For movies opening March 21, 2014

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening March 21, 2014     BIG BUDGET FILMS   Divergent (PG-13 for intense violence, mature themes and some sensuality) Futuristic sci-fi, set in a supposedly-utopian society where people are segregated by personality, although anyone who fails […]

Rap Mogul Reaps Benefits from Meditation Regimen

Russell Simmons The “Success through Stillness” Interview with Kam Williams Rap Mogul Reaps Benefits from Meditation Regimen Master entrepreneur and visionary Russell Simmons has influenced virtually all aspects of business and media: in music with the cofounding of the immensely successful Def Jam Recordings; in the fashion industry with the trailblazing Phat Pharm, Baby Phat, […]

Couples’ Lives Intertwine Incestuously in Gender-Blending Brooklyn Drama

The Happy Sad DVD Review by Kam Williams Couples’ Lives Intertwine Incestuously in Gender-Blending Brooklyn Drama   Stan (Cameron Scoggins) and Annie (Sorel Carradine) are a young couple in crisis. She recently informed him over brunch in a Brooklyn bistro that she wanted to take a break “to figure things out.” Flabbergasted Stan pressured her for an explanation, so she lied and said […]

Top Ten DVD List for March 18, 2014

This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams     Top Ten DVD List for March 18, 2014   American Hustle http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GMV8LIO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Frozen http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00G5G7K7O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HEM9Q16/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The Dukes of September Live http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HUQC3U2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Frontline: To Catch a Trader http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HUTPK0Y/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Saving Mr. Banks http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HT944D4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The Happy Sad http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00I3SPDLC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   […]

Ten-Time Oscar-Nominated Dramedy Due on DVD

American Hustle DVD Review by Kam Williams Ten-Time Oscar-Nominated Dramedy Due on DVD   In the late Seventies, a half-dozen Congressmen along with a United States Senator were caught on camera taking bribes from FBI agents posing as wealthy Arab sheiks. The elaborate sting in which the disgraced politicians became ensnared was code named Abscam, […]

Bale, Affleck and Whitaker Co-Star in Raw Revenge Thriller

Out of the Furnace DVD Review by Kam Williams Bale, Affleck and Whitaker Co-Star in Raw Revenge Thriller   Russell Baze’s (Christian Bale) is stuck in a dead-end job at a rural Pennsylvania steel mill rumored to be closing soon. He’s not in a position to abandon the Rust Belt in search of greener pastures, […]

12-Step Documentary Rethinks Addiction

  The Anonymous People Film Review by Kam Williams 12-Step Documentary Rethinks Addiction Once an addict always an addict? Or is substance abuse an affliction one can kick completely? That’s the subject tackled by The Anonymous People, a groundbreaking documentary which seeks to radically revise the way we view the over 23 million folks in […]

Adaptation of South African Icon’s Autobiography Arrives on DVD

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom DVD Review by Kam Williams   Adaptation of South African Icon’s Autobiography Arrives on DVD   Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) started secretly writing his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” while still serving what he had every reason to believe might very well be a life sentence on Robben Island. […]

Coen Bros Tribute to Folk Music Comes to DVD

Inside Llewyn Davis DVD Review by Kam Williams Coen Bros Tribute to Folk Music Comes to DVD   It’s Greenwich Village in the middle of the winter of 1961, and Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is so down on his luck that he can’t afford an overcoat, let alone a place to live. The fledgling folksinger’s fortunes […]

Bride-to-Be Gets Cold Feet in Cross-Cultural Comedy

  Shirin in Love Film Review by Kam Williams Bride-to-Be Gets Cold Feet in Cross-Cultural Comedy Shirin (Nazanin Boniadi) has never really found the courage to pursue her own dreams. For example, after graduating from college and law school, instead of going into practice, she moved back home and began writing book reviews for BH […]

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