Miss Sharon Jones!

NEW YORK, NY - February 6th, 2014 -Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kick off their delayed 2014 tour at the Beacon Theater in New York

  Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shake and their lead singer’s indomitable spirit blend into something very special, heartfelt and familial. When Jones is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, […]

Star Trek Beyond

Left to right: Zoe Saldana plays Uhura and John Cho plays Sulu in Star Trek Beyond from Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark and Perfect Storm Entertainment

  The big debate shouldn’t be if this is the best Star Trek film ever. The more interesting conversation is about whether Star Trek Beyond is a better sci-fi space adventure film than 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On most levels, the answer is yes.   J.J. Abrams is out as director and comes […]

Ice Age: Collision Course

pub_120_560_102_4K_UniversalColor_WB – The herd makes a shocking discovery. (from left): Julian (voiced by Adam Devine), Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott, Josh Peck), Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), Granny (voiced by Wanda Sykes), Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), and Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez). Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios

  It’s official. This is the year of animation. So many films from the genre are sprouting up like spring daisies that it’s making the Oscar race for Best Animation Feature Film a nail-biter. And it’s only midyear. Add to the list of strong contenders the fifth chapter in the Ice Age franchise, a doozy […]

The Secret Life of Pets

Kevin Hart and Louis C.K. in THe Secret Life of Pets

The race for the Best Animation Feature Film Oscar is on. Finding Dory may be the most touching and sentimental contender. On the other hand, The Secret Life of Pets has got to be the coolest of the challengers, so far. It’s a thoroughly amusing comedy thanks to the over-animated Kevin Hart and dour sarcastic […]

The Legend of Tarzan

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  Some things should be left in the past and forgotten. Case in point: Tarzan. This modern version, The Legend of Tarzan, adds some politically correct touches to an old-fashioned (dated) story. But even with new gloss and a fresh scent, the central problem still remains: a near super human white man lording over apes, […]

San Francisco: Dining, Daytrippin’ and Jazz

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The annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a perfect reason to come to The City by the Bay. It’s also a great time to explore some cool leisure activities around town and the Bay Area too. Groove to Roy Ayers, Los Van Van and Fourplay at night. By day enjoy cool neighborhoods, hot restaurants, fascinating […]

Free State of Jones

While driving the horse wagon down a country road, Newt (Matthew McConaughey) tries to stop Moses (Mahershala Ali)

  “You can not own a child of God,” proclaims a slave named Moses (Mahershala Ali, HBO’s Treme). “We don’t got no country on either side. We’re our own Country,” says Confederate Army deserter Newton “Newt” Knight (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer’s Club). Those poignant bits of dialogue sum up the rebellious spirit in this rousing […]

The 2016 San Francisco Jazz Festival Hits a Cool Vibe

Roy Ayers performs at the 2016 San Francisco Jazz Festival by Dwight Brown

  For years San Francisco has been the West Coast playground and refuge of jazz musicians. Since 2013, those artists have had a permanent home at the SFJAZZ Center, the first-ever standalone structure in the country dedicated to jazz. Think of it as a cool opera house, where the beats get funky, the music is […]