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THE MAURITANIAN (IN THEATRES)

Admittedly, I had not heard of, nor read the book, “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Salahi;  a portrait of endurance despite horrific odds; he was imprisoned for fourteen years, on the flimsy pretext of an affiliation with Osama Bin Laden, at Guantanamo Bay; he was never charged; Salhi is blazingly, percipiently depicted by French actor Tahar Rahim (“The Prophet”); maintaining ... Read More »

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (HBOMAX) & IN THEATRES

Director Shaka King’s docudrama unveils, without sensationalism, the rise of the Black Panther Movement and its leader, Fred Hampton (1948-1969); Daniel Kaluuya is superb in capturing Hampton’s passion, dedication and vision in championing, recognizing that black lives do matter and deserve respect; poetically inspirational, with oratorical might Kaluuya gifts Hampton the lionization he earned and, especially in retrospect, deserves. Chicago, ... Read More »

MALCOLM & MARIE (NETFLIX)

A portrait of ugliness unseen since “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (which was remarkable). Sam Levinson (Barry’s son) pits actors John David Washington and Zendaya (aka Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) in a late night vivisection of souls and psyches, a mastication of meanness, cruelty ripped from the depths of heartlessness; one critic stated “after twenty minutes” exit, the bludgeoning, ... Read More »

THE SINNER, SEASON 3 (NETFLIX)

Abashedly, I did not invest in the first two seasons; no apparent reason; the virtual milieu is bloated with multitudes of culprits, “sinners” and their motives, perpetually titillating my curiosity; the third season’s lure was the actor Matt Bomer. Like actors Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Thierry Godard, Ben Whishaw, Bomer is not dancing at the pinnacle of one’s roster of ... Read More »

THE LITTLE THINGS (HBO MAX)

A trio of Academy Award Winners give it their optimum to generate suspense in director John Lee Hancock’s “The Little Things”: Denzel Washington, always captivating, depicts Deputy Sheriff “Joe Deacon” haunted by an aged blunder; Rami Malek, Detective “Jim Baxter”, too slight for the role, and the weakest character,  doomed from the onset to topple from the marketable pedestal the ... Read More »

SUPERNOVA (IN THEATERS)

Supernovas are celestial, ephemeral stars, whose explosions, for moments, blaze center stage in a firmament, theatre, of unparalleled transcendence; oftentimes delegated to those who die, before their audience is requited: John F. Kennedy and his son John Jr., James Dean, Princess Diana, River Phoenix, Sylvia Plath, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Kobe Bryant. Director Harry Macqueen with actors Stanley Tucci (“Tusker”) and ... Read More »

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (AMAZON PRIME)

Carey Mulligan, along with actors, (to name a few) Natalie Portman, Jodi Foster, Emma Watson, Lupita Nyong’o has a rarefied intelligence quotient; being smart is the characterizing trait of “Cassandra” a coffee counter-girl, pursuing, diligently, men who prey on inebriated women; her virtuosity is disquieting and Mulligan is masterful in the role. Except for the finale “Promising Young Woman” directed ... Read More »

NEWS OF THE WORLD (ON DEMAND AND STREAMING SERVICES)

Inimitable Tom Hanks adds to his repertoire of captivating characters with his elucidation of “Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd”, a Civil War veteran, traveling the untutored west in 1870, preaching the “news of the world”, in layman terms, a town crier; Hanks imbues Kidd with a refined elegance, dignity, a compelling grace, but when tested, his ire cannot be bested; discovering ... Read More »

HERSELF (AMAZON PRIME) & PIECES OF A WOMAN (NETFLIX)

Two ambitious films excavating the lives of women, justifiably, “on the verge of a nervous breakdown”. “HERSELF” directed by Phyllida Lloyd, starring writer and actor Clare Dunn, focuses on abused wife/mother “Sandra”; she is destitute, living on state benefits, residing in a hotel with her two young daughters (enchanting depictions by Molly McCann and Ruby Rose O’Hara), eking out a ... Read More »

MINI MUSINGS TO BID SO LONG, FAREWELL, AUF WIEDERSEHEN, ADIEU TO 2020

“THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7”  (NETFLIX) Director Aaron Sorkin once again uses his magical might in creating a pristine reminiscence of a bleak period in American history; 1968, Democratic National Convention disrupted by factions against the Vietnam War: Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen, physical facsimile); Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne); Mark Rylance and Frank Langella are expert renditions of William Kunstler and ... Read More »

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