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FILM REVIEW – ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’
July 2, 2020
“I feel lucky and blessed that I’m serving in the Congress… But there is a force that is trying to take us back to another time and another dark period,” warns congressman John Lewis. And he’d know.    Since age 17, this brave crusader has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Now at age 80, he’s an elder statesmen. Following his path lets audiences retrace the steps of an activism that has led to social change, even in the midst of great oppression. For that alone, former trial lawyer turned documentarian Dawn Porter’s (Trapped, Gideon’s Army) homage to one of our greatest heroes is a blessing and an inspiring lesson in American history.   ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: ‘Blue Story’
May 14, 2020
First-time feature filmmaker Rapman has schooled Generation Z with a cautionary urban tale that is both raw and affecting. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: Premature
February 20, 2020
"Premature," as a film, is a tight indie art piece. ... read more »
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FILM REVIEW: “Underwater”
January 16, 2020
If tension, fear and good performances were all it took to make a satisfying thriller, “Underwater” would be complete. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: ‘Les Misérables’
January 2, 2020
Ladj Ly‘s stark realism, also exemplified by his documentary-style filmmaking, is fairly evocative for 102 minutes and gives the film a soul. ... read more »
Film Review: ‘Queen & Slim’
November 28, 2019
Police aggression in the Black community ignites a journey that’s laced with intrigue, thrills, narrow escapes, family drama and a romance that goes from highly unlikely to sensual bliss. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: Brian Banks
August 8, 2019
The real Brian Banks, the subject of this movie, lived through an ordeal that was tragic, inspiring and often profound, something is lost in this one-dimensional retelling of his life experiences. Something turns his extraordinary story of resilience into a decent but ordinary made-for-TV-like movie. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
July 11, 2019
When she helped school her white editors on the power of her works and viewpoints on African American culture and experiences, she faced the same challenge that many African Americans encounter when dealing with their white counterparts in business, education, politics, etc. Resistance. As she recounts her experiences, Morrison is poised, resolved and reflective. Somewhat akin to an intelligent philosopher or an academic who patiently teaches a class of inquisitive but slow-learning freshmen. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral
March 7, 2019
[Editors note: Warning. Spoilers ahead!] “Perry’s script relies on infidelity, rivalries, bawdy language, lust and the usual dollop of betrayal. In other circumstances, the turmoil would be funny and engaging. Not so much here…” ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: “Glass”
January 24, 2019
Two hours and nine minutes roll by, and the film is about as frustrating as standing in a TSA line at the airport. Fault the strained writing. Blame the lifeless direction. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: Vice
January 12, 2019
It was an historic power grab. Not the Republicans taking back the White House after a controversial, razor-thin win by George W. Bush over Al Gore. It was the vice president-elect, Dick Cheney, out-maneuvering George Jr. and becoming the puppet master. ... read more »
BEST FILMS OF 2018
December 27, 2018
In 2018, the stories told, talent-on-view, compelling characters, emotions expressed, and genres stretched were just amazing. It was more than enough to make viewers track films from the theaters to streaming services. Or vice versa. ... read more / view gallery »
Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro
January 4, 2017
James Baldwin left behind some biting and enlightening words about racism and the status of the Black community that are just as relevant today in this age of the Black Lives Matter movement. ... read more »
The Best Films of 2016
December 28, 2016
It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year ... read more »
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