Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

 The very creative Jean-MichelBasquiat died at age 27 in 1988. His legend as an urban artist, clothing designer, painter and musician are on view in this informative and perfectly rendered (director/writer Sara Driver) retelling of his formative teenage years.   Rapper/entrepreneur Fab 5 Freddy, graffiti artist Lee Quiñones (star of the classic hip-hop movie Wild […]

Black Films and Artists Highlight the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

  The 17thannual Tribeca Film Festival provided an urban showcase for 96 feature films. The fest’s documentaries outshined the narrative and international features, while a host of TV shows, shorts, tech seminars, immersive experiences and special events also filled out the programming.   Black films, filmmakers, actors and artists basked in the glow of a […]

A Quiet Place

What you’ll hear and see in this topnotch horror/thriller has got to be one of the best uses of sound deprivation and sound effects ever blended together in any movie.   With the release of Get Out last year, the horror genre has blown up big time. It’s no longer limited to your granddaddy’s Frankenstein. […]

Pacific Rim Uprising

  In case you were wondering if British Actor John Boyega had any star power outside of the Star Wars franchise, he does. He uses it to carry this likable sci-fi/action/fantasy film on his shoulders.   Pacific Rim Uprising is the kind of matinee movie you can send your tweens and teens to and not […]

A Wrinkle in Time

The science fiction fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time, written in 1962 by Madeleine L’Engle, won the prestigious Newbery Medal. The author had a fascination with quantum physics and her novel reflected that interest as it explored themes of good versus evil. Initially, over 20 publishers turned down the book.   The author felt that […]

Black Panther

The Black Panther character was first introduced into the Marvel Studios pantheon back in 1966. The launch took place in the comic book “Fantastic Four Vol.1” issue 52. So why did it take 52 years for that character to make its solo debut on the silver screen?  Well, apparently it takes five decades to make a […]

The 15:17 to Paris

A uniqueness to this film carries it over the rough spots, past the mundane moments to a frenzied, inspiring ending.   In 2015, there was an incident aboard a train headed to Paris. A terrorist, Ayoub El Khazzani from Morocco, armed with an automatic rifle, was on board and attempted a massacre. He was thwarted […]

Den of Thieves

Ever feel like robbing a bank, but your conscience and the  consequences blocked you? Well, if you’re willing to vicariously live out that fantasy through the crooks in this tense, constantly-surprising crime/action/drama, you can experience the thrill of a big heist, without the repercussions.   On one side of the law in the City of Angels, […]

The Final Year

Remember?   Remember when the president of the United States was intelligent, compassionate, sensitive, worldly, respectful of women, kind, inclusive, trusted, friendly, honest, modern, hip and revered around the globe? It wasn’t so long ago.   In these days of misstep after misstep and outrage after outrage, nothing could be timelier than a look back […]

Best Films of 2017

As we look back on the highest caliber films of 2017, the array is diverse, the talent is strong and the entertainment value is solid.   These are the films that will make you laugh, cry, think, hug someone or wish you had super powers.   The following films opened in 2017, are still at […]