MOVIES

REVIEW: “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”

Tim Hill, Clancy Brown and Bill Fagerbakke
Directed by Tim Hill

Everyone’s favorite resident of a certain deep-sea pineapple is back in his first big-screen adventure since the untimely passing of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, who succumbed to ALS in 2018. Hillenburg’s absence is felt rather keenly in “Sponge on the Run,” which was written and directed by frequent “Bob” scribe Tim Hill, as a certain magic is absent in our yellow friend’s third ... more >

“COMING 2 AMERICA”: Prince Akeem, Lisa and the others–they’re back!

Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and Shari Headley
Directed by Craig Brewer

John Landis’s 1988 smash comedy “Coming to America” was a hilarious feather in the cap for both the filmmaker and Eddie Murphy, who had the starring role. It was original, and funny, and it relied on well-written and -performed characters. Murphy’s Prince Akeem was a charming fellow that the actor played to the hilt. Thirty-three years later, Eddie Murphy and cast have returned, guided by ... more >

Prowling the streets of Istanbul : “STRAY”

Directed by Elizabeth Lo

“I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy, and bite scoundrels.” - Diogenes Respect and compassion for the animals that we have dubbed “Man’s Best Friend” is what permeates throughout this kind and important documentary called "Stray." We are told that, since 1909, Turkish authorities have committed mass killings of street dogs in their quest to annihilate Istanbul’s stray dog ... more >

“Passing” or when society quashes identity, forcing you into a corner

Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and André Holland
Directed by Rebecca Hall

Actress Rebecca Hall adapts and directs the intoxicating, and intricately-designed, “Passing,” a new film (Hall’s first as a director) based on the 1929 novella from author Nella Larsen. This is a story that confronts the realities of the act of “passing,” which refers to when members of minority communities (blacks, Jews, etc) were forced to pass as white to sidestep societal ... more >

She changed the future by simply believing in it. Nichelle Nichols in “WOMAN IN MOTION,” the Todd Thompson documentary on a one-woman drive to bring NASA into the 21st century

Nichelle Nichols, Vivica A. Fox, Ashley Eckstein and Michael Dorn
Directed by Todd Thompson

“We’re not just fancy little things. We are human beings and we come in all forms.” From the world of jazz and dance to an historical television series to leading the effort to get more people of color in the space program, actress Nichelle Nichols has had a full life on and off screen. It is a life of dotted with history-making accomplishments though one that, frankly, I was not familiar with ... more >

In “The Mauritanian,” so many reminders of our past errors with the Iraqi campaign and why due process must prevail | REVIEW

Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by Kevin Macdonald

As we wipe our collective brow after the four-year fever that was the Trump administratio the temptation remains to call him the worst president in our history. For whatever reason, long-term amnesia has set in for the sins of previous presidencies. Lest we never forget, the new film “The Mauritanian” is here to remind us of Bush-era transgressions. “The Mauritanian” is directed by Kevin ... more >

“Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” | REVIEW

Joan Ganz Cooney, Jim Henson and Jon Stone
Directed by Marilyn Agrelo

(this film premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival) “Time it was And what a time it was It was . . . A time of innocence A time of confidences Long ago . . . it must be . . . I have a photograph Preserve your memories They're all that's left you” The friendships we make in our youth live and breathe in our souls for the rest of our lives. There is nothing like ... more >