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 …

On Wings of Eagles

Film Review by Kam Williams Eric Liddell’s Missionary Work Memorialized Stars in Bittersweet Sequel to “Chariots of Fire” Chariots of Fire (1981) chronicled the real-life exploits of Eric Henry Liddell (1902-1945), aka, “The Flying Scotsman,” a world-class sprinter who won the gold medal in the 400-meter track race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. …

1945

    Film Review by Kam Williams       Holocaust Survivors Return to Hungarian Hometown in Poignant Postwar Drama     It is August 12, 1945. Japan is reeling and on the verge of surrender in the wake of atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With Germany having surrendered to the Allies back …

Thank You for Your Service

Film Review by Kam Williams Wounded Warriors Readjust to Civilian Life in Adaptation of Heartbreaking Best Seller In the spring of 2007, the Washington Post’s David Finkel accompanied a combat team of American infantrymen deployed to Baghdad at the start of the controversial surge ordered by President Bush. After being embedded for a year, the …

Novitiate

Film Review by Kam Williams   Aspiring Nun Struggles with Vows in Coming-of-Age Drama Cathleen Harris (Margaret Qualley) was being raised in rural Tennessee in the Fifties when she started exhibiting an interest in God at an early age. That fixation was a little disconcerting to her single mom (Julianne Nicholson), an avowed atheist. With …

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 …