The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Film Review by Kam Williams   Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds Grudgingly Join Forces in Unlikely-Buddies Comedy World-class bodyguard Michael Bryce’s (Ryan Reynolds) services were in great demand when a Japanese tycoon (Tsuwayuki Saotome) was executed on his watch. That botched operation ruined not only his professional reputation but his romantic relationship with Interpol …

In This Corner of the World

Film Review by Kam Williams   Evocative Anime Chronicles WWII from Hiroshima Native’s Point-of-View   On August 6, 1945, President Truman took to the radio to announce that “the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base.” Truth be told, only about 15% of the 140,000 people killed by the blast were Japanese …

Annabelle: Creation

Film Review by Kam Williams   Demonic Doll Haunts Yet Another House in Prequel to “The Conjuring” Franchise Annabelle: Creation is the fourth film in a horror franchise that previously featured The Conjuring 1 and 2 as well as Annabelle. Because this prequel is set in 1952, well before the events which transpired in the …

The Dark Tower

Film Review by Kam Williams Gunslinger Defends Planet from Extinction in Adaptation of Stephen King’s Sci-Fi Epic Laurie Chambers (Katheryn Winnick) is understandably worried about her 11 year-old son’s recurrent nightmares. After all, Jake’s (Tom Taylor) becoming increasingly convinced of Earth’s imminent demise. So, she takes him to a shrink who misdiagnoses the visions as …

Kidnap

Film Review by Kam Williams   It’s Halle Berry vs. Hillbillies in High-Octane Chase Thriller Karla (Halle Berry) is a stressed-out single-mom waitressing in a diner when she’d rather be spending more quality time with her young son, Frankie (Sage Correa). In fact, today, he’s patiently waiting right there in the restaurant for her overtime …

Detroit

Film Review by Kam Williams   Claustrophobic Docudrama Revisits ’67 Riots through the Prism of Infamous Interrogation at Algiers Hotel   Detroit’s ’67 riots broke out in the wee hours of July 23rd, in the wake of a police raid on an unlicensed bar where folks had been toasting a couple of vets who’d recently …

I Am Battle Comic

Film Review by Kam Williams Standup Comics Entertain Troops Stationed Overseas in Inspirational Concert Flick   For over 50 years, Bob Hope served as emcee of the USO tour traveling overseas to entertain the troops. From World War II through Operation Desert Storm, Hope never hesitated to put himself in harm’s way. The well-received shows …

Brigsby Bear

Film Review by Kam Williams   Freed Kidnap Victim Adjusts to Reality in Touching Character Study Brigsby Bear revolves around an age-old premise that’s tough to establish and maintain convincingly, namely, the plight of a sheltered protagonist blissfully unaware of reality. Four films come quickly to mind which succeeded at plausibly presenting just such a …

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, …