Idris Is Impressive in Inspirational Adaptation of Revered Icon’s Autobiography

  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Film Review by Kam Williams   Nelson “Mandiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) secretly started 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. The lawyer-turned-spokesman for the outlawed African National Congress had been convicted […]

Jennifer Hudson Steals Show in Screen Adaptation of Langston Hughes Musical

  Black Nativity Film Review by Kam Williams   Naima (Jennifer Hudson) is a single-mom struggling to pay the rent on the apartment she shares with son Langston (Jacob Latimore), 15, who’s the same age she was when she had him. Back then, she was as headstrong as he is now, which explains why she ran away […]

Top Ten DVD List for November 26, 2013

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   Breaking Bad: The Complete Series   Samson & Delilah   The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection   Bill Cosby… Far From Finished   ESPN Films: Nine for IX [Gift Set]   Diagnosis Murder: The Complete Series   NFL: A Football Life – […]

For movies opening November 22, 2013

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams     BIG BUDGET FILMS   Delivery Man (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use, mature themes and brief violence) Vince Vaughn plays the title character in this baby-daddy comedy as a slacker who finds himself the subject of a class-action […]

Matthew McConaughey Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance in Bittersweet Biopic

  Dallas Buyers Club Film Review by Kam Williams   Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) was informed that he had just 30 days to live when he was diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986. At that time, the Food and Drug Administration was dragging its feet in terms of finding a cure, perhaps because AIDS was still considered by many […]

Top Ten DVD List for November 19, 2013

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   The Twilight Zone [The Complete Series]   China Beach [The Complete Series]   The World’s End / Hot Fuzz / Shaun of the Dead Trilogy   Russian Ark [Anniversary Edition]   The Day Kennedy Died   Schooled: The Price of College Sports   Egypt in […]

Biopic Revisits Life and Times of Infamous Self-Hating Jew

  Hannah Arendt DVD Review by Kam Williams   I’m not sure whether there’s a term for the Jewish equivalent of an Uncle Tom but, if there is, it would probably be applicable to Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa). Born in Germany in 1906, Hannah studied philosophy at the University of Marburg, where she became both […]

For movies opening November 15, 2013

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams   BIG BUDGET FILMS   The Best Man Holiday (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Christmas-themed sequel, set 15 years after the original, finds college pals reuniting to reminisce, find romance and revive rivalries. Ensemble includes Morris Chestnut, Nia […]

Seasonal Sequel Finds Reunited BFFs Romancing and Reminiscing

  The Best Man Holiday Film Review by Kam Williams   When released back in 1999, The Best Man was dismissed by some as merely an African-American variation on The Big Chill, and by others as the black male answer to the sassy sisters dishing the dirt in Waiting to Exhale. But the romantic romp revolving around […]

Top Ten DVD List for November 12, 2013

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Combat: The Complete Series   Barbara   Turbo   Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation   Lion of the Desert   Rising from Ashes   In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey   Polar Bears 3D […]

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