Creepy Coming-of-Age Flick Explores the Dark Side of Childhood

  Yosemite Film Review by Kam Williams Creepy Coming-of-Age Flick Explores the Dark Side of Childhood Inspired by a couple of short stories by James Franco, Yosemite is an eerie bildungsroman exploring some decidedly dark and dangerous sides of childhood. The drama features a trio of discrete tales which ultimately merge in fairly effective fashion. […]

A Blackface Variation of "Babe" with Street Cred

  Sweaty Betty Film Review by Kam Williams A Blackface Variation of “Babe” with Street Cred In 1965, the federal government issued the historic Moynihan Report chronicling the collapse of “The Negro Family” which it blamed on a host of social woes afflicting inner-city African-American communities. A half-century later, blacks and whites still remain substantially […]

Reverential Biopic Restores Reputation of Blacklisted Scriptwriter

  Trumbo Film Review by Kam Williams Reverential Biopic Restores Reputation of Blacklisted Scriptwriter Scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) was at the height of his career when subpoenaed in 1947 to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating the spread of Communist propaganda by Hollywood. The celebrated, Academy Award-nominee (for Kitty Foyle) […]

Eagerly-Anticipated Sequel Proves Well Worth the Wait

  Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Film Review by Kam Williams Eagerly-Anticipated Sequel Proves Well Worth the Wait The Force Awakens is a splendid sequel to Return of the Jedi, the 1983 finale of the original Star Wars trilogy. This offering follows the uneven prequel trilogy released over the intervening years, the […]

Wahlberg and Ferrell Compete for Kids’ Affections in Dysfunctional Family Comedy

  Daddy’s Home Film Review by Kam Williams Wahlberg and Ferrell Compete for Kids’ Affections in Dysfunctional Family Comedy    Brad’s (Will Ferrell) been a model stepfather, ever since he married Sarah (Linda Cardellini) eight months ago. He’s always lavishing attention on her children, whether picking them up from school, coaching their Little League team, […]

Will Smith Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance as Fearless Brain Researcher Who Fought the NFL

  Concussion Film Review by Kam Williams Will Smith Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance as Fearless Brain Researcher Who Fought the NFL In 2002, Will Smith landed his first Academy Award nomination for Ali, a riveting biopic about Muhammad Ali directed by Michael Mann. Although a cultural icon in his own right, Smith managed to disappear into […]

Eddie Redmayne Delivers Another Oscar-Quality Performance as Sexual Preference Pioneer

  The Danish Girl Film Review by Kam Williams Eddie Redmayne Delivers Another Oscar-Quality  Performance as Sexual Preference Pioneer In 2015, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his poignant portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. While Eddie earned the picture’s only Oscar, he really owed a debt of gratitude to […]

Tom Hardy Plays Notorious Twins in Bloody, Brit Mob Saga

  Legend Film Review by Kam Williams Tom Hardy Plays Notorious Twins in Bloody, Brit Mob Saga Hollywood has enjoyed a long love affair with vicious mobsters, each seemingly more ruthless than the last. From Scarface (1932) to Dillinger (1945) to Baby Face Nelson (1957) to Bonnie and Clyde (1967) to The Godfather (1972) to […]