Monday, May 16, 2022

Kam Williams

Veteran entertainment correspondent Kam Williams brings you the latest interviews and movie reviews from Hollywood!

Marshall

FilmReview by Kam WilliamsCourtroom Drama Recounts High-Profile Case Argued by Thurgood Marshall Proxy Prior to becoming America's first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) enjoyed a legendary legal career as a civil rights lawyer. While serving as...
Book Review by Kam WilliamsPretty PowerfulAppearance, Substance and Successby Eboni K. WilliamsViva EditionsHardcover, $21.99224 pagesISBN: 978-1-63596-662-6“Pretty powerful is the understanding that, as women, we have the duality of both 'pretty' and 'substance' that can (and should) be maximized to...
FilmReview by Kam WilliamsIndian Immigrant Opts for Love over American Dream in Charming Romantic Comedy Sami Malik (Danny Pudi) has had a crush on Ruby Iqbal (Karen David) for as long as he can remember. The lifelong friends were...
 Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  by Kam WilliamsOPENING THIS WEEKBIG BUDGET FILMSBlade Runner 2049 (R for violence, profanity, nudity and sexuality) Sci-fi sequel about an LAPD officer (Ryan Gosling) assigned to save humanity during an alien invasion...
 Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  by Kam Williams OPENING THIS WEEK BIG BUDGET FILMSNoneINDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS Do It Like a Hombre (R for pervasive sexuality) Out-of-the-closet comedy about a lifelong friendship which is tested when a guy...
By Kam Williams, Special to The New Tri-State Defender



BIG BUDGET FILMS The Secret Life of Pets (PG for action and some rude humor) Animated comedy about a pampered terrier (Louis C.K.) whose life is turned upside-down when his owner (Ellie Kemper) brings home a big, sloppy mongrel (Eric Songstreet) found at the dog pound. Voice cast includes Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell and Bobby Moynihan. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (R for crude sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity) Romantic comedy revolving around slacker siblings (Zac Efron and Adam Devine) who find a couple of party animals (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) to take to their sister’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding in Hawaii after advertising for dates. With Wendy Williams, Stephen Root and Chloe Bridges. INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS At the Fork (Unrated) Agri-business documentary examining the mechanization of the processes involved in the raising and harvesting of farm animals for human consumption. Captain Fantastic (R for profanity and brief graphic nudity) Viggo Mortensen stars in the title role of this survivalist saga as a widower raising a half-dozen kids off the grid in the forest of the Pacific Northwest until they are forced by circumstances to rejoin mainstream civilization. With George MacKay, Samantha Isler and Annalise Basso. Fathers and Daughters (R for sexuality) Character- driven drama about a Pulitzer Prize-winning widower’s (Russell Crowe) struggle with parenting issues following a mental breakdown. Ensemble cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jane Fonda, Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Bruce Greenwood. Indian Point (Unrated) Investigative expose’ exploring whether New York’s aging nuclear power plant at Indian Point is still safe. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting the career of one of the most successful television producers of all time, including such groundbreaking shows as All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Featuring commentary by George Clooney, Bill Moyers, John Amos and Jay Leno. Our Little Sister (PG for mature themes and brief mild epithets) Dysfunctional family dramedy about three sisters (Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa and Kaho) living in their late grandmother’s home who invite a half- sibling (Suzu Hirose) they meet at their father’s funeral to move in with them. Cast includes Ryo Kase, Ryohei Suzuki and Takafumi Ikeda. (In Japanese with subtitles) Under the Sun (Unrated) Bamboo curtain documentary chronicling a year in the life of an ordinary North Korean family from Pyongyang. (In Korean with subtitles) Zero Days (PG-13 for profanity) Malware documentary detailing the blowback visited on the internet after the deployment of the Stuxnet virus against Iran by the U.S. and Israel in order to cripple the country’s nuclear enrichment program.

Megan Leavey

Blu-rayReview by Kam Williams Wounded Vet Reunites with Combat K9 Partner in Postwar Docudrama Five years ago, Mike Dowling published "Sergeant Rex," a memoir about the unbreakable bond he'd forged with a bomb-sniffing dog while conducting over...
 Blu-ray Review by Kam WilliamsMorose Meditation on Mourning Arrives on Home Video C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) are a nondescript young couple living in a modest ranch house in suburban Texas. Nothing of note transpires between...
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  by Kam WilliamsOPENING THIS WEEKBIG BUDGET FILMSAmerican Made (R for sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity) Tom Cruise stars in this warts-and-all biopic recounting the exploits of Barry Seal (1939-1986), the commercial airline...
FilmReview by Kam WilliamsUnassuming Teen Morphs into Formidable Ninja in Latest LEGO Episode Lloyd Garmadon (Dave Franco) must be the least liked student at Ninjago High. The unassuming 16 year-old is so unpopular that no kids will even sit on...