Movie Review: THE PUBLIC

THE PUBLIC movie poster | ©2019 Greenwich Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Emilio Estevez Director: Emilio Estevez Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment (theatrical), Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (all media) Release Date: (theatrical) April 5, 2019 THE PUBLIC takes its title from the Cincinatti, Ohio Public Library, where most of the action is set. It is a fact that quite a few homeless people in cities all over the U.S. use public libraries not only as sources of information, but also as daytime shelters to get in out of the elements. It’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUPERFLY

SUPERFLY movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Esai Morales, Kaalan Walker, Jennifer Morrison, Big Bank Black, Brian F. Durkin Writer: Alex Tse, based on the 1972 screenplay by Phillip Fenty Director: Director X. Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: June 13, 2018 One thing the new SUPERFLY has going for it is conviction. Not only does everyone involved seem unconcerned that they’re in a remake of the 1972 exploitation flick SUPER FLY, they proceed as though this is the first story ever told about a criminal who wants out of the life as […]Read On »

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WHEN WE RISE: Actor Michael Kenneth Williams – exclusive interview

Michael Kenneth Williams as Ken Jones in WHEN WE RISE | © 2017 ABC/Image Group LA

Michael Kenneth Williams has a wide-ranging career that encompasses everything from his Jazz Age gangster Chalky White in BOARDWALK EMPIRE to a heroic resistance fighter in THE PURGE: ANARCHY to the husband of Queen Latifah’s Bessie Smith in BESSIE, a performance that earned Williams an Emmy nomination. However, right now Williams is in the unusual position of being on television almost simultaneously as two very different gay black Viet Nam veterans. In ABC’s LGBTQ civil rights miniseries WHEN WE RISE, running February 7 through March 3, the actor from Brooklyn plays real-life gay rights activist Ken Jones. In Season 2 […]Read On »

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WHEN WE RISE: Dustin Lance Black talks the civil rights miniseries – interview

Guy Pierce as Cleve Jones in WHEN WE RISE | © 2017 ABC/Image Group LA

WHEN WE RISE is a four-part miniseries, written by Dustin Lance Black, about the gay, lesbian and transgender civil rights movement from 1971 through the present. The ABC presentation, which also examines feminism and racial civil rights, begins Monday, February 27, skips a night and then continues Wednesday-Friday, March 1-3. Black earned an Oscar for his original screenplay for MILK, the 2008 feature film about the late San Francisco city supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. WHEN WE RISE similarly dramatizes the lives of real people. We see some of them in both their youth and as older adults. […]Read On »

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OUTSIDERS: Interview with actors Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson and Francie Swift

The cast of OUTSIDERS Season 2 | © 2017 WGN

In WGN America’s OUTSIDERS, now in its second season on Tuesday nights, the title term has various meanings. The Farrell clan, who have lived in isolation on a Kentucky mountaintop, view everyone else as outsiders. The people in the small town below view the mountainfolk as outsiders. And both groups view representatives of the mining company that wants to raze the mountain as the ultimate outsiders. Actors Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson and Francie Swift between them play characters who are representatives of all three groups. Gallner’s Hasil (pronounced “Hassle”) is a young mountain man whose curious nature brings him down […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INHERENT VICE

INHERENT VICE movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Joanna Newsom, Eric Roberts, Michael Kenneth Williams, Martin Donovan, Sasha Pieterse, Hong Chau, Jordan Christian Hearn, Jeannie Berlin Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 12, 2014 Although novelist Thomas Pynchon is a legendary American writer who has so far brought forth eight novels and numerous short stories (in addition to a lot of technical writing), INHERENT VICE is the first of his works to make it to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE MESSENGER

KILL THE MESSENGER movie poster | ©2014 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia Writer: Peter Landesman, based on the books DARK ALLIANCE by Gary Webb and KILL THE MESSENGER by Nick Schou Director: Michael Cuesta Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 10, 2014 At this relatively late date of 2014, most people accept as a matter of historical record that the CIA was involved in some shady doings in Nicaragua during the 1980s, continuing into the following decade. However, in 1996, not only was this […]Read On »

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