Sylvie’s Love: A Charming Period Drama

Sylvie’s Love is a charming period drama making its arrival on Amazon Prime after being selected for Sundance earlier this year. The film starts out in the early 1960s before flashing back to 1957.  Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) wants to work in television but for now, she’s spending her summer working at her dad’s record store.  Meanwhile, her fiancé (in an arranged marriage) isn’t back from the war yet.  Looking at the time period, this is…

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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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Angel Has Fallen: Somehow, We Got A Trilogy

I don’t know what we as a society did to deserve a Has Fallen trilogy but Angel Has Fallen certainly isn’t going to raise the bar. Aaron Eckhart does not return as President Benjamin Asher. There’s not a single mention of him in the film. In any event, Morgan Freeman’s Allan Trumbull is now the president. Serving as Trumbull’s Vice President is Martin Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson).  Gerard Butler also reprises his role as everyone’s…

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Tribeca 2018: Little Woods

Tessa Thompson and Lily James go above and beyond as a pair of sisters in Nia DaCosta’s feature debut, Little Woods. We’re introduced to Ollie (Tessa Thompson), a woman struggling in Little Woods, North Dakota.  It’s a small town with so many people suffering due to the economy.  Ollie is looking to escape the city and move where she can make a better life for herself.  Gone are the days where Ollie would take prescription…

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