Miami: Spa Vacations and Fine Dining

A good massage from a great spa can release tension, relieve anxiety and treat soft tissue strains. Toss in sunshine, fine dining and America’s most famous beach and that makes a spa vacation in Miami a very attractive adventure.   The Intimate Shala Spa at Dream South Beach, Miami   Deep in the hippest section […]

Girls Trip

  This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like Sex In the City and Bridesmaids. But Girls Trip is not a copycat. It’s very unique and will leave its own lasting imprint on the good-girls-gone-wild genre.   […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

This recent Planet of the Apes trilogy has had a consistently haunting and majestic feel. It’s a sensibility that director Rupert Wyatt started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 and was sustained when filmmaker Matt Reeves directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. That looming yet spiritual feeling […]

Bronx Gothic

It’s hard to explain this performance piece. Easier to describe the artist who does it.   Okwui Okpokwasili is as tall as a WNBA player. As beautiful as a super model. She has the persona of a poet, an intellectual, a storyteller and a town crier. She is determined to bring the social consciousness of […]

Baby Driver

This thrill-a-minute addition to the crime/action/thriller genre doesn’t exactly break the mold, but it’s fun. 1. A teenager as the getaway driver is novel. 2. The integration of music as one of the essential film elements is a killer. 3. The car chase scenes, right from the beginning, are delicious.   Baby (Ansel Elgort), an […]

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

The job of a good documentary is to probe, uncover and get answers to tough questions. The job of a promotional reel is to exalt its subject. This non-fiction film lays squarely in-between. On some levels it’s revealing. On others, it has as much depth as an 8 X 10 glossy.   Bad Boy Records, […]

Maudie

  Sometimes a film tells a story like an artist paints a picture. Sometimes like a playwright writes a play, or an author pens a novel, or a poet composes verses. Director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy), screenwriter Sherry White and an amazing tech crew have taken those aforementioned sensibilities and created a […]

The Mummy

Pathetic on just about every level, The Mummy should be entombed. What the hell were they thinking?   Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his cohort Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are shameless antiquities hunters. Their exploits take them to a desert village in an Iraq war zone, where they come under fire. U.S. armed forces have […]