Malcolm X: The Lost Tapes

    Film Review by Kam Williams         Intriguing Documentary Features Found Footage of Late Civil Rights Icon     Malcolm X (1925-1965) is best remembered as the charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam whose fiery speeches helped the Black Muslims’ ranks swell from 6,000 to 75,000 between 1956 and 1961. …

Samson

Film Review by Kam Williams Biblical Epic Recounts Exploits of Hebrew He-man Handpicked by God Samson is a popular Biblical figure perhaps best known for being blessed with super-human strength as long as his hair was long. However, regular Sunday school attendees know that there’s a lot more to know about the Hebrew he-man introduced …

The Final Year

Film Review by Kam Williams Fly on the Wall Documentary Chronicles the Last Days Inside the Obama White House Besides granting a record number of pardons to non-violent felons convicted of drug offenses, Barack Obama didn’t accomplish very much during his last days in office. That’s not unusual for a lame duck president, particularly when …

Basmati Blues

Film Review by Kam Williams Cross-Cultural Love Triangle at Heart of Bollywood-Style Musical Dr. Linda Watt (Brie Larson) is a scientist doing research for Mogil, a leading agri-chemical company based in New York. The young doctor is so thrilled about genetically engineering a strain of Basmati rice that yields 22% more grains per acre that …

The Shape of Water

Film Review by Kam Williams   Monster Meets Girl in Romantic Sci-fi Fantasy The Shape of Water is the early favorite in this year’s Oscar sweepstakes. The sci-fi fantasy about love across species lines was nominated for the most Academy Awards, 13, including in a half-dozen major categories: Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Lead Actress …

Call Me by Your Name

  Film Review by Kam Williams Gay Teen Seduces Dad’s Doctoral Student in Adaptation of Bittersweet Bildungsroman Dateline: Lombardy, 1983. 17 year-old Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet) is spending another summer in Northern Italy. Each year, Elio’s dad (Michael Stuhlbarg), an archaeology professor, invites a different doctoral candidate to live with his family while serving as …

Molly’s Game

Film Review by Kam Williams Jessica Chastain Plays Skier-Turned-Felon in Warts-and-All Biopic Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) was the third-ranked downhill skier in North America when her dream of representing the U.S. in the 2002 Winter Olympics was dashed by a crippling back injury suffered during a qualifying run. So, the multi-talented University of Colorado grad …

12 Strong

    Film Review by Kam Williams       Adaptation of Best Seller Chronicles Exploits of Special Forces Unit Deployed to Afghanistan A few days after 9/11, President George W. Bush visited Ground Zero where he delivered his iconic Bullhorn Speech standing atop a pile of rubble. Rising to the occasion, he assured the …

I, Tonya

Film Review by Kam Williams Revisionist Biopic Recasts Disgraced Olympic Skater as Sympathetic Figure On January 6, 1994, while waiting to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship competition, top-ranked Nancy Kerrigan’s (Caitlin Carver) knee was smashed by a billy club-wielding hit man named Shane Stant (Ricky Russert). After the cowardly attack in the halls …

The Post

Film Review by Kam Williams Hanks and Streep Co-Star in Spielberg Freedom of the Press Period Piece   This Post is a picture fated to be compared to a couple of classic newsroom thrillers: All the President’s Men (1976) and Spotlight (2015). Like the former, it’s set in Washington, D.C. in the Seventies and revolves …