Toronto 2020: One Night In Miami…

In her first turn as a feature film director, Oscar-winning actress Regina King hits a home run on the first try with One Night In Miami… A more than brief prologue sets the tone of the film before we ever see the title on screen.  One by one, we’re introduced to the major players Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.).  The main action…

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The Descendants: George Clooney’s Career-Best

George Clooney manages to turn in a career-best performance as a father of two daughters in the Hawaiian-set The Descendants. Alexander Payne adapts Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel for the screen in true cinematic fashion.  Because of the whole cheating aspect, this probably isn’t a film that could have been released during the Production Code era.  Regardless, it’s one of my favorite films from 2011.  In a perfect world, George Clooney would have won an Oscar…

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Sundance 2019: Words from a Bear

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear is a new American Masters documentary celebrating the life of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American author. To say that N. Scott Momaday is a celebrated storyteller would not be an understatement.  The 1960s were an interesting time in America.  I think this goes without saying.  The fact that he took home the Pulitzer Prize for his work says even more because this was a guy who wrote…

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Tribeca 2018: All About Nina

All About Nina is a highly personal film grounded in the world of stand-up comedy that delves into Me, Too territory. Nina Geld (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a rising comedian in New York City and she’s crassier than Sarah Silverman.  Listen, stand-up comedy is no doubt dominated by men and Nina has worked her butt off to get to where she is today.  Her sets come through with raw talent and emotion.  On the other…

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