Flight (***)

  By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 50 years and 23 films later, the James Bond 007 franchise is alive, well and kicking. This latest installment, which firmly cements Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds ever, feels more serious, less gimmicky, more geared towards mature adults. The action, eventful though not spectacular, is […]

Miami Comfortable Beach Town, Deluxe City Life

It’s a win-win situation: World-renown Miami Beach, a flip flop-wearing tourist’s haven, and Downtown Miami, a vibrant new hot spot for upscale locals. Vacationing in these districts gives visitors the best of both worlds: Big beach fun and deluxe city life. >> Read More

Middle of Nowhere (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “You were on your way to something. Don’t stop.” That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this exquisitely told romantic drama. It’s one of the best black films to come along in years and its filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, became the […]

The Paperboy (*1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Director Lee Daniels (Precious) has enlisted and army of A-list actors in his screen adaptation of The Paperboy, Pete Dexter’s Deep South Florida bayou crime novel. Daniels should personally thank David Oyelowo, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Their performances give this crude, misguided and deranged Cat on […]

Toronto’s Lights are Brightest Downtown

Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, with its population of 2.5 million people from 200 distinct ethnic backgrounds, is the ultimate melting pot. It’s a cultural, culinary, shopping and wellness hub, especially when you visit the city center, which comprises districts with names like Cabbagetown, Entertainment, Harbourfront and Distillery. >> Read More

Stratton Mountain, Vermont: Game On At The Drysdale Tennis School

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced player the summer tennis camps/programs at the Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont can help you hone your game — and there are fringe benefits. >> Read More

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