Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 10/28/2016
Running Time: 121
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Irrfan Khan.
Crew: Director: Ron Howard. Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Diloy Gulun and Ute Leonhardt. Executive Producers: Dan Brown, William M. Connor, Anna Culp, David B. Householter and Ben Waisbren. Screenwriters: David Koepp and Author Dan Brown ("Inferno"). Cinematographer: Salvatore Totino.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

For a movie that revolves around the obliteration of mankind and the world, “Inferno,” the new mystery thriller based on the Dan Brown series novels (“The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”), doesn’t pack enough heat.

Directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, (“In the Heart of the Sea”), “Inferno” is intriguing for sure, but not all that riveting which is a bit surprising since it stars heavy-hitters like Tom Hanks (“Sully”), Ben Foster (“Hell or High Water”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything.”

The movie starts out promising enough. Astute Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) is in a hospital bed in Florence Italy all bruised and beaten. When he awakes, he has no clue of what happened to him or how he even got there. His selective amnesia has him hallucinating and seeing some hellish images.

Fortunately, the lovely Dr. Sienna Brooks (Jones) is right by Langdon’s side taking care of him and trying to find out more information about him. Actually, she already knows quite a bit about the professor. She tells him that ever since she was a little girl she used to read his books. Just as these pleasantries are exchanged, a cold-blooded assassin named Vayentha (Ana Ularu, “Chosen”) shows up gunning for Langdon. Dr. Brooks manages to get him out of the hospital and into a cab in the nick of time. They wind up at her apartment and he has some explaining to do, but he can’t figure out why he’s being targeted.

Well, part of the big clue, centers on a “Faraday Pointer,” a mini image projector that Langford and Dr. Brooks finds. Inside it is a version of Sandro Botticelli’s “Map of Hell” which is based on Dante’s Inferno.

It’s one of the few clues that billionaire geneticist Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) left behind right before being chased to his death by World Health Organization operative Christoph Bouchard, (Omar Sy, “The Intouchables,” and “Jurassic World”) and his boss, Elisabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen, TV’s “Westworld”).

It seems Zobrist was all about population control. He created a virus, known as the Inferno that could wipe out the majority of the planet. So Langdon and the good doctor have to race against time to make sure the virus doesn’t end up in the wrong hands and is unleashed.

They try to make sense out of their very convoluted predicament and follow a host of clues that come in the form of letters and even phrases.

Complicating matters is Harry Sims (Irrfan Khan, “Jurassic World”), a consortium villain who has a game-changing masterplan that comes to fruition and is almost as jarring as Dr. Brooks’ big reveal.

But the movie slowly rolls along to get to this point. Even all the puzzling, chitter-chatter throughout “Inferno” doesn’t add much to the overall suspense and tension thus making the payoff not nearly as rewarding as it should be. However, the various Italian locales that Langdon and Dr. Brooks visit from the Palazzo Vecchio to St. Mark's Basilica, never looked more splendid.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Check Out This Trailer For "INFERNO"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards....

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 10/21/2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 10/21/2016
Keeping Up With The Joneses

Rated: R
Opens: 10/15/2016
The Accountant

Rated: R
Opens: 10/15/2016
Kevin Hart: What Now?

Rated: R
Opens: 10/07/2016
The Birth Of A Nation

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 09/23/2016
The Magnificent Seven


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

REVIEW: 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. I’m looking forward to attending a few games at the San Francisco 49ers new Levi’s Stadium.

On the college front, my husband Rickey is a former UC Davis player/alum and...

Lights Out <b>(Oct. 25)</b> Title: Lights Out (Oct. 25)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 81
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David F. Sandberg
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


By far, “Lights Out” is one of the better made and scariest movies of the year.

It’s possible you may have overlooked it during its theatrical run particularly since it came out the same time as “Star Trek Beyond.”

But horror fans will be delighted with this little spook fest from director David F. Sandberg (upcoming “Annabelle 2”) marking his feature film directorial debut here. “Lights Out” is also based on Sanberg’s own short film and is co-produced by James Wan (“The Conjuring 2”).

As mentioned during my original review, “Lights Out” isn’t a movie you want to watch alone. You’ll have plenty of reasons to be afraid of the dark after seeing it.

What makes “Lights Out” stand out from the rest of the “things-that-go-bump-in-the-night” movies, are the characters. They’re fleshed out and relatable. The story itself puts a unique spin on the genre which is just overall refreshing.

The film’s Bogeyman is actually a demonic woman named Diana (stunt star Alicia Vera-Bailey, “Divergent,” “Batman v. Superman” and TV’s “Rizzoli & Isles”) and she has a rare skin disorder that prevents her from being exposed to light. Diana makes her presence known by creeping among the shadows at night and preying on vulnerable people.

“Lights Out” doesn’t waste time and immediately gets to the good stuff. Diana’s first victim is Paul, (Billy Burke, TV’s “Zoo” and “Twilight” movies), a mannequin warehouse worker who really should have listened to his employee. She tried to tell him she saw something lurking in one of the rooms.

When she leaves and Paul makes his way out too, he hears something and goes to check it out. Suddenly the lights start flickering, then the entire building goes dark and Paul goes down like Frazier. He never stood a chance against this mysteriously, vicious creature.

Things get even spookier from here. The film packs a lot of well-earned scares into its taut 81 minutes run time. That “Lights Out” is adapted from Sandberg’s 2013 short film of the same name makes it all the more remarkable.

With Paul now dead, his family must try to move on, but it’s hard especially for his wife, Sophie (a terrific Maria Bello, “The Fifth Wave” and TV’s “Goliath”). She suffers from mental illness and often hears voices and always carries on conversations with them in the dark. There’s a connection between Sophie and Diana that slowly comes to light.

Sophie’s son, Martin (a sensational Gabriel Batman, TV’s “American Gothic” and “Outcast”) knows something more is up with his mom. All her prescribed meds just aren’t cutting it. He tells his stepsister Rebecca, (Teresa Palmer, “Triple 9”) that he has to live with her. Rebecca has lots of baggage too.

Much of it comes from having watched her mother slowly break down. Still, that hasn’t kept her boyfriend, Bret (Alexander DiPersia, TV’s “Good Girls Revolt”) from falling in love with Rebecca and working out all of her issues.

Screenwriter, Eric Heisserer tosses in some very clever touches, notably using modern technology as Bret uses his cell phone and even car headlights to escape from the clutches of Diana. Even little Martin and Rebecca become resourceful to get out of some pulse-pounding situations.
(Highly Recommended).

Ghostbusters <b>(Oct. 11)</b> Title: Ghostbusters (Oct. 11)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 117
Production Company: Columbia Pictures
Director: Paul Feig
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


The new female driven “Ghostbusters” movie will always be haunted by the 1984 original film and its lead stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.

Fanboys had their say as soon as Columbia Pictures announced they were remaking it with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

The good news about “Ghostbusters” is it’s a pretty funny and overall fun time.

“Ghostbusters” begins with a knowledgeable tour guide (Zach Woods, TV’s “Silicon Valley”) telling guests about the historic Manhattan mansion they’ve come to visit.

He really gets into each of his stories, but especially the one involving the mansion and the ghost of Gertrude. Gertrude has apparently been locked in the basement mansion for years. No one has passed through the door. And when the tour guide attempts to go by it, he awakes Gertrude’s spirit much to the fear of everyone in the room.

Who’s he going to call now?

Do ghostbusters still exist? You better believe it. Abby Yates (McCarthy, “Central Intelligence”) and Erin Gilbert (Wiig, “Zoolander 2”) are two of the best and brightest. Erin now works as a Columbia physics professor who really is more interested in securing tenure than dredging up the past like Abby is.

Several years ago Abby and Erin wrote a book about ghosts declaring that they are real. Abby decides to republish it, much to the chagrin of Erin’s Dean, (Charles Dance, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”).

Abby is also trying to make her mark and raise funds to help design some state of the art ghost-catching tools.
With the assistance of her New York University colleague Jillian Holtzman (McKinnon, TV’s “Maya & Marty”) they are getting closer every day to perfecting their products.

Now if only Jillian and Abby can convince their juvenile school dean, (Steve Higgins, Jimmy Fallon’s sidekick), that what they’re doing is groundbreaking and worth the university’s support they’d be fine.
But he flips them off instead.

Before long something strange is going on in New York. The dead have come back to life with a vengeance. And when Jillian, Abby and Erin come face to face with a ghostly presence, they know they have to step up their game big time and take on the ghosts and their slimy ways.

They enlist a fast-talking and fearless subway worker named Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones, TV’s “SNL”) to help them in their paranormal activity. She’s fearless up to a point.

They band together inside an old warehouse overlooking a Chinese restaurant. And when other people begin to have ghostly experiences they soon hire Kevin, (Chris Hemsworth, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), a handsome, but dumb as dirt receptionist. Erin is definitely feeling Kevin and the role reversal sexist banter between them is laugh out loud funny.

Meanwhile, no one is taking these female ghostbusters seriously especially, the famous ghost debunker Martin Heiss (a funny Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”) and New York’s Mayor Bradley (Andy Garcia, TV’s “Ballers”) who believes the young women are causing people to panic unnecessarily.

But when they have to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey, TV’s “Inside Amy Schumer”) who can exercise control over human forms, Abby, Erin, Patty and Jillian have to quickly put their skills to work.

Much of the comedy in “Ghostbusters” borders on silly slapstick. It centers on the women’s heroic attempts which initially fail, but ultimately work.
The movie also pays homage to the original. There are brief, but clever cameos from Dan Aykroyd rolling up as a cab driver. Ernie Hudson surprises as Patty’s uncle and Sigourney Weaver, looking good as ever, serves as a mentor to Jillian.

While these are all nice touches and add to the film, they never overshadow the movie or detract from director Paul Feig’s (“Spy” and “The Heat”) vision to make this “Ghostbusters” reboot stand on its own.

Ice Age: Collision Course <b>(Oct. 11)</b> Title: Ice Age: Collision Course (Oct. 11)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 111
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chau
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo, “The Infiltrator”), Manny the woolly mammoth (Ray Ramano, TV’s “Vinyl”), his woolly mammoth wife Ellie, (Queen Latifah, “Miracles from Heaven”), Shira the saber tooth tiger (Jennifer Lopez, TV’s “Shades of Blue” ) and the rest of the prehistoric herd are back in “Ice Age: Collision Course.”
Scrat, (Chris Wedge, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”) the saber tooth squirrel and film’s loveable mascot, has really done it this time. While looking to bury his coveted acorn, he uncovers an alien spaceship.

Within seconds he's catapulted into space and wreaking all sorts of havoc that includes sending a gigantic asteroid racing toward his home planet.
If Scrat and the rest of the gang can’t come up with a plan to thwart the asteroid, well, they can kiss their ice goodbye.

Although time is ticking, this herd has some serious family drama swirling around them. Manny (Romano) is worried that his daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer, TV’s “Scream Queens”) is making a huge mistake by marrying a trifling mammoth named Julian (Adam DeVine, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”). Ellie (Latifah) is concerned too, especially since Julian and Peaches are talking about moving away, but Ellie is willing to go along for the sake of family harmony.

Meanwhile, Sid (Leguizamo) is a blubbering mess looking for love in all the wrong places and Diego (Denis Leary, TV’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”) and Shira (Lopez) are wondering if they will make good parents.

Granny (Wanda Sykes, TV’s “House of Lies”), Sid’s grandmother, is a feisty firecracker who is quick with the quips and worth listening to.

There are several new and funny characters added to this woolly mix, notably Max Greenfield, (TV’s “New Girls”), Nick Offerman and Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) as a bunch of crazy dinosaurs). Jesse Tyler Ferguson (TV’s “Modern Family”) is a yoga loving, Shangri Llama, and spiritual leader of Geotopia.

Michael Strahan (TV’s "$100,000 Pyramid”) lends his voice as a fearless rabbit and Neil deGrasse Tyson stars as Neil deBuck Weasel, an astronomer who helps concoct a plan to prevent the asteroid from hitting.

The Legend Of Tarzan <b>(Oct. 11)</b> Title: The Legend Of Tarzan (Oct. 11)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 108
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Director David Yates’ “The Legend of Tarzan” joins the long list of movies and television series/shows based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ iconic Tarzan character.

During the 1930s and 1940s, former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller ruled the big screen as the ape-loving, jungle dweller.

While others followed Weissmuller’s star turn, including Mike Henry (“Tarzan and the Jungle Boy, 1968), Lex Barker (“Tarzan & The Slave Girl,” 1950), Ron Ely (1966, NBC series, “Tarzan”) and Christopher Lambert (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan: Lord of the Apes,” 1984), few made such a lasting impression as Weissmuller and his trademark ululating yell.

Now, Alexander Skarsgard has taken on the heroic Tarzan role.

Written by Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow” and “Footloose” remake) and Adam Cozad (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,”), this re-imagined version of “Tarzan” is a contemporary origin story intended for a new generation to embrace.

And “The Legend of Tarzan” has a lot going for it. For starters, Skarsgard makes a superb Tarzan. The strapping, blue-eyed blond has starred in HBO’s, “True Blood,” and other memorable movies such as “Straw Dogs,” 2011) and “Melancholia.”

He captures the mystique and aura of Tarzan and even brings a welcome and humble heroism to the character.

We first see our legendary hero, Third Earl of Greystoke John Clayton (Skarsgård), as a distinguished member of the British Parliament, living a very luxurious and comfortable life in his English manor with his fetching wife, Jane (Margot Robbie, “Whiskey, Tango Foxtrot” and “The Big Short”).

John’s tranquility is interrupted when he’s invited to tour the African Congo to see the “great works” of Belgium’s King Leopold II. John initially doesn’t want to go.

However, Clayton is persuaded by George Washington Williams (the terrific Samuel L. Jackson, “The Hateful Eight”), a Civil War veteran and historian who has some major issues concerning Leopold’s mercenary soldiers killing and enslaving several tribes.

So, George, John and Jane journey to Africa. John is welcomed to his homeland by many old friends who greet him with traditional African song and dance.

But, the merriment soon gives way to an all-out battle. It seems King Leopold’s consigliere, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz, “Spectre,” “Django Unchained”) is on a mission to kidnap Tarzan and bring him to his enemy, Mbonga (a fabulous Djimon Hounsou, TV’s “Wayward Pines”) who is the ruler of a region that’s brimming with diamonds and other coveted resources. Mbonga wants Tarzan badly for an act he committed against his family.

Things heat up when Jane is also kidnapped and Tarzan goes all out ape to get her back and even the score.
(Highly Recommended).
BFCA DOC AWARDS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced on Oct. 10, the nominees for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event on Nov. 3 at BRIC, in Brooklyn, New York.

“It is an amazing time for documentaries, with the ever-increasing number of platforms enabling producers to reach enthusiastic and growing audiences for non-fiction storytelling,” said BFCA and BTJA President Joey Berlin.

“This is clearly demonstrated in the depth and quality of our inaugural nominees. We have a wealth of brilliant creators who are bringing to light some of the most entertaining and illuminating stories being told today. Indeed, documentary filmmaking is modern investigative journalism. We look forward to celebrating all these fine and important achievements at the first Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala on Nov. 3rd."

The documentaries ”13th,” “30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America” and “Gleason” lead the nominations this year with five each.

“13th," which features Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis (pictured) has been nominated for “Best Documentary Feature,” “Best Political Documentary,” “Best Documentary Feature” (TV/Streaming), "Best Director" (Ava DuVernay for (TV/Streaming) and “Best Song in a Documentary.”

The nominations for “O.J.: Made in America” include “Best Documentary Feature,” Ezra Edelman for “Best Direction” of a Documentary Feature,” “Best Limited Documentary Series,” “Best Political Documentary” and “Best Sports Documentary.”

“Gleason” received nominations for “Best Documentary Feature,” Clay Tweel for “Best Direction of a Documentary Feature,” “Best Song in a Documentary,” “Best Sports Documentary,” in addition to the “Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary” honor for Steve Gleason.

As part of the gala awards ceremony the BFCA and BTJA will be honoring this year’s “Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary.”


Danny Fields – “Danny Says” (Magnolia/Outre Films)

Iggy Pop-- “Gimme Danger” (Magnolia/Amazon)

Kirsten Johnson-- “Cameraperson” (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)

Owen Suskind--”Life, Animated” (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)

Sharon Jones-- “Miss Sharon Jones!” (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)

Steve Gleason-- Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)

Theo Padnos--“Theo Who Lived” (Zeitgeist Films)



“13th”-- (Netflix/Kandoo Films)

“30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America”-- (ESPN/Laylow Films)

“Cameraperson”-- (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)

“Fire at Sea”-- (Kino Lorber/Stemal Entertainment/21 Unofilm/Cinecittà Luce/Rai Cinema/Les Films d'Ici/Arte France Cinéma)

“Gleason”-- (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)

“Life, Animated”-- (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)

“Tickled”-- (Magnolia/A Ticklish Tale/Fumes Production/Horseshoe Films)

“Tower”-- (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/GTS Films/Diana DiMenna Film)

“Weiner”-- (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)

“The Witness”-- (FilmRise/Five More Minutes Productions)


Ezra Edelman-- “30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America” (ESPN/Laylow Films)

Ron Howard “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”-- (Hulu/Imagine Entertainment/Apple Corps)

Kirsten Johnson-- “Cameraperson” (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)

Keith Maitland-- Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/GTS Films/Diana DiMenna Film)

Clay Tweel-- “Gleason” (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)

Roger Ross Williams-- “Life, Animated” (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)


Otto Bell--“ The Eagle Huntress” (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions)

David Farrier and Dylan Reeve--“Tickled” (Magnolia/A Ticklish Tale/Fumes Production/Horseshoe Films)

Adam Irving-- “Off the Rails” (The Film Collaborative/Zipper Bros Films)

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg-- “Weiner” (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)

James D. Solomon-- “The Witness” (FilmRise/Five More Minutes Productions)

Nanfu Wang-- “Hooligan Sparrow” (The Film Collaborative/Little Horse Crossing the River)


“13th”-- (Netflix/Kandoo Films)

“30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America”-- (ESPN/Laylow Films)

“Audrie & Daisy”-- (Netflix/Actual Films)

“Newtown”-- (Abramorama/Mile 22/Independent Television Service)

“Weiner”-- (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)

“Zero Days”-- (Magnolia/Jigsaw Productions/Participant Media)


“13th-- (Netflix/Kandoo Films)

“30 For 30: Fantastic Lies”-- (ESPN)

“Amanda Knox”-- (Netflix/Plus Pictures)

”Audrie & Daisy”-- (Netflix/Actual Films)

”Before the Flood”-- (National Geographic/Appian Way/Insurgent Docs/RatPac Documentary Films)

“Holy Hell”-- (CNN/WRA Productions)

“Into the Inferno”-- (Netflix/Herzog-Film/Matter of Fact Media/Spring Films)

“Jim: The James Foley Story”-- (HBO/Kunhardt Films)

“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”-- (HBO/Film Manufacturers/World of Wonder Productions)

”Rats”-- (Discovery Channel/Dakota Group/Submarine Entertainment/Warrior Poets)


Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato-- Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO/Film Manufacturers/World of Wonder Productions)

Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn-- “Amanda Knox” (Netflix/Plus Pictures)

Ava DuVernay-- “13th” (Netflix/Kandoo Films)

Werner Herzog-- “Into the Inferno” (Netflix/Herzog-Film/Matter of Fact Media/Spring Films)

Morgan Spurlock-- “Rats” (Discovery Channel/Dakota Group/Submarine Entertainment/Warrior Poets)

Fisher Stevens-- “Before the Flood” (National Geographic/Appian Way/Insurgent Docs/RatPac Documentary Films)


“Everything is Copy”-- Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker (HBO/Loveless)

“Holy Hell”-- Will Allen (CNN/WRA Productions)

“Mavis!”-- Jessica Edwards (HBO/Film First Co.)

“My Beautiful Broken Brain”-- Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland (Netflix)

“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”-- Deborah Esquenazi (Investigation Discovery/Motto Pictures/Naked Edge Films)

“Team Foxcatcher”--- Jon Greenhalgh (Netflix/Hattasan Productions/Madrose Productions)


“30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America”-- (ESPN/Laylow Films)

“The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”-- (Showtime/Left/Right)

“The Eighties”-- (CNN)

“The Hunt”-- (BBC America/Silverback Films/NDR Naturfilm)

“Jackie Robinson-- (PBS/Florentine Films)

“Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music”-- (PBS/Higher Ground/Show of Force)


“30 for 30”-- (ESPN)

“Frontline-- (PBS)

”Last Chance U”-- (Netflix)

“Morgan Spurlock Inside Man”-- (CNN)

“POV”-- (PBS)

“This Is Life with Lisa Ling”-- (CNN)


“Angel by the Wings”-- The Eagle Huntress – Written by

“Sia” – Performed by Sia (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions)

“The Empty Chair”-- “Jim: The James Foley Story”--Written by Sting and J. Ralph – Performed by Sting (HBO/Kunhardt Films)

“Flicker”-- Audrie & Daisy – Written by Tori Amos – Performed by Tori Amos (Netflix/Actual Films)

“Hoping and Healing” -- “Gleason”--Written by Mike McCready – Performed by Mike McCready (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)

“I’m Still Here”--”Miss Sharon Jones!” – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)

“Letters to the Free”-- “13th” Written by Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper – Performed by Common featuring Bilal (Netflix/Kandoo Films)


“30 For 30: Fantastic Lies”-- (ESPN)

“30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America”-- (ESPN/Laylow Films)

“Dark Horse”-- (Sony Pictures Classics)

“The Eagle Huntress”-- (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions)

“Gleason”-- (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)

“Jackie Robinson”-- (PBS/Florentine Films)

“Keepers of the Game”-- (Tribeca Digital Studios/Flatbush Pictures)


“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years” (Hulu/Imagine Entertainment/Apple Corps)

“Gimme Danger”-- (Magnolia/Amazon)

“Miss Sharon Jones!--(Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)

“The Music of Strangers”-- (Participant Media/Tremolo Productions)

“Presenting Princess Shaw”-- (Magnolia)

“We Are X”-- (Drafthouse Films)


“Cameraperson”-- (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)

” Kate Plays Christine”-- (Grasshopper Film/4th Row Films/Faliro House Productions/Prewar Cinema Productions)

“Life, Animated”-- (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)

“Nuts”-- (Amazon/mTuckman Media/Cartuna/Gland Power Films)

“Tower”-- (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/GTS Films/Diana DiMenna Film

“Under The Sun”-- (Icarus Films/Vertov Studio/Saxonia Entertainment/Hypermarket Film).

Editor’s Note: Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from amongst the nominees in voting Oct 31 – Nov. 1.


The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awardswill honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television.

The awards are determined by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field. The debut awards ceremony will take place, Nov. 3, in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, visit:

Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy Of NetFlix and the BFCA.

FENCES By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


This is shaping up to be some kind of year for Denzel Washington.

The two time Oscar-winning actor is currently starring in the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” which opened atop the box office with $35 million.

Now, there’s an even bigger buzz surrounding Washington’s upcoming movie, “Fences” which arrives in theatres December 25, 2016.

Washington directed, co-produced and stars in “Fences” alongside Academy Award nominee, Viola Davis (“Suicide Squad” and TV’s “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Mykelti Williamson (“The Purge: Election Year” and TV’s “Underground”).

“Fences” is adapted from August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. and in addition to Washington is produced by Todd Black and Scott Rudin.

Check Out This Explosive Trailer Of "FENCES"

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.

FRED WILLIAMSON By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


If you’re a fan of “Star Trek,” then you know that the show is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this September. The space drama debuted on NBC September 8, 1966 and ran until June 1969.

“Star Trek” followed the galactic adventures of James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the starship Enterprise, an exploration vessel of a 23rd-century interstellar "United Federation of Planets.”

"Star Trek" remains a cultural phenomenon.

For all my trekkie fans and to those who love “blaxploitation” movies, here is a blast from the past at just how ahead of its time the Gene Roddenberry produced “Star Trek” series was.

The guy you see with the blue bandana and long hair is none other than Fred “The Hammer” Williamson” who starred in the “Star Trek” Season 3, episode 21 show titled “The Cloud Minders.” It aired on February 28, 1966.

And you thought Williamson was just a “Blaxploitation” movie star. Actually, Williamson has done many movies, TV shows and commercials throughout his impressive career. And at 78-years old he is still a prominent fixture on the movie and TV circuit today. recently spoke with Williamson and he stated that he was cast for the “Cloud Minders” “Star Trek” episode show right after he was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Kansas City Chiefs. He said he had a blast working alongside William Shatner.

Lately, Williamson has been all over the small screen with many of his movies such as “Black Eye” and “Three the Hard Way” airing on stations such as the Turner Classic Movies channel.

If you’re new to “The Hammer’s” flicks, it’s never too late to get on board. “Black Caesar,” “Three the Hard Way” and “Hell up in Harlem” remain my all-time favorite Fred Williamson movies and were truly ahead of the times with their messages of social, political and racial injustice.

Williamson has plenty of movies, including several spaghetti westerns. Without a doubt Williamson is truly one of cinema’s most esteemed pioneers.

Editor’s Note: Photo Provided By: Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.