starr is her white boyfriend, Chris (K.J. Apa, TV’s “Riverdale”) who does seem to truly love her. Then across town is Starr’s long-time friend and super cute crush, Khalil (Algee Smith, “Detroit” and TV’s “The Bobby Brown Story”).

Their brief time together is what makes “The Hate U Give” soar. One night while driving home from a party, Starr and Khalil are pulled over by the police. Starr demands that Chris comply and do whatever he’s told.

But, Chris is angered that this white cop (Drew Starkey, “Love Simon” and “Scream: The TV Series”) detained him for no apparent reason other than driving while black. His tone and questions toward the officer only escalate the situation. Then when Chris reaches for a hair bush on the front seat after being told to place his hands on the car and not move, it doesn’t end well for him.

Now, Starr is caught in a media firestorm. She’s being asked within members of her community, along with activist April Ofrah (Issa Rae, TV’s “Insecure”) to be the voice for change and tell the world what she witnessed because Black Lives Matter.

Her stance comes with a hefty price. The neighborhood drug dealer, King (The outstanding Anthony Mackie, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Detroit”) wants to silence Starr and goes so far to threaten her family because Khalil was dealing drugs for him.

There are so many moving and insightful layers that director George Tillman Jr. piles on in “The Hate U Give”--including a gripping and head shaking scene with Common who plays a cop and Starr’s uncle. Yet it, along with the rest of the film, always rings true and never feels contrived. It’s outstanding and landed at No. 2 on’s list of the “Top 20 Movies Of 2018.”
(Highly Recommended).

Hunter Killer (Jan. 29)</b> Title: Hunter Killer (Jan. 29)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 121
Production Company: Summit Entertainment
Director: Donovan Marsh
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Gerard Butler really is the best thing about “Hunter Killer,” the submarine thriller from director Donovan Marsh (“Avenged”).

Butler brings that same bravado and swagger he displayed in “Olympus Has Fallen,” “London Has Fallen” and even “Den of Thieves.”

In “Hunter Killer” Butler plays Commander Joe Glass, of the USS Arkansas Hunter Killer class submarine.

Commander Glass and his elite crew have been tasked with investigating the attack of another American sub.

They soon discover a Russian coup is underway and now find themselves in the middle of an escalating war perpetrated by the rogue, Russian general Admiral Dmitri Durov, (Michael Gor, TV’s “Genius”). He’s kidnapped the Russian President (Alexander Diachenko).

Admiral Durov wants to be the center of attention and muscle his way to power and control over the world. His actions will come with a hefty price.

Initially, Commander Glass and his team aren’t aware of Admiral Durov’s crafty plan, but once they are, they are forced to use every tactic and resource available including capturing the top Russian leader Captain Andropov (The late Michael Nyqvist, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”).

They use him against his own people. Fortunately, he has a sympathetic streak in him and agrees to cooperate with Commander Glass to try and prevent more mass destruction.

The majority of the action in “Hunter Killer” takes place primarily underwater, but there are also some exciting scenes on land as Special Forces Operatives led by Toby Stephens, (TV’s “Lost in Space”) stay on high tactical alert and skillfully take out the baddies.

However, even with Oscar winning Actor Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) who plays the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a solid effort by rapper Common (“The Hate You Give”) as an Admiral, “Hunter Killer” still doesn’t rise to the level of a deep-sea thriller like Sean Connery’s “The Hunt for Red October.”
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Ryan Coogler Black Panther Interview By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA--If fate is kind, Sacramento State University Alumnus, Ryan Coogler could have an amazing and historical night at the 91st Annual Academy Awards which airs Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC TV.

Coogler, 32, who played football (wide receiver) for the Sacramento State Hornets before turning his complete attention to filmmaking, directed and co-wrote the 2018 Marvel Comics hit movie, “Black Panther” which is nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Although most of the nominations are in technical categories such as “Best Costume Design” and “Best Sound Mixing,” and he was overlooked for “Best Director,” it’s the “Best Picture” nomination that’s the biggest one of all and has folks buzzing. And for good reason. “Black Panther” is the first superhero comic book movie to ever receive a “Best Picture” nomination.

Even more impressive is that since its release, “Black Panther” set the box office on fire topping $700 million in North America. It’s made $1.347 billion and surpassed Titanic” to become the No. 3 movie of all time, behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avatar.”

So much for the notion that “black” movies don’t do well overseas.

However, “Black Panther” faces long odds of snagging the coveted statue for “Best Picture” because it’s up against films such as “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “Vice” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” But, a big win would solidify Coogler’s already stellar filmmaking career.

Regardless of how things play out Sunday night, Coogler and “Black Panther’s” success goes far beyond the Oscars. The movie remains a worldwide phenomenon as it proudly displays Black and African culture on screen like never before. chatted with Coogler this past October when he returned to his Oakland hometown for a press reception at Bardo’s Lounge and a Q&A session at Oakland’s historic Grand Lake Theater.

During the moderated panel discussion, the nattily attired Coogler discussed his filmmaking journey which led to his critically acclaimed 2013 directorial debut film “Fruitvale Station” and the 2015 box office follow-up, “Creed,” which he also directed and co-wrote.

Coogler, also touched on those who inspired him along the way, how visiting Africa shaped the script for “Black Panther” and the one central theme he believes is vital in all his movies.

Here’s what else the very affable and talented filmmaker had to say.

Q. What were some of your fondest memories growing up and going to this theater, the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland?

A. I was born in 1986 and I remember coming to this theater to see “Boyz in the Hood.” I was super young, like five years old and I was sitting on my father’s lap and you know “Boyz in the Hood” is super intense. But, my dad didn’t care (Lots of laughter). I remember watching it and there was this scene that something happened to one of the main characters and really got to me and I started screaming or something in the theater. Someone said to my dad, ‘shut that kid up.’ You know my dad reacted in a certain way. (Lots of Laughter). I can’t repeat what he said, but he was protective of his son and that was that. We just kept watching the movie. (Lots of laughter).

Q. Your first big studio film was “Creed.” Why was this movie special to you and what it was like to pitch to Sylvester Stallone and have him make you the director?

A. It was special to me because my parents always watched movies. My mom got me to fall in love with movies. My dad liked certain movies. He was obsessed with the “Rocky” films. He was an athlete and kind of a guy’s guy. As a kid I noticed that. When I was playing sports before a game my dad would say, ‘hey you got to get pumped up. You got to turn on “Rocky.”’ I’m like dad is this for you or for me? (Lots of laughter) My dad had some major health issues around the time I was finishing up film school. So, I got the idea to make a movie about his hero, you know going through the same type of thing. That was how I got the idea and I had a chance to pitch the idea to Stallone. I met him in his office and we talked about it and he was like “whatever kid.” (Lots of laughter). Mike (Michael B. Jordan) and I made “Fruitvale Station” and then I came back to talk to Stallone about “Creed.” This time he was more open to the idea.

Q. I recently asked Stallone what made him reconsider making “Creed” after he said he was pretty much done with the “Rocky” franchise. He said he read your script and that was the gamechanger. He said he never imagined taking the story in the direction like you did and it just opened a new world for him. What do you think of that?

A. It means a lot to me for Stallone to say that. It’s touching, because he’s a legend and could do what he wants with the franchise and to have confidence in an up and coming writer/director like me at the time, says a lot about him too. I have nothing but big-time respect and admiration and appreciation for Stallone. Working with him is just great and means a lot.

Q. You said in your films you deal with themes of identity. What do you mean by that?

A. It’s something that I noticed in retrospect. I think it comes from being a black man in Oakland where our identity is conflicted. You find out your history and you learn you don’t have a clear identity. It came from me as a kid. I liked to read, play sports and fight. I had trouble trying to find myself. It was a question of do you want to be a football player or artist? I was fortunate that I like writing characters that have that same sort of inward conflict about them. You know Oscar Grant (The character in “Fruitvale Station” played by Michael B. Jordan) was killed at 22 before he could find out what kind of person he was. Was he going to be a good father or good son or run around the streets of Hayward and do all the things he did before to get locked up? All those questions were things he was struggling with. In “Creed” the main character Adonis (also played by Michael B, Jordan) doesn’t know what his name is. He’s struggling with who he is. Is he a successful person? In “Black Panther” the whole film is about identity. What it means to be African. What it means to be African-American. What is Wakanda?

Q. You went from producing shorts to independent films, then to “Creed” the first major studio film and then “Black Panther” the highest grossing films of all time. How did you come onto the project?

A. I came on board to “Black Panther” as I was finishing “Creed” in 2015. A good friend of mine, Ava DuVernay (“Selma” and TV’s “Queen Sugar”) was initially going to direct “Black Panther” and then decided not to. And as I was finishing “Creed,” I got a call from a guy named Dave Moore who worked at Marvel. The thing that took me back the most was I could tell he was black over the phone (Lots of laughter). I didn’t know Marvel even had black people. I said I hope you don’t mind me asking, but are you black? And he said as a matter of fact I am. (Lots of laughter). It was cool though. I also met with Kevin Feige who runs the company (Marvel). At the time I was becoming obsessed with a lot of concepts and ideas like human rights violations that were being done to people of color here and in other countries. I was trying to get to the historic root of it. I kept coming back to this idea of colonization and going to the continent of Africa was something I started to think about after “Creed” and I was starting to run out of excuses why I didn’t go. So, all this stuff seemed as if it was lining up. And when this project opened up I wanted to explore this idea. When I told them, they were interested in supporting me.

Q. You actually went to Africa. Can you talk about where you went and what inspired you?

A. Africa is a massive continent. It’s huge. I needed a place to start and “Black Panther” actually appeared in a film called “Civil War.” In that film they spoke a South African language. The actor that’s cast is Chadwick’s father who is a very famous south African actor from that ethnic group. I then worked my way up the continent. I went to East Africa, Kenya and Nairobi. I was planning to get to West Africa but ran out of time.

Q. You brought your cinematographer Rachel Morrison, your production designer and editor. Why was that important to you?

A. Oh, because they are really good at their jobs. (Lots of laughter). If they weren’t good I wouldn’t have brought them. They’re very talented. It was very comforting to have them around me. It’s great to have that support.

Q. It’s official. There will be a “Black Panther 2” You’re writing and directing it now correct?

A. Yes! (Thunderous applause).

Q. OK. Can you please give us all the plot details of “Black Panther 2” now?

A. I Wish I could. (Lots of Laughter).

Q. How would you sum up this journey that you’ve been on leading up to and since the release of “Black Panther?

A. It’s been just phenomenal. I’m just so happy that I’ve been surrounded by some of the finest writers, actors and filmmakers along the way. They inspired me during this process and have been a very special part of this process.

Q. You’re here with your lovely wife Zinzi Evans who is an Assistant director and producer. Does she give you good advice about your filmmaking?

A. She does. She’s definitely my rock. I married up with her, that’s for sure.

Q. I’m confident our paths will cross again at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Hopefully when I see you, you’ll be holding an Oscar.

A. Yeah. I could get with that. I’m grateful for all the support that’s been shown to “Black Panther.” But yeah, I could definitely get with that.

Editor’s Note: Be sure to catch the 91st Annual Academy Awards Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

PHOTO: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs.

Roy Cohn By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


Sony Pictures Classics recently announced that they have acquired rights in North America, The Middle East, Scandinavia, India, South Africa, Benelux, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Latin America, and on worldwide airlines and ships to Matt Tyrnauer’s film, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”

The film had its world premiere this past weekend in the US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Roy Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues-- from Joseph McCarthy to his final project, Donald J. Trump. For the first time, in “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” this thriller-like expose connects the dots, revealing how a deeply troubled master manipulator shaped our current American nightmare.

Altimeter Films produced the film in association with Concordia Studio and Wavelength Productions. Producers include: Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser p.g.a, Marie Brenner, Joyce Deep, and Andrea Lewis.

“The Sundance reception for ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ has been overwhelming, affirming in the extreme,” said filmmaker Matty Tyrnauer. “As a filmmaker I have always had the greatest admiration for Sony Pictures Classics, and their extraordinary taste and curatorial eye. They have been behind many of the films I admire most. I can’t think of a better company to bring this film and its message to theatrical audiences across the nation and beyond."

SPC negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content and Donaldson & Callif on behalf of the filmmakers. Tyrnauer, Reeser, and Altimeter films are represented by WME.


Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992.

The company distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 169 Academy Award nominations (151 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for “Call Me By Your Name,” “Whiplash,” “Amour,” “Midnight in Paris,” “An Education,” “Capote,” “Howards End” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”


Altimeter Films was co-founded by award-winning director-writer Matt Tyrnauer and producer Corey Reeser, with a dedicated focus on exploring the most provocative figures and events of our present and past through documentary and narrative film. Recent Altimeter productions include “Studio 54,” which uncovers the real story of the legendary nightclub; “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” a look at Hollywood’s hidden sexual past in the pre-Stonewall era; “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” and “Valentino: The Last Emperor.”

Upcoming projects include the narrative adaptation of “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ with Fox Searchlight; “Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills,” which Tyrnauer will direct based on his Vanity Fair article for Amazon; and “Home,” a multi-part documentary series for Apple.


The Los Angeles-based Concordia Studio was launched by Academy award winner Davis Guggenheim & Emerson Collective to focus on non-fiction storytelling about the important issues of our times. The studio develops, produces and finances documentary across all platforms with a range of partners and collaborators around the world. Concordia places an emphasis on amplifying and facilitating talent at the helm of great films and series.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Sony Pictures Classics.

THE TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2018 By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


There were so many outstanding movies in 2018. Many of them reflected such diversity and offered audiences a refreshing change of pace plus exciting and dramatic stories. reviewed more than 125 movies. These included theatrical movie press screenings and Awards screeners. While a great gig, it was especially challenging having to whittle the list down to the 20 best films.

But, we did and here they are. The Ryan Coogler directed film, "Black Panther" tops our list. presents the Top 20 Movies Of 2018.

1. "Black Panther"

2. "The Hate U Give"

3. "A Star Is Born"

4. "Widows"

5. "BlacKkKlansman"

6. "If Beale Street Could Talk"

7. "Mary Poppins Returns"

8. "Crazy Rich Asians"

9. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

10. "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

11. "On The Basis Of Sex"

12. "A Quiet Place"

13. "Creed II"

14. "Traffik"

15. "The Equalizer 2"

16. "Book Club"

17. "Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse"

18. "Blindspotting"

19. "Green Book"

20. "The Favourite"