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Dwight Brown | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you step into the theater to watch this boxing movie, don't look for Rocky. Yes, you'll see and feel remnants of that spirit. But Creed is its own story. Its own franchise. It's the rebellious son that wandered out on its own. For that reason, Baby Boomers and Millennials will dig it.

Zaki's Review: Creed

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Far more than merely trading on the nostalgic fuzzies that come from revisiting a beloved movie institution, Creed confidently builds on Rocky's forty years of accumulated good vibes to blaze its own trail, mining a potent vein of raw emotion in the process.

Zaki's Review: Spotlight

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.17.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Spotlight is about exactly what traditional journalism can and should be: finding the truth, even if it threatens entrenched power structures.

3 Reasons to See By the Sea, 1 Reason to Skip It

Tara McNamara | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

By the Sea is about a couple who take up residence at a quiet, seaside resort in France, an idyllic place for the husband to work on his next novel as well as his crumbling 14-year marriage. It's intended as an homage to 1960s and 70s European cinema, but is it for you?


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 1987 Mugabe became President with unbridled powers over other branches of the government and army. Enter the very alarming and revealing documentary Democrats, which thoroughly catalogues the constitutional process and how difficult it is to remove an embedded leader.

Zaki's Review: Spectre

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Spectre isn't the worst Bond movie, nor is it the best. It's a little too long, a little too indulgent, and a little too scattered to be top tier 007, but it nonetheless benefits from solid action sequences and the sizable reservoir of audience goodwill for this franchise. I


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

"Burnt" Is Not As Hot As It Should Be

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Bradley Cooper plays a smoldering chef in the new film "Burnt" but somehow the makers of the movie just didn't make him or the movie hot enough.

How to Solve the Energy Crisis: The Story of FEMME

Marilyn Tam | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marilyn Tam

"What do you do?" I dread that question because the answer is complicated. People often ask this question in order to place the subject into a neat bo...

3 Delicious Reasons to See Burnt, 1 Bitter Reason Why Not

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Does Burnt deliver on its mouth-watering premise... or it's title? Here's what you need to know.

"Steve Jobs" Talks Too Much

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The new biopic "Steve Jobs" is as much about Aaron Sorkin's screenplay as it is about the man behind Apple. Sorkin's "walk and talk" way of delivering cogent dialogue dominates the film from beginning to end and is the best part of the movie and the worst.

Zaki's Review: Steve Jobs

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Like Aaron Sorkin's work on The Social Network before it, Steve Jobs isn't meant to serve as historical document of a man, but rather a meditation on a movement.

Spotlight: The Struggles of Faith, Religion and Abuse

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Bruce Reyes-Chow

While the topic was painful and could have been expressed in a way to manipulate and shock, Spotlight tenderly and honestly showed the ways in which abuse impacts people at every connection point.


Dwight Brown | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

After the film's abrupt ending, audiences may wonder why Pankhurst or suffrage martyrs such as Emily Wilding Davison were not the subject of this well-intentioned and well-crafted production.

3 Reasons Why You Should See Crimson Peak, 1 Reason Why Not

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Crimson Peak is the latest macabre spectacle from Guillermo del Toro, the prolific producer who returns to writing and directing in the style he's best known -- horror that's as beautiful as it is shocking.

ReThink Review: Room - A World to Create, Protect, and Discover

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Room is one of the year's most surprising and touching movies, which could have never happened without Larson and Tremblay's totally believable performances that turn the story of a horrifying kidnapping into a celebration of the transcendent bonds between parents and their children.

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

3 Reasons Why You Should See Bridge of Spies, 1 Reason Why You Shouldn't

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Steven Spielberg directs. Tom Hanks stars. Joel and Ethan Coen co-write. The list goes on and on, nearly every member of the cast and crew is heavily trophied and an expert in their field. When filmmakers of this caliber collaborate, it's something to behold -- the evidence is in the details.

ReThink Review: Knock Knock -- Eli Roth's Anti-Infidelity PSA

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you were married to a famous filmmaker and that person cheated on you, how would you make that person pay for it? One possibility is that you could force your philandering spouse to write and direct a movie like Knock Knock, an infidelity cautionary tale written and directed by horror prince Eli Roth and starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, and Roth's real-life wife Lorenza Izzo.

Zaki's Review: Pan

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In this age of franchises, trilogies, and shared universes, it's not altogether surprising that we now have Pan, director Joe Wright's prequel depicting an abandoned orphan's inevitable journey to becoming the flightiest kid in Never Land.

Zaki's Review: The Martian

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I first read Andy Weir's bestseller The Martian a little over a year ago. Actually, "inhaled" might be a better word to use. The story, about an astronaut stranded on Mars, his struggle to survive and the struggles on Earth to try and bring him home, is about as gripping a book as I've ever consumed,

The Week in Movies: The Walk, The Martian

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The New York Film Festival is underway and two of the biggest commercial titles of the fall are in its lineup. (They also happen to be opening this week). Neither of these lives up to the hype, though I recognize that will be a distinctly minority opinion.

3 Reasons You Should See The Martian, 1 Reason Why You Shouldn't

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Matt Damon stars as an astronaut left for dead on the planet Mars. As it turns out, he is not dead, but by the time he comes to consciousness, his space shuttle, crew, and capability to communicate with NASA are long gone.

The Martian

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Flashback to the films Interstellar and Gravity. This latest voyage into outer space places itself firmly between the two. It's not as sterile as the former and not nearly as entrancing as the latter. The entertainment value is steady, but once the premise is set, the storyline becomes predictable.

Zaki's Review: Sicario

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Emily Blunt leads the cast of famous and familiar faces as Kate Macer, an FBI agent who's recruited by CIA handler Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to assist in their operations just over the Tex-Mex border after increasingly brazen (and horrifying) encroachments Stateside by the cartels.