film reviews

Love across racial lines, especially when it involves British aristocracy, is a theme that's been close to director Amma Asante's heart.
#3 - The Ending A love story that takes place within Hollywood must have a classic Hollywood ending where the lovebirds stay
It is written: Those who are looking for wall-to-wall giddy action scenes will come in throngs.
As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks
(Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures) Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. He moved to Paris around 1950, eventually taking
This is a work of art. A piece of genius. Brilliant filmmaking. Superb acting. It's a film that resonates. (Photo courtesy
Kidman brings a sweetness to the adopted mom role that resonates in all her scenes. It's as if she is floating on a cloud
Nearly 40 years ago Close Encounters of the Third Kind set the bar very high for sci-fi films that eschewed conventional all-out action sequences and garnered their strength from immense suspense, evocative visuals and mind-numbing mystery. Arrival is in that same elite category. Brainy. Intense. Scary. It joins a very exclusive club.
Gabrielle Union and Kimberly Elise rattle off catty one-liners like they were schooled on Edward Albee's vicious Who's Afraid
The writing, direction, performances and production elements are filled with a grace that leaves a lasting impression. It's as if the battle this unassuming couple waged must have been blessed from the start.
One Note at a Time (***) New Orleans gives musicians a safe haven, and in return those thankful artists ply their trade on
In just his second feature film, writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a teen and then finds a thin measure of serenity as a young man.
Has success spoiled Kevin Hart? Forbes Magazine lists him as 2016's highest paid comedian with an annual income of $87.5 million, from June 1 2015, to June 1 2016. Unlike many of his cohorts (Jerry Seinfeld, etc.) Hart makes lots of his income from live performances in large stadiums where he can earn $1 million a pop.
Finally a filmmaker unearths one of the biggest secrets in American history: slave revolts. It's a lesson rarely mentioned in history books, though it's common knowledge to anyone who has taken a black history course.
The New York Film Festival celebrates its 54th year by trying something new. For the first time in history, its Opening Night World Premiere will be a documentary. Even more noteworthy, this non-fiction film is by director Ava DuVernay (Selma) and it focuses on America's deep problem with its criminal justice/penal system and how it affects the black community.
The multi-racial cast is a pleasant update. In the '60s version Eli Wallach, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, played
For 41 years the Toronto International Film Festival has attracted the world's best films and built a faithful audience. This year at the 2016 festival, 480,000 film lovers filled seats, screened movies and experienced the festivities.
I have to admit it pains me to write these words because I'm such a huge advocate for Hollywood producing more female-driven stories. But this movie is everything that is wrong about how they're going about it.
Southside With You vividly recreates the budding romance of Barack and Michelle. It also puts on a screen, for everyone to see, a romantic courtship between educated African Americans, the kind that Hollywood rarely depicts.
"Every boxer is someone's hero." It's a saying that's been hard to attach to Roberto Durán. Most people assume that he is just an infamous Panamanian boxer who walked out on a match against Sugar Ray Leonard, uttering the words, "No Mas (no more)." There's more to him than that controversial moment. This very well acted, entertaining and informative bio film reveals all: Rough childhood, abandonment issues, international champion, infamy, resurgence and hometown hero.