Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Film Review by Kam Williams   Besson Adapts Comic Book Series Novel into Hallucinogenic Sci-fi Spectacular In 1997, Luc Besson released The Fifth Element, a visually-captivating sci-fi adventure which netted four Cesars, including Best Film and Best Director. A couple of decades later, Luc is back with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, …

Girls Trip

Film Review by Kam Williams   BFFs Party in New Orleans in Raunchy Reunion Romp Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Dina (Tiffany Haddish) and Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) have been friends since their college days in the Nineties. Back then, the tight-knit Flossy Posse partied as hard as they hit the books. After graduating, …

War for the Planet of the Apes

Film Review by Kam Williams   Trilogy Finale Pits Primates vs. Humans in Epic Showdown War for the Planet of the Apes is the 9th episode in the legendary film franchise that began almost a half-century ago with Planet of the Apes. The groundbreaking sci-fi adventure was based on the novel of the same name …

Despicable Me 3

Film Review by Kam Williams   Sequel Finds Gru Bonding with Long-Lost Bro before Facing Formidable Foe Despicable Me 3 is actually the 4th installment in the animated franchise, provided you count the prequel Minions, which some may consider a spin-off. Co-directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon, this episode revolves around Gru …

Baby Driver

Film Review by Kam Williams   Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster All you really need to know about Baby Driver is that it’s the best film of the year so far, hands down. The picture was written and directed by Edgar Wright, who is best known for a trio of …

A Ghost Story

Film Review by Kam Williams   Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Co-Star in Surrealistic Romantic Fantasy C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) are a nondescript young couple living in a modest ranch house in suburban Texas. Nothing of note transpires between the happily-married lovebirds besides carnal canoodling interrupted by things that go bump in …

Lost in Paris

Film Review by Kam Williams   Canadian Librarian Courted by Hobo While Searching for Aunt in Delightful French Farce   If you’re familiar with the surreal cinematic stylings of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, then you have an idea of what sort of treat’s in store while watching Lost in Paris. The talented husband and …

13 Minutes Film Review by Kam Williams

13 Minutes Film Review by Kam Williams Historical Drama Recreates 1939 Attempt to Assassinate Hitler Believe it or not, over a dozen different attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler (Udo Schenk) were made before he took his own life in April of 1945. The year before, he only suffered minor injuries in the bombing that was …

The Beguiled

Film Review by Kam Williams     Southern Belles Vie for Union Soldier’s Affections in Sofia Coppola’s Sublime Tale of Seduction   The Beguiled is a Civil War saga based on the best seller of the same name by the late novelist/playwright Thomas Cullinan (1919-1995). The sublime tale of seduction was first adapted to the …