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A Review of 'American Sniper'

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

His steely, icy demeanor gave Chris Kyle a steady aim, but didn't protect him from the fragile aftermath of war, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The film fluctuates between his achievements in battle and his ordeal back at home.

Selma

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented.

Richard Pryor Haunts Top Five

Andy Hoglund | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.

Top Five

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

The Oscar Race Is in Full Swing!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.05.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

In response to a reader who emailed me that 'there is nothing out there to see these days,' I can only refer her to the following list and suggest she start at the top of the list and work her way down. The viewing is fine!

How to Get Someone to Change His Mind: A Film Review of Diplomacy

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

As a psychiatrist, I loved the movie. I saw enacted how to change the mind of someone resolute in his decision. Life or death can hang in the balance, as it did in the film and as it does, for example, in mental health care and countless other instances when someone has exited from reason and responsibility.

St. Vincent

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.22.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you hire Bill Murray to star in your comedy, his eccentric curmudgeon persona comes with the deal. First-time screenwriter/director Theodore Melfi knew that and desperately wanted Murray to star in his movie, which is based on a true-life experience.

Dear White People

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Here One Day: A Documentary Film Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This award-winning documentary has many answers to the unnerving questions that suicide evokes.

Boyhood: Not Exactly a Film Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Our armed forces are worthy of the respect that they receive. What turns boys to men is this kind of ritualized initiation -- a process that's significantly lacking in the development of the youngster who's portrayed in Boyhood, as it is to the majority of us today.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

A one-star French restaurant distinguishes the village and draws diners from near and far. Madame Mallory (the regal Helen Mirren), a widow, rules the place with every detail of the restaurant and every hair on her head in place. She dreams of achieving a second Michelin star.

'Ida': A Film Review by Dr. Lloyd Sederer

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This is a film destined to become a modern classic. It reaches deep into what makes us human, and inhuman, and has the authority to leave us feeling that there is grace to be found if we can bear it.

RAILWAY MEN: A Film Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

I could not help but think of that other Burma Railway movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, directed by David Lean and based on the short story ...

The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Starr

I thought, "Oh yet another prisoner of war film." In its stripped down raw simplicity that's true. But this film will transport you to the hellish inner sanctum of torture experiences like none other -- with an amazing surprise ending.

This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

How Do Actors Act?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

How do (good) actors get us, the audience, to suspend belief -- even recognition -- of the person behind the actor's mask so we can enter the different reality they have created?

August: Osage County. Why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Are Like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Tony Potts | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

Don't get me wrong. It's funny here and there. Funny as in this situation is so absurd/awkward it's funny. Funny as in biting humor with razor sharp teeth laced with tabasco sauce. And I love tabasco sauce.

A Rabbinic Take on Gravity

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Gravity reminds us of the uncertainty and danger inherent in living, but it also reminds us that crisis can be the catalyst of new understandings about ourselves and the world around us.

How 'Last Vegas' Convinced Me There's Life After 70

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I have been looking forward to seeing Last Vegas since I saw the trailer for it as a coming attraction.

Mickey, Machete and Juliet

Jon Eig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I haven't seen Captain Phillips yet. Obviously, it's the best new movie of the week. Its 8 on IMDb dwarfs the three new movies I did see, which average a 5.5. All in all, a rather dreary week.

LA Elba... Banishment

Peter Mehlman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.

Is Thanks for Sharing an Honest Look Inside Sex Addiction Recovery?

Robert Weiss | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Robert Weiss

The new film Thanks for Sharing, along with Shame and hopefully Don Jon, which releases Sept. 27, are a great leap forward in our public understanding of the very real problem of sexual addiction.