Multiple Movieguide® Award Nominated Projects Score Oscar Noms

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*Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all nominees for the 92nd Oscars. For a complete list, click here.

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
In the animated fantasy adventure HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, new Viking chief Hiccup must find a legendary dragon world and defend both his people and their dragons from a villainous dragon-hunter. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD features the heart-pounding adventure and stunning visuals moviegoers have come to expect from this movie franchise, along with a wonderful story promoting selflessness, marriage, love, and family, but caution is advised for young children due to action violence and some light pagan, environmentalist elements.

TOY STORY 4

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
TOY STORY 4 is another breakthrough in great computer animation, and even greater storytelling, with a story about Woody needing to rescue a new friend who’s being held hostage in an antique shop. Filled with laughter, tears, thrills, and romance, TOY STORY 4 has a few scary scenes that merit caution for very young children.

KLAUS

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
KLAUS is an animated fantasy about a young postman who teams up with a toymaker named Klaus to deliver toys to children living in a faraway, unhappy town split in two by a terrible feud. KLAUS has some cartoon violence, brief implied magic and no references to Christmas, but it’s a witty, charming movie with heartwarming moments.

MISSING LINK

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
MISSING LINK is an animated comic adventure, set in the late 1800s, about a wacky British explorer who searches for Bigfoot, whom he thinks is the missing evolutionary link between man and ape. MISSING LINK has some funny, exciting and suspenseful moments and teaches some strong morally uplifting values, but it also promotes humanist evolution in a politically correct way and contains some inappropriate gun violence. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

Achievement in cinematography nominees:

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Quality:
****
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
THE LIGHTHOUSE tells a dark, eerie story about two lighthouse keepers caught between reality and delusion in the 1890s. THE LIGHTHOUSE caters to a very specific, limited audience and has lots of strong foul language, violence and lewd content.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

Achievement in costume design nominees:

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

JOJO RABBIT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
JOJO RABBIT is a quirky satire about a young boy’s growth from being a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II to being a better person when he finds out his mother is hiding a teenage Jewish girl in their attic. Despite the satire, JOJO RABBIT becomes a very moving experience as the boy interacts with the Jewish girl and rediscovers his humanity. However, the movie has lots of PG-13 foul language and some violence, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
LITTLE WOMEN (2019) is the most gorgeous, historically accurate big screen version of the famous book by Louisa May Alcott that’s been made several times in movies and for television. Better yet, LITTLE WOMEN has no foul language, no sex, no nudity, no violence but is a delightful character study with very strong Christian content about a family dealing with real issues during the Civil War. Along with the 2019 version, there were productions of LITTLE WOMEN released in 1994, 2018 and 2018 (PBS).

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

Achievement in directing nominees:

PARASITE

Quality:
****
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
PARASITE is a pitch-black satire of class warfare from South Korea where both the rich and poor are bitterly portrayed. In the story, a poor family in South Korea schemes its way into the world of a rich family as servants, with devastating consequences for all involved when the rich family’s former maid unexpectedly returns with a terrible secret. PARASITE works on many levels, from dark comedy to suspenseful thriller to social commentary, but it has a strong Romantic, politically correct, anti-capitalist, misanthropic worldview with lots of strong foul language, extreme violence, some lewd content, and a bitter, hopeless nihilistic streak.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

Achievement in film editing nominees:

FORD V FERRARI

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
FORD V FERRARI is an extremely powerful character study about the famous American car designer Carroll Shelby and racecar driver Ken Miles fighting corporate interference, physical challenges and personal issues to build a revolutionary car for Ford to challenge Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race. FORD V FERRARI has a subtle Christian, uplifting worldview where self-sacrifice, friendship and family win out, but it’s almost fatally marred by lots of strong foul language.

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

JOJO RABBIT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
JOJO RABBIT is a quirky satire about a young boy’s growth from being a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II to being a better person when he finds out his mother is hiding a teenage Jewish girl in their attic. Despite the satire, JOJO RABBIT becomes a very moving experience as the boy interacts with the Jewish girl and rediscovers his humanity. However, the movie has lots of PG-13 foul language and some violence, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

PARASITE

Quality:
****
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
PARASITE is a pitch-black satire of class warfare from South Korea where both the rich and poor are bitterly portrayed. In the story, a poor family in South Korea schemes its way into the world of a rich family as servants, with devastating consequences for all involved when the rich family’s former maid unexpectedly returns with a terrible secret. PARASITE works on many levels, from dark comedy to suspenseful thriller to social commentary, but it has a strong Romantic, politically correct, anti-capitalist, misanthropic worldview with lots of strong foul language, extreme violence, some lewd content, and a bitter, hopeless nihilistic streak.

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling nominees:

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
In MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, Maleficent is at war with the humans when Philip proposes to Aurora but Philip’s mother is rude to her, so Maleficent gets angry at the mother and curses Philip’s father. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is very entertaining, with incredible visuals and costuming, and strong positive Christian, moral elements, but it also has some magic and mysticism set in a fairy tale world and may be very scary for children.

BOMBSHELL

Quality:
***
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
BOMBSHELL is a drama about the reasons behind the Fox News Channel’s firing of long-time CEO Roger Ailes due to accusations of sexual harassment. BOMBSHELL has some first-rate performances, especially by Charlize Theron as former Fox superstar Megyn Kelly, but its message condemning sexual harassment in the workplace is marred by excessive, gratuitous foul language, a few silly political jabs at conservatives, a scene mocking a minor character’s Christian faith, a fictional lesbian subplot that undercuts the movie’s premise, and strong lewd references.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

JUDY

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
JUDY follows the life and career of Judy Garland, focusing mostly on her final days performing in England during the mid 1960s. JUDY has a strong Romantic worldview and shows the tragic ending of Judy Garland’s life due to her addiction to prescription drugs and a custody battle for her children.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees:

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
LITTLE WOMEN (2019) is the most gorgeous, historically accurate big screen version of the famous book by Louisa May Alcott that’s been made several times in movies and for television. Better yet, LITTLE WOMEN has no foul language, no sex, no nudity, no violence but is a delightful character study with very strong Christian content about a family dealing with real issues during the Civil War. Along with the 2019 version, there were productions of LITTLE WOMEN released in 1994, 2018 and 2018 (PBS).

MARRIAGE STORY

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
MARRIAGE STORY is a misleading title, because the movie is actually about two married theater people going through a separation and divorce, which becomes increasingly rancorous when the wife hires an aggressive, feminist divorce lawyer. The performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY are excellent, and the movie is emotionally powerful and poignant, but there’s lots of strong foul language and no positive spiritual or religious content to inspire media-wise moviegoers.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is the conclusion to the original two STAR WARS trilogies by George Lucas, where the new female Jedi Knight, Rey, leads a group of rebels to find the secret lair of the evil Emperor Palpatine, who’s healed himself and wants to establish a Final Order using a new fleet of planet-killing spaceships. STAR WARS IX rises above some paint-by-numbers plot mechanics and some serviceable acting to forge an emotional, exciting ending filled with acts of mercy, sacrifice, reconciliation, and hope, but this positive content is marred by a false New Age, pagan worldview and a gratuitous homosexual kiss in one brief scene inserted for purely political reasons.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) nominees:

TOY STORY 4

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
TOY STORY 4 is another breakthrough in great computer animation, and even greater storytelling, with a story about Woody needing to rescue a new friend who’s being held hostage in an antique shop. Filled with laughter, tears, thrills, and romance, TOY STORY 4 has a few scary scenes that merit caution for very young children.

ROCKETMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
ROCKETMAN is the story of rock music legend Elton John’s sad childhood and rise to worldwide fame mired by drug and sex addiction and his battle to overcome those problems and achieve happiness until he finally decides to be a homosexual. Dazzling musical numbers and a compelling performance by Taron Edgerton as Elton keep ROCKETMAN flying smoothly, but the R-rated movie has lots of foul language and a mixed worldview with strong Romantic and pro-homosexual elements combined with some strong moral content showing the dangers of substance abuse and proving that money can’t buy happiness.

BREAKTHROUGH (2019)

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
BREAKTHROUGH is a must-see, entertaining, powerful, convicting, heartrending story about the real-life incident of a boy who fell through some ice and had no pulse for a longer period than any doctor thought possible when he then miraculously revived. Each character, believers and unbelievers, undergoes a tremendous journey in BREAKTHROUGH, an inspiring movie that will make you laugh and cry.

FROZEN II

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
FROZEN II is a sweet animated sequel that follows Queen Elsa and her younger sister, Princess Ana, as they venture to learn about their past and unlock the secrets of an enchanted forest. FROZEN II provides exceptional, funny, exciting entertainment, with powerful plot points, great animation and a beautiful soundtrack. FROZEN II has a moral worldview about doing the right thing and showcases some allegorical Christian themes of sacrifice and love casting out fear, but a few scenes might scare some younger children and some of the elements are politically correct or pagan.

HARRIET

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
HARRIET is the incredible story about how Harriet Tubman became Harriet Tubman, the woman who saved thousands of slaves and brought them to freedom before the Civil War. HARRIET is an exceptionally well-made movie with a strong Christian worldview, but it does have intense scenes and some foul language.

Best motion picture of the year nominees:

FORD V FERRARI

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
FORD V FERRARI is an extremely powerful character study about the famous American car designer Carroll Shelby and racecar driver Ken Miles fighting corporate interference, physical challenges and personal issues to build a revolutionary car for Ford to challenge Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race. FORD V FERRARI has a subtle Christian, uplifting worldview where self-sacrifice, friendship and family win out, but it’s almost fatally marred by lots of strong foul language.

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

JOJO RABBIT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
JOJO RABBIT is a quirky satire about a young boy’s growth from being a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II to being a better person when he finds out his mother is hiding a teenage Jewish girl in their attic. Despite the satire, JOJO RABBIT becomes a very moving experience as the boy interacts with the Jewish girl and rediscovers his humanity. However, the movie has lots of PG-13 foul language and some violence, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
LITTLE WOMEN (2019) is the most gorgeous, historically accurate big screen version of the famous book by Louisa May Alcott that’s been made several times in movies and for television. Better yet, LITTLE WOMEN has no foul language, no sex, no nudity, no violence but is a delightful character study with very strong Christian content about a family dealing with real issues during the Civil War. Along with the 2019 version, there were productions of LITTLE WOMEN released in 1994, 2018 and 2018 (PBS).

MARRIAGE STORY

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
MARRIAGE STORY is a misleading title, because the movie is actually about two married theater people going through a separation and divorce, which becomes increasingly rancorous when the wife hires an aggressive, feminist divorce lawyer. The performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY are excellent, and the movie is emotionally powerful and poignant, but there’s lots of strong foul language and no positive spiritual or religious content to inspire media-wise moviegoers.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

PARASITE

Quality:
****
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
PARASITE is a pitch-black satire of class warfare from South Korea where both the rich and poor are bitterly portrayed. In the story, a poor family in South Korea schemes its way into the world of a rich family as servants, with devastating consequences for all involved when the rich family’s former maid unexpectedly returns with a terrible secret. PARASITE works on many levels, from dark comedy to suspenseful thriller to social commentary, but it has a strong Romantic, politically correct, anti-capitalist, misanthropic worldview with lots of strong foul language, extreme violence, some lewd content, and a bitter, hopeless nihilistic streak.

Achievement in production design nominees:

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

JOJO RABBIT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
JOJO RABBIT is a quirky satire about a young boy’s growth from being a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II to being a better person when he finds out his mother is hiding a teenage Jewish girl in their attic. Despite the satire, JOJO RABBIT becomes a very moving experience as the boy interacts with the Jewish girl and rediscovers his humanity. However, the movie has lots of PG-13 foul language and some violence, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

PARASITE

Quality:
****
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
PARASITE is a pitch-black satire of class warfare from South Korea where both the rich and poor are bitterly portrayed. In the story, a poor family in South Korea schemes its way into the world of a rich family as servants, with devastating consequences for all involved when the rich family’s former maid unexpectedly returns with a terrible secret. PARASITE works on many levels, from dark comedy to suspenseful thriller to social commentary, but it has a strong Romantic, politically correct, anti-capitalist, misanthropic worldview with lots of strong foul language, extreme violence, some lewd content, and a bitter, hopeless nihilistic streak.

Achievement in sound editing nominees:

FORD V FERRARI

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
FORD V FERRARI is an extremely powerful character study about the famous American car designer Carroll Shelby and racecar driver Ken Miles fighting corporate interference, physical challenges and personal issues to build a revolutionary car for Ford to challenge Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race. FORD V FERRARI has a subtle Christian, uplifting worldview where self-sacrifice, friendship and family win out, but it’s almost fatally marred by lots of strong foul language.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is the conclusion to the original two STAR WARS trilogies by George Lucas, where the new female Jedi Knight, Rey, leads a group of rebels to find the secret lair of the evil Emperor Palpatine, who’s healed himself and wants to establish a Final Order using a new fleet of planet-killing spaceships. STAR WARS IX rises above some paint-by-numbers plot mechanics and some serviceable acting to forge an emotional, exciting ending filled with acts of mercy, sacrifice, reconciliation, and hope, but this positive content is marred by a false New Age, pagan worldview and a gratuitous homosexual kiss in one brief scene inserted for purely political reasons.

Achievement in sound mixing nominees:

AD ASTRA

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
AD ASTRA follows astronaut Roy McBride as he is missioned to uncover the truth behind his father’s disappearance 30 years ago that’s now threatening the safety of the solar system. AD ASTRA captures the audience from beginning to end and contains many positive Christian, biblical elements, but has some strong foul language, some disturbing images and violence. MOVIEGUIDE®, therefore, advises strong or extreme caution, depending on the viewer’s sensitivity to such material.

FORD V FERRARI

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
FORD V FERRARI is an extremely powerful character study about the famous American car designer Carroll Shelby and racecar driver Ken Miles fighting corporate interference, physical challenges and personal issues to build a revolutionary car for Ford to challenge Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race. FORD V FERRARI has a subtle Christian, uplifting worldview where self-sacrifice, friendship and family win out, but it’s almost fatally marred by lots of strong foul language.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

Achievement in visual effects nominees:

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME picks up five years later where the last movie left off, with the remaining Avengers still mourning the loss of their friends at the hands of Thanos, but deciding they must find a way to go back in time and defeat Thanos once and for all. Some plot points are unresolved and some storylines are left hanging, and there’s lots of foul language, some other edgy, immoral content, and even a few tedious, annoying moments in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, but the movie has a unifying, emotionally powerful, morally uplifting main plot that extols family and fatherhood.

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

THE LION KING (2019)

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
THE LION KING returns to the big screen in a live-action remake of the popular 1994 cartoon, as Simba the lion has to learn to grow up and save the ones he loves. THE LION KING is well made and has a strong moral, redemptive worldview extolling sacrifice and acting honorably, but it does have some pagan mysticism and scary scenes of lions fighting each other that merit caution for younger children.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is the conclusion to the original two STAR WARS trilogies by George Lucas, where the new female Jedi Knight, Rey, leads a group of rebels to find the secret lair of the evil Emperor Palpatine, who’s healed himself and wants to establish a Final Order using a new fleet of planet-killing spaceships. STAR WARS IX rises above some paint-by-numbers plot mechanics and some serviceable acting to forge an emotional, exciting ending filled with acts of mercy, sacrifice, reconciliation, and hope, but this positive content is marred by a false New Age, pagan worldview and a gratuitous homosexual kiss in one brief scene inserted for purely political reasons.

Adapted screenplay nominees:

THE IRISHMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
THE IRISHMAN is an epic gangster movie by Martin Scorsese about an Irish teamster leader and Mafia hit man who allegedly became a protégé and friend of the head of the Bufalino crime family and Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Though Frank Sheeran’s story in THE IRISHMAN, which comes from a book, has its skeptics, the movie is a meticulously crafted but overlong epic about connections between mobsters and union leaders, with an electric performance by Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, but it also has abundant foul language, extreme violence and an open-ended conclusion with the protagonist talking to a Catholic priest.

JOJO RABBIT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
JOJO RABBIT is a quirky satire about a young boy’s growth from being a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II to being a better person when he finds out his mother is hiding a teenage Jewish girl in their attic. Despite the satire, JOJO RABBIT becomes a very moving experience as the boy interacts with the Jewish girl and rediscovers his humanity. However, the movie has lots of PG-13 foul language and some violence, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

JOKER

Quality:
***
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
JOKER stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role of Batman’s future nemesis, in a story that imagines the origins of the psychotic supervillain known as the Joker. JOKER creates a politically correct version of the iconic villain as a man who’s become mentally and emotionally damaged and is eventually driven violently insane and angry against those who’ve done him wrong, including rich people and his own mother. JOKER ends up in an abhorrent place and contains lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence that may inspire some copycats.

LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
LITTLE WOMEN (2019) is the most gorgeous, historically accurate big screen version of the famous book by Louisa May Alcott that’s been made several times in movies and for television. Better yet, LITTLE WOMEN has no foul language, no sex, no nudity, no violence but is a delightful character study with very strong Christian content about a family dealing with real issues during the Civil War. Along with the 2019 version, there were productions of LITTLE WOMEN released in 1994, 2018 and 2018 (PBS).

THE TWO POPES

Quality:
***
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
THE TWO POPES is a drama about the transition between the more conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the more liberal Pope Francis, with much of the movie focusing on two meetings between Benedict and Francis where Benedict, who’s getting frail, must decide if he should resign and hand the reigns over to his most likely successor and rival. THE TWO POPES is beautifully produced and acted, but is plagued by some ambiguity and clearly sides with Francis and his Neo-Marxist ideals. It also suggests at one point that the church should change its biblical positions against abortion and perverse immorality.

Original screenplay nominees:

KNIVES OUT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2
KNIVES OUT is a dark comedy mystery about a dysfunctional family trying to discover the truth about their wealthy father and his mysterious death. KNIVES OUT is funny and unpredictable and ultimately extols doing the right thing, but it has lots of foul language, some lewd content and brief marijuana use. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

MARRIAGE STORY

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
MARRIAGE STORY is a misleading title, because the movie is actually about two married theater people going through a separation and divorce, which becomes increasingly rancorous when the wife hires an aggressive, feminist divorce lawyer. The performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY are excellent, and the movie is emotionally powerful and poignant, but there’s lots of strong foul language and no positive spiritual or religious content to inspire media-wise moviegoers.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quality:
***
Content:
-3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD tells about a Hollywood stunt double and his long-time actor friend, a TV western star who’s consigned to playing villains, and their encounter with elements of the Manson Family, who in real life went on a killing spree in 1969. Despite some captivating scenes, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD meanders too much when it comes to plot and has abundant foul language, some substance abuse, and extreme violence, especially at the end, though it clearly makes the evil Manson Family the bad guys and acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between the actor and his stunt double. The movie’s violence and crude dialogue are excessive and rather gratuitous.

PARASITE

Quality:
****
Content:
-4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
PARASITE is a pitch-black satire of class warfare from South Korea where both the rich and poor are bitterly portrayed. In the story, a poor family in South Korea schemes its way into the world of a rich family as servants, with devastating consequences for all involved when the rich family’s former maid unexpectedly returns with a terrible secret. PARASITE works on many levels, from dark comedy to suspenseful thriller to social commentary, but it has a strong Romantic, politically correct, anti-capitalist, misanthropic worldview with lots of strong foul language, extreme violence, some lewd content, and a bitter, hopeless nihilistic streak.
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