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, …

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 …