Queen of Katwe

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: William Wheeler Directed by: Mira Nair Despite the illusion of diversity and the notion that films are now being tailor-made for niched audiences, director Mira Nair’s latest feels like a rarity, one that’s not only good for the soul, but good for Disney. Here is a work of substanceContinue reading “Queen of Katwe”

Hands of Stone

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Jakubowicz Directed by: Jonathan Jakubowicz Confession time: coming into this I had no idea who Roberto Durán was — ya know, other than the fact he would be the center of attention in Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing drama. Do I feel silly now. Long story short, the Panamanian has beenContinue reading “Hands of Stone”

The Wolfpack

Release: Friday, June 12, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Directed by: Crystal Moselle Short film director Crystal Moselle’s first feature-length documentary probably would have never happened if she weren’t on the right street corner at the right time of day. Her chance encounter with the Angulo brothers on the streets of New York one afternoon would seem like serendipity had itContinue reading “The Wolfpack”

TBT: Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

. . . and just when everyone thought this thread was dead uhhhh-gain, it makes a triumphant reappearance. Well, semi-triumphant. I finally watched a war film I had been wanting to see for many a year and as it turned out, well . . . phooey on all that anticipating. It wasn’t really worth it!Continue reading “TBT: Behind Enemy Lines (2001)”

30-for-30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

Release: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Fritz Mitchell I’m wondering who in this room would recognize the name Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos. I’d be willing to bet many more might if I then revealed this was merely the less-glamorous birth name given to the one and only Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder. And if you’re still finding yourself asking, “Who?” —Continue reading “30-for-30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek”

The Grand Seduction

Release: Friday, May 30, 2014 (limited) [Theater] The theater where I went to see this film didn’t serve nearly the appropriate amount of my favorite lager. They also failed to carry appropriate beer-drinking mugs. So, making do with what I had, I found myself toasting the events on screen with a luke-warm plastic cup filled with aContinue reading “The Grand Seduction”