Red Hook Summer (*)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic There is a nostalgia regarding some Spike Lee movies: “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Clockers…” Back in the day the director gave glimpses of urban New York life that captured a certain demographic and defined and set pop culture. Remember those days fondly, you’ll need to […]

The New York Finger Lakes: Mother Nature’s Handprint

Millions of years back, glaciers covered northern New York State. Ten thousand years ago, they receded leaving behind crevices filled with water and forming 11 long and narrow Finger Lakes. Five of the lakes are large, feigning Mother Nature’s handprint. Today this beautiful region — dotted with … >> Read More

Beasts of the Southern Wild (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic First time director Benh Zeitlin, a New Orleans resident, has masterfully taken the stage play “Juicy and Delicious” and crafted it into an alternative universe. This Katrina-like drama is set in the Bayou, in an area dubbed “The Bathtub,” where a father and daughter live a vagrant’s life, in […]

Ponte Vedra Beach Florida: A World-Class Golf Vacation

Every May thousands of golf fans head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for The Players, arguably the most noted tournament outside the four majors and certainly the most fan-friendly. The rest of the year, this amicable town located in St. Johns County, … >> Read More

Prometheus (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Back in 1979, the ground breaking movie “Alien,” as directed by Ridley Scott, coined a new genre hybrid; sci-fi space horror. Decades later, that franchise abated and a prequel was planned and abandoned. A new stand-alone film emerged, with vestiges of alien-ish elements, dubbed “Prometheus.” In its glory, and […]

Men In Black 3 (**)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic It’s been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their black suits, cool sunglasses and glib hipness to play Agent J and Agent K-the good guys who try to save the world from weird looking aliens. Should they have left well enough alone? Have they harmed […]

Tobago is Trinidad’s Chilled Out Sister

Trinidad is legendary for its joyous, festive, ’round-the-clock, hard-partying Carnival celebrations, but what goes on in Tobago? This serene haven is where Trinidadians and smart travelers go when they want to decompress on beguiling beaches. >> Read More

Marley (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic When we think of music icons that died tragically and way too early, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and more recently Whitney Houston come to mind. But let’s not forget Bob Marley. He brought reggae music to the world, was a social activist and lived a controversial life that rivals […]

Think Like a Man (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic He said. She said. We’re the same species, but two different genders. It’s fun to be reminded occasionally that our distinct approaches to life and love make for great agitation, misunderstandings and reconciliations. A group of guys who play basketball together are having female trouble: Dominic (Michael Ealy) a […]

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 […]