On The Basis of Sex

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 in AMC Dolby

“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!!

21 Bridges

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!!

Black Panther in 3D

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!

Marshall

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!!

Get On Up

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!!

42

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!!

Bloodshot

“Bloodshot” is based on the best-selling comic book of the same name. Vin Diesel is Ray Garrison a decorated Soldier who gets killed in the line of duty. Ray is brought back to life by the RST Corporation. Loaded with a lot of nano-technology in his veins Ray is stronger than ever and is able to heal quickly if injured.

Although Ray is not in complete control of his mind and that’s where the problems start. The RST Corporation can alter Ray’s memories at any given time. Ray does not know what is real and what isn’t, but he is determined to get to the bottom of the situation. The story unfolds from there…

There is no plot. No solid story, but tons of non-stop action and special effects. The Cinematography was on point! It’s a bit sad…I had high hopes for “Bloodshot”. I counted down the minutes to when I could leave the theater. Vin Diesel does a good job with what he was given, but he isn’t the only person in the movie.

“Bloodshot” is best viewed on Cable, Blu-Ray or DVD.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

The Way Back

FINALLY…A decent movie!! I haven’t written a post in three weeks!!

Ben Affleck is Jack Cunningham who back in high school was a basketball superstar who could have been the next big thing in the Pros, but he walked away from it all.
Years later Jack has a chance to come back to basketball when his old Alma Mater reaches out to him asking him to come coach the struggling team. Jack is very reluctant, but his old principal is very persistent. The story unfolds from there…

“The Way Back” is a great story about life and its struggles. There isn’t much of a plot, but you get the gist of what’s going on. The story is moving and some parts are relate-able. Ben Affleck gives an excellent performance. His seriousness and sincerity are on point.

“The Way Back” is definitely a surprise to me. I did not know what to expect going in. The movie is definitely worth a look.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!

The Photograph

“The Photograph” is a story about a famed photographer Christina Eames who unexpectedly dies and leaves letters to her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Issa Rae) and the man she loved, but never married.

After retrieving the letters and instructions from a safe deposit box, Mae finds herself on a journey that leads her to delve into her Mother’s early life and it sets up an unexpected romance between Mae and a star journalist Michael Block (LaKeith Standfield). The story unfolds from there…

You know they say “Love is Complicated” that rings true in “The Photograph”. The story is a back and forth novel unraveling piece by piece. As the pieces come together the story becomes more intriguing and includes a few surprises along the way. The movie has a good cast and will keep you entertained. Opening on Valentine’s Day was a good move for the “The Photograph”.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!