Lady Bird

Film Review by Kam Williams Saoirse Shines as Rebellious Teen in Touching, Coming-of-Age Adventure Saoirse Ronan is only 23, but she’s already been nominated for an Academy Award twice, for Brooklyn (2015) and Atonement (2005). Now, she’s a shoo-in to land another nomination for her memorable turn as the title character in Lady Bird. It’s …

Wonder Wheel

Film Review by Kam Williams   New Woody Allen Pic Proves Terribly Disappointing I suppose Woody Allen was due for a dud. After being distracted during the Nineties by a bitter divorce and custody battle, the four-time Oscar-winner had enjoyed quite a resurgence since the turn of the century with a string of critically-acclaimed offerings …

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Film Review by Kam Williams Sentimental Tale of Redemption Credits a Compassionate Charles Dickens for the Way We Celebrate Christmas Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is considered the preeminent novelist of the Victorian Era because of his touching and timeless tales that shed light on the plight of the poor. He probably began developing an empathy for …

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Review by Kam Williams Frances McDormand Delivers in Dark Comedy Reminiscent of “Fargo” Twenty years ago, Frances McDormand won an Academy Award for Fargo, a delightful whodunit set in a tiny Minnesota town inhabited by a cornucopia of colorful local yokels. In that Coen Brothers’ black comedy, she played a dedicated police chief who …

Destined

Film Review by Kam Williams Cory Hardrict Stars as Both a Gangsta and an Architect in Alternate Reality, Sci-Fi Saga Sheed Smith (Cory Hardrict) is a drug dealer roaming Detroit’s mean streets in a bloody turf war being waged in the ‘hood where he was raised. Meanwhile, his doppelganger, Rasheed Smith (also Cory Hardrict), is …

The Star

Film Review by Kam Williams Animals Emerge as Unsung Heroes in Animated Version of the Birth of Christ Most movies based on the Bible have limited appeal beyond the faithful, because the stories are ordinarily dry adaptations basically recounting popular parables in straightforward fashion. A novel exception to the rule is The Star, an animated …

No Greater Love

Film Review by Kam Williams Afghan War Documentary Chronicles Combat through Eyes of Grunts on the Ground In 2010, the 101st Airborne Division’s “No Slack” Infantry Battalion deployed to Afghanistan where it would face its fiercest combat since fighting the Viet Cong during the Tet Offensive. Embedded with the grunts was Army Chaplain Justin Roberts …

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Film Review by Kam Williams Denzel Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance as Attorney with Asperger’s Roman J. Israel (Denzel Washington) is a high-functioning savant on the autism spectrum who has been practicing law in L.A. for the past 36 years. The brilliant attorney has spent most of his career under the radar, writing legal briefs in a …

Murder on the Orient Express

Film Review by Kam Williams Complex Costume Drama Does Justice to Agatha Christie’s Classic Whodunit!   First published in 1936, Murder on the Orient Express revolved around the most famous case handled by Inspector Hercule Poirot. Created by Agatha Christie, the Belgian detective appeared in 33 of her novels, as well as a play and …

Mayhem

Film Review by Kam Williams Attorney and Client Turn on Abusive Law Firm in Revenge-Fueled Splatterfest Attorney Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) was a rising star working his way up the corporate ladder at Towers and Smythe when he was blindsided by a false accusation of making a million-dollar mistake. He was callously fired on the …