Ryan Reynolds Absolutely ‘Marvel’-ous as Wisecracking Superhero

  Deadpool Film Review by Kam Williams Ryan Reynolds Absolutely ‘Marvel’-ous as Wisecracking Superhero Technically, Deadpool is the 8th installment in the X-Men film franchise, although it’s  different enough from the others to stand on its own. In fact, it’s not only the first R-rated offering in the Marvel Comics series, but the first humor-driven […]

Pedophile Priests Repent at Secluded Retreat in Unsettling Drama Set in Chile

  The Club (El Club) Film Review by Kam Williams Pedophile Priests Repent at Secluded Retreat in Unsettling Drama Set in Chile The critically-acclaimed Spotlight recently addressed the problem of pedophilia in the priesthood from the point of view of the victims. But if you’re looking for a take on the issue more sympathetic to […]

Poignant Character Study Examines Toll Exacted by Alzheimer’s

  Of Mind and Music Film Review by Kam Williams Poignant Character Study Examines Toll Exacted by Alzheimer’s Dr. Alvaro Cruz (Joaquim de Almeida) is a world-renowned neuroscientist specializing in the study of Alzheimer’s. But nothing in the research that he’s conducted to date could save the life of his mother (Laura Costine) who passed […]

Marlon Wayans Spoofs Romance Genre in Shocking Parody of Salacious S&M Adventure

  Fifty Shades of Black Film Review by Kam Williams Marlon Wayans Spoofs Romance Genre in Shocking Parody of Salacious S&M Adventure Ever since Scary Movie (2000), Marlon Wayans has carved out quite a career for himself writing and starring in a string of silly spoofs that includes Scary Movie 2 (2001), Dance Flick (2009), […]

Father and Warrior Protect Baby Monster in Medieval Martial Arts Mash-up

  Monster Hunt Film Review by Kam Williams Father and Warrior Protect Baby Monster in Medieval Martial Arts Mash-up Directed by Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), Monster Hunt was released across Asia last summer where it became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. The version I watched was dubbed into English, which served to […]

Cautionary Documentary Warns of the Demise of the Middle-Class

  Requiem for the American Dream Film Review by Kam Williams Cautionary Documentary Warns of the Demise of the Middle-Class MIT Professor Noam Chomsky has been an outspoken critic of the Establishment ever since opposing the Vietnam War way back in the Sixties. At 87, the controversial firebrand is now decrying the incredible gulf between […]

Soaring Seafaring Saga Reenacts Daring Coast Guard Rescue

  The Finest Hours Film Review by Kam Williams Soaring Seafaring Saga Reenacts Daring Coast Guard Rescue On February 18, 1952, one of the worst nor’easters in history hit New England. In fact, the roiling waters off Cape Cod were so severe that a couple of oil tankers totally split in half. While the SS […]

Celebrated Playwright and Down-and-Out Pensioner Forge Unlikely Friendship in Bittersweet Docudrama

  The Lady in the Van Film Review by Kam Williams Celebrated Playwright and Down-and-Out Pensioner Forge Unlikely Friendship in Bittersweet Docudrama For a half-dozen seasons, Dame Maggie Smith has been delighting television viewers as dowager Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey. Younger fans of the show might be unaware that she’s a two-time Oscar-winner (for […]