Native Son: Compelling, falls short

Native Son is a compelling film with strong performances but I can’t help but feel that something is lost in updating the story for present day. Like the novel its based on, Native Son is set in Chicago.  Instead of the 1930s, Suzan-Lori Parks updates the story for a contemporary telling.  Is this a good idea?  I don’t know.  I haven’t read the novel written by Richard Wright so I’m not in a position to compare the…

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Arizona: The Housing Recession Gets Bloody

The wildly outrageous Arizona is the result of what happens when a disgruntled client takes matters into his own hands during the housing crisis. Real estate agent Cassie (Rosemarie DeWitt) is working to make ends meet while raising her daughter, Morgan (Lolli Sorenson).  It’s among the worst times in modern history to be a real estate agent but somebody has to do the job.  She shares custody with her ex-husband, Scott (Luke Wilson).  He’s since…

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