‘Jackie’

  Sometimes, you need to see something to realize how obvious it should have been.  Of course if you wanted to do a fresh take on the Kennedy assassination, you should do it from Jackie’s point of view. Of course, if you want an A-list actress who can play glamorous, fragile, and upper class in one stroke, who […]

‘Hidden Figures’

  What a cast! That was my first impression after watching the number one movie on MLK weekend.  Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae star as the trio of black women who were instrumental to the success of NASA and the space program in the 60s.  Aldis Hodge and Mahershala Ali have supporting […]

‘Arrival’

  Put another notch in the ‘A list’ belt for Amy Adams. Hard to underestimate Lois Lane at this point, but she anchors this science fiction film for the grownups, playing a linguistics professor who gets called into duty when several spaceships arrive from outer space and position themselves strategically around the planet.  Forrest Whitaker […]

‘Lion’

  The second best ‘quiet film’ I’ve watched so far this season is ‘Lion’.  Based on a true story, Dev Patel gets a major star turn as a young Indian man raised by Australian parents.  A visit to the home of some Indian friends triggers long ago memories of his original life: his birth mother […]

‘La La Land’

  Against all odds, Damien Chazelle has made a contemporary musical. ‘La La Land’ is a wonderful piece of pop escapism.  Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are ‘the Girl’ and ‘the Boy’ in this meet cute about a wannabe actress and a stubborn jazz musician and their desires to make it big in the City […]

‘Manchester by the Sea’

  This year’s ‘Boston movie’ is ‘Manchester by the Sea.’   Told through a series of flashbacks mixed with present days events, Casey Affleck stars as a young working class New Englander who takes custody of his nephew (Lucas Hedges) when his older brother (always reliable Kyle Chandler) dies young.  In the present, Casey’s character […]

‘Moonlight’

  Wow.  Where to begin? Homosexuality. Drug Abuse.  Having a stronger bond with friends than blood.  Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ touches on so many heavy topics; one of the many beautiful things about this film is that it doesn’t beat you over the head with any of its subject matter. Set in Miami over three acts, […]

‘Rogue One’

  The most hardcore Star Wars fanboy I grew up with hasn’t seen this yet, so out of respect for my boy I won’t go into full spoiler detail here… I will say this off the bat: I’m on record as being big on Daisy Ridley, and black actors stick together, I want John Boyega […]

‘Allied’

  The fantastic hypothetical, ‘What would you do if you had to kill your spouse as a matter of national security?’ is the basis of Allied, the new Robert Zemeckis film that opened this week. Two of the world’s beautiful people, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, star as the potentially doomed couple in a film that right […]

‘Fences’

  Woo… The movie adaptation of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ is fantastic.  Debatably the most well known play in the ten play cycle, Denzel directs the film version with virtually the entire cast in tact from the Broadway version that won him a Tony. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ came to mind a lot while I watched […]