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 […]

Marley (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic When we think of music icons that died tragically and way too early, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and more recently Whitney Houston come to mind. But let’s not forget Bob Marley. He brought reggae music to the world, was a social activist and lived a controversial life that rivals […]

Think Like a Man (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic He said. She said. We’re the same species, but two different genders. It’s fun to be reminded occasionally that our distinct approaches to life and love make for great agitation, misunderstandings and reconciliations. A group of guys who play basketball together are having female trouble: Dominic (Michael Ealy) a […]

The Hunger Games

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic There are legions of fans of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” novels and this new screen adaptation is eagerly awaited. It’s not likely that the series will see the success of the “Harry Potter” or “Twilight” franchises, but it has the potential. There are 12 districts in post-apocalypse North […]

Best Films 2011

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In 2011 there were highlights and low points. Let’s forget the latter and celebrate the best efforts in film from a year of gems. African heritage films, black actors in general release movies, black filmmakers creating their voice or establishing reputations. Foreign films, documentaries and first films too. The […]

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Mission accomplished! This is hands down the best MI chapter in the franchise, with astounding stunts, strong emotional depth, and a break-neck pace that rarely subsides. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) languishes on a cot in a Moscow prison. Feverishly working on his computer, fellow agent and tech […]

Tower Heist (**)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In this “Occupy Wall Street” age, pitting the working class against the super rich is a topical theme. Throw in a Bernie Madoff character and there should be more than enough reason for the proletariats to rise up and give greedy, callous billionaires grief. This action comedy’s heart is […]

2011 Toronto International Film Festival

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic The best films of the year made their annual pilgrimage to the 36th annual Toronto Film Festival. Black films, actors and directors were in the mix along with noteworthy general release movies that may make their mark on 2011 ten best lists. The only odd note this year is […]