I Called Him Morgan

  Bee Bop. Jazz. The 1950s and ‘60s were a hotbed for cool music. And the hip musicians, who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and are amazed by the lives they […]

T2 Trainspotting

  Trainspotting was a breakthrough film back in 1996. An edgy, eccentric blend of debauchery and rebellion set to one of the best British rock soundtracks ever made. Twenty years later, the original director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later…) and screenwriter John Hodge assemble the same set of Scottish miscreants and make them […]

Logan

  Looks like Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is hanging up his claws. But before he does, he’s passing the baton on to the next generation. Make that the next, next generation, as his mini-me mutant-in-training is an 11-year-old girl (Dafne Keen). She will have a lot of growing up to do before she can take his […]

A United Kingdom

  Love across racial lines, especially when it involves British aristocracy, is a theme that’s been close to director Amma Assante’s heart. She tackled the subject gracefully in her romantic period piece Belle. With that same artistry, sensitivity and flair, she delves into another regal mixed relations love story that’s based on fact. You can […]

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

  “Rock. Paper. Scissors. Grenade launcher.” Those are some of the essential power-play components in this badass action film. Vin Diesel, the lord of The Fast and the Furious franchise, has just upped the mojo of his spy-thriller xXx sagas to a high-adrenalin stratosphere that will take action-film junkies to the land of nirvana. Fasten […]

100 Streets

  The mark of a brilliant actor is that he/she can give a compelling performance even in a film that doesn’t shine. That’s the case with Idris Elba, as he nearly saves this light, interwoven contemporary London drama from mediocrity.   The concept for the film is simple: Three vignettes focus on three lives fraying […]

The Best Films 2016

  As we go forward, movies guide us.   They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will find our way.   It’s a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Some sci-fi/fantasy fans may wonder if every last drop has already been milked out of the Star Wars franchise. But, judging from this energetic standalone tangent/prequel, more can be exploited for many years to come.   A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…   A scientist, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale) […]

I Am Not Your Negro

   Just in case you need a reminder that racism is not dead, James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, has left behind some biting and enlightening words about the subject.   Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. He moved to Paris around 1950, eventually taking up residence in the south […]

Jackie

  It must have been two weeks of pure hell for First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. First there was November 22, 1963 to November 25, the time span between the assassination of her husband and his funeral. Then the days leading up to December 3, when she was pushed out of the White House. For […]