Kevin Costner Shines in Inspirational, Real-Life Tale of Overcoming-the-Odds

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  McFarland, USA DVD Review by Kam Williams Kevin Costner Shines in Inspirational, Real-Life Tale of Overcoming-the-Odds   In the fall of 1987, Jim White (Kevin Costner) was fired as head football coach of a high school team in Boise, Idaho when he lost his temper and hit one of his players in the face […]

Lousy Spike Lee Remake of Blaxploit Released on DVD

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  Da Sweet Blood of Jesus DVD Review by Kam Williams   Lousy Spike Lee Remake of Blaxploit Released on DVD     The Kickstarter page where Spike Lee raised $1,418,910 from fans for his latest “Joint” expressly states that the money would not used to shoot a remake of Blacula (1972). But it also […]

Adam Sandler Experiment in Magical Realism Released on DVD

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  The Cobbler DVD Review by Kam Williams Adam Sandler Experiment in Magical Realism Released on DVD   Max (Adam Sandler) is the fourth generation in a long line of cobblers whose family tree can be traced all the way back to a business founded by his great-grandfather Pinchas Simkin (Donnie Keshawarz) in Eastern Europe […]

Race-Fueled Courtroom Drama Comes to DVD

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  Black or White DVD Review by Kam Williams Race-Fueled Courtroom Drama Comes to DVD   When Elliot Anderson’s (Kevin Costner) wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) perishes in a tragic car accident, he suddenly finds himself facing the prospect of raising his 7 year-old granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) alone. After all, the couple had originally assumed […]

Peckinpah-Style Mexican Splatterfest Arrives on DVD

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  Days of Grace DVD Review by Kam Williams   Peckinpah-Style Mexican Splatterfest Arrives on DVD     Days of Grace is the title of Arthur Ashe’s moving memoir about his remarkable tennis career as well as his stoic battle with AIDS after receiving a contaminated blood transfusion. By contrast, Days of Grace, the movie, […]

Predictable Spike Lee-Produced Whodunit Out on DVD

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  The Girl Is in Trouble DVD Review by Kam Williams Predictable Spike Lee-Produced Whodunit Out on DVD     August (Columbus Short) would have been better off rolling over and going back to sleep the fateful night he got a call at 2:30 in the morning from Signe (Alicja Bachjleda), an attractive woman he […]

Screen Adaptation of Sadomasochistic Best-Seller Arrives on DVD

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  Fifty Shades of Grey DVD Review by Kam Williams   Screen Adaptation of Sadomasochistic Best-Seller Arrives on DVD   Fifty Shades of Grey marked the remarkable writing debut of TV executive-turned-romance novelist Erika Mitchell. Publishing under the pen name E.L. James, the British author has enjoyed unparalleled success, selling over 100 million copies worldwide […]

Oscar-Winning Civil Rights Saga Arrives on DVD

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  Selma DVD Review by Kam Williams Oscar-Winning Civil Rights Saga Arrives on DVD   I was born in the early Fifties, which means the Civil Rights Movement unfolded over the course of my formative years. And like the average black kid growing up in that tumultuous era, I can distinctly recall having a very […]