Bradley Cooper Stars in Biopic Chronicling Sharpshooter’s Exploits

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  American Sniper Film Review by Kam Williams Bradley Cooper Stars in Biopic Chronicling Sharpshooter’s Exploits     Navy Seal Chris Kyle served four tours as a sniper in Iraq between 2003 and 2008. Over the course of dangerous deployments to Ramadi, Sadr City, Fallujah and other hot spots, he racked up enough kills to […]

Joaquin Phoenix Plays Pothead Private Eye in Hippie-Era Whodunit

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  Inherent Vice Film Review by Kam Williams Joaquin Phoenix Plays Pothead Private Eye in Hippie-Era Whodunit     Dateline: Los Angeles, 1970, which is where we find Private Eye Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) living in a beach house with a view in a fictional, seacoast enclave called Gordita Beach. He’s totally wasted, but […]

Descendant of Holocaust Survivor Unearths Family Skeletons in Roots Documentary

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  Farewell, Herr Schwarz Film Review by Kam Williams Descendant of Holocaust Survivor Unearths Family Skeletons in Roots Documentary   Although Yael Reuveny was born in Israel 35 years after the end of World War II, her formative years were nevertheless substantially shaped by events that had transpired half a world away during the Holocaust. […]

Clara Mamet Makes Memorable Directorial Debut with Semi-Autobiographical Coming-of-Age Adventure

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  Two-Bit Waltz Film Review by Kam Williams Clara Mamet Makes Memorable Directorial Debut with Semi-Autobiographical Coming-of-Age Adventure     Maude (Clara Mamet) is a rudderless rebel without a clue, much to the chagrin of her concerned parents, Carl (William H. Macy) and Anita (Rebecca Pidgeon). Not only does the out of control 17 year-old […]

Culinary Documentary Explores Derivation of Delectable Chinese Dish

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  The Search for General Tso Film Review by Kam Williams Culinary Documentary Explores Derivation of Delectable Chinese Dish   General Tso‘s Chicken is the most popular takeout dish ordered by American diners. But who was General Tso? Was he actually a military hero, or was his title merely honorary, a la that of “Colonel” […]

AAFCA Founder Reflects upon Organization’s Start and Progress

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Gil Robertson The “African-American Film Critics Association” Interview with Kam Williams AAFCA Founder Reflects upon Organization’s Start and Progress     Kam Williams: Why did you find it necessary to create the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)? Gil Robertson: AAFCA was started to address the need to advance diversity and inclusion in cinema, both in […]

Timely Civil Rights Saga Revisits Historic Martin Luther King March

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    Selma Film Review by Kam Williams Timely Civil Rights Saga Revisits Historic Martin Luther King March   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 […]

High-Roller Spirals Out of Control in Remake of Riveting Mob Saga

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The Gambler Film Review by Kam Williams High-Roller Spirals Out of Control in Remake of Riveting Mob Saga   By day, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is an English Literature professor whose questionable teaching method involves berating his blasé students by suggesting that none of them will ever amount to anything. He reserves all his praise […]