Black Films and Artists Abound at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

The 2017 the Toronto International Film was a big hit this year, attracting nearly 500,000 film lovers who viewed over 255 films.   Black films, movies with black artists and other productions from around the world were a key part of the festivities that were enjoyed by all. Check out the best of the best […]

Polina

   There is a beauty in her movement. Whether she dances classical ballet or modern dance, there is something in the way she moves that is compelling. It’s an artistry that takes you from ballet school, to rehearsal studios, to stages. As Polina struggles to find her true form of expression, you take the journey […]

Crown Heights

  Among the worst tragedies there is often a ray of light because undeterred people are not afraid to fight. These everyday saints are on view in this simple yet heroic story about two friends whose bond is stronger than a crooked Brooklyn District Attorney. In the wake of misguided and somewhat exploitative films like […]

Patti Cake$

Patti is twice the woman Amy Schumer will ever be. She’s a big, young blonde Jersey gal living a poor person’s life but dreaming of being a big-time rapper. Can she—who is loved by few and dissed by many—rhyme her way to fame and fortune? That’s what moviegoers will find out if they take a […]

Whose Streets?

On August 9, 2014 in Ferguson Missouri, Michael Brown, who was unarmed, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. His body lay on the ground for four hours, cordoned off by cops. This incident sparked a cycle of unrest in this northern suburb of St. Louis that evolved into demonstrations and a […]

Step

  Sometimes success should be measured in small increments. That’s what’s on view in this very grass roots documentary about a group of ambitious girls who use their membership in a high school step team as a foundation for learning, inspiration and improving their lives.   The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) provides […]

Detroit

Detroit tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity. But since this important subject is not new, what is the point of the film? What are we learning that is unique? What actionable knowledge […]

Miami: Spa Vacations and Fine Dining

A good massage from a great spa can release tension, relieve anxiety and treat soft tissue strains. Toss in sunshine, fine dining and America’s most famous beach and that makes a spa vacation in Miami a very attractive adventure.   The Intimate Shala Spa at Dream South Beach, Miami (Click here to read article on […]

Girls Trip

  This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like Sex In the City and Bridesmaids. But Girls Trip is not a copycat. It’s very unique and will leave its own lasting imprint on the good-girls-gone-wild genre.   […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

This recent Planet of the Apes trilogy has had a consistently haunting and majestic feel. It’s a sensibility that director Rupert Wyatt started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 and was sustained when filmmaker Matt Reeves directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. That looming yet spiritual feeling […]