The Curvy Film Critic Reel Roundup for October 6, 2016

THE BIRTH OF A NATION The much-anticipated, controversial film is finally debuting TODAY and distributed by Fox Searchlight pictures.  Will they recoup their 17.5 million advance?  Only time and the box office will reveal the truth. Here’s my take on the whole situation The Birth of a Nation Review by Carla Renata   THE GIRL…

Deepwater Horizon

Based on a true story, on April 2010, the “blowout preventer” failed to engage, hydrocarbons shot up the well at an uncontrollable rate and causing a series of explosions on the Deepwater Horizon. The well was capped on 15 July and it was permanently sealed on September 19,2010 killing 11 people from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. This film couldn’t be more timely. It’s a perfect example of how corporate greed puts the almighty dollar ahead of preserving the sanctity of human life.

Queen of Katwe

Enter Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by soccer coach and former missionary Robert Katende. As a result, she is encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Queen of Katwe is Phiona’s story of discovery, love, sacrifice and developing the heart of a lion king while accomplishing a feat even she thought was impossible.

RIP Gene Wilder

As a kid, I couldn’t wait to see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. What’s not to like about a factory full of chocolate??!!  What about those Oompa Loompas? What about those iconic roles in the Mel Brooks films, The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which earned him numerous Oscar nominations. For me, it was…


Death is always uncomfortable. Those left are always second guessing what their loved one would’ve thought or how they would want their wishes to be carried out. Often times, when there is a child who has been coddled and protected by the deceased parent, it forces them to grow up rapidly in ways they don’t necessarily want or expect.


  One late night while channel surfing, I came across a rerun of an old Barbara Walters special with special guest Whoopi Goldberg  being interviewed about her newfound fame after Oscar nomination for The Color Purple. When asked if her friends were “happy” for her, I remember vividly Whoopi recalling how before the fame she…


A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star…

Who Ya’ Gonna Call – GHOSTBUSTERS

Of course, anyone who has EVER read my blog in the past knows that I adore Melissa McCarthy!!!! She is a “comedy goddess” and can do no wrong in my book and along with there cohorts! Kudos to Amy Pascal for bringing some girl power to the producing team and I am totally looking forward to the sequel. “I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!!!”

Summer of Sequels

This summer’s box office seems to be relying heavily on a “Summer of Sequels” ranging from Finding Dory to Conjuring 2. Do some of these films require a second look or are studios just cashing in on the success of days gone by?

I don’t know about you, but I could care less what the reason is. I just want to grab my popcorn and snacks and get my movie groove on…lol. Take a look at the sequels taking over the screens for the summer of 2016.

Happy 100th Birthday Olivia de Havilland

Gone With The Wind is one of my Mommy’s favorite movies and has become a classic one of mine as well.

For the woman who played the role of faithful wife to Ashley Wilkes – Olivia De Havilland is the film’s only surviving actor. Today she turned 100 years young!


Who is the real “money monster?” Banks? Investors? TV Financial Advisors? Jodie Foster directs a riveting tale of a financial investment gone horribly wrong in her latest flick Money Monster.


Yes, America we are in the middle of electing a brand new President and with every election there is always some type of drama. Either with the candidates themselves or someone relative to their world. America, thanks to reality television has become addicted to controversy, ie Donald Trump.

But in 2013, our focus and fascination was with former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.