Sidney: A Revealing Documentary of Sidney Poitier

The late Sidney Poitier gets a revealing documentary in a two-hour film directed by Reginald Hudlin and produced by Oprah Winfrey. Unfortunately I missed getting the opportunity to see Sidney during its Toronto premiere screenings. I had one screening on my schedule but one must listen to their body when it needs sleep. In any event, I finally had the chance to sit down and watch ahead of its release on Apple TV+. Leave it…

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Glory: One of The Best Civil War Movies

Even though the 54th Massachusetts lost half of their numbers during the climactic battle, Glory remains one of the best Civil War films. The film mixes both real and fictional people in their efforts to tell the 54th’s story. Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is the 54th’s commanding officer. His letters also help to inform the film’s script. Shaw is joined by friend Major Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes) in his efforts to command the…

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The LEGO Movie: The Best Animated Film of 2014

Over eight years after its theatrical release, The LEGO Movie is a beautifully animated film that remains one of the best films of 2014. This film should have been nominated by the Academy for Best Animated Feature. Unfortunately, the Academy voters will have to live with this–among others–mistake. I love everything about this film from the humor to the music to the casting. What I love about the film is that it’s able to transcend…

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The Long Way Home: From WWII to Israel

The Long Way Home follows the years in the aftermath of the Holocaust in which Jews are displaced and have nowhere else to go. The film starts with a quote from Exodus 13: “When Pharaoh let the people go, G-d did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near…But G-d led the people round by way of the wilderness…” Per the film’s on-screen text, the voices are taken…

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The Shawshank Redemption Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

The Shawshank Redemption arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time as the film approaches it’s 27th anniversary since its release. Frank Darabont, a screenwriter at the time, made the film his directorial feature debut. Darabont based his script on  novella by Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. He would follow it up a few years later with The Green Mile. In doing so, he is one of six filmmakers to see…

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Offers More Of The Same

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard features solid chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson but the sequel offers more of the same. As action movies go, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) are the last two people you would think of when it comes to a team-up. And yet, here we are watching them go at it…again. It’s funny though. Bryce wanted nothing more than to just go to Italy…

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Sundance 2021: Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It is an eye-opening documentary exploring the life of EGOT winner Rita Moreno. Rita Moreno is among the select few to receive the EGOT.  She also is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and many more.  The list of honors goes on and on.  But awards are not all there is to her story.  She persevered in the industry…

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The Dark Knight Rises: A Stellar Conclusion

The Dark Knight Rises manages to bring Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy to an end with a thrilling and stellar conclusion. The closing chapter certainly changes up the pace after the first two films delivered a strong focus on organize crime.  Gone are the Falcone and Maroni crime families.  The terrorizing Bane (Tom Hardy) steps into replace them eight years after Harvey Dent’s death.  Thanks to the Dent Act, many criminals are behind bars.  Oh, does…

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The Dark Knight: A Comic Book Movie Masterpiece

The Dark Knight represents a masterpiece in filmmaking as Christopher Nolan takes the Batman Begins sequel to an entirely new level. After the opening introduces us to the Joker (Heath Ledger), we learn that Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale), District Attorney Harvey Dent (Harvey Dent), and Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) have formed an alliance together.  Their mission is to take out Gotham’s criminals.  It would be beneficial for Bruce, who would prefer to retire and go back to…

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Batman Begins: The Start Of A New Era

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins had a lot riding on it nearly a decade after Batman and Robin practically killed the franchise in theaters. The Batman origin story that we’ve been waiting for!  The film starts with Bruce Wayne and childhood friend Rachel Dawes fighting over an arrowhead, only to end up with Bruce being attacked by a swarm of bats when he falls down a well.  We then play witness to one of the tragic…

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