Strong familial conflict, magical adventures and timely social messaging make this animated feature a bit deeper than most.
(***) It’s a very simple story, at first. A modest allegory that pits religious fanaticism against common sense in a test of wills that slowly becomes biblical. Ireland 1862, 13 years after the Great Famine of 1845/49 caused millions of deaths. Anna (Kíla Lord Cassidy), an 11-year-old girl living in the rural Irish Midlands, is […]
(****)Wow! You’ll say that over and over again as this mind-blowing, superhero epic unfolds. Wow! The loss of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), aka Black Panther, weighs heavily on the people of Wakanda. More so on his sister Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) and his mother Queen Ramonda (Angel Bassett). They try to move forward but are paralyzed […]
(**)Sometimes there’s too many cooks in the kitchen. Sometimes there are too many storylines in a movie. Same difference. Thirteen-year-old Kat Elliot (Lyric Ross, TV’s This is Us) lost her parents (Gabrielle Dennis, Gary Gatewood) in a tragic car accident when she was eight. She still blames herself for their deaths, wants them to come back […]
Families come in all sizes and shapes. Immediate, extended, separated and crazy too. These films, from the 60th annual New York Film Festival, showcased how loving, eccentric or dysfunctional familial relations can be. Aftersun (**1/2) Calum (Paul Mescal, Normal People), a divorced Scottish father living in England, reunites with his 11-year-old daughter Sophie (Francesca Corio). They meet up on a weekend trip at a Turkish resort they’ve frequented […]
For 60 years, the New York Film Festival has programmed films from around the world that profile women’s issues. In 2022, the festival continued that tradition with movies that chronicled the female experience from centuries ago to modern times. Corsage (**1/2) You can’t deny the sheer beauty of this very exquisitely crafted biopic. Nearly every frame in […]
(**1/2) Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Black Adam? Who? Introducing DC Comics’ latest crime combatant, Black Adam. His superhero traits are similar to Superman’s (flying, ultra-strength, etc.), but there are key differences. One has a pleasant personality and values human lives, and the other, an angry malcontent, doesn’t […]
(****)“Hardly a moment goes by when I don’t think about Emmett and the lessons a son can teach a mother.” Quoted from Mamie Till-Mobley. Emmett Till, a black teen, was murdered by racists in Money, Mississippi on April 28th in 1955. Writer/director Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency) and cowriters Michael Reilly and Keith Beauchamp (doc filmmaker of the […]