Streep Heads Stellar Cast in Melodramatic Adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play

  August: Osage County Film Review by Kam Williams   In 2008, August: Osage County not only won a Pulitzer Prize, but it also took home a quintet of Tony Awards, including Best Play. However, the screen version of Tracy Letts’ haunting tale about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family is unlikely to be as well-received, given […]

For movies opening January 3, 2014

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams   BIG BUDGET FILMS   Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R for violence, drug use, graphic nudity and pervasive profanity) Fifth installment in the horror franchise finds partygoers being pursued by supernatural forces while trying to save a […]

Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

  The 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2013 by Kam Williams   While 2013 may be remembered for black-themed films like 42, The Butler, Fruitvale Station and early Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave, there were plenty of other excellent offerings released over the course of the year. The summer season alone […]

Joaquin Phoenix Pushes Envelope Again in Another Mindbending Adventure

  Her Film Review by Kam Williams   A few years ago, Joaquin Phoenix released I’m Not Here, a novel mockumentary which chronicled his supposed retirement from acting in favor of a career in rap music. What made the movie mesmerizing was how hard it was to tell whether or not he’d really had it with […]

Damon and Foster Match Wits in Futuristic Sci-Fi Thriller

  Elysium DVD Review by Kam Williams It’s 2154, a time when the Earth has become so polluted and overpopulated that all of the idle rich have abandoned the planet to loll in the lap of luxury on a state-of-the-art space station. Their decadent enclave, Elysium, looks suspiciously similar to Beverly Hills, being dotted with […]

Retro Dramedy Revisits Abscam Scandal during Gaudy Disco Era

  American Hustle Film Review by Kam Williams   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, a contraction of Arab Scam. […]

Period Piece Recounts Disney Effort to Secure Rights to Mary Poppins

  Saving Mr. Banks Film Review by Kam Williams   P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was the pen name of Helen Lyndon Goff (1899-1996), the creator of the children’s classic “Mary Poppins.” When his daughters were young, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) promised to turn their favorite book into a movie, since they were so enchanted by the British […]

For movies opening Christmas Day 2013

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams BIG BUDGET FILMS 47 Ronin (PG-13 for intense violence, disturbing images and mature themes) Martial arts saga, set in 18th C. Japan, about a biracial outcast (Keanu Reeves) who joins a group of grieving samurai seeking vengeance for the […]

Top Ten DVD List for December 24, 2013

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   More than Honey   Caesar Must Die   Una Noche   Killing Oswald   Craft in America: Holiday   Frontline: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria   Riddick   The Berlin File   Insidious: Chapter 2   The Family   […]

Blacktrospective 2013

  by Kam Williams Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Best in Black Cinema   Best Wide Release Black Films   1.                  The Butler 2.                  42 3.                  12 Years a Slave 4.                  Fruitvale Station 5.                  The Best Man Holiday 6.                  Black Nativity 7.                  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 8.                  Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain 9.                  A Madea Christmas 10.              Temptation     Best Independent Films   1.                  The Inevitable Defeat […]

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