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…find beauty

kv4k6h3While Disney’s, “Beauty and the Beast” may not be quite “as old as time,” since its release in 1991 it’s become truly cherished by many. So, to say that the stakes were high for the live-action revival doesn’t quite seem to cover it.

To slightly misquote Belle (Emma Watson), “This is the [classic movie] of my childhood.” It is the part of the makeup of an entire generation who grew up loving this bookworm non-princess. So, I’m pleased to say this reimagination will not disappoint the fans of the original film. In fact, I’d venture to say they’ll delight in the many questions it answers, and If you don’t know what questions I’m referring to, you’re probably not a millennial. So let me enlighten you… Read the rest of this entry

…Show Your Claws

Official SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen “Logan,” proceed with caution.

“Logan,” the final film in the Wolverine trilogy, has been a long time coming. Nearly two decades after his first appearance in 2000’s “X-Men,” Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has appeared in nine X-Men films to date. There have been highs and lows, with the first two Wolverine films unfortunately falling into the latter category.

Throughout all the films the human and the animal side of this beloved X-Men character have been in constant conflict. On one side, there’s Logan who’s haunted by his past and struggles with his role as hero or antihero. On the other, there’s Wolverine who acts on pure instinct and seems unaware of the body count that’s piling up around him.

With “Logan,” director James Mangold shows us a Wolverine who is finally facing his own demons. Slowly poisoned by the Adamantium used to enhance his powers, he faces his own mortality. Read the rest of this entry

…assemble

legobatmanonesheetWhen it comes to the superhero genre, just about everything has been covered. We’ve focused on the B-list heroes, the villains, and even given some time to super questionable match-ups (Superman would flatten Batman in a fair fight…it’s just true).

And yet, somehow in the midst of what would appear to be peak superhero saturation, the greatest superhero movie of the year has appeared in the last place you’d expect…among building blocks.

Enter: “The LEGO Batman Movie” Read the rest of this entry

…Glimmer

Out of all of this year’s nominees for Best Picture, director Barry Jenkins’, “Moonlight,” has the potential to have the greatest impact. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, this beautiful film does more than tell  the story  of one black man, it changes a narrative. It takes the story of Chiron, a gay, black boy growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami, and shows it through a different lens.

This coming-of-age story is told in three parts. We first meet Chiron as a shy boy (Alex Hibbert) who’s earned the nickname “Little” for his meek nature. Next, as an anxious and wiry adolescent (Ashton Sanders) dealing with school bullies and the many stresses of being a teenager. Finally, as an adult and drug dealer (Trevante Rhodes), who goes by the name “Black.” Read the rest of this entry

…find the right words

fencesTo say that Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a man of many words, doesn’t seem to quite do him justice.

The central character of August Wilson’s “Fences” is nothing if not loquacious, but it’s the meaning behind those words and stories (for everything) that really defines him.

Of course, while Troy is talking, there’s plenty to be done—fences to be built (Yes, there’s a literal fence, and a metaphorical one), children to be raised, a brother to be cared for (Mykelti Williamson), and so on and so forth.

Still, he certainly does have a way with words. Whether he’s chumming it up with his friend Mr. Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson), or talking his way into a promotion to garbage truck driver, or bemoaning his unrealized potential for baseball glory.

However, living in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy knows the deck was and is stacked against him, though his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and son Cory (Jovan Adepo) continually try to show him things are changing, but not fast enough for Troy. And who can blame him? Read the rest of this entry