Reese Witherspoon Stars in Adaptation of Best-Selling Memoir

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Wild Film Review by Kam Williams Reese Witherspoon Stars in Adaptation of Best-Selling Memoir     Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin right after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief-stricken 22 year-old subsequently became emotionally estranged from the people closest to her, including her husband, Paul (Thomas Sadowski), […]

Historical Drama Revisits Industrial Disaster That Devastated Indian City

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Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Film Review by Kam Williams Historical Drama Revisits Industrial Disaster That Devastated Indian City   On the night of December 2, 1984, a pesticide plant located in Bhopal, India spewed tons of toxic gas into the air as the result of a reaction of water with a chemical called Methyl […]

Altruistic Astronauts Seek Alternate for Earth in Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

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Interstellar Film Review by Kam Williams Altruistic Astronauts Seek Alternate for Earth in Post-Apocalyptic Adventure   Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and four of his pictures have made my annual Top Ten List, including Memento, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Insomnia. However, I hard a hard time understanding exactly what was […]

Prodigy and Perfectionist Professor Square-Off in Mesmerizing Jazz Drama

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Whiplash Film Review by Kam Williams Prodigy and Perfectionist Professor Square-Off in Mesmerizing Jazz Drama   19 year-old Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) got more than he bargained for when he entered the hallowed halls of mythical Shaffer Conservatory. The promising prodigy had reasonably expected what was arguably the best music school in the entire country […]

Gyllenhaal Great as Freelancer in Need of Grisly News Footage

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Nightcrawler Film Review by Kam Williams Gyllenhaal Great as Freelancer in Need of Grisly News Footage   Petty thief Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) was eking out a living selling stolen scrap metal to junkyards until the day he stumbled upon a legitimate line of work when he pulled over to assist a driver trapped in […]

Revisionist History Chronicles Frenchman’s Secret Role in Toppling Apartheid

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    Plot for Peace Film Review by Kam Williams Revisionist History Chronicles Frenchman’s Secret Role in Toppling Apartheid     In 2009, I reviewed a movie called Endgame, a political potboiler which divulged, for the first time, the pivotal role a British professor named Will Esterhuyse played in the end of Apartheid. I remember […]

Misanthrope Rises to Role Model in Bittersweet Character Portrait

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St. Vincent Film Review by Kam Williams Misanthrope Rises to Role Model in Bittersweet Character Portrait Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing battle against with booze, cigarettes and gambling, which has left him deeply indebted to […]

Social Satire Takes Sophisticated Look at Race Relations in the Ivy League

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Dear White People Film Review by Kam Williams Social Satire Takes Sophisticated Look at Race Relations in the Ivy League   The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. That’s precisely the predicament we […]