Tag Archives: David Oyelowo

A Wrinkle in Time

BE A WARRIOR.  Teenager Meg Murry (Storm Reid) travels together with her six-year-old brother and a friend of hers to a different dimension where they might find out what happened to Meg’s father (Chris Pine), a scientist who disappeared four years ago. Disney’s gamble, betting on a 3D fantasy adventure directed by someone with little … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time

A Most Violent Year

THE RESULT IS NEVER IN QUESTION, JUST THE PATH YOU TAKE TO GET THERE. In 1981, New York City businessman Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is trying to handle a new threat against his company – someone is organizing hijackings of his heating-oil trucks. A portrait of a world that isn’t necessarily criminal in nature, but … Continue reading A Most Violent Year

Selma: Battle on a Bridge

ONE DREAM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. When Ava DuVernay was hired to direct this movie, which would become an explosive breakthrough for her after a few independent films, she focused on Martin Luther King’s speeches. She didn’t have the right to use them in Selma because the King estate had licensed the copyright to DreamWorks … Continue reading Selma: Battle on a Bridge

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth

Red Tails

COURAGE HAS NO COLOR. In 1944, the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots, finally get a chance to prove their mettle in Italy. A dream project for executive producer George Lucas since the 1980s that never quite feels anchored in reality. The battles up in the air are vivid but rarely look like … Continue reading Red Tails

The Paperboy

In 1969, reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his younger brother (Zac Efron) are investigating the background behind an upcoming execution, helped by a woman (Nicole Kidman) who’s fallen in love with the convict. The dark novel has fans, but the movie is more of a guilty pleasure. A steamy, dirty Southern tale with no … Continue reading The Paperboy

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Jack Reacher

THE LAW HAS LIMITS. HE DOES NOT. When Pittsburgh police arrest a man they believe shot and killed five people, he has only one request – that they contact Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), a mysterious former Army investigator. Cruise goes Clint Eastwood in this first adaptation of one of Lee Child’s pulp novels; he may … Continue reading Jack Reacher

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

EVOLUTION BECOMES REVOLUTION. In the near future, San Francisco scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) has invented a drug that is supposed to cure Alzheimer’s… but its most dramatic effect is on apes in experiments that leave them significantly smarter. This reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise shares ideas with Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but … Continue reading Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Last King of Scotland: Doctor to a Dictator

CHARMING. MAGNETIC. MURDEROUS.  A few years ago I read a book called “State of Blood”, a depiction of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s murderous regime, that had been published while Amin was still in power. The author was his former Minister of Health, Henry Kyemba, who had realized just how dangerous and insane his boss was … Continue reading Last King of Scotland: Doctor to a Dictator