Saturday, May 18, 2019

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum


Interestingly, even though Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 3 —Parabellum delivers deliciously brutal set pieces where our hero (Keanu Reeves) dispatches with zen master efficiency armies of bounty hunters, its biggest stomach-turner is a stoic ballerina pulling off a toenail.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Guava Island



Donald Glover's "This is America" was more Fela Kuti than minstrel provocateur to me. Glover continues his indictment of racial and cultural oppression in his peculiar but pleasing "Guava Island," where he is a guileless singer angering island bosses while lifting people's spirits.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Long Shot



Jonathan Levine's gushily giddy Long Shot is not pitching the believability of a lovely gov't officer (Charlize Theron) falling for an untidy news reporter (Seth Rogen), an old childhood friend. Rather it appears to be hawking principles over politics, a more interesting premise.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Amazing Grace



When Aretha's Amazing Grace was released in June 1972, my grandmother heard a bit of a friend's and had to have it. I was dispatched to make the buy. I took D.C. Transit to Northeast; copped the record for 10 bucks. Mama played nothing else that summer. She would LOVE the movie.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Avengers: Endgame



Avengers: Endgame lingers on some wonderfully affecting moments among the surviving members of this dysfunctional but lovable family as they suit up for a battle royal for all existing chips. Downey's Iron Man is once again the MVP but all of the graying originals take their bow.

If it is about anything other than superheroes and supervillains ~ and it most certainly is ~ it rings most clearly and passionately about humanity's capacity to heal after catastrophic losses and to resist evil. It is wild and jokey but also touching and profound.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Homecoming



Beyonce’s documentary Homecoming is part concert film / part journal / part tribute to Black collegiate culture but wholly splendid as a testament to Bey’s discipline, genius as an iconic performer and her power as a spokesperson for marginalized people — in and out of the Hive.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ramy



Comedian Ramy Youseff's self-titled sitcom on Hulu combines familiar American millennial disaffection with Muslim identity codes and conflicts to create a bracingly provocative and funny series about Ramy's search for happiness and God, praying they won't be mutually exclusive.

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Interestingly, even though Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 3 —Parabellum delivers deliciously brutal set pieces where our hero (K...