18th C. Biopic Revisits Life of Ex-Slave Raised as Aristocrat

  Belle Film Review by Kam Williams 18th C. Biopic Revisits Life of Ex-Slave Raised as Aristocrat   Born in the West Indies in 1761, Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was the product of the taboo union of Mary Belle, an African slave, and John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), a British ship captain. Upon Mary’s death, the concerned […]

Siblings Adjust to Menopause in Entertaining Tale of Female Empowerment

  The M Word Film Review by Kam Williams  Siblings Adjust to Menopause in Entertaining Tale of Female Empowerment             Menopause apparently affects women differently, even if they happen to share the same genes, as is the case with Carson (Frances Fisher), Rita (Mary Crosby) and Louise (Eliza Roberts). Each of these sisters is struggling to […]

This Week’s DVD Releases

This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for April 22, 2014 The Address http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HUAH02O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Sleep, My Love http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00H8J2KZE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0062KMDWU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Suspect http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HRJVHMW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Black Nativity http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00H4IH0MC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Easy Yoga: The Secret to Strength and Balance http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HUAGZKW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Chances Are [25th Anniversary Edition] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00D2UMHGA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age […]

Gettysburg Address Revisited Via Novel Ken Burns Documentary

The Address DVD Review by Kam Williams   Gettysburg Address Revisited Via Novel Ken Burns Documentary On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to dedicate a cemetery at the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The President kept his remarks to a mere two minutes, paling in length to […]

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening April 25, 2014     BIG BUDGET FILMS   Brick Mansions (PG-13 for profanity, sexual menacing, gunplay, drug use and pervasive violence) Remake of the French action-thriller District B-13, now set in a dystopian, walled-in Detroit, and […]

You Gotta See Taraji!

Taraji P. Henson The “From the Rough”Interview with Kam Williams You Gotta See Taraji! Taraji P. Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. She is a 2011 Emmy-nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Lifetime’s TAKEN FROM […]

Best Picture Nominee Comes to DVD

Philomena DVD Review by Kam Williams   Best Picture Nominee Comes to DVD   Philomena Lee (Dame Judi Dench) made a big mistake as a teenager, namely, having unprotected sex with a cute boy (D.J. McGrath) she had just met at a carnival. The naive girl was left pregnant by the one-night stand, which was […]

Movies opening April 18, 2014

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening April 18, 2014     BIG BUDGET FILMS   Bears (G) John C. Reilly narrates this nature documentary, set in the Alaska wilderness, chronicling a year in the life of a family of brown bears with a […]

Adaptation of Langston Hughes Holiday Musical Arrives on DVD

Black Nativity DVD Review by Kam Williams Adaptation of Langston Hughes Holiday Musical Arrives on DVD   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 […]

Gettysburg Revisited

Ken Burns “The Address” Interview with Kam Williams   Gettysburg Revisited     Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated BROOKLYN BRIDGE in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.   Burns was the director, […]

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