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Deepwater Horizon: A Film Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.03.2016 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

On April 20, 2010, 41 miles southeast of the Louisiana Coast, the worst oil disaster in U.S. history struck. It was a human-made disaster not a natura...

Oliver Stone's New Movie 'Snowden' Tackles the Myth

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.15.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

Snowden is a helluva movie, kicking an audience's ass on a number of levels. I had a chance to see the film at a preview event; it opens everywhere on September 16. Go see it.

'A Monster Calls' Imagines A Fitful Blend Of Fantasy And Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.09.2016 | Entertainment

“A Monster Calls” begins with a nightmare. Against gray skies, the earth shakes. The ground of a vast cemetery splits open. Gravestones erupt and ...

The Music Of Strangers: A Film Review By Dr. Lloyd Sederer

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The barbarity of the Orlando club massacre casts a pall on our civilization. Yet, as many have said, what we need more than anything in the wake of su...

FILM REVIEW: Art in Heaven

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Peter Clothier

In the opening scene in Jessica Elisa Boyd's profoundly moving new short movie, Art in Heaven, we find her protagonist, William, an Anglican priest, i...

Why Black Folks Must See Chi-Raq, Even If You Think It May Be Wack

Patti R. Rose | Posted 12.22.2016 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

Spike Lee, we can't be mad at you, For using your creativity is what you do. My ire is directed more towards those, Who are angry that Chi-Raq is in couplets not prose

The Professionals (1966) Retrospective

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 08.30.2016 | Arts
Michael D. Shaw

It takes no great insight to observe that all art--and the movies are no exception--reflects the predominant cultural biases of its era. So, how does this Western stack up after 49 years? Let's take a look...

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Retrospective

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Michael D. Shaw

This vastly overrated clunker fooled everyone except its original theatrical audience. The pic bombed on release, but wowed the critics at the time, right on down to the present day.

'It Follows' Won't Leave Me Alone

Scott Russell | Posted 06.01.2016 | Entertainment
Scott Russell

It Follows is a killer thriller that stays with you. Even as I write these words, more than six weeks after seeing the film, I can't listen to a single note of its soundtrack without shuddering and casting a nervous glance over each shoulder.

Get Hard: A Review

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Check your social consciousness at the door. Forget the formulaic script and lackluster direction. Get Hard features two genius comic actors working their craft like magicians. Hart and Ferrell make this movie raunchy, silly, hysterical and fun.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Cinderella With Whips and Chains

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 05.16.2015 | Entertainment
Ronald Tiersky

Deep down it's a Cinderella story, Cinderella in bondage. Rather than kissed by a froggy Prince she's made to sign a contract for submission with rules and regulations, including the compulsory 'this will stop anytime you say.'

No Bird? A Film Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Whether or not you subscribe to the essentially Romantic belief that greatness comes from suffering, Whiplash is a compelling teacher/student story and an intense study of the discipline and training that it takes to become a top-ranked musician.

A Review of 'American Sniper'

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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.