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FILM REVIEW: Melissa McCarthy goes back to school and becomes the “Life Of The Party”

Deanna Miles (Melissa McCarthy) was a junior in college when she got pregnant and dropped out of school to have the baby. She married her boyfriend, Dan (Matt Walsh), who finished his degree and kickstarted his career while she remained a stay-at-home mom. Fast forward...

Kam’s Kapsules: Gabrielle Union is a kick-butt mother in “Breaking In”

  WIDE RELEASE Breaking In (PG-13 for violence, bloody images, menacing, sexual references and brief profanity) Suspense thriller revolving around a single-mom’s (Gabrielle Union) efforts to rescue her kids (Ajiona Alexus and Seth Carr) being held hostage by a gang of burglars barricaded inside her recently-deceased...

FILM REVIEW: In “Kings” Halle Berry as Mom Frantically Searching for Kids during Rodney King Riots

Film Review by Kam Williams On March 3, 1991, five LAPD officers were caught on camera beating an unarmed black man who had led them on a high-speed chase instead of pulling over as directed. That driver, Rodney King suffered a broken ankle, a broken...

Kam’s Kapsules for movies opening April 20, 2018

  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  by Kam Williams   OPENING THIS WEEK BIG BUDGET FILMS     Duck Duck Goose (PG for rude humor and mild action) Animated parable about a bachelor goose (Jim Gaffigan) who matures enough to serve as a surrogate father to...

Michael Eric Dyson: “The Raw Word” Interview

“The Raw Word” Interview with Kam Williams Dr. Dyson Discusses His New TV Talk Show Born and raised in Detroit, Michael Eric Dyson is a writer, sociologist and ordained Baptist minister. Known for his passion and a moral urgency in and out of the pulpit, Dr. Dyson...

Rampage: Mutant Monsters Decimate the Windy City in Old-Fashioned Horror Flick

Hey, sci-fi fans, did you find it hard to stomach the sight of a human mating with another species in The Shape of Water, too? If so, have I got a movie that'll wash the bad taste right out of your mouth. Call me shallow,...

Beirut: Grieving Diplomat Returns to Kill Zone in Raw-Edged Revenge Thriller

In 1972, Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) was a career U.S. diplomat delighted to be serving his country overseas in Lebanon. In fact, he and his wife Nadia (Leila Bekhti) were so comfortable living in the Middle East that they had decided to adopt Karim...

KAM’S KAPSULES: The 100 best films of 2017

10 best big budget films 1. (Baby Driver) 2. (Lady Bird) 3. (The Disaster Artist) 4. (The Florida Project) 5. (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) 6. (Mudbound) 7. (Dunkirk) 8. (Wonder Woman) 9. (Get Out) 10. (Rough Night) Big budgets honorable mention 11. (Everything, Everything) 12. (Going in Style) 13. (Fate of the Furious) 14. (Darkest Hour) 15. (LEGO Batman) 16. (The...

Malcolm X: The Lost Tapes

FilmReview by Kam WilliamsIntriguing Documentary Features Found Footage of Late Civil Rights Icon Malcolm X (1925-1965) is best remembered as the charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam whose fiery speeches helped the Black Muslims' ranks swell from 6,000 to 75,000 between 1956...

The Ten Best Black Books of 2017

1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2. My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem 3. Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination by Herb Boyd 4. Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance and Success by Eboni K....