Appropriately “Judas and the Black Messiah” hit theaters in February for Black History Month. The movie is based on true events that occurred in Chicago during the late 60’s. An FBI Informant infiltrates the Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party. The informant is tasked with keeping tabs on the branch’s Chairman Fred Hampton and reporting back. The Informant has a bit of a dark past as a thief so being an informant allowed him to use some of his skills.
Chairman, Fred Hampton falls in love with a fellow revolutionary member of the party just as his political prowess grows. The Informant wages a battle with his soul as events start to take shape and he is forced to make some tough decisions. The story unfolds from there…
The story is compelling, deep and at times hard to watch. The performances are on point. It’s the performances that make the movie. Parts of the story are a painful reminder of the struggles that continue to plague our country even today. The surface is only skimmed on several other smaller stories in the movie.
“Judas and the Black Messiah” is playing on the big screen. If you don’t want to wear a mask and you have HBO MAX you can stream it for free at home until Mar 14th.
If you can digest the story line, the movie is definitely worth a look.
This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!
“The Little Things” is a Complicated Crime Thriller with twists and turns and holes in its plot and story.
Denzel Washington plays Joe “Deke” Deacon, an LA Sheriff who at one time was a Detective on the Los Angeles Police force.
Young Women are being murdered in Los Angeles. There is a serial killer on the loose. The cases are piling up and not being solved. While on some Sheriff related business in downtown LA, Joe Deacon comes in contact with some of the old department buddies. Joe is invited to assist on the open cases, so he stays in town, gets a hotel room and starts to review the evidence and the existing crime scenes. The story unfolds from there…
There are several smaller stories in “The Little Things” that should have been further developed. There are parts of the movie that echo Joe Deacon’s past as a Detective and should have been explored a bit more. It could have helped with the overall story and possibly the plot scenario. The movie is complicated and suspenseful. Denzel does the best with what he is given. “The Little Things” is not one of Denzel’s best movies.
If you are a die-hard Denzel fan, then by all means do see “The Little Things” in the theater.
If you have HBO MAX see it for free!
This is a 3 Star Movie!
Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman quietly lives among mortals in the vibrant 1980’s. Working as a curator of ancient artifacts Diana maintains a low profile and only appears as Wonder Woman when someone needs help.
Soon though Wonder Woman will need to gather all of her strength, wisdom and courage as one of the artifacts is stolen and Wonder Woman finds herself facing off with The Cheetah a villainess who possesses super human strength and Maxwell Lord. The story unfolds from there…
This installment is nowhere near as serious as the first installment. In fact, I found this installment a bit goofy. The Plot is pretty much non-existent. There is no continuation between this installment and the first. You are given a reminder of Diana Prince’s origins, but that is it.
Some parts of the movie are all over the place and just plain do not make sense. The Cinematography and special effects are on point and Wonder Woman is very cool and there is tons of action, but the movie is a bit of a disappointment. If you saw and liked the first installment, you will be expecting more of the same and that is not the case with “Wonder Woman 1984”
The movie is streaming on HBO MAX. If you have HBO MAX see it for free!!
This is a 3 Star Movie!!
IN HONOR OF JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S PASSING…THIS IS A REPUBLISH FROM DEC 26, 2018
“On The Basis of Sex” is based on a true story about how Justice Ruth Ginsburg came to be in the Justice System and on the Supreme Court. The story is inspiring and well executed. It’s the 25th Anniversary of Judge Ginsburg’s appointment to the Supreme Court, so the recount of her journey is very timely.
The movie recounts the trials and tribulations that then Attorney Ginsburg dealt with to bring a ground-breaking case before the US Supreme Court to overturn a century of gender discrimination. The story unfolds from there…What a compelling story!!
This is the second of 3 Political themed movies that opened during the 2018 Holiday Season. “On The Basis of Sex” is open in Limited-Release. This is a must see!! Try to catch it if you can.
This is a 4 Star Movie!!
“Tenet” finally opens on the big screen. This has been a much-anticipated movie from Director Christopher Nolan.
In a world of International Espionage, an unnamed CIA Operative known as the Protagonist is recruited by an unknown organization called “Tenet”. On a global scale the assignment unfolds beyond real time. The mission is to stop a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities from World War III. The Protagonist soon learns to master the art of “Time Inversion” as it will be the only way to stop the threat that is coming. The story unfolds from there…
Some parts of “Tenet” reminded me of the 2010 box office hit “Inception”. Director Christopher Nolan loves to play with the concept of time. “Tenet” plays to that concept from start to finish. At times though, I found the movie a bit difficult to decipher and there was a lot of puzzlement. But there was also a lot of international intrigue, suspense and science fiction. The cinematography was crazy cool! The action was non-stop.
Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington makes his acting debut in “Tenet”. I think he will have a long acting career if he wants it. John David does have his dad’s signature walk…
If you are a fan of Director Christopher Nolan then “Tenet” should be on your “Must See” list.
This is a 3 1/2 Star Movie!!
THIS IS A REPUBLISH FROM NOV 23, 2019
Chadwick Boseman temporarily sheds his “Black Panther” persona to play a tough well respected Manhattan, NY Detective by the name of Andre Davis.
Detective Davis is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers. While on the hunt it appears that there may be a conspiracy in the neighborhood precinct that may be aiding the 2 killers as they try to make their escape, but Detective Davis uses extreme measures by having all 21 Bridges that lead out of the city closed down. The story unfolds from there…
While this appears to potentially be a “Been there done that” type of movie there are a few new spins and twists that are just enough to set “21 Bridges” apart from the pack. There is plenty of intrigue, action and suspense.
The paid critics were Luke-warm about “21 Bridges”, I happen to think it’s pretty good.
This is a 3 1/2 Star Movie!!
THIS IS A REPUBLISH FROM FEB 17th 2018
“Black Panther” is a bold departure from the normal Marvel Universe movie. The movie is extremely colorful, has visual interest and has a detailed back-story. The detailed back-story is played out and sets the stage for the events that happen throughout the movie.
“Black Panther” tracks T’Challa who after the events of “Captain America:Civil War”, returns home to eventually become king, but there is someone who has other ideas. The story unfolds from there…
“Black Panther” is extremely entertaining. The visual effects are awesome. There is plenty of action and suspense. The costumes adorned are beautiful. The cinematography at times is breathtaking.
One aside is that the villains are a bit weak…but this is the first installment. This first installment is off to a great start.
If you are even mildly interested in the Marvel Universe, “Black Panther” is a “MUST SEE”.
This is a 5 Star Move!
THIS IS A REPUBLISH FROM OCT 17th 2017
“Marshall” is based on one of the early trials that Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was involved in trying.
As a Young Civil Rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall goes to Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) who is charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of a white woman who is his employer (Kate Hudson).
In attempt to get a fair trial, Thurgood partners with a local Jewish lawyer, Sam Friedman (Josh Gad). This movie portrays the injustices that are often executed in a segregated court. The story unfolds from there…
“Marshall” is awesome! The movie is extremely well executed and will hold your attention. The movie gives you a glimpse at just how great Thurgood Marshall was even in his early days as a young lawyer with the NAACP.
This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!
THIS IS A REPUBLISH FROM AUG 2, 2014
Do you know who the #1 Soul Legend was for many years…?
“Get On Up” is the sanitized Biopic of Soul Music Entertainer Mr. James Brown.
Don’t expect a story that is chronological. “Get on Up” jumps back and forth constantly. You must pay close attention. Director Tate Taylor does tie everything up in a neat package toward the end, but until that time it’s a confusing mess.
Actor Chadwick Boseman is electrifying. His portrayal of James Brown the entertainer was excellent. He has the dance moves, foot work and the splits down cold.
During this movie I was transformed back in time. I grew up with James Brown music. I still have all of the 45’s, LP’s and CD’s. The sound track on this movie is awesome. I was dancing in my seat the entire time…
It’s tough to do a Biopic of an entertainer. You have to piece the story together. I don’t believe that “Get On Up” gives us the complete story of James Brown, I believe it skims the surface.
If you are a fan of the #1 Soul Legend Mr. James Brown, then “Get On Up” should not be missed.
This is a 4 Star Movie!!
THIS IS A REPUBLISH FROM APRIL 13th 2013!!
“42” is the story of two men; The Great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the Legendary General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers Branch Ricky (Harrison Ford)
Branch Ricky decided to take a grand stance on racism and prejudice by changing the game of baseball and hoping it would change the world.
In 1946 Branch decided to go after and get a man of color to join the Brooklyn Dodgers in Spring Training. He had been following the “Negro Leagues” and had an idea of the caliber of players that played. He sought after Jackie Robinson. Once he convinced Jackie Robinson to sign with the team for Spring Training, this signing put Ricky and Robinson in the line of fire with the media as well as the “Color Line” in Baseball and the World. The story unfolds from there…
“4 Stars” for “42”; Harrison Ford was masterful as Branch Ricky. From what I know of Jackie Robinson’s character I would say that Chadwick Boseman did an excellent job of portraying Jackie Robinson. The movie is very insightful, entertaining and educational. You don’t have to be a Baseball fan to see or like “42”, but it helps if you understand the game a little bit.
You will also learn a lot about Jackie Robinson as a man. He had great patience and courage.
“42” is a definite “Must See”.
This is a 4 Star Movie!!