Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o Rated PG 13 for prolonged sequences of action violence and a brief rude gesture 2 hrs. 14 mins. There is no shortage of classic African American films with black actors and black directors representing the black experience. From Shaft to Boyz n the Hood to 12 Years a Slave, the tradition of entertaining African American films stretches back decades. But a big-budget Marvel Studios release (with an estimated budget of $200 million) about a black superhero, an African king from a highly advanced civilization called...Read More
Author: Tim Pompey
Peter Rabbit Directed by: Will Gluck Starring: James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne Rated PG for some rude humor and action 1 hr. 33 mins. I think there’s a love affair in British literature between writers and rabbits. Novels such as Watership Down by Richard Adams, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and most famously The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter all portray rabbits as charming, smart and essential to life in the countryside. While the kid in me wanted to see the new Peter Rabbit, the adult in me was not disappointed either. Lovingly connected...Read More
Hostiles Directed by Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi Rated R for strong violence and language 2 hrs. 14 mins. I’m from a generation that grew up on Westerns — the myths, the heroes, the shootouts between whites and the savage Indians who attacked them. Not until I hit adulthood did I begin to realize that behind these films was a much bigger picture, one that involved a struggle over American expansionism and a conflicting way of life. In the 1970s, American filmmakers began to explore this bigger picture, especially with films like Little Big Man...Read More
The Post Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence 1 hr. 56 mins. We take for granted the adversarial relationship that exists these days between the press and the White House. Especially since the election of Donald Trump, there are daily headlines being run by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other media outlets about the behavior, investigations and the daily sniping that goes on between the press and the president. For director Steven Spielberg, The Post makes today’s Washington politics feel like déjà...Read More
For avid fans of jazz, the music of Ronnie Laws elicits broad smiles and enthusiastic responses. No surprise, given the talent of Laws. After all, that’s what more than 50 years of constant artistry will garner. Laws is a musical sponge whose styles range from blues to funk to R&B to smooth jazz. Growing up in Houston, he launched his professional career at 12 and grew up on the musical influences of the 1950s and 1960s. “I grew up with the Jazz Crusaders (Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, Stix Hooper, Wilton Felder),” he recalled. “Those are the guys who set...Read More
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