Django Unchained (*1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic You can tell you’re watching a Quentin Tarantino film if it’s ultra violent, unsettling, the humor is off-putting, scenes are inflated, it’s controversial and the “N” word flows like the Mighty Mississippi. Hence, Django Unchained. The movie’s original, pre-Civil War Spaghetti-Western premise is novel and has merit. According to […]

Central Park Five (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In the beginning, it was seemingly a cut-and-dry case of absolute depravity, known as “the Central Park Jogger”: Lone white Wall Street woman jogging at night in the park. Black and Latino youths “wilding,” creating mayhem, violence and committing gang rape. In 1980s, racially divided New York City, the […]

Skyfall (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 50 years and 23 films later, the James Bond 007 franchise is alive, well and kicking. This latest installment, which firmly cements Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds ever, feels more serious, less gimmicky, more geared towards mature adults. The action, eventful though not spectacular, is thoughtfully […]

Flight (***)

  By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 50 years and 23 films later, the James Bond 007 franchise is alive, well and kicking. This latest installment, which firmly cements Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds ever, feels more serious, less gimmicky, more geared towards mature adults. The action, eventful though not spectacular, is […]

Middle of Nowhere (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “You were on your way to something. Don’t stop.” That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this exquisitely told romantic drama. It’s one of the best black films to come along in years and its filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, became the […]

The Paperboy (*1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Director Lee Daniels (Precious) has enlisted and army of A-list actors in his screen adaptation of The Paperboy, Pete Dexter’s Deep South Florida bayou crime novel. Daniels should personally thank David Oyelowo, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Their performances give this crude, misguided and deranged Cat on […]

Red Hook Summer (*)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic There is a nostalgia regarding some Spike Lee movies: “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Clockers…” Back in the day the director gave glimpses of urban New York life that captured a certain demographic and defined and set pop culture. Remember those days fondly, you’ll need to […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic First time director Benh Zeitlin, a New Orleans resident, has masterfully taken the stage play “Juicy and Delicious” and crafted it into an alternative universe. This Katrina-like drama is set in the Bayou, in an area dubbed “The Bathtub,” where a father and daughter live a vagrant’s life, in […]

Prometheus (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Back in 1979, the ground breaking movie “Alien,” as directed by Ridley Scott, coined a new genre hybrid; sci-fi space horror. Decades later, that franchise abated and a prequel was planned and abandoned. A new stand-alone film emerged, with vestiges of alien-ish elements, dubbed “Prometheus.” In its glory, and […]

Men In Black 3 (**)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic It’s been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their black suits, cool sunglasses and glib hipness to play Agent J and Agent K-the good guys who try to save the world from weird looking aliens. Should they have left well enough alone? Have they harmed […]