The Birth of a Nation

“The Birth of a Nation” executes on Pure Raw Power!

The movie follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave from his childhood thru adulthood where he becomes a preacher. Nat’s owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) is financially strained and soon accepts an offer to transport Nat from plantation to plantation to preach to the slaves on each plantation. Nat and his owner, Samuel are shocked and dismayed at what they see as they move thru the Antebellum South from plantation to plantation. The things that Nat sees only fuels him to rise up and get other slaves to join him. The story unfolds from there…

Plain and simple…the movie is brutal to watch, but very compelling. It’s graphic and nothing is held back. The story is disjointed at times, but seems to make up the necessary ground when it counts. This is about American History. It’s not sugar-coated, but doesn’t go as deep as it probably could.

If you can stand the subject matter of racism and slavery in the Antebellum South by all means go see “The Birth of a Nation”.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

Beyond The Lights

“Beyond The Lights” is a story about the latest music super star known as Noni. Everything is not as it seems. The pressures of super stardom start to get to Noni. She meets the young police officer Kaz (Nate Parker) who is assigned to her security detail. He “sees” the real Noni. They get to know each other and soon fall hard and fast despite the discouragement of others.

Kaz has political aspirations and is encouraged to pursue them. But ultimately it’s Kaz and his love for Noni that help her find her true voice. The story unfolds from there…

“Beyond The Lights” is very well done. The movie is very enjoyable. Most of what you see is a true picture of the entertainment world and how music superstars often live and how they are treated.

Both Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker look great together!!

This is a 4 Star Movie!!


“Non-Stop” is pretty good!!

Liam Neeson plays Bill Marks a U.S. Air Marshall. Bill is on a Trans-Atlantic flight that leaves New York heading to London. Once the flight is at a comfortable cruising altitude someone taps into the secure communication network that only U.S. Air Marshalls are supposed to have access to.
The threat is “Someone dies every 20 minutes until $150 million dollars is received via wire transfer in a special bank account” Bill Marks is trying to figure out who this person is and why are they doing this. this person seems to know a lot about Bill Marks’ personal life. The clock is ticking. The story unfolds from there…
There is plenty of suspense, intrigue, twists and turns. You will think you have it figured out, but you would be wrong. As the plot thickens so does the body count…

“Non-Stop” does have its moments. It lulls at times, but definitely makes up for it toward the end. The other problem is the actual reason behind everything is far-fetched. Liam Neeson does everything so eloquently that you can over look the movies short comings.

“Non-Stop” is definitely better than “3 Days to Kill”. If you are a Liam Neeson fan then “Non-Stop” is worth a look.