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 […]

Puerto Rico — Touring the Caribbean’s Best Highways

Sometimes Puerto Rico feels like a Caribbean island, other times more like America’s 51st state. Hit the beaches, historic town squares or the tropical rainforest: It’s the Caribbean. Drive around on its elaborate highway systems, and it’s an all-American adventure.>> Read More

Antigua, An Idyllic Island With A Small Hometown Feel

There’s something about Antigua that feels like times gone by. You know, when people treated each other with grace and respect. When strangers passed you on the street and said hello. Before the world became too over-developed and incivility was the norm. Genteel Antigua feels unspoiled, unfettered and ripe for sunny vacations and exploration. >> Read […]

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 […]

Toronto: So Much More Than The International Film Festival

Anyone connected to the film industry will tell you that the Toronto International Film Festival is the best film festival in the world. What they fail to mention is that it’s also the perfect attraction for a lively vacation. >> Read More

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 […]

The Help (**)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “The Help,” a best-selling book about a white woman who helps black maids rebel in the 1960s segregated south, was probably a better read than it is a cinematic experience. On the big screen, the white “savior” liberating black people storyline seems dated and almost offensive. Skeeter (Emma Stone) […]