Warm Winters in Miami: 7 Hidden Gems

In the north, in the dead of winter, snow falls, cold winds blow and freezing temperatures chill you to the marrow. But in Miami, midwinter, the sun shines, warm sea breezes envelope you and the 76-degree temp warms your body.   If a balmy vacation is on your mind, head to South Beach or downtown […]

It’s Winter in Nassau, Bahamas: 82 Degrees & Sunny!

  The Bahamas are an archipelago of 700 islands, situated 186 miles east of Miami. New Providence Island is home to the Bahamas’ capital city, Nassau. In Nassau, gorgeous beaches are just the beginning. Rent a car, explore the surrounding island and you’ll meet some of the 275,000 locals (of African, American and British descent) […]

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 […]

Lion

  Saroo Brierley, a five-year old boy from a small town in India, got lost on a train ride, wound up at the massive Howrah Junction railway station in Calcutta and became an orphaned street kid. An Australian couple adopted him, but years later at age 25, his yearning for his birth family took him […]

Almost Christmas

  Watching this humorous film is like getting a funny greeting card that makes you laugh as it warms your heart. This ode to the joy and angst people feel as their family reconvenes for the certain chaos, gluttony and joy during Christmas, is a nice way to start the holiday season. It’s a very […]

Arrival

  Nearly 40 years ago Close Encounters of the Third Kind set the bar very high for sci-fi films that eschewed conventional all-out action sequences and garnered their strength from immense suspense, evocative visuals and mind-numbing mystery. Arrival is in that same elite category. Brainy. Intense. Scary. It joins a very exclusive club.   The […]

Loving

For a long time it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry someone not of your race and face […]