American Made

Film Review by Kam Williams Tom Cruise Stars in Biopic about Airline Pilot-Turned-Infamous Drug Smuggler   Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) was gainfully employed as a commercial airline pilot when he was surreptitiously recruited by a CIA agent (Domnhall Gleeson). The Agency wanted him to fly covert reconnaissance missions over Nicaragua to assist U.S.-backed rebels trying …

Victoria & Abdul

Film Review by Kam Williams Brit Biopic Chronicles Unlikely Friendship Forged between Queen Mum and Muslim Manservant In 1887, 24 year-old Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) moved from India to England where he found work as a waiter at Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) Golden Jubilee. Soon after starting at Windsor Castle, he caught the eye of …

Marshall

Film Review by Kam Williams Courtroom Drama Recounts High-Profile Case Argued by Thurgood Marshall Proxy Prior to becoming America’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) enjoyed a legendary legal career as a civil rights lawyer. While serving as chief counsel for the NAACP, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 32 times, …

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

Film Review by Kam Williams Revealing Biopic Chronicles Career and Scandalous Private Life of Wonder Woman Creator William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) was a Renaissance man with an impressive array of talents. After earning his B.A., Ph.D. and law degrees, the Harvard grad was hired to teach psychology at Radcliffe, his alma mater’s sister school.Despite …

The Mountains between Us

Film Review by Kam Williams Plane Crash Survivors Bond While Battling the Elements in Romance Drama Reminiscent of “The Revenant” Bride-to-be Alex Martin is in a rush to return home where she and her fiance’ (Dermot Mulroney) are getting married in the morning. The only reason the dedicated photojournalist was even in Idaho so close …

Brad’s Status

Film Review by Kam Williams Ben Stiller Stars as Miserable Misanthrope in Midlife Crisis Dramedy Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) feels inadequate despite his happy marriage and thriving business that enables his family to live comfortably in suburban Sacramento. He gets depressed, nevertheless, because he compares himself to his relatively-successful college buddies instead of the Average …

a Question of Faith

Film Review by Kam Williams Three Families Serendipitously Linked by Tragedy in Moving Modern Parable Faith-based films ordinarily have limited appeal beyond the Christian community because most tend to be heavy-handed morality plays just preaching to the choir. A Question of Faith represents a refreshing change of pace, since it downplays the proselytizing in favor …

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Film Review by Kam Williams Brit and Yankee Spies Join Forces to Fight Drug Queenpin in Higher-Octane Sequel Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit which probably wouldn’t have been released in the dead of winter of 2015, if Fox had realized exactly what it had on its hands. After all, most movie studios …

The Tiger Hunter

Film Review by Kam Williams Indian Immigrant Opts for Love over American Dream in Charming Romantic Comedy Sami Malik (Danny Pudi) has had a crush on Ruby Iqbal (Karen David) for as long as he can remember. The lifelong friends were raised in the same village where both of their fathers were pillars of the …

Man in Red Bandana

Film Review by Kam Williams Masked 9/11 Hero Memorialized in Inspirational Biopic Sometimes, substance trumps low-production values. Case in point, Man in Red Bandana. Minutes after the World Trade Center was struck by United Airlines Flight 175 on the morning of 9/11, Welles Crowther called his mother to let him know he was okay. The …