Movie Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

IF BEALE STREET COLD TALK | © 2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parrish, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne, Brian Tyree Henry, Finn Wittrock Writer: Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin Director: Barry Jenkins Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: December 14, 2018 IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK opens with an onscreen quote from the late James Baldwin, who wrote the novel on which the film is based. The actual Beale Street, he tells us, is located in New Orleans. His father, and Louis Armstrong, and jazz, all came from there. Metaphorically, Baldwin continues, all black […]Read On »

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TV Review: MISSING – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Sean Bean, Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Adriano Giannini, Nick Eversman and Tereza Voriskova in MISSING - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Ashley Judd, Sean Bean, Cliff Curtis, Adrian Giannini, Nick Eversman, Keith Carradine, Aunjanue Ellis, Gina McKee, Laura Donnelly Writer: Gregory Poirier, series created by Gregory Poirier Director: Stephen Shill Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: March 15, 2012 CIA field agents are widely imagined to be able to do anything. MISSING takes this notion, combines it with the ferocity of a mother’s love for her child, then sets the premise – and leading lady Ashley Judd – loose all over Europe. Judd plays Rebecca Winstone, who we meet as she talks on the phone to her beloved […]Read On »

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DVD Movie Review: THE RESIDENT

THE RESIDENT - DVD box art

Rating: R Stars: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Aunjanue Ellis Writers: Antti Jokinen & Robert Orr Director: Antti Jokinen Distributor: Image Entertainment Release Date: March 29, 2011 Hammer Films is back in business, and THE RESIDENT is true to that venerable studio’s old form, even including a supporting turn from that company’s biggest star, Christopher Lee. These are probably good reasons to see THE RESIDENT, which hews a little too closely to the old days in style. What was deemed terrifying in the ‘50s and ‘60s is now a bit tame, and what was accepted as […]Read On »

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