Uneventful Installment Serves as Setup for Franchise Finale

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Film Review by Kam Williams Uneventful Installment Serves as Setup for Franchise Finale     In recent years, movie studios have started splitting into two their adaptations of finales from young adult book series, most notably, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn.” The money-making […]

Top Ten DVD List for November 25, 2014

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This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams     Top Ten DVD List for November 25, 2014   La Dolce Vita [Criterion Collection] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00LUSUWB8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Jeeves & Wooster: Complete Collection http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MXYG3M0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Touch of the Light http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NNN9AHK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The November Man http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00O1D37NO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis [Season Seven] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MK1RCVM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath […]

Principal Cast Reconvenes for Raunchy, Irreverent Sequel

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  Horrible Bosses 2 Film Review by Kam Williams Principal Cast Reconvenes for Raunchy, Irreverent Sequel   Timing is everything, when it comes to comedy, and this sequel suffers from an acute case of terrible timing. First of all, with the Bill Cosby rape allegations figuring so prominently in the news nowadays, the last thing […]

For movies opening November 21, 2014

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OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening November 21, 2014     BIG BUDGET FILMS   The Hunger Games : Mockingjay – Part 1 (PG-13 for intense violence, disturbing images and mature themes) Third installment in the vaunted sci-fi franchise, based on Suzanne […]

Vintage Brosnan in Serpentine Spy Thriller

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  The November Man DVD Review by Kam Williams Vintage Brosnan in Serpentine Spy Thriller   Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with No Way Out, one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with The November Man, though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, […]

Who We Be ~The Colorization of America

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Who We Be The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang St. Martin’s Press Hardcover, $29.99 416 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-312-57129-0   Book Review by Kam Williams   “Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic […]

Madea Mixes Mirth and Message in Modern Holiday Parable

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  A Madea Christmas DVD Review by Kam Williams Madea Mixes Mirth and Message in Modern Holiday Parable   Mabel “Madea” Simmons is the moralizing, motor-mouthed senior citizen created and first introduced on stage by the incomparable Tyler Perry. The compulsive granny is a self-righteous vigilante who can’t help but intervene on the spot whenever […]

Adaptation of Bittersweet Best-Seller Arrives on DVD

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If I Stay DVD Review by Kam Williams Adaptation of Bittersweet Best-Seller Arrives on DVD   Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a bright 17 year-old full of the bloom of youth. Between playing the cello purely for pleasure and dating the doting boy of her dreams (Jamie Blackley), the happy high school senior considers […]