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 […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wow. This is the event movie of the year. So much action. So much haunting drama and raw emotion. And it doesn’t just build to one climax. It crescendos up to climax, after climax, after climax… Action/adventure fans will be dancing in the aisles. There is something biblical about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There’s […]

South Beach: Best Restaurants & Great Fun

Milan, Paris and Barcelona are often known as the world’s food capitals. These days, Miami restaurants can compete with any of those cities’ finest eateries. And now, you don’t even have to leave the shores of South Beach to experience top cuisine. Just enjoy the sun and surf, then lunch or dine at an excellent […]

Quest

They’re everyday saints. The Raineys are a loving family and community activists. They live in northern Philadelphia, an inner-city neighborhood that’s an archetype for lots of struggling, poverty-level American communities. Yet somehow, this endearing clan remains positive through the most challenging moments. Their resilience and family bond are the heart of this very moving documentary. […]

Coco

It’s refreshing to see an American-made animated film show such great respect for Mexican culture. The special attention paid to tradition, spiritual elements and family values is amazing to watch. Pixar, co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, imaginative writing, an extremely fine tech crew and a very talented cast have made Coco the best animated […]

Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars

Considering the amount of booze and heroin that rushed through Eric Clapton’s veins back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, his survival is almost miraculous. Maybe not as astonishing as watching Keith Richards dodge the Grim Reaper, but close. Hence the fascination with watching this 2hr 15 min bio/doc about this legendary rock icon. He has […]