REEL ROUNDUP FEBRUARY  22

Opening This Week – February 26 Gods of Egypt (2016) 127 min   –   Adventure | Fantasy Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Director:  Alex Proyas Stars:  Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman…

Pan-African Film Festival 2016

Every year during Black History Month, Los Angelinos are treated to two weeks of fashion, art and movies from around the globe from African American filmmakers through the Pan African Film Festival. Highlights of the festival include Conversation Panels with Wesley Snipes, Ryan Coogler, Friends Remembering Miles Davis and Nate Parker, who just scored a…

Pan African Film Festival 2016: Half of a Yellow Sun

Growing up in St. Louis, my Mom’s childhood friends seemed more like family members.  One who still runs across my mind from time to time is my “Nigerian Uncle” who was fatally wounded during a car crash on a New York freeway. What I remember most about him was his charm, sense of humor and…

THE MARTIAN

This past week, NASA discovered that there is water on Mars.  Is it drinkable?  Does this mean there is life on the planet?  How much is the government really sharing with the world? It seems the release of the Matt Damon, Ridley Scott directed Sci-Fi hit “The Martian” opened right on time.  NASA space crew…

Z for Zachariah

Right on the heels of his Oscar Nominated role in “12 Years A Slave”, Chiwetel Ejiofor takes on a role that is fascinating to witness. In “Z for Zachariah”  Loomis (Ejiofor) thinks he is the lone survivor in the midst of a disaster that wipes most of the human race.  However, its when Ann (Margot…

Countdown to Oscar: Best Picture Prediction

As we countdown to Oscar Sunday, it is safe to say that everyone has a good idea of what their list of winners will be.  Mine?  I choose “12 Years A Slave” as the Best Picture and this is why…Slavery, like any other historical injustice is always very uncomfortable to watch for Afircan-Americans or anyone…

2014 BAFTA AWARD RECAP

While “Gravity” was the nights biggest winner with six BAFTA’s, including Outstanding British Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, “12 Years A Slave” pulled out a last minute triumph taking the big prize…Best Film, while Chiwitel Ejiofor gave the film its first honor of the night winning the Best Actor award. Oscar frontrunner Matthew…

…And The Awards Race is On

With the 2014 Golden Globes right around the corner this Sunday, January 12th and with nomination announcements from the PGA (Producers Guild Association), WGA (Writer’s Guild Association), SAG (Screen Actors Guild Awards), TMC (The Movie Critics  Choice Awards) and BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), I thought this would be a good time…

2013 Independent Film Festival Follow-up

Film Festival Follow-up The Telluride festival…done, Venice is wrapping up and Toronto begins while we are getting news about what is on the horizon with the AFI Festival slated to open on November 7th. All of these festivals usually gives us a sneak peek about what the Oscar race for 2014 is shaping up to…