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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.